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Fertility Doctor of the Month, David Smotrich, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
David B. Smotrich, M.D., Founder and Medical Director, LaJolla IVF
“Everyone should be able to have a family; I’m not here to judge,” says California fertility doctor David B. Smotrich. Dr. Smotrich is Founder and Medical Director of LaJolla IVF, a fertility clinic whose mission is “to provide the highest standard of fertility care to all patients desiring such care.” His primary interest is third party reproduction. “It moves me,” he says. “It’s a blessing to be able to have children; there’s no reason to not push the envelope for couples.”
For his progressive approach to family building, FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize Dr. Smotrich as Fertility Doctor of the Month.
'People Just Want to Have a Family'
Dr. Smotrich attended medical school in Israel, and the first patient in his obstetrics rotation was a woman in labor with twins she conceived with in vitro fertilization (IVF). It was his first exposure to IVF, and from that point forward he knew that he would work in infertility.
In addition to introducing him to fertility treatment, his training allowed him to meet people from a variety of backgrounds. Today, he treats heterosexuals, singles and gay couples, and does a large amount of third party reproduction. He and his fertility center team average 200 surrogate pregnancies and more than 150 egg donation cycles each year. “I don’t turn anyone away,” he says. “I’m fortunate to have a caseload that is alternative for patients and couples. California and the U.S. are much more open to third party [treatments] than the rest of the world. I’m fortunate to have IVF babies from 72 different countries.”
Dr. Smotrich describes his fertility practice as “an eclectic, modest sized, international practice. Patients with multiple issues come to us to be creative [with fertility treatment],” he adds. “In my life, I’ve been fortunate to be exposed to many people and nationalities. I love the idea we can give people creative options. That may include using an egg donor in addition to a surrogate to have a baby. Frequently it’s not an issue of genetics — people just want to have a family.”
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Smotrich has served as an Adjunct Scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., specializing in the care of women with hormonal abnormalities and premature ovarian failure. He was a member of the clinical teaching faculties at the George Washington University School of Medicine in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility and at the Albany Medical College.
Dr. Smotrich has been honored with the Teacher of the Year award at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He also was honored with the Golden Apple Teaching award at the Albany Medical Center. In addition, in 2007 the American Fertility Association presented Dr. Smotrich with its “Visionary Award” to honor him for his work in infertility, third party reproduction and stem cell research.
FertilityAuthority is pleased to add Doctor of the Month to those accolades.