A blog by Dr. Sonya Kashyap, Genesis Fertility Centre, January 5, 2015
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In 2010, Dr Kashyap moved to Vancouver from the University of California at San Francisco ( UCSF) to become co-director at Genesis Fertility Center and in 2013 she became medial director. Her passion is optimizing IVF outcomes and success rates for women and couples through revolutionary science and compassionate care. During the first year of being medical director she introduced programs such as : egg and embryo vitrification; trophectoderm biopsy; comprehensive chromosomal screening and noninvasive embryo screening through Early Embryonic Viability Assessment (EEVA ™). She is excited about the future of assisted reproduction at Genesis and the collaboration between Genesis and the University of British Columbia. She is proud to be a member of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at UBC.
Dr. Kashyap completed her undergraduate training at Queen’s University followed by medical school, residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a Masters of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa. She then completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the renowned Ron Perlman Center for Reproductive Medicine at Cornell University Medical College in Manhattan under the mentorship of Dr Zev Rosenwaks.
She then returned to a clinician scientist faculty position at the University of Ottawa before being recruited to the NIH Centre of Excellence in Women’s Health at the University Of California at San Francisco ( UCSF) . Dr Kashyap has been an invited speaker ( industry, government, and scientific podium presentations) on the topic of patient decision making in IVF, healthy singleton births and maternal outcomes after IVF, fertility preservation for cancer patients, and the impact of fertility drugs on breast and ovarian cancer. She received research awards from both the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) for Best scientific paper and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). She has been awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research ( CIHR) New investigator award and operating grant for her research in women’s health and fertility preservation. She has also received awards from the Physician Services Incorporated ( PSI) and Resource Allocation Program (RAP) at UCSF for patient decision making in IVF and mathematical modelling to create prediction rules to optimize single embryo transfer and IVF pregnancy outcomes.
A blog by Dr. Sonya Kashyap, Genesis Fertility Centre, September 18, 2014
On a scale of 1-10, how important is it for you to one day conceive with your own eggs?
This is a question I ask my patients frequently. It is not uncommon for women and couples to be uncertain about their desires to conceive, or to have a timeline. And there are, of course, many options for building a family. There is no doubt that for most women, trying to conceive sooner or egg freezing at a younger age will be associated with higher success rates but these are not the right options for everyone.
A blog by Dr. Sonya Kashyap, Genesis Fertility Centre, August 12, 2014
You have just left your doctor’s office. She has told you that your best option for conceiving the child you so desperately want is to have in vitro fertilization (IVF). You look at the piece of paper the receptionist has given you with the name and contact information of the fertility clinic your doctor has recommended. You trust your doctor but there are so many questions! How do you know that this particular fertility clinic is the best place for you? There is a lot on the line here. Now, added to the physical, psychological, and emotional cost of infertility you are facing a significant financial cost.