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Margaret Graf Garrisi, M.D., is a New Jersey fertility doctor who joined the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science in 1999. Dr. Garrisi brings more than 20 years of experience and achievement in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility to her position as Medical Director of Assisted Reproduction in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology.
Dr. Garrisi fills many roles at IRMS and in the community. She is a clinical specialist with expertise in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of fibroids, uterine polyps, and endometriosis. Dr. Garrisi also lectures to physician groups and the public about topics related to reproductive health and infertility. But perhaps the professional role Dr. Garrisi values more than any other is the opportunity to meet with and consult with her patients — a process she says is very much a two-way street:
"I am still amazed to see what I get back from my patients on a human level after more than 20 years in the field. It still moves me. We've already succeeded in advancing the science and technology of reproductive medicine far beyond what anyone thought possible even a few short years ago. The most important challenge now is to help more people make good choices by planning ahead and being more actively involved in their reproductive health-rather than looking for the next technological miracle."
Prior to joining IRMS, Dr. Garrisi practiced at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at Cornell University Medical Center, and served as an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cornell’s Weill Medical College, where she had completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Garrisi completed her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. An attending physician in IVF for over two decades, Dr. Garrisi is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as reproductive endocrinology.
New Jersery fertility doctor Margaret Graf Garrisi, M.D., did her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Center for Reproductive Medicine & Infertility at Cornell University Medical Center.
Dr. Garrisi received her Doctor of Medicine from SUNY Buffalo in 1979 and earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from Canisius Collge in 1975.
Dr. Margaret G. Garrisi is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology and a member of both the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the New York Obstetrical Society. She is also a member of Fertile Hope.
Dr. Margaret Graf Garrisi's New Jersey fertility patients may experience infertility from many different causes. Infertility can be traced to specific problems with the male or female’s reproductive organs, the hormones that regulate the sex drive and fertility, or environmental factors that make pregnancy difficult or impossible. However, infertility also can result from multiple factors and, in some cases, the cause is never known.
Fertility treatments offered by IRMS at Saint Barnabas in New Jersey are tailored to meet the needs of each couple. Therefore, a comprehensive medical history, a thorough examination, diagnostic tests and other procedures are required to help your physician develop an effective treatment plan. The initial work-up begins with a personal and clinical history, including illnesses and medical conditions, sexual history and genetic predispositions that may contribute to infertility.
In addition, each partner undergoes a series of basic tests. Additional procedures may be required if more information is needed as a result of the initial screening and/or your history
Based on all of this information, your physician will determine whether conception and pregnancy are likely as a result of treatment, as well as which therapies provide the best chance for success. Even in cases where the cause of infertility is "unexplained," there may be treatment available to help you conceive.
Dr. Margaret Graf Garrisi and her New Jersey fertility clinic offer the following fertility treatments:
Margaret Graf Garrisi, M.D. and her New Jersey fertility clinic treat the many causes of infertility, such as specific problems with the male or female’s reproductive organs, the hormones that regulate the sex drive and fertility, or environmental factors that make pregnancy difficult or impossible. Congenital defects, fibroids and other growths, endometriosis, scar tissue and blockages affecting the reproductive anatomy are leading causes of infertility treated by Dr. Margaret Garrisi and IRMS at Saint Barnabas.
Fertility conditions that Dr. Margaret G. Garrisi treats include:
In 1995, the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas, a New Jersey fertility clinic, was founded on the principle that the highest level of reproductive medical care was achievable only with the continuous support of a strong research program. Over the years, IRMS scientists and physicians have contributed significantly to the field of reproductive medicine, and the patients who received the first benefit from these advances have been IRMS patients.
One of the principle areas of research at IRMS has been in the field of preimplantation genetic diagnosis. The PGD research group has demonstrated, in multiple studies, the benefits of PGD to promote pregnancy and reduce the likelihood of miscarriage in older patients, in patients with chromosomal translocations, and for patients afflicted with recurrent pregnancy loss. Technical advances developed here have dramatically improved the effectiveness of the PGD technology.
Research at IRMS over the years has also focused on oocyte and embryo cryopreservation, embryo culture, micromanipulative procedures to improve embryo development and implantation, and embryo selection protocols. Our doctors have improved cryopreservation procedures, refined assisted hatching and fragment removal procedures and identified and characterized several markers of embryo fitness, among many other advances.
Dr. Margaret Graf Garrisi and New Jersey's Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas maintain a strong dedication to research focusing on a variety of areas.
IVF Success Rates-Fresh Cycle
According to the most recent report published by the CDC, Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science, Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey performed 474 IVF cycles with fresh embryos in 2014. The number of IVF cycles and babies born, broken down by patients' age is as follows:
|Clinic Name||Number of Cycles by Age||Live Birth Rate By Age (%)|
|Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science, Saint Barnabas Medical Center||170||116||99||51||38||10||40.0||29.3||17.2||7.8||2.6||0 / 10|
IVF Success Rates-Frozen Cycle
According to the most recent report published by the CDC, Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science, Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey performed 207 IVF cycles with frozen embryos in 2014. The number of IVF cycles and babies born, broken down by patients' age is as follows:
|Clinic Name||Number of Cycles by Age||Live Birth Rate By Age (%)|
|Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science, Saint Barnabas Medical Center||93||55||49||8||2||1||44.1||34.5||42.9||5 / 8||0 / 2||0 / 1|
Egg Donation Success Rates
As reported by Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science, Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey to the CDC in 2014, the fertility clinic performed 67 donor egg cycles in that year; 25 cycles used fresh embryos from donor eggs and 42 cycles used frozen embryos from donor eggs.
|Clinic Name||Fresh Embryos from Donor Eggs||Live Birth Rate (%)||Frozen Embryos from Donor Eggs||Live Birth Rate (%)|
|Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science, Saint Barnabas Medical Center||25||40.0||42||40.5|
*Success rates can be manipulated and should not be used to compare fertility clinics
New Jersey fertility patients who see Dr. Margaret Graf Garrisi with IRMS at Saint Barnabas will have their own financial coordinator, who will work with them to address the payment-related issues, including insurance benefits, pre-authorizations, and other payment arrangements. In addition to meeting the physician and other clinical staff during the first visit, our patients also meet with their financial coordinator to review the costs/insurance issues related to their specific treatment needs. Of course, our coordinators are also available to assist if financial or insurance issues arise at any time during the course of the treatment process.
Our experienced Financial Coordinators do their best to be familiar with the insurance coverage and plans, but your assistance in obtaining as much information as possible about your plan is very helpful.
In this process, it is IRMS’ objective and mission to be ethical in its dealings with both our patients and insurers. Therefore, we have established the following protocol for determining benefits and payment requirements for our patients.
- As soon as we are notified of a patient’s intent to receive services, we will contact the patient’s insurer(s) to obtain a benefit quote.
- Based on that benefit quote, we will determine the patient’s financial responsibility, whether that be copayments, deductibles, or payment for the full amount if benefits do not exist for the services provided. Payment of the amount determined is due two weeks prior to the beginning of the cycle start.
- We will bill insurers for all services provided. If the insurer makes payment for services that are not consistent with the benefit quote originally received, we will contact the insurer to be certain that the benefit payment is correct. If it is correct (and the benefit quote was incorrect) we will promptly refund any patient overpayment. If the payment is not correct, we will return the payment to the insurer.
Our objective is for you to obtain every penny of benefit to which you are entitled, but we have a contractual obligation with the insurers to not accept incorrect benefit payments. IRMS is also pleased to offer fertility financing to qualified patients in association with CapexMD.
Aetna, CIGNA, GHI in NJ, Horizon BC/BS, Oxford, Qualcare, Saint Barnabas Health Plans, United Healthcare