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Serena H. Chen, M.D., is a New Jersey fertility doctor with IRMS at Saint Barnabas. Dr. Chen is Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. In addition, she is Director of the Ovum Donation Program at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas.
Dr. Chen is Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Chen specializes in laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, and has pursued special clinical interests in polycystic ovarian syndrome, recurrent miscarriage, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), and gamete donation. Dr. Chen notes that her professional interests have evolved considerably over the course of her career:
“In 1990, when I got into reproductive medicine, it really was the pure science that fascinated me. Today, I find that it is the interaction between people—my patients—and that same ever-advancing technology that is so complex and so interesting. It challenges me to be a better physician in every possible way.”
Dr. Chen stresses that reproductive medicine has advanced dramatically, and often presents couples with complex choices that can only be made on an individual basis: “Having a family is, for many people, the most important thing in their lives. Ultimately, the patients have to live with the things that we do, and feel comfortable with the outcome.”
In addition to her clinical interests, Dr. Chen has also studied bioethical issues in assisted reproduction, and is committed to raising public and physician awareness of issues relating to conception, problems conceiving and fertility therapy.
Dr. Chen is married to an OB/GYN physician and has two sons who love to play baseball.
New Jersey fertility doctor Serena H. Chen, M.D., received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, and her medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Chen completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
After completion of her fellowship, Dr. Serena Chen served as an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as an Attending at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Dr. Chen then served as the director of ovum donation at Long Island IVF and attending physician at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, before arriving at Saint Barnabas in 1999.
Dr. Serena H. Chen's professional affiliations include the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as well as Fertile Hope.
Dr. Serena H. Chen'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. Serena H. Chen and her New Jersey fertility clinic offer the following fertility treatments:
Serena H. Chen, 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. Serena H. Chen and IRMS at Saint Barnabas.
Fertility conditions that Dr. Serena H. Chen 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. Serena H. Chen 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.
Please contact IRMS at St. Barnabas directly for information on fertility treatment clinical trials.
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. Serena H. Chen 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.
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