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April 2010 Issue

Steven Lindheim, MD, brings over 20 years of experience to UCís Center for Reproductive Health.
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UC's Center for Reproductive Health Adds Experience, Expertise to Team

By Angela Koenig
Published April 2010

UCís Center for Reproductive Health opened in 1988 and remains the only comprehensive patient care and research center focused on womenís health in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Leading the practice since its inception is fertility specialist Michael Thomas, MD, a professor of reproductive endocrinologyĖ infertility.

"Our mission at UC Health is to provide the highest quality of care, in a personal, individualized manner,Ē says Thomas, whose expertise has resulted in over 5,000 assisted pregnancies.

That mission is now shared by Steven Lindheim, MD, who joined the practice in late 2009.

Lindheim comes to the practice with over 20 years of experience, the latter of which he spent as third party reproduction and scientific director of Fertility Specialists Medical Group in San Diego.

"We are in the truly unique position here,Ē Lindheim says of offering women "the broadest spectrum of evidence-based practices in reproductive health in a compassionate patient-centric manner.Ē

The center is perhaps best known for its in vitro fertilization program, which started in 1989 and is one of the areaís most experienced infertility centers, achieving pregnancy rates at or above the national average.

The center is also a member of the Oncofertility Consortium and is able to offer cancer patients both oocyte and ovarian tissue freezing. Lindheim now leads this program.

He is also introducing a new approach to operative hysteroscopy, which involves using a morcellator, a device that aspirates and cuts tissue, for safe removal of intrauterine polyps and fibroids.

"Ultimately, we want to provide patients with their best chance to take home a baby,Ē says Thomas.

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