Dr. Marcelle Cedars is a specialist in caring for patients going through in vitro fertilization and perimenopause, as well as patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome. She is director of the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health.
Cedars also directs UCSF’s reproductive endocrinology division, coordinating the relationship between scientific research and personalized care for patients. In her own research, she focuses on ovarian aging and how it affects both fertility and women’s overall health.
Cedars received her medical training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Parkland Health & Hospital System, followed by a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Jonathan Kort is an established specialist in reproductive endocrinology and the author of many medical publications and textbook chapters in the field of infertility science.
Dr. Kort completed his Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) fellowship at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, where he conducted cutting-edge research on non-invasive measurements of eggs to predict their future development potential, as well as research in genetic screening. During his time at Stanford he also completed training in embryology and is certified as a technical supervisor in embryology and andrology. He completed his OBGYN residency at Stanford University Hospital, during which he completed original research into egg freezing, the impact of weight loss on fertility treatment, and ovarian reserve. Dr. Kort received his M.D. from Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Kort’s clinical focus areas include diminished ovarian reserve, hypothalamic amenorrhea, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), reproductive surgery, and gamete/embryo selection. He has a particular interest in patients with a history of poor embryo development during IVF. He sits on the editorial board of Fertility and Sterility, has published textbook chapters on gamete and embryo selection, and was the recipient of the Stanford Child Health Research Institute Grant (2017) which helped develop new ways of using pre-implantation genetic screening for embryo selection.
Dr. Kort followed his father into the field of reproductive medicine and credits his father with helping develop his bedside manner. “My philosophy is, treat patients like family and make sure no question is left unanswered or concern unaddressed.”
Brian A. Levine, M.D., is the founding partner and practice director of CCRM New York. He is board-certified in both reproductive endocrinology and infertility and obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Levine attended New York University School of Medicine where he currently serves as a member of NYU’s Board of Trustees, completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia University Medical Center and then completed his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Levine has over 50 publications and was recently awarded the highest prize by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine for his assisted reproductive technology (ART) video submission on three-dimensional sperm imaging techniques. He has also received multiple honors and teaching awards and continues to mentor students, residents, and fellows on both basic science and clinical research.
Dr. Levine is a member of the New York Surgical Society, the New York Medical Society, the New York Society of Reproductive Medicine, the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
In addition to his clinical expertise and ongoing research, Dr. Levine is currently the technology editor of Contemporary Ob/Gyn magazine and has lectured nationwide on how physicians and laboratory personnel can adopt common technologies to improve clinical efficiency.
In 2017, Dr. Levine was honored with the Doctors of Distinction award in Westchester County and was also named a Rising Star by Super Doctors in 2017 and 2018.
Dr. Klatsky graduated with honors from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, completed his residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at UCSF, and his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at Brown University. He received a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and was selected by his peers as a Rising Star among New York Physicians in 2014 and 2015, while on the faculty at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Klatsky is board certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility.
An innovator who is deeply passionate about improving public access to the best possible obstetric and fertility care, Dr. Klatsky worked as a human rights activist in Asia and Africa prior to medical school. Among his many achievements is the founding of Mama Rescue, a cloud-based, mobile dispatch and transportation platform that helps women in rural Uganda access skilled and emergency obstetric care. Dr. Klatsky is proud to have founded Spring Fertility with Dr. Tran, to deliver the best possible outcomes and a new standard of care not seen anywhere.
Psychotherapist, Spiritual Director
Karen Lee Erlichman, D.Min, LCSW provides psychotherapy, spiritual direction, So(U)L coaching and mentoring in San Francisco, employing a mind-body-spirit approach to healing. She is also a longtime community faculty member at University of California-San Francisco in the Department of OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences. Karen has been in practice for over thirty years and currently serves as senior consultant for Ethics of Care and Resource Development with The Dinner Party, whose mission is to build community for young adults in their 20s and 30s who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Her writing has been published widely in numerous journals, blogs and anthologies, including Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, Tikkun, Feminist Studies in Religion and in the interfaith anthology Spiritual Guidance Across Religions.
Senior Rabbinic Partner
Rabbi Mimi Weisel has leadership experience in a variety of areas, including chaplaincy, education and administration. She has provided spiritual care and bereavement counseling in hospice, served as Rabbi-in-Residence at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco, Assistant Dean at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, and Director of Jewish Education and Continuity at the Dave & Mary Alper Jewish Community Center in Miami.
Rabbi Weisel was Chair of the Shalom Bayit Rabbinic Advisory Committee and facilitates their support groups for women who are victims of domestic violence. She also has been a staff member of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center’s Grief and Growing Bereavement Camp. She has also served various synagogues in part time rabbinic roles, and volunteer leadership as board and committee member in the healthcare and Jewish communities.
Prior to entering the Rabbinate, Rabbi Weisel worked in the corporate environment administering career development programs in the aerospace industry. She was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1998, has a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as various credentials and certificates.
She is married to Paul Hamburg, former Librarian of the Judaica Collection at University of California, Berkeley and is proud mother of rabbi-to-be Michael Shefrin.
Lead Rabbinic Partner
Rabbi Aaron Finkelstein was the founding rabbi of Prospect Heights Shul in Brooklyn, New York, and has been the Assistant Rabbi at Sherith Israel in Nashville, Tennessee since 2014. Originally from California, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Political Science as well as Jewish and Near Eastern Studies, and received semikha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in 2011. He serves as the chair of the Nashville Board of Rabbis, was a 2015 – 2016 fellow in Yeshiva University’s certificate program in Experiential Jewish Education, and has taught Judaic Studies at both Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn and Akiva School in Nashville. In addition to hobbies like basketball and cycling, Rabbi Finkelstein is an avid cook and baker, and loves to host meals with his wife Julie.
Dr. Rachel Weinerman received her Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School, served her medical residency at New York University School of Medicine and Langone Medical Center, and completed her Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine She is board-certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and has expertise in many areas of fertility treatment including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Intrauterine Insemination, Fertility Preservation, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Same-Sex Couples, In Vitro Fertilization, and Ovulation Induction.
Dr. Weinerman currently is a clinical Assistant Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at University Hospitals of Cleveland
Dr, Eric Surrey is Medical Director of the Colorado Center of Reproductive Medicine in Lone Tree, CO. His medical degree was conferred by the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. He is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist who completed residency and fellowship training in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles, CA.
Prior to joining CCRM in 1999, he was an Associate Clinical Professor of Ob-Gyn at UCLA and had been acting director of the Division of Reproductive Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and medical director of the Assisted Reproductive Technologies program at Century City Hospital in Los Angeles. He is a Past President of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), Society of Reproductive Surgeons and Pacific Coast Reproductive Society and past member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.
Dr. James Smith is an Assistant Professor and Director of Male Reproductive Health at University of California San Francisco. He enrolled in the University of California’s Joint Medical Program, a partnership between Berkeley’s School of Public Health and San Francisco’s School of Medicine where he earned a master’s degree in health and medical science in 2000 and a medical degree in 2002. Smith completed his general surgery and urology training at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, returning to the University of California, San Francisco as an Andrology Fellow in 2007.
In addition to his work related to fertility after cancer treatment in men, Smith also researches access to reproductive care and the barriers to treatment for infertile couples who are unable to afford care. Dr. Smith has collaborated for over 7 years with Dr. Katz, a fellow faculty member in the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, exploring the high costs and disparities in access to reproductive care. Together, they have published manuscripts examining the utilization of reproductive care by couples seeking reproductive therapy, socioeconomic disparities in reproductive care, time costs of reproductive care, and out of pocket infertility costs.