Meet The Team


While the environment, physical laboratory and hi-tech equipment are of vital importance, it is the IVF doctors, counsellors, embryologists and third party coordinators who guide and support you through the process, counsel you, perform the various procedures such as ultrasound, egg retrieval, IUI or embryo transfer procedures and optimize your chances for a successful pregnancy.

Successful ART (IVF) is almost entirely dependant on the experience and ability of the medical and laboratory personnel. All key personnel participate in regular monthly audits of our clinical and laboratory performance, pregnancy rates, compliance with ISO and PCPNDT requirements and other important activities.

Good pregnancy rates require a cautious and rational assessment of individual abilities, so laboratory staff, directors and embryologists must consider their experience in the context of what will be required of them. MFC boasts of quality personnel performing each of the difficult and skilled tasks required in an IVF program. Dr Jatin personally does most of the scans, important decision making counselling, egg retrieval, embryo selection and embryo transfer for most patients. Dr Aparna, Dr Ankita and Dr Vidhi ably assist him in these procedures as well as monitoring of the cycle, important instructions and communication with patients and follow up of successful pregnancies as well as patients who have failed their cycles. Mala Tanna has been counselling patients at MFC for more than 15 years and is probably one of the most experienced IVF counsellors in the country. Shweta and Sagarika manage the reception and cordially coordinate patient movement to expedite to minimize time spent at the clinic. Most importantly, the embryologist team of Hima, Sameena, Sachin and Shambhavi ensures that eggs, sperms and embryos are handled, labelled and stored in the most efficient and error free manner. They have implemented a “witness” system to ensure that there are no Mix-ups in the laboratory, especially on busy days. They also ensure that all the requirements for a ‘super’ IVF laboratory are constantly fulfilled, updated and maintained. To manage the accounts and day-to-day ordering of material, stocks and payments we have the efficient trio of Parul, Jagruti and Shalini. Behind the scenes and toiling away at data entry and computerization of all records using the Meditex IVF software is Darshana.

Good nursing and supportive care is vital to a successful IVF program. Headed by senior staff Namrata, is the large team of IVF nurses (Violet, Vinaya,Suvarna, Daksha&Namrata) constantly explaining procedures and consents, administering injections (both in the clinic and sometimes at the patients homes).

They are backed up by Bhikaji, Raju and Santosh in charge of OT and laboratory maintenance, ordering of essential supplies and gases, reminders for AMC visits, hygiene and cleanliness.

The MFC Team is undoubtedly one of the most experienced in the world, and includes over 30 fertility specialists, nurses, counsellors, and scientists. Our international program fertility specialists are:

Dr. Jatin Shah
Director / Chief ART specialist

In 1993, Dr. Jatin Shah founded the Mumbai Fertility Clinic & IVF Center dedicated exclusively to providing infertility care. He is an experienced fertility doctor using all aspects of assisted reproductive technology ethically and scientifically and has assisted thousands of couples in achieving their dreams. Honest, down to earth, caring and reassuring, Dr. Jatin is renowned for his proactive, thorough and holistic approach to patient care. He is exceptionally skilled in all IVF procedures and specializes in treating patients who have had multiple failed IVF attempts.

Dr. Jatin began his medical career with a degree from Mumbai University (MBBS with distinction in Obstetrics and Gynecology). He completed specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Seth G S Medical college and Sir KEM hospital, Mumbai (MD – Obstetrics & Gynecology – Gold Medal)Following his residency, he completed a certified Research Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the prestigious Institute for Research In Reproduction (which pioneered the birth of India's first IVF baby). Upon completion of this fellowship, Dr. Jatin served as a Division Head of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Hope Infertility Clinic, Bangalore.

Dr. Jatin has participated in various research studies about assisted reproduction, with a special emphasis on individualized ovarian stimulation and repeated implantation failures. He has lectured extensively at both national and international infertility conferences. He has also authored and published numerous scientific papers and articles on IVF, Unexplained infertility, Ovarian stimulation protocols and has a special focus on IVF failures and Third party ART. Dr. Jatin has taught at various residency programs and served as a clinical teacher to physicians from around the country for in vitro fertilization and infertility surgery. He helped establish premier IVF clinics in different parts of the country.

Dr. Jatin is board certified, a distinguished infertility clinician and surgeon and also a charter member of the Federation of Obstetric & Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI), Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction (ISAR) and a founder member of the Asia-Pacific Initiatives in Reproductive Endocrinology (ASPIRE)

Today, Dr. Jatin continues his work in assisted reproductive technology, keeping up to date with the latest medical advances and techniques, on his quest to constantly improve pregnancy success rates.


Dr. Aparna Gangadharan
Gynec-Fertility Specialist / International coordinator

Dr. Aparna Gangadharan is a fertility specialist board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Following her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology she pursued a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Hadassah University in Israel under Prof Nerilaufer.

Always smiling and exuding warmth and confidence she is the first point of contact with the patient. Aparna is regarded by patients for her soft natured and caring approach, and her ability to explain complicated medical science and IVF techniques in ways in which everyone understands. She is astute with IVF counselling, transvaginal ultrasonography, intrauterine insemination, egg retrieval and embryo transfer procedures. She believes that every patient is different and needs individualized treatment in order to have the best opportunity for success in their fertility journey. Aparna is committed to combining her clinical experience with personal and compassionate fertility care, to provide excellent care to patients at Mumbai Fertility Clinic & IVF Center.

Aparna's patients describe her as nurturing and always willing to make time for them. She is extremely personable and values that each woman or couples situation is unique, providing both medical expertise and emotional support throughout their journey.


Dr. Vidhi Shah
Fertility Specialist / International Coordinator

Dr. Vidhi Shah: Friendly, caring and provides reassuring expertise to patients. Easily approachable and always smiling, catering to psychological and emotional as well as medical needs of the patients.

Dr. Vidhi Shah has a long association with our clinic in the role of an IVF specialist doctor. Board certified since 2010, Dr. Vidhi is an experienced fertility doctor in all aspects of assisted reproductive technology and has assisted thousands of couples in achieving their dreams.

In addition to her interest in IVF and Third party ART, she has participated in various research studies about assisted reproduction, with a special emphasis on the use of endometrial scratch and intrauterine instillation of G-CSF in patients with repeated IVF failures or a thin endometrium. She has co-authored an international publication on the same subject

"The results of the techniques of Assisted Reproduction are continuously improving and every day we refine techniques to make the process simpler, less painful and more successful. However, as a woman, I am especially sensitive to the emotions which accompany this process and therefore do everything I can to ensure that all of our patients here at Mumbai Fertility Clinic feel reassured and at ease." assures Dr. Vidhi Shah

She will ensure that you understand the medical advice that you have been given, understand the psychosocial and ethical implications of treatment, your rights and responsibilities and any legal considerations, clarify any information you are unsure about and help in identifying areas of potential stress, and discuss strategies for managing these.


Dr. Ankita Kaushal
Fertility Specialist

After obtaining her medical degree from the N.D.M.V.P. College and her specialist training in ART at the D.Y.Patil University, she is now a recognised subspecialist in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

She would play a vital role in your treatment, helping you cope with any emotions you may be experiencing and supporting you through difficult decisions. She offers individual and couple counselling, as well as genetic and donor program counselling. Many of Ankita’s patients have praised her for her sensitivity and her willingness to go to great lengths to achieve the best results.

Her special interests are inIVF, endometriosis, male infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome and age-related infertility.

Keen to support progress in her field, Ankita has published several medical papers (Outcome of IUI in a tertiary fertility clinic and the use of G-CSF in patients with thin endometrium) and presented her work at national conferences.

Dr. Pankaj C Shah
Surgeon and Gynecologist

Board certified with an FRCS and DRCOG from the Royal College of London, U.K., he promoted and began the “Kamala Polyclinic & Nursing Home” almost 45 years ago. Father to Dr. Jatin Shah, he has played a major role in establishing the Mumbai Fertility Clinic and helping it become an internationally reputed organization. Even today, at the age of 76, he regularly attends the clinic to over see administrative and medical issues and is always available for advice on critical matters.

Dr. Bipin Dadhia
Anesthesiologist

Board certified for practice of Anesthesia from the Mumbai University, he has been associated with our clinic since its inception. His smiling face and reassuring words ensures that patients relax on the procedure table. His meticulous examination, quick induction of anesthesia and protocols for a speedy awakening of the patient and recovery makes him a favourite with most of our patients.

Dr. Rupin Shah
Andrologists and Microsurgeons

Dr Shah’s expertise includes Azoospermia, Varicocele, Testicular failure, Vas Aplasia, Hypogonadism, Retrogade Ejaculation, Erectile Dysfunction, Premature Ejaculation, Congenital Penile Curvature, Peyronie’s Disease, Unconsummated marriage, Microphallus, Andropause, Oligoasthenozoospermia etc.

After completing the graduate and postgraduate training, Dr Shah went ahead to train for M Ch in Urology from KEM Hospital, Mumbai. He has published 13 Research papers in peer reviewed journals. He has delivered close to 79 talks and lectures at various academic platforms in India and overseas. Dr Shah has been conferred the President’s Gold Medal in recognition of special contribution in the field of Urology. He has also been awarded Dr B.C.Roy National Award, PinnamaneniVenkateshwarRao Memorial Oration and Gold Medal, and Dr R Sitharaman Memorial Award.


Dr. Vijay Kulkarni
Consulting Andrologist

Dr. Vijay Kulkarni, M.S., is a consultant Andrologist and Microsurgeon, practicing in Mumbai for over 20 years

Academically, besides presenting numerous scientific papers in regional, national and international conferences, he has been a Programme coordinator and Director of thirteen National Andrological workshops all over India in last 10 years. He has been a senior faculty member in several seminars covering Erectile Dysfunction and Male Infertility. He has an extensive experience in the field of Male Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Techniques.

He is a recipient of “BrijKihor Patna” prize awarded by Urological Society of India in 1997 for his paper on “Electro-Ejaculation in Anejaculatory Infertility.” He was also awarded a prize for his work on “Andrological needs in Paraplegics” at the annual meeting of USI, Hyderabad, 2000. ”. His work on “Chlorpromazine as Vaso Active Drug for intra-cavernosal injection” has been internationally acknowledged.

Dr. Makarand Masrani
Fertility Enhancing Endoscopic Surgeon

Dr. Makarand Masrani is the surgeon for all fertility enhancing laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures (removal of hydrosalpinges, endometrial polyps, septum, endometriosis, adhesions and other fertility impeding pathologies). He also manages the obstetric care and pregnancy outcomes of all our surrogate mothers at his beautiful clinic in Mumbai.

Nina Shah
Senior Project Coordinator / Finance Manager

Besides being wife to Dr. Jatin Shah, Nina's friendly personality along with her attention to detail makes her a valued member of the administration team at MFC. She is extremely focused on providing exceptional patient service and is an integral part of our dynamic team. Her outgoing personality, positive outlook and willingness to contribute to the team is an asset to all with whom she has contact. Her personal qualities of honesty and integrity are demonstrated by the manner with which she has contact with our patients.

Nina's pleasant nature along with her approachable manner complements her focus on assisting our patients to produce the best possible outcome. She is considerate and enjoys working independently within a team environment to deliver the highest level of support to our patients.

Sameena Turakhia
IVF Embryologist

Sameena Turakhia is an ace Embryologist holding a Masters in Embryology from the National University Hospital in Singapore (NUHS – where Asia's first ICSI baby was born). On her return, she joined the Mumbai Fertility Clinic and has been a key team player ever since. She now has 15 years of experience in the IVF laboratory being responsible for maintenance of records, quality control procedures, egg screening, IVF, examination of 2-PN scores, assessment of embryo grades and scores, selection of embryos, latest embryo culture techniques, blastocyst culture and assisted hatching. She has the unique distinction of also being actively involved in patient interaction and counseling.

About ten years ago she also developed a keen interest in Third Party ART and today plays a leading role as surrogacy and egg donor counsellor. She is the centre point for all interactions between intending parents and the gestational surrogate mother. She plays the key role of facilitator for all patients undergoing surrogacy being involved with recruitment and selection of the surrogate mother, counselling of all parties concerned, legal advise and contracts, care of the surrogate mother, pregnancy checks, admission and delivery and safe passage of the newborn to the intending parents.


Hima Shah
IVF Embryologist and Vitrification Expert

Hima Shah, Board certified with a Master's in stem cell and regenerative medicine and trained in IVF and related technologies at a leading IVF clinic in Japan now heads the vitrification (egg and embryo freezing) facility. Her persistent efforts have taken the vitrification program to a whole new level with consistent pregnancy rates in the range of 60-70% with frozen-thawed embryos. She has 5 years of hands-on experience in all facets of IVF especially oocyte screening, sperm wash, embryo culture, ICSI and vitrification. She has a special interest in quality control standards, routine laboratory checks and tests and maintenance of detailed logs of incidents, changes, unexpected events and corrective measures.

The embryologist in an IVF program plays a vital role in the journey to pregnancy for a couple struggling with infertility. During the course of infertility treatments, the embryologist will be involved from the start to finish of an IVF cycle. Hima is actively involved in preparing the embryology lab for infertility treatments by regulating and testing environmental conditions in the embryology laboratory (temperature, air quality, and humidity). She also ensures timely ordering of supplies and the culture media, incubator sterilization, monthly audits of embryo quality and trouble-shooting.

Besides, she is also the daughter of Dr. Jatin and has dreams for ensuring that the clinic remains on the forefront for quality and high tech IVF services.

She ensures that any two of the three embryologists are always present in the laboratory. If one of them is performing a task, the second is playing the role of a professional witness to effectively enforce and oversee the integrity of the chain of custody of gametes and embryos during handling (to avoid MIX-UPS), particularly when large numbers of patients are being treated simultaneously.


Dr. Sachin Manjrekar
ICSI/IMSI Embryologist

Sachin Manjrekar, having an MSc is one of the pioneers of ICSI in India and has been closely associated with MFC since 15 years in the capacity of chief ICSI expert. His speed with identifying morphologically normal sperms and performing ICSI even with the lowest of sperm counts or testicular sperm is to be seen to be believed. He performs more than a 100 ICSI procedures at MFC on a monthly basis which gives an estimate of his experience and skills.


Mrs Shambhavi Shah
IVF Embryologist

Mrs Shambhavi Shah MSc. Life Science.Shambhavi is responsible for assisting the Doctors with retrieving eggs, in vitro fertilization, maintaining clinical records and running tests on eggs / embryos. She is an experienced embryologist (more than 7 years of experience with IVF, ICSI and third party ART). She holds a special interest in upgrade, calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment, ICSI and egg/embryo freezing. Her calm and stoic presence in the laboratory ensures an efficient and smooth functioning of all IVF related procedures. Hima and Shambhavi form a formidable and efficient embryology task force for the expert execution of IVF in the laboratory.

Mala Shah
Senior Fertility Counselor / International Coordinator

The Counselling Services Manager, Mala Shah, offers 20 years experience in psychological & IVF counselling and working with individuals and couples during emotionally challenging times.

She has a profound understanding of the emotional and physical impact of undertaking fertility treatment, and the process of coping with a mixture of emotions from joy and excitement to grief and disappointment. Extremely proactive, caring and professional in her approach to patients, she also fluently speaks multiple Indian and foreign languages.

Mala is always there to support you throughout your treatment, and plays a vital role in our ART service. Supportive counselling could include preparing for fertility treatment, and making decisions about your treatment, possible impact on relationships, learning to cope with unsuccessful treatment cycles and/or pregnancy losses, coping with emotions around other people's pregnancies, births and children, talking about how your family, friends and colleagues behave or react, specific concerns related to donor treatment or parenting a donor-conceived child and managing feelings of anxiety or loss of control.

Her comprehensive counselling service is available for current patients undergoing IVF, those considering ART (especially third party methods such as egg donation or surrogacy), and past patients who would like further support after failed IVF attempts. She has a diverse range of skills, expertise and experience, helping you to manage the stress and emotional impact of dealing with fertility issues.

Our Patient Liaison Administration team is here to help you understand the administrative process needed to start your treatment, explain treatment costs, subsequent visit schedules and ensure that the process is as simple and as straightforward as possible for you.

The team schedules your appointments with the counselling and medical teams, and forms the link between you and our fertility specialists, and the administration, accounts and clinical departments. They will provide you with up-to-date information on fees, and can answer any general enquiries you have.

Sagarika Kar
Secretary / Counselor

It's always good to see a familiar face and a cheerful, welcoming smile when you come to your clinic. Our administrative team, Shweta and Sagarika are your first point of contact, and will help you with any questions or concerns you have. From the very beginning, they will help you understand the financial implications such as cycle costs and also coordinate your appointments with doctors, nurses and counsellors. Sagarika is always available to answer any questions you have, so your IVF treatment can be as hassle-free and relaxed as possible. And they love nothing more than meeting your baby and clicking some nice pictures when everything has gone well.

Parul Sanghani
Senior Accounts Manager

As the Finance Administratorshe overlooks all financial and administrative services. This includes processing and monitoring payments and expenditures and preparing and monitoring the payroll system. Providing these services in an effective and efficient manner she ensures that staff are paid in a timely and appropriate manner and that distributors and suppliers are paid within established time limits


Jagruti Thakkar
Office Manager, Patient & Finance Administration

Jagruti joined our team on the 8th of August, 2003 as the Office Manager, following graduation in Computer and office management from the prestigious NIIT academy.

She is qualified in all secretarial procedures and also holds qualifications in management and customer service. Her role at the Unit is varied and includes finance duties, office management, answering queries from international patients, coordinating procurement of VISA's, travel and accommodation arrangements, etc. She is the patient information and website co-ordinator and also responsible for drug ordering and stock control, funding and reporting, accounts and general queries regarding treatment and investigation.She is a customer focused team member who enjoys liaising with patients with regards their appointments and queries.

Specialist IVF Nurses
Seema Warang
Violet Samuel
Suvarna
Namrata
Sujata
Daksha

IVF Male Nurses / Maintenance
Bhikaji Panwalkar
Raju
Santosh
Female Nurses

Administration / Reception Team!

It's always good to see a familiar face and a cheerful smile when you come to your clinic. Our administrative team members are your first point of contact, and will help you with any questions or concerns you have. We have a systematic patient flow system at the first visit as follows:

  • Meeting with a Clinical IVF specialist for evaluation of your history, previous reports, any tests to be performed, review of the proposed treatment with video and other audio visual aids, choice of treatments available
  • Meeting with Dr. Jatin Shah with a transvaginal ultrasound scan and counseling in his chamber, Here, there would be a final decision about the best way forwards, success rates, proposed injection scheme, dose and protocol / other special instructions. You would have a chance to clear all your doubts and anxieties and get a realistic picture of your problem and possible solutions
  • Meeting with a Clinical IVF specialist for an in-depth understanding of how the injections are to be administered, importance of the cold chain, follow up dates for scans, admission notes for the egg retrieval and other necessary information. She would also inform you about possible side effects and answer all your queries patiently
  • Meeting with a Counselor for financial implications, modalities of payment and other formalities, help with accommodation, hotels and travel. Also, instructions on communication and important contact numbers would be provided

The admin team are always available to answer any questions you have, so your IVF treatment can be as hassle-free and relaxed as possible. And they love nothing more than meeting your baby when everything has gone according to plan.

Some of our administrative staff speak Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayali, Kannadiga, Tamil, Telegu, Oriya, Bengali and most other Indian languages – please ask us if you'd feel more comfortable having that additional support.

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