Partner Clinic

Our Partner Clinic is ReproART, Georgian – American Center for Reproductive medicine. The clinic’s key directions include testing and treating all types of infertility, including in vitro fertilization (IVF).  ReproART operates in every area of female and male reproductive health.

ReproART History

The ReproART Georgian-American Center for Reproductive Medicine offers you American-quality treatment.  The ReproART staff has extensive experience in fighting against infertility, while the center maintains all standards to uphold its reputation of a reliable leader in the industry.

Our experience at ReproART includes more than 23 years of employing the in vitro fertilization (IVF) method.  Constantly monitoring quality enables us to expand and better our services on a regular basis.

We maintain constant communication with leading American and Japanese clinics. Our reliability, among others, rests on the adoption of all innovative methods developed jointly by scientists and clinicians for the world’s leading clinics.

ReproART clinic carries out scientific and clinical studies in cooperation with our international partners.  Clinic employees participate in various seminars, symposia, and congresses to present their latest scientific achievements and share experience with their colleagues worldwide. Works by ReproART’s doctors were presented at such acclaimed conferences as the Congress of the European Society of Human reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), the Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the Congress of the International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology (ISGE).

ReproART Management 

Lika Chkhonia – Founder and Director at ReproART

An embryologist with the most extensive in vitro fertilization (IVF) experience in Georgia spanning 23 years.

  • Holder of a doctorate degree from Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine—Susan Lanzendorf Lab Norfolk, Virginia, USA where the first IVF baby in the US was born.
  • Certified teacher of assisted reproduction technologies (ART), including ART micromanipulation, at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, VA.
  • Since 1995, spent eight years working in the US, including for the Mount Sinai Hospital and Offices for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine in New York, NY.
  • Embryologist at the In Vitro Fertilization Unit of Zhordania Institute of Human Reproduction in 2003-2006.
  • Head of the In Vitro Unit at the Junona Medical Center in 2006-2012.
  • Founder and Director of the ReproART Georgian-American Center for Reproductive Medicine since July 2012.
  • President of the Georgian Association of Reproductive Medicine and Biology.
  • Since 2014, serves as Georgia’s elected representative to the ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) Committee of National Representatives.
  • Winner of the 2015 IWEC (International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation) Award.
  • Largely credited for the birth of the first ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), SSR (surgical sperm retrieval), and frozen blastocyst babies in Georgia.
  • Member of the ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) and ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine).

Nino Okujava – Founder and Deputy Director at ReproART

  • Studied practical medicine at the Tbilisi State Medical Institute.
  • Geneticist physician at Zhordania Institute of Human Reproduction in 1981-1994.
  • Deputy Director at the NeoStudio Company (1994-2006).
  • Member of the editorial staff for The World to Constant Connection, MagtiCom’s (communications service provider) corporate magazine (1994-2006).
  • Executive producer for “General Shalikashvili”, “We Are the First Europeans”, “Silk Road”, “I, George Balanchine”, “The World of Constant Connection”, and other documentaries.
  • Corporate Video Advertising Executive Producer for MagtiCom (communications service provider) in 1999-2006.
  • Center for Communication Programs at Johns Hopkins University; Executive Producer of a family planning TV show under the Family Healthcare Program.
  • Center for Communication Programs at Johns Hopkins University; Executive Producer of an antiabortion TV project under the Family Healthcare Program.
  • Founder and Assistant Director of the ReproART Georgian-American Center for Reproductive Medicine since 2012.
  • Member of the ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) and ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine).

David McCulloh, PHD, HCLD (High-Complexity Clinical laboratory Director, C.C. – Director of Clinical Science at ReproART

  • David McCulloh, PhD, HCLD (High-Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director), C.C., serves as Director of Clinical Science at three branches (Tbilisi, Kutaisi, and Batumi) of the ReproART Georgian-American Center for Reproductive Medicine.  At the same time, he leads the Andrology Laboratory at the Biogenetics Corporation in New Jersey, and serves as Assistant Laboratory Director and Research Committee Chair at the New York University Fertility Center (NYUFC). In addition, David is the interface between NYUFC and Redshift Technologies, the creator of the Center’s electronic medical record system. He holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University School of Medicine.
  • Since joining NYUFC in 2012, David McCulloh has coauthored 15 peer-reviewed publications and 3 textbooks.
  • David McCulloh’s work experience includes directing ART (assisted reproductive technology) laboratories for two decades: University Reproductive Associates [and its predecessor, the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center] in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey; Offices for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, in Greenwich Village, New York; and the Fertility Institute at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Prior to his clinical endeavors, he was involved in basic research, investigating sperm-egg interactions, sperm entry, oocyte maturation and egg activation using cellular electrophysiological methods in sea urchin eggs at the University of Miami School of Medicine, in Miami, Florida. His research also covers the foregoing in rabbit oocytes (in vitro) at the University of Maryland and the USDA’s Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, in College Park/Beltsville, Maryland.
  • He has been faculty member at the New Jersey Medical School within the University for Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in Newark, New Jersey; the Oregon Health Sciences University, in Portland, Oregon; and the University of Miami School of Medicine.  He held a Scientist Position at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, in Beaverton, Oregon.

American quality treatment 

Thanks to our knowledge, experience, ultramodern equipment and, most importantly, the center’s team of top-notch professionals and our American colleagues, we offer you American quality and results without having leave Georgia.

In addition, we offer you the highest international standards of infertility diagnostics and treatment, a legally flawless contractual system to govern relations between the center and its patients, an individual approach to every separate case, full confidentiality, and a comfortable modern setting.

Our modern technological equipment and highly qualified experienced medical personnel create a pleasant and comfortable environment for couples.

ReproART Services

Over the many years we have been in this business, thousands of patients have achieved their goal of having a healthy baby and building a full-fledged family. With our help, many of them have succeeded in conceiving naturally.

We help our patients achieve natural conception. If their health conditions prevent it, however, we offer interference with assisted reproductive technology.

  • Ovulation induction
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI) and donor intra uterine insemination (DIUI)
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF)
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
  • Surgical Sperm Aspiration
  • Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Monogenic Diseases – PGT-M
  • Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Aneuploidy – PGT-A
  • Egg, sperm and embryo Freeze
  • Sperm and egg donation and surrogacy programs.

ReproART Results

In the past, the notion of IVF only meant transferring unfrozen embryos within the process of egg aspiration, which was expected to result in pregnancy.  This is why clinics tried to avoid keeping embryos in laboratories for more than three days.  The method of freezing, on the other hand, was quite underdeveloped, so it was imperative to transfer embryos as part of the egg aspiration process, because freezing undermined their vitality and hardiness.

Over time, however, as the method of freezing developed (the method of vitrification—freezing), and new solutions were introduced for freezing and ensuring an embryo’s transformation into a blastocyst (5-6 days), the rates of pregnancy skyrocketed in both frozen and unfrozen embryos.

                                            ReproART Success Rate

Groups Fresh transfer FET (%)
Donor eggs 62% 70%
Donor/Surrogate 77% 83%

Our clinic has developed and successfully adopted blastocyst vitrification (rapid freezing method) with a 98% rate of survival and a 65% rate of pregnancy regardless of age.

Patients are often mistaken believing that transferring the embryo outside the unfrozen cycle decreases their chances of pregnancy.  In reality, however, given their health conditions, the embryo absolutely must be frozen, while the uterus is being properly prepared, and only after that, the frozen embryo can be transferred.  This way, the embryo increases chances of pregnancy and not the other way around.

Add to that preimplantation genetic diagnosis/screening (24 chromosomes analyzed, and 22 autosomes and chromosomes X, Y screened), and you will have even better chances at successful in vitro fertilization and much lower failed pregnancy risks.

The experience of numerous clinics confirms that using frozen embryos increases pregnancy rates, giving much better results than unfrozen embryos transferred during the same cycle.

Our achievements encourage us to state decisively that, with ReproART, every infertile couple has a good chance at parenthood.

 

ReproART Team

The Georgian-American Center for Reproductive Medicine ReproART is staffed with specialists trained in some of the leading clinics of the world.

Obstetricians/gynecologists, reproduction (fertility) specialists, embryologists, geneticists, andrologists, immunologists, and professionals in many other areas make up a team that guarantees outstanding results in our clinic.

Our clinic carries out scientific and clinical studies in cooperation with our international partners.  Our employees participate in various seminars, symposia, and congresses to present their latest scientific achievements and share experience with their colleagues worldwide.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015, works by ReproART’s doctors were presented at such acclaimed conferences as the Congress of the European Society of Human reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), the Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the Congress of the International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology (ISGE), World Congress on Controversies in Preconception, Preimplantation and Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis (CoGEN).