Program Director Message

‌D‌ear Applicant, Alumni of the Program, or other interested persons:

‌The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine began the clinical investigation and treatment of infertility in 1980.The successful delivery of the first in vitro baby in the United States in December, 1981 coincided with the establish‌ment of the Reproductive Endocrine Infertility Training Program with Physicians from around the world coming to Norfolk, Virginia.  Dr. Suheil Muasher was the first official Reproductive Endocrine and Infertility Fellow from 1983 to 1985.  

Drs. Howard and Gerogeanna Jones integrated basic research with clinical activities as an early example of translational research. This tradition has been continued by Sergio Oehninger, MD, PhD the Division Director who has promoted the interaction between basic research and the clinic.  We offer our REI Fellow, clinical training based on 32 years experience.  This training is complimented by active basic research programs investigating the endometrium, implantation, oocyte maturation and oocyte donation, and male infertility. 

The clinical program provides an experience in assisted reproduction involving controlled ovarian stimulation protocols, ovocyte retrieval, invitro fertilization and embryo and oocyte freezing as well as embryo transfers.  The basic research experience begins in the second year and consists of 18 months of protected time investigating a topic approved by the Division Research Committee. The third year of the Program is partly basic research, the completion of the thesis project but also a re-introduction to the clinical arena with rotations on adult general endocrinology, and pediatric endocrinology.

The clinical faculty is David F. Archer, MD, Silvina Bocca, MD, PhD, Laurel Stadtmauer, MD, PhD, Mahmood Morshedi, PhD Director of Andrology, Susan Gitlin, PhD Director of the Pre-embryo Genetics Program. The CONRAD program clinical and pre-clinical research activities are housed in the Jones Institute building and provide further expertise in basic and clinical research.

The strength of the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine is the involvement of the Faculty in both basic and clinical research and the commitment to the education of young investigators.  This commitment has been important to the success of our mission of creating academically oriented, well trained Reproductive Endocrine and Infertility Fellows. 

We welcome any inquiries and look forward to having the opportunity to help you decide where you would like spend your Fellowship Program in the future.


Laurel Stadtmauer, MD, PhD

Reproductive Endocrine Infertility Program Director

The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine