Dr. Dobson is a Board Certified specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He earned both his M.D. degree and Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in the Medical Scientist Training Program. His doctoral thesis resulting in his Ph.D. was in the field of Microbiology and Immunology, in which he used recombinant DNA technology to study herpes simplex virus. He then went to the University of Texas, Southwestern, in Dallas to complete his residency where he worked at Parkland Hospital, the busiest hospital for obstetrics in the country.
Dr. Dobson then moved to the Bay Area to complete his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, San Francisco. At UCSF, he studied gene expression in human eggs and embryos as they progressed through fertilization to the blastocyst stage of development.
He then became a Women's Reproductive Health Research Award Scholar in which he studied gene expression in the eggs of aging women. In his laboratory at UCSF, he further studied genes in the folic acid pathway and their role in pregnancy and pregnancy loss. He presented this work as a prize paper at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. This academic work prepared him well to take care of couples having difficulty conceiving pregnancies and carrying them into the second trimester.
Although he treats couples with any kind of fertility problem, he especially likes to care for women with egg causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and diminished ovarian reserve. He also is comfortable speaking to and helping women with sexual dysfunction or traumatic past experiences in their quest for pregnancy. He performs both hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery for a variety of conditions primarily related to infertility. He performs in-office treatment for missed abortions and diagnostic and minor hysteroscopic surgeries. He can also evaluate tubal patency by saline infusion sonohysterography, avoiding fluoroscopic X-rays and iodine-based contrast dye.
* Giritharan G, Talbi S, Donjacour A, Di Sebastiano F, Dobson AT, and Rinaudo PF, Effect of in vitro fertilization on gene expression and development of mouse preimplantation embryos, Reproduction 134(1) 63-72.
* Rosen MP, Shen S, McCulloch CE, Rinaudo PF, Cedars MI, and Dobson AT, Methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is associated with ovarian follicular activity, Fertility and Sterility, Published online June 15, 2007.
* Dobson AT, Davis RM, Rosen MP, Shen S, Chan J, and Cedars MI. Methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T and A1298C variants do not affect ongoing pregnancy rates following in vitro fertilization, Human Reproduction, 22(2), 450-456, Published Online October 19, 2006.
* Rinaudo PF, Ghiritaran G, Dobson AT, and Schultz RM. Effects of oxygen tension on gene expression in preimplantation mouse embryos (2006), Fertility and Sterility, 84 (Supplement 4), 1252-65.
* Shen S, Rosen MP, Dobson AT, Rinaudo P, Fujimoto VY, Cedars MI. Day 2 transfer improves pregnancy outcome in IVF cycles with few available embryos, Fertility and Sterility, 86(1), 44-50; Published Online May 30, 2006
* Rosen MP, Shen S, Dobson AT, Fujimoto VY, Cedars MI. Oocyte degeneration following Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI): A multivariate analysis to assess its importance as a laboratory or clinical marker, Fertility and Sterility, 85(6), 1736-43, Published Online May 3, 2006. Full list of publications