PAMF Fertility Embryology Lab
The embryology laboratory at PAMF Fertility Physicians of Northern California is a high-security, state-of-the-art facility that offers patients a full range of reproductive laboratory services, including in vitro fertilization, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, laser assisted hatching, embryo and blastocyst biopsy, preimplantation genetic screening, and vitrification (rapid freezing) and slow freezing of embryos, blastocysts, sperm and eggs.
The embryology lab is under the direction of Board Certified High Complexity Laboratory Director in Human Embryology and Andrology, Marina Gvakharia, M.D., PhD, HCLD, ELD. Under Dr. Gvakharia’s guidance, our IVF embryology laboratory once again received CAP/ASRM accreditation with high marks. 2017 marks the 10th consecutive year we’ve earned such a distinction. In 2014, Dr. Gvakharia was elected by her peers to be President of the The College of Reproductive Biology (CRB), a special interest group within the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB).
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The embryology team performs patient services under the direction of Dr. Gvakharia. Our embryologists are Sue Lee, Ayca Cubukcu, Lonyl Palao, Wana Popal, and Diana Quinonez. They are fully trained and highly skilled professionals, who are dedicated to excellence in patient and embryo care.
Lab Earns Highest Rating
For the tenth year in a row, our IVF embryology laboratory received CAP/ASRM accreditation with high marks.
The College of American Pathologists (CAP)/American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) accreditation inspection is an extremely comprehensive review of the embryology laboratory’s quality control and quality assurance systems, proficiency testing results, quality of patient care, safety practices and personnel competencies. It is conducted by doctoral level embryologists who are trained to perform these inspections. Inspectors use a checklist that is 110 pages long and cite laboratories for every item on this checklist that they find to be unsatisfactory.