A team dedicated to embryonic competence

Board of Directors

Richard T. Scott, Jr., MD, FACOG, HCLD

Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr. is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and founding partner of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey where he functions as the scientific director, clinical director, and embryology lab director. He serves as president of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Embryonic Competence (FEC).

Dr. Scott is professor and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of Rutgers University. Additionally, Dr. Scott is the director of the Reproductive Endocrine Fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia Medical School and then completed his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Scott’s work has been published in over 350 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts. He is a popular speaker at scientific meetings having been invited to speak on 5 continents more than 400 times.

Dr. Scott’s contribution to the field of reproductive endocrinology has been recognized and honored by both academic institutions and patient advocacy groups. He’s been awarded the ASRM Prize Paper Award 3 times, SART Prize Paper Award 3 times, STAR Achievement Award from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and Professor of the Year from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

William Chow, DO

Dr. William Chow is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. He is treasurer of the FEC Board of Directors.

Dr. Chow completed his bachelor of science degree at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. Dr. Chow completed his residency in dermatology at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX and a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Chow is a fellow of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. He holds certifications from both the American Board of Dermatology (Dermatology) and American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology (Dermatology and Mohs Micrographic Surgery).

Notable past positions include his service as chief of Dermatologic Surgery for the United States Air Force, associate professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, Davis and president of the San Francisco Dermatologic Society where he now serves as treasurer. He is also a clinical instructor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Lyn Jacobson, MSW, LMSW

Lyn Jacobson is a licensed social worker and has worked extensively in treating individuals and couples in all facets of assisted reproduction, with special interests in gamete donation, third-party psychoeducation, social egg freezing, single parenting, fertility awareness, and technological advances for assisted reproduction. She serves as secretary of the FEC Board of Directors.

Ms. Jacobson recently chaired a discussion at the Midwest Reproductive Symposium regarding the emotional impact and implications associated with the advance of reproductive technology specific to donor conceived offspring. She was a consultant in developing the adoption/third-party reproduction initiative for the National Institute for the Psychotherapies.

Her professional memberships and associations include the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Mental Health Professional Group, the Fertility Preservation Special Interest Group, RESOLVE, and the National Association of Social Workers. Within ASRM, Ms. Jacobson has served on the Mentoring Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee of the Women’s Council.

Scientific Advisory Board

John Frattarelli, MD

Dr. John L. Frattarelli is a board-certified reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist. He is the CEO and founder of Advanced Reproductive Medicine & Gynecology of Hawaii and the medical, practice, and laboratory director for the Fertility Institute of Hawaii.

Dr. Frattarelli completed his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He received his M.D. from the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. He completed an Internship and Residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, followed by a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Frattarelli is a member of several national and international societies and has served as chair for the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Associates, chair for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Subspecialist CREOG Examination Committee, as well as clinical director of the Executive Council for the Society for Assisted Reproduction and Technology (SART).

Dr. Frattarelli is an avid, award-winning researcher and lecturer with several national and international presentations and published manuscripts. He serves as an ad hoc reviewer for more than 10 peer-reviewed medical journals. His research interests have focused on reproductive endocrinology and ways to improve infertility diagnosis and treatment, particularly in the areas of diminished ovarian reserve, infertility surgery, ultrasonography, polycystic ovarian syndrome, recurrent miscarriages, endometriosis, ovulation induction, male aging, in vitro fertilization, and fertility preservation.



Eric Widra, MD, FACOG, FAWM

Dr. Eric Widra is the medical director of Shady Grove Fertility RSC. He has served as the chair of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) Practice Committee and a member of the SART Executive Committee and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Practice Committee.  He is also an associate director of the Combined Federal Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the NIH, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Shady Grove.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Widra supervises the extensive research activities and academic ventures at Shady Grove Fertility. He has numerous publications and presentations in the field of infertility and reproductive technologies. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and a fellow of the American Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

Glen Hofmann, MD, PhD, FACOG

Under Dr. Glen Hofmann’s leadership, the Bethesda Center for Reproductive Health and Fertility has accomplished numerous area firsts, including intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), blastocyst transfer and testicular sperm aspiration, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), and most recently, fertility preservation/egg freezing.

Print and broadcast media seek Dr. Hofmann often to provide comment surrounding issues in infertility as his expertise has been recognized by media ranging from local papers to NBC national news. An award-winning researcher, his work has appeared in numerous journals and has contributed to increased understanding in such areas as ovarian reserve screening, ovarian stimulation, growth factors, frozen embryos, and embryo quality effects on pregnancy rates, vitamin D deficiency, and egg freezing.


Rebekah Zimmerman, PhD, FACMG

Dr. Rebekah Zimmerman, who acts as director of clinical genetics at the FEC, is board certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics in clinical molecular genetics, and she also holds a certificate of qualification as a laboratory director in genetic testing by the New York State Department of Health.

Dr. Zimmerman obtained her PhD in genetics from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University, and then completed her fellowship in clinical molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School. She has spent several years developing molecular diagnostic tests for cardiomyopathies, inherited cancers, and expanded carrier screening.

Heather Garnsey, MPS

Ms. Heather Garnsey serves as lab supervisor at the FEC. She has 8 years of clinical laboratory experience, including FISH, real-time PCR, and microarray protocols. In addition, she works with referring in vitro fertilization practices to receive patient samples under optimal conditions for testing and ensure adherence to clinical laboratory regulations.

Ms. Garnsey obtained her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and master’s degree in applied statistics from Cornell University.

Jennifer Eccles, MS, CGC

Ms. Jennifer Eccles is a licensed and board-certified genetic counselor who brings over 15 years of experience in preimplantation and prenatal genetics to the Foundation for Embryonic Competence (FEC). She is a senior genetic counselor primarily responsible for managing the single gene disorder program at the FEC.

Ms. Eccles graduated with honors with a bachelor of arts in biology from Rutgers University and with a master of science degree from the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College. Certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling since 2002, Ms. Eccles is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Amanda Iturriaga, MS, CGC

A genetic counselor at the FEC, Ms. Amanda Iturriaga was granted board-certification by the American Board of Genetic Counselors in 2009 and is currently an active member of National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).

Ms. Iturriaga completed her bachelor of arts degree in biological sciences from Rutgers University and proceeded to Arcadia University for her master’s degree in genetic counseling. Her graduate thesis was accepted as a poster presentation at the 2008 annual education conference sponsored by the NSGC.

Intramural Research

Nathan Treff, PhD

Dr. Nathan Treff is director of molecular biology research at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey and associate professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Dr. Treff has published over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts in reproductive genetics and developed methods and laboratory capabilities, including SNP array-, quantitative real time PCR-, and next-generation sequencing-based preimplantation genetic screening for aneuploidy and single gene disorders, which are in clinical use throughout the world. He is a winner of numerous prestigious awards including the 2013 ASRM New Investigator Award, the 2013 Bonei Olam Scientific Achievement Award, the ASRM 2007 and 2010 General Program Prize Paper Award, the 2009 and 2010 SART Prize Paper Award, and the 2014 EMD Serono Grants in Fertility Innovation Award. He also serves as a senior associate editor of the Journal for Assisted Reproduction and Genetics and an editor of Fertility and Sterility.



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