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Infertile patients cannot afford to wait for treatment while their eggs get older.

Dr. Sherman Silber, Infertility Center of St. Louis, is offering video consultations for patients who need to plan now for their treatment while stay-at-home orders are in place. He is talking to and evaluating patients in their home to comply with social distancing measures.

Dr. Silber is discovering that patients actually prefer this method of telemedicine consultation over the conventional office visit. Patients have conveyed that “it is so much more convenient and less stressful” to have a telemedicine personal consultation than to take a day off from work to travel to the doctor’s office and sit with other nervous patients in the waiting room.

The COVID-19 pandemic is thus changing much of the way we will do things in the future, and for the better. “Our patients are surprisingly much happier with this approach. Of course, at some point we need to perform hands on treatment. But with this new manner of seeing patients, we can come to the right diagnosis and treatment plan for most patients more efficiently, quickly, and painlessly, with no loss of personal one-on-one communication.” This is a very welcome new era of telemedicine that has been forced on us by the current difficult times.

About Dr. Silber

Dr. Sherman Silber, a renowned pioneer in microsurgery and infertility, is considered one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of infertility. This includes IVF, Mini-IVF, sperm retrieval, ICSI, vasectomy reversal, male infertility, tubal ligation reversal, egg and embryo freezing, ovary transplantation and the reproductive biological clock.

For over 43 years, Dr. Silber has originally developed all of the most popular fertility treatments used around the world today.

Dr. Sherman J. Silber was recognized as one of the “Giants in Reproductive Medicine” at the 6th IVF Worldwide Online Congress. The honor recognized his contributions to the field of infertility and transformation of patient care through his career, research pursuits, and mentorship of others. Silber is the medical director of Infertility Services at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Dr. Silber, a Pioneer in Microsurgery and Infertility

He performed the world’s first microsurgical vasectomy reversal, as well as the first testicle transplant, in the 1970s and now in the current century, the world’s first ovary transplant. He was the first to develop the TESE, MESA, and ICSI techniques for retrieving testicular and epididymal sperm in azoospermic men and injecting into the wife’s eggs. He headed the clinical MIT team that first mapped and sequenced the Y chromosome in infertile men and discovered the now-famous DAZ gene for male fertility. He was the first to bring and popularize the completely “game-changing” vitrification (i.e. modern, flawless, freezing) technique to the United States from Japan.

His research includes also the study of reproduction and fertility in zoo animals and endangered species. Most recently he has perfected the preservation of fertility for cancer patients with ovarian freezing and transplantation and thereby figured out how to extend the reproductive biological clock of women. He has helped pioneer minimal ovarian stimulation to reduce IVF costs and eliminate complications while maintaining the very highest success rates, even in older women. He has even recently answered the age-old question of why the dinosaurs went extinct by extending his research on male infertility and the Y chromosome, discovering that the change in earth temperature 65,000,000 years ago led to the birth of a skewed male/female sex ratio. His most current research project is making sperm and eggs from skin biopsies.

Dr. Silber has treated many thousands of infertile couples who travel to St. Louis daily from all over the world. His patients come from every state in the U.S.A., all over Europe, South America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. His patients include doctors, teachers, rock stars, secretaries, politicians, astronauts, movie stars, scientists, truck drivers, lawyers, migrant fruit pickers, CEO’s, princes and kings.

He is the author of five medical textbooks, five best-selling books for the layman and more than 250 scientific papers on human infertility and reproduction. “How to Get Pregnant”, published by Little, Brown and Company, has been a major bestseller in the United States, and Dr. Silber’s books have been published in English, Spanish, German, Chinese, and Russian.

He has appeared many times on the Today Show, the Donahue Show, Gary Collins, Peter Jennings ABC Nightly News, Oprah, Charlie Rose, and Ted Koppel Nightline. He has been a consultant numerous times on the Joan Rivers Show and ABC News, Good Morning America, and has been a regular contributor many times on CNN, KMOX, WOR, and NPR radio. Discovery Channel has aired many documentaries on his work.

Dr. Silber went to medical school at the University of Michigan, did post-graduate training at Stanford University, the University of Melbourne in Australia, and then again at the University of Michigan. From 1967 to 1969, he provided medical care via the U. S. Public Health Service to Eskimos, Indians, and Aleuts. Then he taught at the University of Melbourne Medical School in Australia, and later at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. He is a scientific collaborator at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the Kato Clinic in Tokyo, and is a full professor at the University of Amsterdam, The University of Michigan and at Sun Yat Sen University Medical School in China. His major clinical medical practice however is at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

He always gives credit for his amazing surgical dexterity to the training he received during medical school from an uneducated but brilliant Black janitor who washed instruments at the animal lab at the University of Michigan. He honored his incredible surgical teacher on the NBC News Today Show in 2006.

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