Our Advisors and Contributors
Dr. Eduardo Hariton
Eduardo Hariton, MD, MBA is a practicing, board-eligible, reproductive endocrinologist and fertility physician at the Reproductive Science Center of the Bay Area in San Francisco, California, and the VP of Strategic Initiatives and Managing Director of the Innovation Fund at US Fertility. Dr. Hariton completed his medical and business training at Harvard and his Ob/Gyn residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Hariton has always sought to be at the cutting edge of the industry. He has authored dozens of research publications, abstracts, and presentations, most notably a seminal contribution to Fertility and Sterility for his thesis research using artificial intelligence and machine learning to optimize the timing of the trigger injection in IVF. He has earned numerous awards over his career and is a member of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society. When Dr. Hariton isn’t busy with his patients or advising early-stage healthcare companies, he likes to spend time with his wife, two daughters, and dog, or watch fútbol (known by some as soccer). Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Dr. Hariton moved to the United States over 20 years ago.
Dr. Alice D. Domar
Renowned psychologist, Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., is currently the Chief Compassion Officer and Director of Research for Inception Fertility, an associate professor in obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, and a senior staff psychologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Domar is a true leader in women’s health issues, specializing in stress, infertility, and self-nurturance. She’s also the first researcher to apply mind-body medicine to women with infertility, having created groundbreaking clinical programs using these techniques with infertility patients. Dr. Domar is a best-selling author, media authority, and sought-after public speaker. Dr. Domar has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dateline NBC, CNN, and PBS, to name a few. She presents lectures and conducts workshops throughout the US and around the world and went on tour with Oprah in the spring of 2004 and 2005 with the LLuminari team. She has served on the advisory boards of Parents Magazine, Resolve, and Easy Eats, and is a past chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of ASRM and an Editor of Fertility and Sterility. Dr. Domar received her MA and Ph.D. in Health Psychology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Ferkauf School of Professional Psychology of Yeshiva University. Her post-doctoral training was at Beth Israel Hospital, Deaconess Hospital, and Children’s Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Carmen Messerlian
Carmen Messerlian, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of environmental reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric epidemiology at Harvard University, where she examines the extent to which environmental exposures affect a couple’s ability to achieve conception, maintain pregnancy and deliver healthy offspring. She is a passionate and curious scientist committed to understanding how the world around us impacts human reproduction across the lifecourse. Dr. Messerlian is also the Director of the Scientific Early Life Environmental Health & Development (SEED) Program, where her team works to understand how the environment impacts reproductive health from the very earliest stages of life – starting from the formation of gametes and embryos – to the birth of infants and throughout childhood. Dr. Messerlian has written over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals and was previously a pediatric nurse at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and a maternal-child public health consultant for local, state, and national governments. She is a Scientific Committee Member for the EPA's Toxic Substance Control Act and serves on numerous committees working to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children. Outside of her work as a fertility scientist, Dr. Messerlian is an enthusiastic teacher, mentor, and lifelong learner. She is also innovating in the Femtech entrepreneur space. Follow her @drmesserlian or find more information about her work at harvard @ seed-program.org.
Dr. Sara Barton
Dr. Sara Barton is a dual board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and is a full-time clinical physician at CCRM in Colorado. She earned her medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine where she graduated first in her class. She completed her residency at Harvard in obstetrics and gynecology and stayed on at Harvard to pursue a three-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Barton has also served as an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Barton has authored numerous articles and textbook chapters on the field of reproductive endocrinology, primarily in the area of fertility preservation and fertility in cancer survivors. She has a passion for fertility preservation, assisting same-sex couples with fertility options, and optimal stimulation protocols for assisted reproduction. She has consistently been named a Castle Connolly "Top Doctor" in her field. When she's not busy with patients, Dr. Barton spends time with her three children and husband Jake in the mountains of Colorado, seeing as much live music as her schedule will allow. She is an avid yoga practitioner, having found the benefits of yoga in her personal health and her patient's well-being. She studied the health benefits of yoga for a month outside Bangalore, India during her medical training.
Dr. Lucky Sekhon
Dr. Lucky Sekhon is a double-board certified Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility physician, currently practicing at RMA of New York. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a fellow at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University and attended medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where she graduated with honors. She completed her residency and fellowship at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Sekhon has authored dozens of studies and regularly presents her research at conferences. She is passionate about continuing her research on preimplantation genetic testing (PGT), fertility preservation, and mental health. Dr. Sekhon has also openly been a fertility patient herself, having gone through fertility preservation. She is passionate about using social media to reach and educate patients. Follow her @lucky.sekhon!
Dr. Staci Tanouye
Dr. Staci Tanouye is a board-certified gynecologist, currently practicing in Jacksonville, FL, with a true passion for women’s health. She believes that every woman is unique and her healthcare should be, too. Dr. Tanouye studied biology and education at Washington University in St. Louis, then stayed in that city to attend medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the top clinic for Gynecology, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where she loved her experience so much she served on the admissions committee for several years and was then invited to join the faculty when she graduated. Dr. Tanouye is passionate about educating women about their bodies and sexual, hormonal, and reproductive health. She loves to empower women to learn about and understand their bodies. She has a passionate online following where she posts content shattering stigmas and misinformation @dr.staci.t. When she’s not seeing patients, so loves spending time with her 3 kids, including the newest addition who just turned 1.