“How would you feel if you could help fill someone’s life with joy? I get to do this every day.”
– Keith Whitacre
Embryologist Keith S. Whitacre spends much of his day in a leading-edge, high technology laboratory, although he describes his job as making dreams come true. With 25 years experience as an embryologist, Keith has served successful In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) programs across North America, from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Jackson, Mississippi and across the United States. His experience includes the design of multiple state-of-the-art embryology laboratories.
Keith holds a Master of Science degree from The Ohio State University, where he was also a candidate for a doctorate degree. He completed his undergraduate studies at Marquette University. In 2007, he was honored with an invitation to speak before the Ohio Supreme County Judges Colloquium on the topic of reproductive technology and legal issues in the state of Ohio.
In addition to witnessing amazing technological advancements in the field of assisted reproductive technologies, Keith has contributed to research in the field. His studies relate to In Vitro Maturation (IVM) of human oocytes, and the use of genetic technology in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Keith believes that utilizing genetic techniques to select the best embryo for transfer will be one of the next paradigm shifts in the field. Utilization of these techniques will allow IVF patients to benefit from improved chances of success.
In Keith’s own words: