Shamir Medical Center Beer Yaakov
Department of Reproductive Medicine (609553)
Specialized in: reproductive medicine
About the department
The Department of Reproductive Medicine at the Shamir Medical Center Be'er Ya'akov offers the full range of modern treatment methods for infertility in men and women, including the most advanced ones, which are available only in a few medical centers around the world. The medical facility was founded in 1986 and became one of the first in its field of competence in Israel. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Raphael Ron-El.
The department has several laboratory units for the introduction of sperm into the egg, which allows the doctors to deal with especially complex cases using several microscopes simultaneously. In addition, the department has a laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment, such as incubators with reduced oxygen concentration for achievement of optimal results. Recently, the department has begun using incubators of a new generation – desk incubators with small openings and a stable, persistent gas concentration.
The department is structurally divided into two parts. The first is the Section for Male Infertility and the Sperm Bank, which performs testicular interventions, procedures to improve sperm quality and cryopreservation of semen samples. The second is the Section for Female Infertility, which specializes in in vitro fertilization (IVF) and microscopic manipulations for successful achievement of pregnancy. The department uses advanced technologies for reproductive medicine, which guarantee high-quality results even in complex cases.
Thanks to the outstanding results of fertility treatment, the department is known far beyond the borders of Israel. The department's specialists carry out cooperative clinical and research activities with leading Fertility Centers in Western Europe and the USA. The doctors of the medical facility actively participate in international conferences, during which they present their developments and achievements.
The department's range of medical services includes:
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
- Testicular sperm extraction (TESE)
- Microdissection testicular sperm extraction (microTESE)
- Percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration (PESA)
- Cryopreservation of embryos and blastocysts using the classical (slow) and innovative method (vitrification)
- Oocyte cryopreservation for unmarried women between the ages of 30 and 41
- Fertility preservation in women with cancer or systemic diseases
- Preimplantation genetic diagnosis
- Other services
Prof. Raphael Ron-El is a leading Israeli specialist in the field of reproductive medicine, as well as one of the best specialists in the country specializing in fertility treatment using in vitro fertilization (IVF). Since 1987, the doctor has been the Head of the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the Shamir Medical Center Be'er Ya'akov. Since 2001, he has also worked as Resident Assistant Professor at Tel Aviv University.
The specialist began his professional training at the Institute of IVF and Reproductive Medicine in Vienna, Austria, he also underwent training at the IVF Center in the Department of Gynecology of the University Hospital Bonn in Germany (1986). In addition, the doctor underwent courses in microsurgery at the KU Leuven in Belgium.
Clinical interests of Prof. Raphael Ron-El include obstetrics and gynecology, assisted reproductive technologies with a particular focus on IVF. He specializes in IVF procedures using ICSI in complex cases of infertility – this technique demonstrates high efficiency and is one of the most progressive.
The doctor is the author of more than 190 medical publications, which have been published in various research journals. Prof. Ron-El repeatedly participated in international conferences as a lecturer, as well as participated in Israeli and international congresses, where he presented the latest research and innovative developments. In addition, the professor organized ten international conferences at the Shamir Medical Center Be'er Ya'akov (five of them are congresses of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology).
Prof. Raphael Ron-El is a member of the founding committee of the Mediterranean Society for Reproductive Medicine, a member of several commissions in IVF in the Ministry of Health, a member of the commission for monitoring the licensing of departments and the quality of IVF, a member of the State Commission for Registration of Researches in the field of in vitro fertilization. Previously, Prof. Ron-El also was the President of the Israeli Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Photo of the doctor: (c) Shamir Medical Center
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