Megan Freebury Karnis, B.A/Sc, MD, FRCSC Founder GREI
Dr. Karnis is originally from Toronto. She pursued her undergraduate studies at McMaster University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree. In 1993 she graduated from medical school at McMaster University. Dr. Karnis completed her internship at the University of Toronto, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and then returned to McMaster for her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Karnis moved to Boston, Massachusetts where she engaged in a three-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Harvard Medical School, in conjunction with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston IVF. In 2002, Dr. Karnis returned to Canada. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and was U.S. Board eligible in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Her research interests are in the area of Turner syndrome and premature ovarian failure. She is internationally recognized as an expert in the risks of pregnancy in women with Turner syndrome. Her practice involves the management of patients with infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, premature ovarian failure, polycystic ovarian syndrome and endocrinologic disorders affecting the female reproductive system. She also specialized in reproductive surgery including operative hysteroscopy and tubal reconstruction.
Shilpa Amin, BSc, MD, FRCSC, GREI
CONSULTANT, FERTILITY SPECIALIST
Dr. Amin is a specialist in Gynecological Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (GREI). She completed her medical training (1996), followed by a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, both at the University of Manitoba. On completion, she held a faculty position as lecturer at the University of Manitoba and practised general Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg. In 2002, she pursued a fellowship in Reproductive Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Amin has published articles in the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology Journal of Canada (SOGC), and The Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology; and abstracts in Fertility and Sterility. She has also contributed to a poster session at an annual meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). She has co-authored many publications and posters that are collaborations with McMaster University and ONE Fertility. These have been presented at the Canadian and American national meetings.
Her interests include all fields of Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL) and endometriosis. She was trained in laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery for infertility and recently stopped operating to focus on the clinical and operational management of a fertility center. She has a special interest in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.
Dr. Amin is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University and the acting site – coordinator for the residents in the McMaster University training program. She received the resident teaching award in 2005.
She doubles as a wife and mother of three and is fluent in English and Hindi.
Mehrnoosh Faghih MD, FRCSC, FACOG, GREI
CONSULTANT, FERTILITY SPECIALIST
Dr. Mehrnoosh Faghih is a specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She completed her two-year subspecialty fellowship in Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (GREI) at McMaster University in 2010 and joined the practice at ONE Fertility. She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University in 2007. Dr. Faghih completed medical school in Iran at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, graduating at the top of her class in 2000.
Dr. Faghih is certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is also American board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a fellow of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and an active member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Dr. Faghih is an Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University and is an attending physician at Hamilton Health Sciences Hospitals. She has been involved in teaching as an instructor for the GREI Fellowship, Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency and Clerkship programs at McMaster University. She was also extensively involved in the process of starting an accredited Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship program at McMaster in 2007. Currently, she is the program Director for Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Residency training program at McMaster University.
Dr. Faghih’s practice includes all areas of reproductive care, with a particular interest in female infertility, premature ovarian failure, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis and recurrent pregnancy loss and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Dr. Faghih has advanced surgical skills in reproductive surgery and, during her residency, was awarded the AAGL certificate for Excellence in Endoscopic Procedures. She is also fluent in both English and Farsi.
Michael Neal, BSc. (Hons), MSc
Michael Neal has over 20 years of experience in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technologies. His research interests have gained him a reputation for innovation and excellence. He has numerous publications and is a frequent reviewer for many major scientific journals related to reproduction. He is a recipient of the Laboratory Innovation in Fertility and Embryology (LIFE) Award. Other honors include Best Basic Science Paper, Best Clinical Paper, Alpha Exchange, and the R.T. Weaver Award. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Mike has research interests in the following areas: (a) the effect of environmental contaminants on fertility, (b) non-invasive measurements of embryo quality, and (c) fertility preservation for male and female oncology patients. He enjoys participating as a lecturer and mentor for the Foundations of A.R.T. course at the University of Toronto and serves on several graduate student advisory committees as a Special Graduate Faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, OVC, University of Guelph.
Mike is a member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS); International Society for Fertility Preservation (ISFP); European Society of Human Reproduction and Endocrinology (ESHRE). He is a past executive member of the ART Lab SIG and CFAS Board of Directors.
Evan Taerk, MD, MSc, FRCSC, GREI
CONSULTANT, FERTILITY SPECIALIST
Dr. Evan Taerk is a specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, as well as a Master of Science degree in Psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal. He then went on to complete both his medical training and a residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto. He later completed a Royal College Fellowship in Gynaecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at McMaster University in Hamilton.
Dr. Taerk has pursued additional training in research methodology and has a diverse range of research interests. Within the realm of Reproductive Endocrinology, his research interests include the optimization of IVF and IUI protocols to maximize pregnancy outcomes. He has presented at a variety of international conferences on this subject including the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society Annual Meetings. Dr. Taerk is a published author in the areas of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, HIV in pregnancy, and Menopause. He received an award from the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society in 2016 for his research on optimizing IUI cycles, as well as the prestigious Duchesnay International Fellowship for his work in Women’s Health in Kenya and Uganda in 2013.
Dr. Taerk is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a practicing Obstetrician/Gynaecologist. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at McMaster University and an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) in the Department of Family Medicine at Queen’s University. When he is not practicing medicine, he enjoys international travel, playing basketball, and spending time with his family.
Stacy Deniz, BHSc. (Hons), MD, FRCSC, GREI
CONSULTANT, FERTILITY SPECIALIST
Dr. Stacy Deniz is a specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She obtained her specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University in 2012. She completed her two-year subspecialty fellowship in Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at McMaster University and joined the team at ONE Fertility. Dr. Deniz is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University.
Her practice involves the management of patients with female and male factor infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, recurrent pregnancy loss, premature ovarian failure and endocrinologic disorders affecting the female reproductive system. Her research interests include the disposition of unused embryos following and IVF treatment cycle as well as evaluating and improving the emotional support available to patients’ struggling with fertility issues. Dr. Deniz has advanced training in reproductive surgery including operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy for fertility management. Most importantly, she is passionate about supporting couples and individuals along their fertility journey while helping them achieve their goal of parenthood.
Caroline Béliveau, MD, FRCSC, FACOG
Dr. Beliveau is originally from Montreal. She pursued her undergraduate studies at McGill University where she earned a Bachelor of Science with honors in Physiology. In 1994, she graduated from medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Boehringer Ingelheim Achievement Award of Excellence. She then returned to McGill University for her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Upon completion, Dr. Beliveau worked in a private practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 2009, she joined ONE Fertility as a fertility consultant. Her interests are all aspects of reproductive medicine. She is also fluent in French and English.
Edward G. Hughes, MBChB, MSc, FRCSC
CONSULTANT, FERTILITY SPECIALIST
Edward G. Hughes is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is immediate Past President of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, Canada’s premier organization representing all disciplines in the field of Fertility care.
After receiving an MBChB from the University of Liverpool Medical School, England, Dr. Hughes obtained additional education in Leicester, England, and later at the University of Ottawa, Ontario. He completed four years of post-fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Ottawa and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Since joining the faculty at McMaster, Dr. Hughes has also completed a Masters Degree in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics.
In addition to training as a Reproductive Endocrine and Infertility specialist, Dr. Hughes has worked as a GP in a remote area of Northern BC called Bella Bella at a community hospital run by the United Church of Canada. He has many interests outside medicine, including fine art, windsurfing and skiing. Ed lives in Ancaster, Ontario with his wife (a Pediatrician), their three children and many pets.
Dr. Hughes’ research interests include clinical epidemiology, effectiveness of sub-fertility treatments, the effects of smoking, aging and environmental exposures on reproduction, and the inhibin/TGFß peptide family. He has recently led and completed a multi-centre randomized controlled trial of expectant management versus IVF (EMVI). He is currently beginning research work on Art Therapy as a healing tool for women dealing with infertility. Dr. Hughes has lectured on these topics both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Hughes is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Author and coauthor of numerous publications, Dr. Hughes’ work has appeared in such journals as The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Human Reproduction, and Fertility and Sterility. He is a referee for The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fertility and Sterility, Human Reproduction, and Canadian Medical Journal. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal Human Reproduction Update and a founding editor of The Cochrane Collaboration Sub-Fertility module. Dr Hughes also sits on the Science Advisory Panel to the Agency for Human Reproduction Canada.
Marc Anthony Fischer, BSc (Hons), MD, CCFP, FRCSC
ANDROLOGY CONSULTANT, UROLOGIST
Dr. Fischer is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Urology with a cross appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario. Dr. Fischer did his undergraduate studies at Acadia University and graduated from medical school at the University of Western Ontario. He completed his Urology residency in Halifax and a two-year fellowship in Andrology and Research Genetics at Mount Sinai Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Dr. Fischer’s research interests include Male Infertility, Microsurgery for Male Infertility, The Genetic Aspects of Male Infertility, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Erectile Dysfunction and Andropause. He has published numerous articles in well-respected journals, authored textbook chapters and has presented his research at international meetings.