The Genesis Team
We are ranked among the nation’s top Centers of Excellence for Infertility, in the United States, thanks to our team of clinicians, scientists, nurses and support staff.
GENESIS physicians have been honored and recognized for their outstanding contributions to the field of reproductive medicine. All have published and lectured extensively as experts in the field of infertility and reproductive medicine.
Our physicians have helped thousands of couples build families. The combination of medical expertise, advanced scientific techniques available at GENESIS, as well as our track record of compassionate and successful care continues to exceed our patients’ expectations for outstanding fertility treatment.
Alka Goyal, PhD, HCLD/CC is the Director of Laboratories at GENESIS. She holds a High Complexity Laboratory Director’s license and a Clinical Consultant certification from the American Board of Bioanalysis. She has been involved in the field of reproductive medicine for over 25 years.
Dr. Goyal had her first exposure to IVF at the world-renowned Monash University in Australia and thereafter received her PhD from Bombay University. She trained at a number of leading IVF centers world-wide, including the Institut Universiari Dexeus in Barcelona, Spain.
Dr. Goyal was responsible for setting up laboratories and serving as a laboratory director in two excellent programs in Canada. She was the senior scientist responsible for setting up a PGD and vitrification program at The Reproductive Care Center in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, following which she joined The Center for Human Reproduction in New York, as the Head of Embryology services.
Her extensive research and clinical experiences include benchmark work in molecular biology and expertise in all aspects of IVF, including vitrification and stem cells.
Dr. Goyal is honored to have the opportunity to work with the outstanding team at GENESIS and hopes to play a role in furthering Laboratory driven research.
GENESIS is staffed with highly trained, dedicated nurses; many with specialized qualifications. All of our nurses have completed the ASRM and NPG Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Nurse Certification course.
They coordinate all aspects of the patient’s care while at Genesis. Their involvement begins from the patient’s first encounter at our clinic and continues throughout the entire process. They work side by side with the physicians and patients to help navigate the complex and challenging process of infertility. As nurses working in a sensitive and specialized field they are attuned to the varied needs of our patients. They advocate strongly for our patients and provide culturally competent nursing care to our diverse patient population.
Tara Ayuso joined the GENESIS team in 2009. She earned her bachelor degree from St. John’s University. Initially working as a senior ultrasound technician, she transitioned into her current role as the Donor Egg Program Coordinator at GENESIS.
To ensure that potential egg donors accepted into our program meet our strict criteria, Tara conducts an initial medical screening of all applications; she meets with potential donors, reviewing the donor process, and takes the potential egg donor through the different phases of screening.
Because of Tara’s experience in caring for couples struggling with infertility, she is able to bring a compassionate yet comprehensive approach to the care of patients in the program. She takes donor egg recipients through all aspects of the egg donation process: preliminary screening, matching couples with an egg donor and then providing individualized care through the entire cycle. Tara works very closely with the physicians and laboratory staff to ensure that GENESIS is in strict compliance with both the FDA and Department of Health guidelines.
Katherine Mah, M.S. is the genetic counselor at GENESIS. She studied biology at the University of Chicago, where she received her undergraduate degree, and at the University of Michigan, where she received her master’s degree. Katherine also received a master’s degree in human genetics at Sarah Lawrence College and is a board certified genetic counselor. Before joining GENESIS, Katherine worked as a genetic counselor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and The Rockefeller University in Manhattan.
At GENESIS, Katherine meets with patients who are considering testing their embryos for chromosomal and/or genetic conditions. She reviews the procedures involved in this testing and the information that it can provide. Katherine also meets with patients who are at increased risk to have pregnancies affected with genetic or chromosomal conditions to discuss their screening options.
Kris Bevilacqua, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist specializing in the emotional issues that surround infertility, third party reproduction, and women’s health. Always interested in the ethical and political aspects of reproductive issues, she has performed and published clinical research about infertility in a variety ethnic groups and cultures.
Dr. Bevilacqua serves on the executive committee of the Mental Health Professional Group for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. In that capacity, she has been chairperson of the Abstract Committee, organized professional symposia, and presented original research at the ASRM annual meetings.
Acupuncture is often administered to men and women with a variety of health conditions, including infertility. Very fine needles are inserted into specific points to promote balance and restore energy in the body. For women undergoing treatment for infertility acupuncture may reduce stress and is thought by some to aid in the circulation of energy to the uterus and to provide a sense of balance. Acupuncture may be used during many stages of the fertility treatment process all the way through postnatal support.
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Jacob Khurgin, DO is a fellowship-trained urologist whose special interest is in the field of men’s reproductive health, fertility and reconstructive urological surgery. A native New Yorker, he attended Stuyvesant High School in downtown Manhattan. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia College, followed by his medical degree at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY. Dr. Khurgin completed his internship and urological surgery residency at the Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. While serving as chief resident in urology, he received several awards, including Resident of the Year and the ACOS Resident Achievement Award. His postdoctoral fellowship was completed at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Khurgin has published on a variety of urological topics in peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters. He has presented at national urological meetings and continues to be active in urological research. He also serves as a reviewer for several urological journals. He is a member of multiple urological and medical societies, including the American Urological Association, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and American Medical Association.
Dr. Khurgin has a special interest in male fertility. He strongly believes that a thorough evaluation of the male is essential to couples having difficulty conceiving. Male fertility potential is often considered a secondary issue or even overlooked completely, but appropriate assessment often uncovers underlying problems requiring attention, such as hormonal, genetic, metabolic and general health concerns.
Dr. Khurgin’s work as part of our team is meant to expedite the evaluation of the male partners who seek care for infertility at GENESIS. His fluency in both Russian and Hebrew facilitates easily communication with the diverse population that we serve.