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.
Henry Malter, PhD HCLD (ABB) is the director of Laboratories at GENESIS. He has been involved with assisted reproductive medicine, science and genetics for over 25 years. He did his first training with reproductive science pioneer, Dr Ben Brackett who’s laboratory produced the birth of the first in vitro fertilized cattle and first mammals from sperm injection. Dr Malter earned a mid-career PhD degree at Emory University in the laboratory of renowned human geneticist Dr Steve Warren and made substantial contributions to advancing the molecular genetics and cell biology of human Fragile X syndrome, the most common form of inherited mental retardation.
Dr Malter has worked for most of his career as a senior scientist in the area of clinical human reproduction. Working with Dr Jacques Cohen and colleagues at Reproductive Biology Associates he developed the first successful clinical micromanipulation techniques
leading to the first human births from such procedures and a new paradigm for human embryology. In the early 1990’s, he worked as a senior scientist and clinical embryologist at the New York Hospital assisted reproduction program and then at the St Barnabas Hospital program in New Jersey. He played a critical role in further pioneering research and clinical development in mitochondrial aspects, genetic analysis, and the development and first clinical trials of embryological micro-surgical laser systems. Dr Malter was the founding chairman of the Galileo Research Institute associated with this team that continues such advanced human reproduction research.
He then worked for several years with human pre-implantation genetics pioneer, the late Dr Yury Verlinsky, developing satellite clinics and performing genetic diagnosis procedures for partner clinics around the World and developed and acted as scientific and laboratory director for a private human assisted reproduction clinic, the Tower Fertility Center in New Jersey. Recently, Dr Malter acted as the Executive and Laboratory Director of the renowned McGill University Reproductive Center at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. Dr Malter led a team involved in transitioning the center into a new public health coverage program for assisted reproduction – the first of its kind in North America.
Dr Malter has authored dozens of scientific publications in basic and clinical science over a 20 year period. He has written numerous chapters and co-authored the first textbook on human clinical micromanipulation. He is a frequent invited speaker around the world on clinical, science and genetic issues in assisted reproduction. He has acted as course director or senior faculty at over a dozen international workshops and symposia where some of the current leading human reproduction practitioners have trained and was a founding member of the Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis Society. Dr Malter holds a High Complexity Laboratory Director certification from the American Board of Bioanalysis.
Dr Malter is honored to have the opportunity to work with the outstanding team at Genesis building off of a long professional history and friendship with the former laboratory director, Mike Lee and the Genesis physicians and staff.
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.
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 theethical 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.
At GENESIS, acupuncture treatments are conveniently offered onsite for patients both pre and post embryo transfer. All treatments are performed by experienced and licensed acupuncturists from Slope Wellness. Each treatment lasts about one hour and will be scheduled in conjunction with your embryo transfer appointment. Additional acupuncture appointments may be scheduled directly with Slope Wellness.
For more information on the benefits of acupuncture, please speak with your physician or one of the acupuncturists from Slope Wellness.More Information
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.