Karen Elkind-Hirsch, MSc, PhD, HCLD is RMA of Michigan’s off-site Laboratory Director. In addition to her role at RMA she is also Scientific Director of Research, Woman’s Metabolic Health and Research Services, Woman’s Hospital and Adjunct Professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Dr. Elkind-Hirsch, who has been actively involved in basic science and clinical research for 30 years, was Director of Research and Development at the Center for Reproduction and Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. She served as the chair of the Reproductive Biology Professional Group (RBPG) of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and as the ASRM Practice Committee RBPG representative for 5 years.
Dr. Elkind-Hirsch received her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Tulane University where she was a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellow. She then was awarded a 3 year Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in reproductive endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Woman’s Hospital. She received her H.C.L.D. Board Certification in 1995. She has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and Journal of Drugs in Endocrinology. Dr. Elkind-Hirsch has published over 100 articles on topics in reproductive medicine and endocrinology with an expertise in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), insulin resistance and gestational diabetes. She has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator of over 50 clinical and basic science trials, with the most recent trials involving medical and lifestyle treatment of PCOS and screening and prevention of gestational diabetes.
Meredith has worked at RMA for nine years and has had a variety of roles in our lab throughout the years. She feels at home in a lab setting and thoroughly enjoys the reproductive field. Being able to see the excitement when someone is pregnant and knowing that she helped create that is what she loves the most about her job.
Loni is a Graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Microscopy and a research focus in Genetics. Loni comes to us from Henry Ford Health System where she worked as a Histotechnologist in the Pathology department. She takes pride in working at RMA and loves helping families achieve their dreams.
Allanah is a graduate of Michigan State University with her Bachelors of Science in Genomics & Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. Allanah joined us in 2018 with three years of embryology experience and enjoys being a part of such an evolving and rewarding career. Allanah loves to help make dreams come true and “take the ‘im’ out of impossible.”
Chaula is a graduate of Gujarat University with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Flow Cytometry. She holds certifications in ASCP and AMT as a Medical Technologist. Chaula comes to RMA with a wealth of knowledge in Andrology and Endocrinology. She has a positive outlook on all aspects of the lab which helps patients feel at ease and comfortable.
Victoria “Tori” is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and Eastern Virginia Medical School with a Master of Science in Reproductive Clinical Sciences. Tori studied In-vitro Maturation and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome at EVMS. Tori understands the difficulties fertility patients go through because she dealt with infertility herself. Experiencing infertility first-hand drives her passion for helping others achieve their dreams of having a family.
Nicole is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a bachelor of science in Health Services. Nicole is new to the fertility field and enjoys interacting with patients and being the voice of the lab. Nicole enjoys her role at RMA because she gets to see families grow first hand via pregnancy rates and data.