Pacific Reproductive Center’s consistently high IVF pregnancy rates are the product of an integrated medical
and laboratory team approach. Meet the team.
Rifaat D. Salem, MD PhD
Medical Director & Chairman
A graduate of University of Southern California Medical School, Dr. Salem earned a doctorate in Neuroendocrinology from University of California, Los Angeles. He held two National Institute of Health Fellowships in Neuroendocrinology and performed breakthrough research which helped establish the mechanism of certain steroid hormones.
Dr. Salem has published numerous scientific research articles in the leading national and international fertility journals. This research has been instrumental in advancing the understanding and treatment of infertility.
Dr. Salem acquired his extensive clinical experience in infertility and microsurgery at institutions such as the University of British Columbia, Stanford, The Microsurgical Institute of San Francisco, and Pacific Fertility Center of San Francisco. He was also medical director and one of the founders of Pacific Fertility Center Torrance for six years. He has Master’s Degrees in both Biochemistry and Physiology. He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Shala A. Salem, MD
A graduate of the University of California-Los Angeles in psychobiology and neuroscience, Dr. Shala Salem earned an M.D. degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine before training in obstetrics and gynecology at New York’s Brooklyn Hospital Center. Four years later, she joined the Pacific Reproductive Center in 2009.
Dr. Shala believes that successful infertility treatment begins with the integration of body with mind. “We succeed best when we strive to help keep the whole person in balance. “That requires not just good medicine but also a steady focus on nutrition, exercise, and emotional well-being. Maintaining the balance takes an active partnership between patient and doctor, whose first job is to be the best listener possible.”
An active community volunteer, Dr. Shala has served as a medical school mentor; a community educator and volunteer coordinator for the South Bay Free Clinic, in Manhattan Beach; and as a tutor to troubled youth.
Sohila Zarandy, MD FACOG FACS
Sohila Zarandy, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S. was born in Tehran, Iran and graduated from Tehran University Medical School. Dr. Zarandy did her postgraduate in surgery in England. She did her internship in Mercy Hospital and Medical Center of Chicago. She finished her residency at Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Zarandy did a year of fellowship in Perinatal Medicine in Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School and stayed on as Faculty (Clinical Instructor). She completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and infertility at the University of Illinois, in Chicago. Dr. Zarandy is a member of the several prestigious medical societies, including The American College of OB-GYN and The American College of Surgeons. She has given lectures around the country and has done several research projects.
Dr. Zarandy held the position of Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School for three years. She did her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at University of Illinois in Chicago, during which time she held the title of Assistant Professor. Dr. Zarandy was also an Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at Loyola University of Chicago. Her most recent position was at Case Western Reserve Medical School where she was Clinical Assistant Professor while she had her own private practice.
Dr. Zarandy is married to a Neuro-Radiologist and has three children, one of which is currently in medical school. Her sister and brother are also practicing physicians. Along with English, Dr. Zarandy also speaks fluent Farsi.
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