Andrology and Reproductive Medicine
Andrology is the medical specialty that deals with men's health.
The Andrology Laboratory's staff is responsible for the collection and analysis of semen specimens from male partners as well as the performance of the ICSI procedure. They also receive and prepare frozen partner and donor sperm from sperm banks.
Gianpiero Palermo, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Assisted Fertilization
Director, Andrology Laboratory
Blavatnik Distinguished Professor of Reproductive Medicine
Professor of Embryology in Obstetrics and Gynecology
In 1992, Dr. Palermo first described intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), the procedure in which a single sperm is directly injected into an egg to achieve fertilization. ICSI has proven to be a revolutionary treatment of male infertility that has allowed tens of thousands of men to become biological fathers. ICSI is also performed in preimplantation genetic diagnosis and to fertilize cryopreserved eggs, among other uses.
Since 1993, Dr. Palermo has been the Director of Assisted Fertilization and Andrology at the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine, one of the world's largest ICSI programs.
As the Blavatnik Distinguished Professor of Reproductive Medicine, he leads a team of researchers investigating the molecular and genetic aspects of fertilization and male infertility, follow-up of ICSI babies, the development of new procedures to treat age-related female infertility and the harvesting and differentiation of embryonic stem cells.