Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine

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Andrology Laboratory

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.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. 

Donor Sperm

While CRM is not a sperm bank, our patients routinely use anonymous donor sperm specimens transported from New York State-accredited banks in ovulation induction or in vitro fertilization cycles. CRM's Andrology Laboratory staff schedules the receiving and preparation of donor sperm with the patient and patient coordinator.

As most banks require three business days to ship samples, patients are encouraged to have their samples shipped to the Andrology Laboratory at the start of a treatment cycle, where it is stored for a nominal fee.

Please contact the Andrology Lab at (646) 962-8448 with any questions. Please note that we are unable to use specimens from banks that are not accredited by New York State.

Weill Cornell Medicine
Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine

1305 York Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10021 Phone: (646) 962-2764