Embryologist of The Month (May 2014) - Andrew Dorfmann, MS (ELD)

American College of Embryology recognizes excellence in the practice of Reproductive Embryology of the following practitioner. 


Andrew Dorfmann, MS (ELD)

Andrew (Andy) Dorfmann is currently the Scientific Director of the Fairfax Egg Bank, Director of the Embryology Laboratory and was formerly the Director of the Prenatal Cytogenetics Laboratory at the Genetics & IVF Institute (GIVF) in Fairfax, VA. He received his B.S. in Biology from Syracuse University and his M.S. from George Washington University in Reproductive Genetics in 1985. He has over 30 years of experience in Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Prenatal Cytogenetics. . 

Mr. Dorfmann co-founded GIVF in 1984 and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of both GIVF and its main affiliate center in China, Shanghai Ji Ai.  He was responsible for the initiation of several core laboratories and technologies at GIVF, including the Embryology, Andrology, Cytogenetics and Immunoassay labs. Early in the history of GIVF, he developed rapid turn-around procedures for both in situ Amniotic Fluid cell karyotyping and direct Chorionic Villus Cell karyotyping. Later, he introduced several methods to the GIVF ART clinic, such as ICSI, embryo biopsy and blastocyst culture. He played an important role in the introduction of Florescence in Situ Hybridization (FISH) to the prenatal and postnatal Cytogenetics labs, Preimplantation Genetics and Microsort™ labs. More recently he has done research, development and implementation of vitrification of embryos and oocytes. He was the principle investigator on a 6 year IRB study on oocyte freezing at GIVF, which has now resulted in the formation of the Fairfax Egg Bank. He has numerous peer reviewed publications as well as many presentations at national and international meetings in the fields of Human Embryology, Cryopreservation, Pre-Implantation Genetics, and Prenatal Cytogenetics.
Mr. Dorfmann played an instrumental role in developing, designing, opening, and managing several GIVF affiliate centers in China. GIVF has had at various times, centers in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Harbin. At present, Shanghai Ji Ai is one of the largest IVF centers in China performing over 6,000 IVF cycles each year.
In addition to his role as a clinical scientist, Mr. Dorfmann has developed, written and implemented several large database systems now in use at the GIVF Fairfax facility. He was a key member of the team working on the implementation of an electronic medical record and received a second Master’s Degree in Information Systems in 2005. He has participated in the development of several cases at the Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology, encompassing subjects such as Personalized Healthcare, Clinical research, and others.