St. Jude and Fertility Associates of Memphis Give Kids a Fertile Future with Fertility Preservation

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Top specialists gather at St. Jude for a fertility preservation summit. From left to right: Dr. William Kutteh, MD, PhD, Consulting Gynecologist and Director of Fertility Preservation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Dr. Amelia Bailey, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery, FAM; Dr. Teresa Woodruff, PhD, Professor and Director of the Oncofertility Consortium, Northwestern University, Chicago; Dr. James Klosky, PhD., Director of Psychological Services in Cancer Survivorship, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Dr. Paul Brezina, MD, MBA, Director of Reproductive Genetics, FAM.

St. Jude founder Danny Thomas often said: “No child should die in the dawn of life.” Fertility Associates of Memphis (FAM) is committed to preserving fertility prior to cancer treatment so that young patients and long-term survivors have options for building families after cancer.

  • William Kutteh leads efforts at St. Jude Fertility Clinic as Director of Fertility Preservation.
  • Billy Kutteh, Raymond Ke, Paul Brezina, and Amelia Bailey are all treating physicians at St. Jude and clinical faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, actively involved in fertility preservation clinical and research activities.

Recently, the director for the National Oncofertility Consortium recognized the FAM team for “pioneering work to preserve fertility for all cancer patients at St. Jude.” Dr. Teresa Woodruff lectured at St. Jude Children’s Hospital and toured the Fertility Preservation Clinic.

Emerging Opportunities in Oncofertility Practice and Research

The group met after the tour in front of the historic statue of St. Jude Founder Danny Thomas at the Memphis research hospital. The St. Jude program, staffed by all four physicians at FAM, is unique in providing on-site and 24/7 services for St. Jude cancer patients in the area who desire fertility preservation.

The Fertility Clinic at St. Jude’s provides egg and sperm harvesting and cryopreservation until age 35. 

What’s more, the FAM fertility doctors are founding members of Fertile Hope (Livestrong), a national organization that offers discounted services and free medicines to eligible cancer patients who desire fertility preservation.

“There is no other group in the country that provides these services to their cancer patients like St. Jude and Fertility Associates of Memphis,” says Dr. Woodruff.

Young adults and adolescents who have entered puberty prior to beginning cancer treatments can benefit from fertility preservation. Contact Fertility Associates of Memphis to learn more about this forward-thinking approach to fertility rescue.

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