Our Team
Medical Team
Dr. Samuel Wood

Dr. Wood is a one of the leading fertility specialists in the world. He is a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and world-renowned fertility specialist as well as an expert in reproductive genetics with over 30 years of clinical experience. Dr. Wood is the only fertility specialist in the U.S. who has the honor of being a longtime listee in three Marquis’ publications. He was named one of the “50 People to Watch” by San Diego Magazine and one of the 20 “Men who Impact San Diego” by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine.
Dr. Wood’s distinguished academic background also includes an M.A. in Psychology, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, as well as an M.B.A. After a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina, he completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at UCSD and is Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility achieving both in the quickest possible time. He has also earned the honor of being a certified High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD) by the American Board of Bioanalysts (AAB) in two separate areas.

Dr. Steve Rad

Dr. Steve Rad, MD, FACOG is an expert specialist in OBGYN/Maternal & Fetal Medicine. He is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and has undergone rigorous training with highest honors at renowned institutions. He completed medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Residency and Fellowship at the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and additional training at international fetal programs. Dr. Rad is at the cutting-edge of his field and has earned numerous Top Doctor Awards. He is among few physicians with specialized training in advanced fetal ultrasound, prenatal diagnosis and treatment, with expertise in early fetal anomaly scan, neurosonography, and fetal echocardiography. Dr. Rad is especially passionate about taking care of women with the most high risk and complex pregnancies. Dr. Rad is well published, actively involved in medical societies including Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, medical research, and loves to teach. He is on staff at multiple top medical centers in Los Angeles, including Cedars-Sinai, Providence St Johns, UCLA-Santa Monica, and Providence/Cedars-Sinai Tarzana. It’s boutique style focuses on providing individualized and one-on-one care to women and their families at one of their most important and vulnerable times. The center provides cutting-edge 3D/4D/HD ultrasound technology with expertise in very early fetal anomaly scans starting in the first trimester and focuses on the full spectrum of care from pre-pregnancy through pregnancy, delivery and beyond. Dr. Rad cares for women with normal, at-risk and high-risk pregnancies. The center includes an outstanding multi-disciplinary network and collaboration among multiple medical specialists and treats the full spectrum of maternal and fetal conditions. Special areas include miscarriage and pregnancy losses, advanced maternal age, infertility, IVF, surrogacy, fetal and genetic abnormalities, multiple gestations (twins, triplets), genetic counseling and amniocentesis, placental abnormalities, preeclampsia, diabetes, infections, medical complications (thyroid, heart, kidney, cancer, and more), stillbirth, and preterm birth.

Dr Benito Villanueva
Fertility Specialist

With well over 30 years in the infertility field, Dr. Villanueva’s impressive track record has earned him the respect of his fellow Reproductive Endocrinologists and the admiration of his patients. In 1982, Dr. Villanueva marked an important milestone in the field of IVF. Only one year after the first successful IVF in the U.S. and three years after the first successful IVF in the world, he became the first fertility specialist to perform a successful IVF cycle in San Diego. The U.S. News and World Report has rated him as one of the best in his field since 1995. Dr. Villanueva is one of the few physicians licensed to practice both in the U.S. and Mexico.

Dr. Martin Bastuba
Director of Male Fertility Services

Dr. Martin Bastuba M.D. F.A.C.S. is a board-certified male fertility specialist who was among the first to be accepted into the prestigious combined fellowship program for male infertility and sexual dysfunction at Boston University School of Medicine. Only 2% of urologists nationwide are trained experts in these highly specialized medical treatments.
Over 25 years ago, Dr. Bastuba founded Male Fertility & Sexual Medicine Specialists (MFS) to help patients in need of treatment for male infertility, urological disorders and male sexual dysfunction.
Dr. Bastuba is the only board-certified urologist and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons who offers these services in San Diego. His experience and technical proficiency are complemented by his unique approach to patient care and service. He believes strongly in patient education and in creating a comfortable, informal environment in which to evaluate and provide treatment options for his patients.
He personally manages his patients’ care to provide maximum comfort and the very best results.

Dr. Catharine Adams
IVF Laboratory Director

Dr. Adams is our Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) Scientific Director. She was born and raised in Great Britain and received her Ph.D. in Mammalian Embryology from one of the leading educational institutions in the world, Cambridge University (England). She has been working in multiple IVF laboratories for many years.
Dr. Adams was among the first to do many IVF laboratory procedures, including performing one of the first successful frozen embryo transfers in the U.S. in 1986. With more than 30 years of experience, she remains active in the IVF laboratory and personally performs or oversees virtually all complicated laboratory procedures. We are extremely pleased to have such an accomplished and renowned scientist direct our IVF laboratories.

Dr. Ari Baratz

Dr. Ari Baratz has been dedicated to women’s health and reproductive medicine for over 15 years. He is one of a select few physicians in Canada with the accreditation and the advanced level of training required for the care of people dealing with infertility and recurrent miscarriages.
Dr. Baratz attended McGill University for his Bachelor of Science in Anatomy & Cell Biology (BSc) and the University of Western Ontario for his Medical Degree (MD) where he was recognized with distinction and for outstanding performance in obstetrics & gynecology. After completing his Obstetrics & Gynecology residency at the University of Toronto (FRCSC), Dr. Baratz was designated by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada with a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (REI) at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Baratz is an active member of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario, the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, the Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Canada, the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, the Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society, and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Baratz is an Executive Board member for Women’s College Hospital, Medical Staff Association, the Women’s College Hospital Alternate Funding Plan, and is Chair for the Ontario Medical Association Reproductive Biology Section.

Dr. Beshay

Dr. Beshay joined the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His role as an assistant professor of endocrinology and infertility was mainly clinical work, as well as teaching fellows, residents and medical students. His ultimate goal was to help couples seeking fertility assistance, from their initial evaluation processes through every potential infertility treatment.As a board-certified physician in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, as well as obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Beshay has been practicing medicine for nearly 10 years. After graduating from East Carolina University School of Medicine, Dr. Beshay moved to Dallas to pursue training in obstetrics and gynecology. Following residency training in OB/GYN in 2005, he completed a 3-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

Molly Chen-Chu
M.S., M.H.A.

Molly Chen-Chu is our Assistant IVF Laboratory Director. She completed her laboratory education with a Master of Science from Taipei Medical University and subsequently received a Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) from the prestigious program at the University of Southern California (USC). She has over 20 years of experience in IVF from programs in Taiwan, Singapore, and in the United States.
Molly has outstanding skills in all areas of the assisted reproductive technologies and is renowned particularly in the areas of egg freezing and mini-IVF.