Brigid Martz Smith

We're exited to continue our new blog series to spotlight National Physicians Cooperative member institutions!  If your institution is a member of the NPC, submit your information to us for development of an institution-specific page on the Oncofertility Consortium website, as well as a blog post, to oncofertility@northwestern.edu.  If you are interested in learning more about how to join the NPC, contact Brigid Smith at brigid.smith@northwestern.edu or (312)503-2506.

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In 2012 Main Line Fertility Center joined the Oncofertility Consortium at Northwestern University and launched an official Fertility Preservation Program. This program was created to educate recently diagnosed cancer patients about their options and to increase access to fertility preservation procedures during the small window of opportunity between diagnosis and treatment. We offer egg, sperm and embryo freezing prior to chemotherapy or other medical/surgical treatments. We are available 24 hours a day via email: oncofertility@mainlinefertility.com. All patients will be given an appointment with one of our physicians within 24 hours of initial contact. Patients are assigned a Nurse Coordinator who will walk them through the process every step of the way. Drs. Glassner and Orris have greatly reduced the usual cost of IVF and in conjunction with select pharmaceutical companies are able to provide Oncofertility patients free fertility medications. Patients are treated with the utmost care as we facilitate their fertility preservation treatment assuring that their cancer treatment is not delayed.  Our team is committed to being there for our patients “every step of the way”. Females desiring Egg or Embryo Freezing: Call Anne Wendel, Oncofertility Coordinator, at 484.380.4879 or email oncofertility@mainlinefertility.com At the initial appointment patients will be seen by one of the Main Line Fertility physicians, have bloods drawn, and meet with IVF nurses to discuss an IVF cycle from start to finish. Patient’s partners will also require blood work and semen analysis, if applicable. Please bring photo ID and insurance cards. Males desiring Sperm Freezing: Call the Andrology Lab for an appointment: 484.380.4863. Identify yourself as an oncology patient and ask to speak with laboratory staff. Specimens are routinely collected at the Center Monday through Friday prior to 12:00 noon. Weekend hours are available on an emergency basis. Bring an andrology request form or prescription with your doctor’s signature to your collection appointment. Photo ID is required. If the patient is a minor, the legal guardian must accompany the patient. Ideally, the sperm specimen should be collected at the clinic in one of our private collection rooms. However, arrangements can be made for off-site collection if circumstances warrant. Meet our Team

Michael J. Glassner, MD Dr. Glassner is a founding partner and the medical director at Main Line Fertility and Reproductive Medicine. He also is a clinical professor at Drexel School of Medicine and clinical educator at Jefferson Medical School. He is also the founding Director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Bryn Mawr Hospital and under his tutelage has become a leading IVF center in the area.   John J. Orris, DO, MBA Dr. John Orris is a partner at Main Line Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, and he is the Division Head of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility for Main Line Health System. Dr. Orris is an Associate Professor at the Drexel University College of Medicine, and he is Fellowship Director for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility for Drexel University College of Medicine and Main Line Fertility. He joined Main Line Fertility in July 2003 and has focused his time and efforts serving patients in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. Deanna Brasile, DO Dr. Deanna Brasile joined Main Line Fertility in October 2012, and she sees patients in our West Chester and Paoli offices. She joined us with over eight years of experience in the infertility field. Dr. Brasile grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology at Duke University. She completed medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and also did an internship there. Her residency and training in obstetrics and gynecology was completed at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in Camden/ Cooper University Medical Center. Sharon H. Anderson, PhD, ELD, HCLD Dr. Anderson is the Laboratory Director and Scientific Director Main Line Fertility Center. She directs the embryology, IVF, andrology, and endocrinology laboratories. She is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of OB/GYN at Drexel University School of Medicine, and she serves on the Research Committee. In addition, Dr. Anderson is responsible for marketing and strategic planning for the practice. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Animal Bioscience from Pennsylvania State University. Her research focused on the interaction between gametes/embryos and the oviduct. Subsequently, she received her Ph.D. in Physiology from Penn State University. While completing a post-doctoral scholarship in microbiology, she also taught Human Physiology at Juniata College. Phone: (484) 380-4884, email: andersons@mainlinefertility.com Anne Wendel, RN, BSN Anne joined Main Line Fertility Center in 1998. She is the Clinical Director and Oncofertility Coordinator. Phone: 484.380.4879, email: wendela@mainlinefertility.com  

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