We like to get to know the teams behind clinics and how they started, so this week we chat to the founder and clinical director of the Reproductive Health Group (RHG), Luciano Nardo, about his career and hopes for the future of assisted reproductive health
Professor Nardo grew up on the east coast of Sicily in the city of Catania. He attended the Medical School at the University of Catania, which is one of the oldest universities in Italy. He then left Catania to undergo further training opportunities in the UK, coming to London in 1999.
Professor Nardo founded the RHG in 2011 with four colleagues and it has since gone from strength to strength
He said: “Since medical school I found gynaecology an inspiring and gratifying specialty. I liked the mix of medicine and surgery that the specialty requires. I then saw fertility and assisted conception as an innovative, multidisciplinary, challenging and growing area of medicine with many opportunities for research and clinical practice.
“After completing medical school in Catania, I underwent general obstetrics and gynaecology training in district and teaching hospitals in London before coming up to Manchester where I completed the subspecialty training in reproductive medicine.
“Until recently I also held the post of Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) Person Responsible, which is now held by the laboratory director, Karen Schnauffer.
Admiration for our patients
“I admire the many patients that despite several unsuccessful assisted conception treatment attempts continue to pursue their fertility journey. I also admire all the fertility professionals who proudly and tirelessly offer care.
“I am always greatly satisfied by patients who irrespective of the outcome have a positive and kind attitude towards the team.
“Nowadays a growing percentage of reproductive technology is employed to treat couples with known genetic disease, those with miscarriage and individuals who want to preserve their fertility because of cancer. So, the role of IVF has gone beyond that of simply caring for couples who can’t conceive.
“I am particularly interested in recurrent embryo implantation failure and reproductive surgery to treat problems such as fibroids, congenital uterine abnormalities, intrauterine adhesions, ovarian cysts, endometriosis and tubal disease.
“At RHG we offer a truly tailored fertility approach. We believe that no two patients are the same and that before any assisted conception treatment cycle is offered a series of investigations have to be carried out. Excluding some causes of subfertility is of paramount importance to shorten the time to pregnancy and maximise the chances of success.
“Understanding the immune causes responsible for embryo implantation failure is certainly a very interesting area and one that I would want to be continuously involved in.”
Professor Nardo is very much a family man, with three children and in his spare time he likes to play tennis, sail and ski. He is also a keen chef and enjoys wine tasting
He said: “I love to spend time with my three children and friends.”
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