Specialized Skills

Dr. Rifaat Salem, medical director and doctor at Pacific Reproductive Center, has many areas of specialty in the fertility and reproductive field.
Some of these specialty skills include:

  • IUI (intrauterine inseminations)
  • IVF (in vitro fertilization)
  • Male Factor Fertility Issues
  • Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH)
  • Embryo Cryopreservation (Embryo Freezing)


IUI (intrauterine inseminations)

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment in which the doctor places sperm inside the woman’s uterus to facilitate fertilization. The goal is IUI is to increase the chance of fertilization by increasing the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tubes.


IVF (in vitro fertilization)

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the process in which the egg and sperm are joined together in a laboratory setting. The embryo, or embryos, are then transferred to the recipient’s uterus.


Male Factor Fertility Issues

Nearly 30% of fertility issues are due to male factor problems. Some of these include structural abnormalities, sperm production disorders, ejaculatory disturbances and immunologic disorders.


Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH)

Comparative genomic hybridization is a chromosomal screening that evaluates the differences between chromosomes and can recognize abnormalities.


Embryo Cryopreservation (Embryo Freezing)

The Cryopreservation of Embryos is the process of preserving an embryo at an embryogenesis stage. This time period is anywhere from fertilization to the blastocyst stage, which corresponds to preimplantation. The embryo is preserved at this specific stage by being frozen at sub-zero temperatures.


Dr. Salem is experienced in assisting couples with all of these challenges as well as many others.