The dedicated fertility preservation team at Northwestern Medicine works across many specialties in order to best accommodate our patients’ specific needs.  This emphasis in collaboration allows for truly comprehensive treatment in an effort to optimally educate and inform patients about fertility before, during and after treatment.  Patient who have questions about fertility or fertility preservation can call the Patient Navigator at (312)503-3378. 

What we offer:

  • Women: Embryo Banking, Egg Banking, Ovarian Tissue Banking, Medication treatment, Fertility Sparing Surgery
  • In collaboration with Lurie Children’s Hospital - Girls: Fertility Sparing Surgery, Ovarian Tissue Banking
  • Men: Sperm banking, Testicular Tissue Extraction, Fertility Sparing Surgery
  • In collaboration with Lurie Children’s Hospital – Boys: Fertility Sparing Surgery, Testicular Tissue Banking

It’s important to remember that each patient has a unique treatment plan and situation.  An individualized consultation can help a patient understand all of his or her options as well as pursue appropriate treatments quickly, in warranted,  If you have questions about fertility, please call the Patient Navigator at 312-503-3378. 

Our Team:

Ralph R Kazer, MD – Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, Professor in Obstestrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University

Mary Ellen Pavone, MD – Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, Assistant Professor in OB/Gyn, Northwestern University, Medical Director of the NPC

Robert Brannigan, MD – Urology, Associate Professor in Urology, Northwestern University

Valerie Gills, PA – Urology

Kristin Smith, BS – Patient Navigator

Services Offered: 

  • Egg (Oocyte) Banking, Embryo Banking, Ovarian Shielding, Ovarian tissue cryopreservation, Ovarian Transposition, Sperm banking, Testicular tissue cryopreservation, Trachelectomy

Target Sex: 

  • Not sex-specific


Northwestern Fertility and Reproductive Medicine
259 E. Erie Street Suite 2400
60611 Chicago , IL
United States
Illinois US

Email Address: 


+1 312 503 3378


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