Mitchel C. Schiewe, M.S., Ph.D., HCLD (ABB), ELD (ABB)
Ovation Fertility Newport Beach Laboratory Director
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Dr. Schiewe has prided himself on having a diverse working knowledge of ART’s and effectively applying them to numerous domestic/laboratory species and a wide variety of captive and free-ranging wildlife (>30 species). His extensive work in the 1980’s included research projects in Africa and Asia, and involved pioneering efforts in embryo toxicology, embryo freezing & vitrification, laparoscopic embryo transfer and blastocyst reconstruction/placental donation. In 1992, he extended his expertise into the biomedical field of Human Embryology where he co-published 8 peer-reviewed manuscripts by 1996 on the topics ICSI, embryo biopsy, oocyte freezing, laser hatching and embryo culture/blastocyst hatching mechanisms.
To date, Dr. Schiewe has served as an author or co-author on 35 peer-reviewed papers and 70 abstracts presented at national and international meetings. He has been a moderator and Abstract Reviewer for multiple ASRM meetings and continues as a Journal Reviewer for Fertility & Sterility and Theriogenology. Dr. Schiewe’s foundation was in the IETS where he served for 5-10 years on their Import/Export Committee, Education Committee, Research Subcommittee and the IETS Foundation (Vice-Chair, 1993; Chairman, 1994-1997). For the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Dr. Schiewe served as the only two-term Chairman of the Reproductive Biology Professional Group (2007-2009), and subsequently was instrumental in founding the Society for Reproductive Biologist and Technologists(SRBT) in 2010. Additionally, he has served as the Program Chairman for ASRM in 2007 and 2010.
Dr. Schiewe’s academic foundation in Animal Science reinforced a strong interest in embryo biology, as both an undergraduate at the University of California at Davis (B.S., 1981) and as a Masters’ degree student at Louisiana State University (LSU, 1983). He served as a Research Intern, Fellow and Associate of the Smithsonian Institution at the National Zoological Park (NZP, 1984-1992) which involved developing an embryo research program for nondomestic species. Research efforts at both LSU and NZP resulted in award winning research presentations at the International Embryo Transfer Society (IETS) meetings (1983 and 1984, respectively). Concurrent with his NZP affiliation, he completed a Ph.D. program in the Department of Physiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD and was a guest scientist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Upon receiving his Ph.D. in 1989, he was awarded a National Research Council Research Associateship for post-doctoral work at the NIH National Center for Research Resources (NCRR). In 1992, he joined the faculty of OB/GYN in the REI Division at the University of California â€“ Irvine (UCI) as an Assistant Professor.
In the mid 90’s, Dr. Schiewe served as the Laboratory Director of IVF & Embryology at California Fertility Associates in conjunction with the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center (5 yrs) and as a Guest Scientist at the Studio Interdisciplinare Fecondazione e Transfer in Rome, Italy (6 yrs). Before joining SCIRS in 2007, he devoted his efforts to establishing another IVF program (FSAC). Dr. Schiewe’s experience and open-mindedness to technological advancement has allowed us to successfully optimize blastocyst culturing, embryo and egg vitrification (cryopreservation) and preimplantation genetic screening.
In his spare time, Mitch enjoys international travel and doing community service with his family. To no surprise, he is a huge animal lover and, at home, he enjoys the company of his three dogs with his wife and teenage daughter.