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Fertility Physicians of Northern California to Join the Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Fertility Physicians of Northern California (FPNC), Fertility and Reproductive Health Institute (FRHI) and Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center (VASC) have announced, along with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), that they will enter into a relationship that is expected to commence July 1 when FPNC, FRHI and VASC become part of PAMF. This move brings together two renowned Bay Area medical practices offering services in reproductive endocrinology and fertility.

PAMF brings more than 80 years of outstanding and nationally recognized contributions to multispecialty care in the Bay Area, and offers reproductive endocrinology and fertility services at its Palo Alto and Fremont facilities.

David Adamson, M.D., founder and director of FPNC, FRHI and VASC

“By combining our organizations, we can use our expertise and resources to bring the best of reproductive medicine to a greater number of patients in our communities,” says David Adamson, M.D., founder and director of FPNC, FRHI and VASC.

“Coming together to form an expanded and integrated reproductive medicine practice is good news for patients in the Bay Area,” adds Cecilia Montalvo, vice president of Strategy and Business Development for PAMF. “The community will have even greater access to high-quality, seamless and coordinated infertility care in multiple Bay Area locations.”

FPNC has over three decades of nationally and internationally recognized accomplishments in the field of reproductive medicine, specialized surgery and assisted reproductive technology. FPNC provides sophisticated assisted reproductive technology (ART), reproductive surgery and reproductive medicine services, including an egg donor program with its own registry of donors, and a formal mind-body program. These programs will continue to be provided under the PAMF relationship.

PAMF will also continue FRHI’s outstanding endocrinology, andrology and ART laboratory that provides services for all aspects of female reproductive medicine as well as male testing and sperm cryopreservation. It has state-of-the-art egg and embryo cryopreservation programs for many patients, including those undergoing cancer treatments as well as for selected social reasons. FRHI has also been providing pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and pre-implantation genetic screening tests for the appropriate patients since 1999. PAMF will also continue to operate VASC, which is an AAAHC-certified surgery center providing sophisticated, patient-friendly surgical services for ART and other infertility patients. It has an outstanding record of achievement in patient care, service and accreditation.

The not-for-profit Palo Alto Medical Foundation is a pioneer in the multispecialty group practice of medicine. PAMF’s 1,100 affiliated physicians and 5,000 employees serve nearly 800,000 patients at its 45 medical centers and clinics in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. PAMF is recognized as a national leader in using state-of-the-art technology, including electronic health records, to provide patients with the highest quality care possible. In 1993, PAMF became part of the Sutter Health network of care, consisting of not-for-profit hospitals and physician organizations that serve more than 100 communities in Northern California.

As part of the agreement, FPNC’S physicians, Dr. Preston Nelson, Dr. Alex Kim and Dr. Mary Abusief, are expected to become part of the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group (PAFMG), the medical group that provides physician services to PAMF. Together with PAFMG’s other four reproductive endocrinologists, Dr. Lillian Swiersz, Dr. Salli Tazuke, Dr. Sunny Jun and Dr. Anthony Dobson, they will create a unified vision for fertility services at PAMF. Marina Gvakharia, M.D., Ph.D., who has provided outstanding service to FRHI for over 15 years, is expected to continue as Laboratory Director. Dr. David Adamson will provide patient care services and clinical and fertility consulting services to PAMF.

Dr. Adamson states, “I am excited about this transition of our practice, laboratories and surgery center as it creates new opportunities for further development of and access to the ART and Reproductive Medicine Programs I have worked with my partners to develop over the past three decades.

“Patients will benefit from this transition because the formation of an expanded and integrated reproductive medicine practice in Northern California will allow us to coordinate and deliver a broader range of high-quality, seamless services and better access over a broader area by outstanding personnel operating within world-class facilities,” says Dr. Adamson. Current office locations will remain the same.

A transition plan has been established to ensure continuity of care for patients. FPNC, FRHI and VASC, together with PAMF and Sutter Health staff, have been working together to ensure a smooth transition in all aspects of the practice, laboratories and surgery center. The transaction is expected to close July 1.


David Adamson, M.D., FRCSC, FACOG, FACS, Director, FPNC, FRHI, VASC

Through Nikki Marasco, 408-647-9809;


Jill Antonides, Ph.D., PAMF Director, Communications and Public Affairs