Merrion Fertility Clinic Team
Our goal is to ensure that you have access to the expert technologies and expert personnel that will assist you towards your goal of parenthood.
Our multi-disciplinary team of clinicians, embryologists & scientists, nurses, counsellors and administrative staff, will work with you to ensure that your treatment will give you the best possible chance of success.
Dr. David Crosby returns to Merrion Fertility Clinic as Clinical Director. He is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at the National Maternity Hospital with a special interest in Reproductive Medicine, Surgery & Genetics. He is the Clinical Lead of the Ireland East Regional Fertility Hub and Clinical Lecturer and Assistant Professor at University College Dublin. Dr. Crosby graduated from Trinity College Dublin with first class honours in medicine. Following completion of his ESHRE & EBCOG Accredited Fellowship in Merrion Fertility Clinic and the National Maternity Hospital in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, he was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine from University College Dublin. For this work, he was granted his own competitive funding from the Clinical Primer Scheme, a UCD and SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership. He was awarded the British Fertility Society Young Clinician Award in 2020 and the prestigious RCOG Harold Malkin Prize in 2021. He has over 30 publications in peer reviewed journals and have presented research to national and international learned societies. He developed a keen interest in leadership and quality improvement by becoming a Quality Improvement Scholar and Fellow with the RCPI and the International Society for Quality in Healthcare. He was awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with Distinction in 2020. He has recently undertaken a clinical fellowship in Reproductive Genetics and Genomics at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University, New York and was awarded European Certification in Medical Genetics and Genomics and an MSc in Genomic Medicine with Distinction in 2021.
Professor Mary Wingfield is the Clinical Director of Merrion Fertility Clinic and an ex Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the National Maternity Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital Dublin. She qualified in medicine at Trinity College Dublin and trained in Ireland, the UK and Melbourne. She is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University College Dublin, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. Professor Wingfield is a founding member and past President of the Irish Fertility Society and served on the government-appointed Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction. She has written several fertility-related position papers for the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and has acted as an expert witness in High Court cases regarding assisted reproduction. In 2017, Professor Wingfield authored ‘The Fertility Handbook’ (Gill Press), a guide to fertility and infertility. Her current clinical and research interests are subfertility in all its facets, including the development of national frameworks and legislation, equitable access to fertility treatment, endometriosis and fertility preservation.
Dr Fiona Martyn graduated with honours from the National University of Ireland, Cork in 2002. She joined Merrion Fertility Clinic in July 2012 and completed a doctorate of Medicine (MD) in 2014 with Dr Mary Wingfield in association with Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. The focus of this MD was on the function of the cervix and how it is related to fertility. She is a member of the Irish, British and European Fertility Societies. She is currently working as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Merrion Fertility Clinic and the National Maternity Hospital. Dr Martyn’s interests include all forms of reproductive endoscopic surgery: outpatient hysteroscopy, operative hysteroscopy, treatment of endometriosis, tubal surgery and benign gynaecology.
Dr Cathy Allen is a Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist at Merrion Fertility Clinic, the National Maternity and St Michael’s Hospital Dun Laoghaire, and is UCD Assistant Clinical Professor in Women & Children’ Health. She is an honours medical graduate of RCSI 1995 and underwent Specialist Training in Ireland with further advanced training in IVF at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She is a member of British and European Fertility Societies, and the executive council of the Institute of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. Dr Allen has a special interest in pregnancies and outcomes after Assisted Reproductive Technology. She has authored several fertility-related papers and presented at national and international conferences. She provides specialist care in male factor infertility, recurring pregnancy loss and post-reproductive health, and provides a reproductive surgery service in these areas as needed.
Dr Nita Adnan graduated from University College Dublin in 2002. She completed her Higher Specialist Training and received the Certificate for Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Ireland. She has been working as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in the National Maternity Hospital since 2017 and at Merrion Fertility Clinic since 2019. She has a great interest in teaching and research. Dr Adnan has worked as an Assistant Professor with the Academic Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Trinity College Dublin where she was actively involved in the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. She is a member of the Irish and British Fertility Societies and the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy.
Dr Lucia Hartigan is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Merrion Fertility Clinic and the National Maternity Hospital. She graduated with honours from University College Dublin in 2010 and completed Specialist Training in Ireland. She joined MFC in 2017 and completed a two year clinical research fellowship. Her research focused on fertility preservation and she is one of the lead clinicians currently involved in establishing a national fertility preservation programme for children and adolescents with cancer. Dr Hartigan’s special interests are fertility preservation, polycystic ovarian syndrome, reproductive surgery and outpatient hysteroscopy.
Eileen Barrett’s nursing qualifications and experience have taken her through the areas of General Nursing, Midwifery, Spinal Injury, Rehabilitation and Neonatal Intensive Care. She joined Merrion Fertility Clinic in January 1999 shortly after its inception, and has gained a vast amount of knowledge in the broad area of Reproductive Medicine. Eileen has instigated setting up Ireland’s only Ultrasound Training Course for fertility nurses in UCD. She has worked with the UCD School of Medicine to develop the syllabus for this course, which is a much needed new addition to the training regime of the fertility nurse. Eileen gives lectures on Fertility Management to the RCSI students at the National Maternity Hospital, to the Radiographers and Midwives taking the MSc Ultrasound programme, UCD and to the final year midwifery students in UCD. She is a member of the Steering Committee of Sharing Best Practice, an annual meeting for fertility nurses in Ireland. She has frequently presented at this meeting. Eileen has also served on the Steering Committee for Insights, (UK) and has also presented at one of their annual meetings. Eileen is an active member of SING (UK) Senior Infertility Nurse Group.
Dr. Rachel Elebert is an honours medical graduate of the University of Limerick Medical School 2012. Having previously earned a BSc. in Physiology from University College Dublin, she is currently completing a Clinical Fellowship and Doctorate of Medicine (MD) with Professor Wingfield and UCD. Dr. Elebert’s subspecialist clinical interest is fertility and her research interests include ovarian follicle biology and fertility preservation.
Dr. Laurentina Schäler graduated with Honours from the Charité Medical School, Humboldt University, Berlin 2013. Since moving back to Ireland, she has embarked on a career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology under the guidance of The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and has also been awarded an Honours MSc in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (UCC) and Healthcare Management (RCSI). Dr. Schäler’s research interests include fertility preservation in cancer and impacts of FP counselling on young patients and their families.
Dr. Sorca O’Brien received her medical degree from Queens University Belfast in 2010 following completion of an Honours Bachelor Science Degree (2004) and Masters in Physiology (2006) in University College Dublin. She completed Foundation Training in the NHS before returning to the Irish training system and specialising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She achieved membership of the Royal College of Physicians Ireland (2014) and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology UK (2019). She has recently completed a Masters in Leadership with the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Leadership Institute, funded by a scholarship awarded by the 30% Club. Dr. O’Brien received her Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training from the Royal College of Physicians Ireland and the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She joined MFC as an ASPIRE Fellow in Fertility and is a member of the British Fertility Society. She has a special interest in endometriosis related subfertility and is particularly passionate about equitable access to fertility care. Her MD research focuses on the integration of assisted reproduction technology into the public hospital system.
Our Nursing Team
Our nursing team is dedicated to providing a team approach for your care. Throughout your treatment at Merrion Fertility Clinic, our doctors, embryologists and nurses will manage your fertility care to bring about the best possible outcome.
Our nurses are skilled professionals who will provide support, encouragement and education. The nurses at Merrion Fertility Clinic will liaise with your doctor, make appointments for you, provide test results, ultrasound scans, and answer your questions. They ensure you have a familiar contact at all stages of your treatment so that your assisted reproduction treatment is less stressful and promotes every opportunity for a successful outcome. Our nurses perform the majority of our IUI procedures and some of our nurses also perform procedures such as saline ultrasound and embryo transfer.
Our Embryologists & Scientists
Merrion Fertility Clinic’s Embryologists and Scientists are a group of highly qualified healthcare professionals for whom attention to minute detail is second nature.
They ensure that your eggs and sperm are given every opportunity to fertilize into viable embryos and will care for these embryos until embryo transfer or cryopreservation is required. You will meet our embryologists at egg collection, at intrauterine insemination and at embryo transfer as well as being able to speak with them via telephone for the fertilisation check.
Our Administration Team
The goal of our administration team is to support the doctors, embryologists and nurses in providing you with the best possible care and guiding you through the process of completing your investigative procedures.
You will meet our receptionists at each visit and they will provide you with a friendly familiar smile and answers to many of your queries. Our secretaries and administrators are another support resource for you throughout your treatment and are always on the end of the phone to assist and support.