Story of an IVF Specialist from mumbai : Dr Gautam Allahbadia

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Dr Gautam Allahbadia
Dr Gautam Allahbadia

A pioneer in the field of IVF and Reproductive Endocrinology, he holds vast experience of around three decades in India and overseas.

Today, a well-known face in the world of Medically Assisted Reproduction (MAR), Dr. Gautam Allahbadia has published over 150 scientific peer-reviewed papers, 34 books, and over 125 chapters depicting his vivid experience that he holds in the subject area. Born to Dr. (Mrs) Sanyogita Allahbadia and Dr. Nand Kishore Allahbadia in the year 1963, Mumbai, Gautam followed the footprints of his parents to become a healthcare professional. After completing his schooling, he joined Jaihind College And Basantsing Institute of Science and later Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College to pursue post-graduation in medicine.

In the early years post completion of higher studies, he served as a lecturer for about half a decade at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College. Before kickstarting his private practice, he worked for 13 years at the Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences. His hard work and diligent medical practices fetched him the prestigious Dr. Kumud Tamaskar Award, 1991 and the Canadian Young Scientist Fellowship Award, 1994. Consequently, he visited the University of British Columbia, Vancouver for a fellowship in Reproductive Medicine.

I realized that in India, there was a paucity of sperm-banks and regulated donor sperm practices. I thought of setting up an Assisted Reproduction or a Test-Tube Baby Center but I didn’t have sufficient funds, so initially in 1996 I set up a small human sperm bank according to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine guidelines which did extremely well in a short period of time. — Dr. Gautam Allahbadia 

Recognizing his contribution in the field, Dr. Gautam Allahbadia has also received six research grants from the International College of Surgeons and the Medical Research Centre of Bombay Hospital Trust. Acknowledging the state-of-the-art practices of Dr. Allahbadia, he has been visiting multiple leading global universities to spread the knowledge on infertility to the young minds enrolled in colleges worldwide. He was also bestowed with the FOGSI-CORION National Research Award for best original research work in Infertility at the 42nd All India Obstetric & Gynecological Congress, 1998.

I started in the garage of my residence building in 1996 with a small consulting room and a sperm bank. By the year 2000, we had grown by 30 to 40 times and all banks were willing to give us a medical loan. I took a loan from the Central Bank of India and started a state-of-the-art IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) center and named it Rotunda — The Center for Human Reproduction (www.iwannagetpregnant.com) which is Internationally renowned today – Dr. Gautam Allahbadia

At present, he has helped over 9,000 couples complete their families making him one of the most renowned Assisted Reproduction specialists in Asia. Recently, Dr. Allahbadia shared his retirement plans announcing to open up a small 100 percent-not-for-profit hospital in Uttarakhand/Himachal Pradesh/Uttar Pradesh in the rural community.

“We are committed to assisting our people living in rural communities with even primary health centers a few hours away. I have a dream to help underprivileged couples living in rural pockets of the aforementioned states,” he says.

He is heading the IVF unit at the the Millennium Medical Center MMC IVF, Dubai, and is founder & mentor of Rotunda Center for Human Reproduction, Parel, Mumbai.

He is world renowned for his skills in Ultrasound guided Embryo Transfers & IVF Lite (Minimal Stimulation IVF). Now, known as the “Miracle Man” in the area of Reproductive Endocrinology, Dr. Gautam Allahbadia might have ended being an ace in “ART”.

He says, “I was very fond of painting. I even passed the elementary and intermediate examinations. Career counsellors wrote either doctor or architect! But because I was brought up in a family of doctors, I took up medicine.”

Thanks to that he ended up choosing the healthcare sector, as it would have been a big void in the infertility sector if he had chosen otherwise.

He is the co-chair of the first UAE-Israel Women’s health & IVF Conference to be held later in 2021 at Dubai and will represent UAE at this historical meeting.