Meet Dr. Wood, MD, Ph.D
Dr. Samuel Wood, MD, our Medical Director, is an acclaimed reproductive endocrinologist who specializes in infertility. Dr. Wood has turned many intended parents into happy parents.
He is a member of many societies including the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. He specializes in the assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and complex laparoscopic procedures.
In addition to obtaining an M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV), Dr. Wood also holds three other graduate degrees: a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from MCV, an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Richmond and an M.B.A. from San Diego State University. Dr. Wood did his post-graduate medical training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of California at San Diego.
Meet Dr. Harari, MD, President
Dr. David Harari, MD brings 28 years of medical practice to RSMC. As a board certified OBGYN physician since 1986, he has treated many infertile couples over his career utilizing a myriad of surgical technologies including robotics and minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of endometriosis, fibroids, and other gynecologic conditions associated with the infertile couple. His medical background will be instrumental in helping couples achieve their fertility goals utilizing RSMC’s comprehensive and integrated services ranging from IVF to surrogacy.
Dr Harari completed his residency at Scripps Mercy Medical Center in San Diego and served on numerous hospital committees at both Mercy and Sharp hospitals. He was member of Sharp Mary Birch OBGYN Supervisory Committee and the Minimally Invasive Surgical Committee of Excellence. He is a member of American College of OBGYN and American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy.
David is married with 2 children and enjoys sailing and running in his leisure time. He is a vital and charismatic leader of RSMC’s management team.
Meet Dr. Sills, MD, PhD
Dr. E Scott Sills, MD, PhD, has practiced IVF both in the United States and Europe. Dr. Sills was awarded the medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1992 and his gynecology residency was completed at NYU Downtown Hospital with further sub-specialty work in reproductive endocrinology at Cornell University. Dr. Sills received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and holds a PhD from London’s University of Westminster.
Dr. Sills is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, American College of Surgeons, and the Royal College of Physicians (Ireland). Dr. Sills is registered and/or licensed for medicine in California, New York and the United Kingdom
Meet Dr. Villanueva, MD
Dr. Benito Villanueva, MD has been practicing medicine since 1974 and was board certified in Obstetrics/Gynecology in 1975. Dr. Villanueva received his medical degree from the Universidad of Buenos Aires. He served his internship specializing in Rotating at Prince George’s County Hospital and served his residency specializing in OB/GYN at Georgetown University Hospital. He completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Washington, Seattle.
With more than 30 years in the infertility field, Dr. Villanueva’s impressive track record has earned him the respect of his fellow reproductive endocrinologists, and the admiration of his patients. Dr. Villanueva spends time on both sides of the U.S. & Mexican border serving patients at state-of-the-art healthcare clinics and many of his patients fly in from South America and Europe, because of his expertise and sterling reputation.
Meet Dr. Adams, Ph.D.
Catharine Adams, our ART Laboratory and Scientific Director, holds a Ph.D. in Mammalian Embryology from one of the most prestigious universities in the world, University of Cambridge (UK), where she performed her research on blastocyst development. Since 1985, when she began her career in IVF, she has, among other distinctions, that of being the embryologist for the second successful frozen embryo transfer in the United States 15 years ago.
Dr. Adams is one of the first fully certified High Complexity Laboratory Directors (HCLD) in the U.S. Although very skilled technically, she is also well known in the infertility community for her ability and willingness to communicate complex embryologic concepts to patients.
Meet Ms. Anderson
Linda Anderson, our Laboratory Supervisor, has over 20 years experience in IVF, prenatal diagnosis, and cytogenetics. This broad range of technical experience makes her uniquely qualified to perform our preimplantation genetic screening testing and analysis. After receiving a B.A. in zoology from San Diego State University, she completed graduate study in genetics and biochemistry there. Before joining Reproductive Sciences Center, she held positions at Children’s Hospital, UCSD School of Medicine, and was Laboratory Supervisor at the Alvarado Hospital IVF program.
Dr. Adams and Ms. Anderson were among the first in this country to become nationally certified Reproductive Cryogenic Specialists. Both are perfectionists and are actively involved in a comprehensive quality assurance program. Both have been selected by CAP to inspect other ART laboratories seeking accreditation.
Meet Dr. Gaconnet, MD
Dr. Cory Gaconnet, MD, who was voted one of ‘San Diego’s Top Doctors’ in 2014, is an experienced clinician with an extensive background in healthcare management. His medical training combined with over 12 years of leadership experience within healthcare uniquely positions him to align all aspects of your fertility care into a common team of industry leading experts with one goal – to provide you the best quality fertility care available in the world. Starting with your initial consultation, Dr. Gaconnet and his incredible team at RSMC will become your partner as we help guide you through this journey. All the while, we will be working tirelessly to ensure that RSMC provides the best opportunity for you to grow your family.
Dr. Gaconnet graduated from the United States Naval Academy with honors and then completed his medical degree at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda. After earning his Doctorate of Medicine, he then transitioned to San Diego to complete his residency in Anesthesiology. During residency, Dr. Gaconnet was selected as Chief Resident and was awarded a Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology from Harvard Medical School at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is currently dual Board Certified in both Anesthesiology and Pediatric Anesthesiology.
Meet Ms. Cifuentes
Ms. Veronica Cifuentes is a board certified physician assistant who earned her degree from the University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program in 2009. Since then, she has worked primarily in women’s health, covering everything from hormone therapy to reproductive medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants as well as the San Diego Society of Physician Assistants.
Outside of work, her interests and hobbies include fitness (barre classes in particular), travel, and home improvement projects.