Catherine Rizza has devoted her life to the science of helping people create a family.
As the business manager for Dr. Robert Newton, a pioneer in reproductive therapy, Mrs. Rizza was a first-hand witness to the beginning of assisted reproductive technology and she helped to establish one of the world’s first sperm banks in 1971. As president of the company since 1993, she has helped to build New England Cryogenic Center into one of the largest full-service cryobanks in the world.
In the mid-90s, in order to offer families a greater chance to fight disease, Mrs. Rizza and her husband John founded a second company, the New England Cord Blood Bank, where families can store the stem cells found in umbilical cord blood for future use in treating disease.
Cigdem Tanrikut, M.D.
New England Cryogenic Center is excited to announce that as of January 1, 2016, Dr. Cigdem (“Cori”) Tanrikut has joined our staff and will serve as the medical director of our Andrology laboratory. She will supervise the selection of sperm donors and oversee sperm banking and Andrology services.
Dr. Tanrikut completed her Fellowship in Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery at the Cornell Institute for Reproductive Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Surgery (Urology) at Harvard Medical School and a Reproductive Urologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Tanrikut received her medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her Urologic Surgery residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School before pursuing fellowship training at Weill Cornell in New York. She returned to Boston to join the staff in the Department of Urology at Massachusetts General Hospital and serves as the Director of Male Reproductive Medicine at the MGH Fertility Center.
Her outside interests include good food (both cooking and eating!), travel, and relaxing at the beach.
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