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.
Grace M. Centola, Ph.D., H.C.L.D. (AAB)
Laboratory Director / Tissue Bank Director
Dr. Grace Centola has served as Laboratory Director at New England Cryogenic Center since 2001 and has been a significant presence in andrology for more than 25 years.
Dr. Centola received a B.S. in Biology from Utica College of Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in Anatomy from Georgetown University. She has served on the faculty at the Michener Institute for Applied Sciences, University of Rochester Medical Center, SUNY Health Sciences Center, Syracuse, NY, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, and the University of Maryland. She is the author of numerous articles in leading medical and scientific journals.
With a rich background in reproductive medicine, Dr. Centola was on the faculty of the University of Rochester for more than 15 years, where she started the first Andrology Laboratory and Sperm Bank in Rochester in 1987. Dr. Centola has also served on the faculty at the Michener Institute for Applied Sciences, (Toronto, CA), University of Rochester Medical Center, SUNY Health Sciences Center (Syracuse, NY), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Bethesda, MD), the University of Maryland, director of the ART Laboratory at the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Bryn Mawr Hospital; Director of the Andrology and Endocrinology Laboratory for the Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York and New Jersey; and Assistant Laboratory Director at Offices for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine in New York City. Dr. Centola is board certified as a High Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (H.C.L.D.) by the American Board of Bioanalysis. She has published over 40 peer reviewed scientific articles, over 70 abstract presentations at national conferences, and 16 book chapters. She is a reviewer for several national and international journals, including Fertility and Sterility, Journal of Andrology, Urology, and Human Reproduction, and has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Andrology and Fertility and Sterility.
Dr. Centola is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and is a charter member of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU) of the ASRM. She currently is the Secretary-Treasurer of the SMRU, and will become president in 2013, a post she previously held. She has served on the Executive Council of the American Society of Andrology and several committees of the society. Dr. Centola served as the inaugural chair of the College of Reproductive Biology (CRB) of the American Association of Bioanalysts, the Eastern Region Chairperson, and is a current member of the Regulatory Task Force of the CRB. She also served as the chair of the Reproductive Council of the American Association of Tissue Banks, as well as on its Board of Governors and Strategic Planning Committee.