Meet Dr. Alvaro Martinez, the embryology specialist and laboratory director at Vida Fertility.
Meet Dr. Álvaro Martínez Moro, our collaborator in the blog and head of the Assisted Reproduction laboratory in Madrid. He studied Biology in Salamanca and Granada, specializing later in biotechnology, assisted reproduction and genetics.
Alvaro speaks Spanish, English and French and specializes in embryo selection, genetics and cryobiology.
Patients highlight his empathy, professionalism and informative/explanatory capacity and it is no wonder, since our doctor has made several publications and participated in congresses on assisted reproduction, promoting science in this field by collaborating in different research projects.
Dr. Álvaro, why did you choose to specialize in Assisted Reproduction?
It was during my college career that I knew my path was embryology.
I chose to major in biology because my great-grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and I wanted to dedicate myself to neurobiology research. Once I was in graduate school, when I took developmental embryology, I knew that this was my path.
I enjoyed learning about how something as small as a cell could develop into a living being.
Is working in the Assisted Reproduction laboratory just as you expected it to be?
Assisted reproduction is a multidisciplinary field that includes embryology, the area that generated the greatest interest in me.
In fact, this combination of different disciplines has allowed me to increase my knowledge, to understand the functioning and development of the human being, as well as to understand the complex psychological situation of infertility.
In this sense, I consider that assisted reproduction has managed to exceed my expectations, not only by improving my professional skills, but also my personal ones.
Dr. Álvaro Martínez How has Reproductive Medicine advanced since you started working?
Reproductive medicine is possibly the scientific field – with the permission of genetics – that has undergone the greatest advances.
We are talking about a sector that began in 1978 with the birth of Louise Brown, with numerous advances in a short time, from techniques as routine today as sperm microinjection or sperm freezing.
In my experience I have seen how embryo and oocyte vitrification has settled, the emergence of time-lapse systems, genetic diagnostic techniques, as well as the arrival of artificial intelligence today.
We are part of a field in constant development that does not lose sight of progress for the patient, ethics and current legislation.
What continues to amaze you most about being a fertility specialist?
The most surprising part of devoting myself to fertility is perhaps not the novelties in our routine, but the empathy and sensitivity with which you must treat patients, adapting to each one of their personalities and situations of those who resort to these techniques.
It is gratifying to know that you are doing your best to achieve the patient’s wishes and that you are part of the process to achieve them.
What can we expect from the future of assisted reproduction? New techniques in sight?
Assisted reproduction is undergoing a paradigm shift. Both from a business and scientific-technical point of view.
There is possibly a move back towards a more personalized medicine and treatment where patient care, as is the case at Vida Fertility Institute, is key to the patient’s well-being.
From a technological point of view, there are possibly two aspects, one oriented towards the search for alterations in the male factor that could be key to the success of treatments; and, on the other hand, artificial intelligence, which is increasingly becoming a reality in our society and assisted reproduction is not going to be an exception.
¿Dr. Álvaro Martínez, what advice would you give to patients who are starting their fertility treatment?
Patience and trust.
Patience because it is a long process that can generate personal and relationship burnout, frustration, fear and nervousness. And trust, not only in the success we seek, but in a team that will support you on the road to the long-awaited baby.
Now that you know Dr. Martinez, we want to tell you that his passion for helping couples fulfill their dreams of starting a family drives him to provide personalized attention and constant support.
His leadership at Vida Fertility ensures that you will find the expertise and commitment necessary to guide your path to parenthood.