Meet Our Fertility Doctors
All our physicians have two board certifications in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility and Obstetrics & Gynecology. Our physicians are also Fellows in the American College of Obstetric and Gynecology.
James Stelling, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is Medical and Laboratory Director here at Reproductive Specialists of New York, as well as Director of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Services, and is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology & Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Stelling holds the position of Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility at Stony Brook University Hospital, as well as Director of Gynecological Endocrinology at Good Samaritan Hospital. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, The Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists, The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Endocrine Society, The American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, The Suffolk Ob/Gyn Society, and The American Medical Association.
Maria Saketos, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is the Director of the Donor Egg Program, Third Party Reproduction, and the Donor Egg Bank. In addition, she serves as the Director of Clinical Services here at Reproductive Specialists of New York. She is double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology & Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Saketos graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and trained at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. She completed her fellowship at University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey. She worked in academics at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for five years before joining Reproductive Specialists of New York in 2000. She currently holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine at Stony Brook University. She has privileges at Winthrop University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and North Shore University Hospital. Dr. Saketos enjoys working with patients and helping them complete their journey to parenthood. She takes special care to individualize treatment plans and find the right protocol to help women achieve a pregnancy.
Linda Sung, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, The Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists, The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Endocrine Society, the Nassau OB/GYN Society, and the American Medical Association. Dr. Sung had her medical school training at Drexel University in Philadelphia, OB/GYN Residency training at Winthrop University Hospital, and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. She currently holds appointments as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She was nominated and served as the President of the Nassau OB/GYN Society for 2011. Dr. Sung has also been awarded the CREOG Teaching Award for her excellence in teaching and training of OB/GYN Residents. She was promoted as the Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Division at Winthrop University Hospital. She currently holds hospital appointments at Winthrop University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Hospital, and Nassau University Medical Center, where she was the former Acting Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Her special interest areas include infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fertility preservation, treatment of adolescent menstrual irregularities, and reproductive surgeries.
Bradley Trivax, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is a double board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility & Obstetrics and Gynecology. An honors graduate of the University of Michigan, Dr. Trivax earned his medical doctorate at Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Winthrop University Hospital. Dr. Trivax completed his subspecialty fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at UCLA Medical Center, where he was the recipient of the Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Award. Dr. Trivax has an extensive bibliography of publications and presentations, including critical evaluations of the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, genetic disorders, and in vitro fertilization. Dr. Trivax is a clinical instructor at Winthrop University Hospital, Long Island College Hospital, and the Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Trivax is an Associate Member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is also a member of the Nassau County Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. His professional interests include reproductive surgery, polycystic ovary syndrome, and androgen-related disorders.
Mary A Bray, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is a double board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist with over 25 years of experience in treating infertility patients. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. After serving as an Assistant Professor at SUNY-HSC at Brooklyn, she left the academic setting to devote herself to private practice. She joined Reproductive Specialists of New York in 2004 and returned to academia in 2006. She has received the CREOG (Council of Resident Education in Obstetrics & Gynecology) National Faculty Award at both The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Long Island College Hospital for excellence in teaching. She has been an invited speaker at review courses for Residents preparing for Board Certification Exams. Dr. Bray specializes in the treatment of infertility in women of advanced reproductive age (35 – 44 years) in women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome, and menstrual disorders. She was a founding member of the Physician Assisted Reproduction Group. Dr. Bray has presented research nationally and internationally and remains actively involved in research projects with the residents at her academic affiliations. Dr. Bray is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology and the Endocrine Society.
Richard Bronson, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pathology at Stony Brook University Medical Center and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology. He also directs the Andrology Lab at SBMUC, which performs tests to assess male reproductive capacity. Dr. Bronson trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University School of Medicine, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is board-certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics & Gynecology. He is a past President of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology. Dr. Bronson has been an Associate Editor of the journal Human Reproduction and is currently on the editorial boards of Fertility & Sterility and Reproduction. He is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Endocrine Society, the Society for the Study of Reproduction, and the American AndrologySociety. Dr. Bronson has been named in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors – NY Metro Area from 2007 to 2014, as well as a “Best Doctor” chosen by Newsday in 2009 to 2014. His special interests include diagnosing the causes of recurrent pregnancy loss and understanding why pregnancy fails to occur following in vitro fertilization.
Abe Halfen, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., completed his Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as the American College of Surgeons. He currently holds an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Suffolk Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of which he was a past President. His areas of interest are Infertility, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, PCOS, Ovulation induction and IVF.
Michael John Tucker, PhD, FIBiol, HCLD
Michael John Tucker, PhD, FIBiol, HCLD, has been involved full time in human IVF for nearly three decades, and has worked across the World in four continents. He is laboratory director of several successful IVF programs in the USA, most notably Shady Grove Fertility based in Maryland. He also functions at an executive level for a nationally recognized cryo-bank, Xytex Cryo International. He is co-author of more than 130 peer-reviewed papers, written over 70 chapters and course syllabi, and in addition has been co-author/editor of two text books on ART and vitrification. He has been a frequent speaker at many meetings throughout the World. As part of his research he has been responsible for certain ART ‘firsts’ throughout the decades, such as the first IVF and cryo-embryo babies in China; the first ICSI babies and cryo-egg offspring in the USA; and the first cryo-donor-egg babies Worldwide. Dr Tucker lives with his wife and four children in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an avid motorcyclist, and still competes at a national level in offroad racing in the geriatric Master Class!
Lauren Zakarin Safier, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., graduated Cum Laude from Cornell University, and then returned home to South Florida where she attended medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Safier completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Weill Cornell-New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, and then went on to complete subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Columbia-New York Presbyterian Hospital. During her training, Dr. Safier was awarded the Special Resident in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Award (by American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists), has presented her research at national meetings, and has published on topics including polycystic ovarian syndrome, fertility options in HIV discordant couples, in vitro fertilization, ovarian reserve testing, fertility preservation, and oocyte donation. She completed her thesis work on gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 in haploid human pluripotent stem cells. Dr. Safier currently holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor at in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine at Stony Brook University.
Our Friendly Staff
Many of the RSofNY personnel have been with RSofNY for 19 years, in some cases more. Our veteran staff is here to assist you, inform you, and be here for you throughout the entire process. They are compassionate, hard-working, and love what they do, helping adults become parents and making dreams come true. Here are some of our staff members, whom you will meet in our various offices here at RSofNY.