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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Weston, PhD, HCLD, CC, TS
Dr. Weston earned his doctorate degree at Cornell University in Reproductive Physiology. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, working with IVF in endangered species of primates. His research, in affiliation with the Oregon Health Sciences University, focused on developing optimal culture conditions for both human and non-human primate embryos. He has since spent nearly three decades in the clinical field as a high complexity laboratory director and clinical consultant, working with a number of successful IVF clinics across the country. His broad affiliations with other clinics have allowed him to witness and incorporate the latest technologies and approaches to IVF to provide and maintain the highest standards of care for our patients.
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.
Satu Kuokkanen, M.D, F.A.C.O.G
Satu Kuokkanen, MD, PhD is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, holds a PhD in Genetics and has been practicing medicine since 1992. Dr. Kuokkanen’s extensive multi-level clinical and research experience combined with her genetics education have allowed for a unique medical perspective when treating infertility. In her career, she has garnered a reputation for overcoming hard-to-solve infertility issues as a result of staying up-to-date on the latest research and treatment techniques. Dr. Kuokkanen completed her residency and REI fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. She joined a busy fertility practice in Long Island after completing her sub-specialty training in 2008. Additionally, she stayed as an Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine actively participating in scholarly activities, research and education. Dr. Kuokkanen has completed research with the National Institutes of Health and Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has received several awards for her medical research, including the prestigious American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologist Foundation research scholarship. Her research focuses on implantation biology, that is one of the areas in human reproduction still remaining poorly understood piece.
Yelena Dondik MD, FACOG
Yelena Dondik MD, FACOG completed her undergraduate education at Brown University. She received her medical degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine, where she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honors Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She also received the American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement. After residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU-Winthrop Hospital, she completed her subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Louisville. She is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr Dondik’s research publications and presentations include the predictive value of ovarian reserve markers in intrauterine insemination, and the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea and auto-immune thyroid disease in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome patients. Most recently, Dr Dondik has conducted research on DNA repair gene expression in Primary Ovarian Insufficiency and investigated angiogenic markers of placental function in egg donor IVF pregnancies.
Vasilios Goudas, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Vasilios Goudas, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology & Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He grew up in Greece and graduated Medical School from the University of Patras, Greece. Afterwards he moved to the USA and did his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology @ Nassau University Medical Center in New York, an affiliate of the State University of New York @ Stony Brook. He completed his training with a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at the world famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, and started working since in the New York Metropolitan Area. He has vast experience in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome as well as Reproductive Surgery. His team presented pioneering work in artificial embryo twinning. Dr. Goudas has worked with numerous patients struggling with infertility and takes pride in providing compassionate and specialized care. He sees patients in the Stony Brook and West Islip offices.
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.