Our Fertility Clinic serves IVF patients from Tampa, Sarasota, Tampa Bay, Orlando, Bradenton, Bonita Springs, Ft. Myers, Naples, and all of Florida. IVF and Tubal Reversal patients travel from all parts of the U.S., Canada, Europe, Russia, China, and South America for a good reason. They have discovered that Fertility Services can be excellent, high tech, and personal.
We’re A Very Special Practice
Fertility Center and Applied Genetics of Florida and the offices of Julio E. Pabon, M.D., P.A., provide the most advanced treatments for patients with reproductive problems. Our clinic is special because we strive to provide personal attention and exceptional customer service while matching or exceeding the success and technology of most clinics in the world. Unlike most IVF and Reproductive Endocrinology clinics, personal attention by the physician is the rule and not the exception. Dr. Pabon is a nationally recognized physician in his specialty. He has been recognized as a “Top Doctor” by U.S. News and World Report and by the Castle Connolly agency. These awards are given to the best of the best as determined by the votes of other physicians.
Infertility consultation and treatment can be very stressful. We strive to eliminate as much of the stress as possible by keeping our patients well informed during each step of the process and making sure all questions and concerns are addressed in a timely and compassionate fashion. During business hours, our phones are answered by a person and not a recording. Dr. Pabon and our team has been recognized by receiving awards such as the “Compassionate Doctor” award as well as a the “Patients’ Choice” awards. In addition, we have been recognized by the American Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology as an outstanding practice by achieving success rates above the national average while having low high order pregnancy rates.
Dr. Pabon’s good reputation has grown since he began private practice in 1995. As a result, we treat patients from all of Florida, the eastern United States, Canada, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Many patients come because Florida is a second home, or a frequent vacation destination, or because they seek special services such as egg donation, surrogacy, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, sex selection (family balancing) or even surgical treatment for infertility such as microsurgical tubal reversals.
Our two offices are strategically located near Highway 75 in Sarasota and Bonita Springs, Florida. Their location is convenient for patients in Florida’s West Coast with access from Tampa international airport (TPA), Sarasota/Bradenton airport (SRQ), and the Ft. Myers/Naples international airport (RSW). Patients that are far away can have a consultation over the phone or on Skype. The main office in Sarasota has an in office IVF and Andrology laboratory. The Bonita Springs office has an Andrology laboratory and is currently a satellite office for consultation and monitoring of IVF and surgical patients. Patients need to be aware that the Bonita Springs office functions as a satellite office for consultation, testing, and monitoring of our fertility patients. All major procedures are done in Sarasota.
Our Medical & Laboratory Director
Julio E. Pabon, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. is a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist & Infertility Specialist. He is board certified in both general Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the subspecialty of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics & Gynecology (A.C.O.G.), a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (A.S.R.M.), a member of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology (S.R.E.), a member of the European Society for Human Reproduction & Embryology (ESHRE) and a member, past president, and current secretary of the Florida Society for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. Dr. Pabon is a past member of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (S.A.R.T) from 1998 -2007. Dr. Pabon has declined membership in S.A.R.T. since 2007 when S.A.R.T. lost its contract for reporting to Weststat, Inc.. Our clinic continues to report to the Centers for Disease Control through Westat, Inc.. Dr. Pabon has declined membership in S.A.R.T. because over the course of almost ten years, the society did not enhance or properly represent the practice of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. S.A.R.T. increased the costs by charging membership fees and per treated patient fees without providing tangible benefits. Patients must realize that S.A.R.T. is not an honor society. It is a society that Fertility practices may choose to join for a fee.
Dr. Pabon’s practice continues to thrive with oversight from the Florida Board of Medicine, the Florida Board of Medicine Office Surgery Division, the Federal Drug Administration (F.D.A.), the Agency for Healthcare Administration Laboratories Unit, the Centers for Disease Control (C.D.C.), the American Association of Bioanalysts (A.A.B.), and the Sarasota and Lee Counties Health Departments.
Dr. Pabon is a graduate of Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California. He attended college at The University of Texas at Austin. He graduated with honors and as a “College Scholar” of the College of Natural Sciences. Dr. Pabon received his medical education at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed an Ob/Gyn internship at the Univ. of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital and completed his Ob/Gyn residency training at The Univ. of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. He served as Administrative Chief Resident and was honored as the outstanding laparoendoscopic surgeon. Dr. Pabon completed his Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship training at the University of Louisville in 1995.
Dr. Pabon has published texbook chapters, scientific papers, and abstracts in his specialty. While at Baylor College of Medicine he developed special embryo culture techniques that led to publications and a patent for embryo “Culture Bags” with Baylor Technologies.
Dr. Pabon is also a teacher. He is an assistant clinical professor in the dept. of Clinical Sciences of Florida State University College of Medicine. Dr. Pabon is on staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Hospital, Doctors Hospital Same Day Surgery Center, and Cape Surgery Center.
Fertility Center and Applied Genetics of Florida and the Sarasota offices of Julio E. Pabon, M.D., P.A. have an in-office “in vitro” fertilization laboratory capable of prolonged pre-embryo culture and micromanipulations such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), laser assisted hatching and laser assisted pre-embryo biopsies (PGD/PGS). In addition, there is an andrology and cryobiology laboratory. Our diagnostic labs are accredited by the state of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
Reproductive practices are highly regulated in the United States.
We are registered and receive oversight and inspections from the Florida Board of Medicine, the Florida Board of medicine office surgery division, Sarasota County Health Dept., Lee County Health Dept., the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), The National Centers for Disease Control, The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Laboratory Division, and have federal CLIA registrations for both office laboratory locations. Diagnostic lab. procedures comply with the World Health Organization guidelines as well a the American Association of Bioanalysts’ guidelines for quality control.
Our Embryology Team
An embryologist is a biologist with extensive laboratory experience in mammalian reproduction. Our embryologists all have at least 10-15 years of experience in the field as senior embryologists. They are all proficient in all aspects of in-vitro fertilization, andrology, cryobiology, and micromanipulations such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection, assisted hatching, and embryo biopsies. Part of what makes Fertility Center and Applied Genetics of Florida special is that you can be confident that your lab procedures are being carried out by senior embryologists and not trainees or junior embryologists.
We’re Proud of Our Successful IVF Program
Since our beginning in July 1998, more than 50% of our patients have achieved a pregnancy. Individual chance of success depends on the age of the female partner and the specific diagnosis. Recently, we have implemented ultramodern stimulation protocols and treatment procedures such as FSH with mini hCG combination protocols, custom dose antagonist protocols with agonist (lupron) “triggers,” all freeze or all cryo treatments, laser assisted trophectoderm blastocyst biopsies, complete genomic hybridization, low oxygen incubators, oocyte vitrification, embryo vitrification, and ultrasound guided embryo transfers. The results have been simply amazing. For example, with the highest technology using laser assisted blastocyst biopsies to select a single embryo with the normal number of chromosomes for transfer, the chance of pregnancy exceeds 70% regardless of the patients age. In 2013, more than 90% of patients with a normal womb achieved a pregnancy when a single euploid embryo was implanted after all freeze protocols. Patients who had “fresh” single euploid transfers enjoyed a 75% chance of pregnancy. This is with the transfer of a single embryo! Technology has come a long way.
Our office has achieved this with less than 1% triplet or higher order pregnancies since 1998. A couple’s individual probability of success depends chiefly on the youth and health of the female partner’s eggs. Please review the maternal age and reproduction page.
Both our IVF patients and our outpatient tubal reversal patients receive treatment with the assistance of Board Certified Medical Doctor Anesthesiologists. The anesthesiologists that attend the Sarasota office rotate from the Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. They are attending physicians on their own supervising many complicated surgeries in all specialties of medicine such as orthopaedics, thoracic, heart, vascular, gynecology, and neurosurgery to name a few. The intravenous sedation they provide for our office patients is fully monitored and expertly managed. Unlike many IVF clinics, we choose to provide our patients with an anesthesiologist so they can have the highest safety and comfort.
Microsurgery for outpatient tubal ligation reversals
Dr. Pabon’s training in reproductive surgery included extensive microsurgical training both during his residency training and fellowship. He performed his first microsurgical tubal ligation reversal in 1990. That initial surgery was a success. Dr. Pabon received a gift of a fancy business card holder from this first brave patient as a thank you gesture for a successful surgery and pregnancy. That was 23 years ago! Since then, Dr Pabon has perfected the techniques for this meticulous surgery with a successful pregnancy in more than 80% of patients. Dr. Pabon is one of the pioneers in the outpatient minilaparotomy technique.