Harvey Stern, MD, PhD, FACMG, FAAP
Director of Reproductive Genetics & the Fetal Diagnostics Center
Dr. Stern joined the Genetics & IVF Institute (GIVF) in 1995 and is the director of reproductive genetics. Dr. Stern has extensive experience in prenatal genetic diagnosis and in the evaluation of congenital malformations in the fetus. He is the primary physician involved in providing amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, first-trimester screening, and ultrasound for the prenatal genetics program at GIVF. Dr. Stern provides pre-and post-conception genetic counseling for patients interested in knowing their risks for a child with a genetic disorder, or discussing a genetic condition known to be in a patient’s family. He also supervises genetic screening of egg donors for Fairfax EggBank and sperm donors for Fairfax Cryobank.
Dr. Stern is the medical director of Fairfax Cryobank and of the preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) program for GIVF. Dr. Stern also oversees the GIVF endocrinology laboratory.
Education & Training
Dr. Stern is board-certified in pediatrics and medical genetics, with subspecialty board certification in clinical, biochemical, and molecular genetics. He is a founding fellow of the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics. Dr. Stern received his undergraduate degree in cell and molecular biology from Columbia College of Columbia University and completed a PhD in human genetics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He attended medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. After a residency in pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, Dr. Stern completed a fellowship in medical genetics at UCLA.
Between 1987 and 1995, Dr. Stern was an attending physician in the departments of medical genetics and laboratory medicine at Children’s National Medical Center, where he was the assistant director of clinical chemistry and established the biochemical genetics laboratory and the first molecular (PCR) based genetic diagnostic laboratory in a pediatric hospital. He was an associate professor of pediatrics and pathology at George Washington University Medical Center.
Currently, Dr. Stern has faculty appointments in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and human genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also teaches prenatal genetics to medical students in obstetrics and gynecology at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia.