Our Experience

Fertility Preservation through Oocyte Cryopreservation

The Fertility Center of Miami was founded in 1991. The Center has been in the forefront of offering the latest successful options to infertile couples. In the past this has included intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), blastocyst embryo transfer, blastocyst embryo cryopreservation, donor eggs, and now egg freezing.

While many centers offer as a service, few have hands on experience with freezing, thawing and subsequent transfer of embryos. Our experience has proven that our embryologists and physicians have the knowledge, skills and competence to be successful.

This internationally renowned program was developed and is currently directed by Fernando M. Akerman,M.D. He is committed to bringing the latest and most successful oocyte cryopreservation to our patients.

Our Medical Team

Fernando M. Akerman, M.D.
Medical Director

Dr Fernando Akerman

Dr. Fernando M. Akerman has been the Director of the Fertility Center of Miami . He is a native of Argentina and is fluent in Spanish, English, and Portuguese.

He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1997, and his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Louisville, Kentucky in 1999. Before that he graduated with honors from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he also completed his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1992. Dr. Akerman completed an Intership in Pathology at Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York.

Dr. Akerman is Board Certified in Ob/Gyn and is a Diplomate Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, subspecialty in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Akerman is member of numerous scientific societies such as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI), the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG).


Farah S. Chuong, M.D.
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Dr ChuongDr. Farah S. Chuong has recently joined the Fertility Center of Miami.

Dr. Chuong joins the Fertility Center of Miami as a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an active candidate for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility.

As a native of Miami, Dr. Chuong is thrilled to return home to help couples fulfill their desires to become parents. She earned her undergraduate degree from Florida State University in 2004 and her medical degree from the University of South Florida in 2008. Dr. Chuong continued her medical education at the University of South Florida where she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and served as Chief Resident.

Following the completion of her residency, Dr. Chuong worked as a general OBGYN with a focus in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She then pursued a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Chuong’s areas of clinical interests include fertility preservation, in vitro fertilization, and the medical and surgical treatment of infertility.

Dr. Chuong is an active member in numerous national scientific societies including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)


Edward H. IllionsM.D.
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Dr IllionsDr. Illions joined the Center in 2021. Previously, he was the Medical Director of the Advanced Reproductive Medicine section at the
University of Colorado. And previously, he was the practice director at the Montefiore’s Institute for Reproductive Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. In addition, he developed and led their Fertility Preservation Program.

He completed his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology while in the US Air Force at the National Institutes of Health and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He acquired training in reproductive surgery, advanced reproductive technologies including in-vitro fertilization, and the management of complex endocrine disorders in women. He completed his medical career in the Air Force in 1993 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He joined the faculty at the University of Florida as the Director of Reproductive Endocrinology in the Jacksonville campus.

He has a keen interest in fertility preservation, reproductive surgery, and recurrent pregnancy loss. He strives to offer comprehensive, evidence-based medical care in a compassionate and personalized setting. He believes that physicians must be good listeners to supply the individualized care that patients have come to expect and endeavors to help patients achieve their family-building goals.