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RESOLVE TO PRESENT AWARDS TO NATIONAL LEADERS IN INFERTILITY PATIENT CARE AND ADVOCACY

BETHESDA, MD AND NEW YORK, NY, MARCH 12, 2007 RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association will present several national and regional awards to medical professionals and leaders in infertility treatment and advocacy, at the 10th Annual RESOLVE Night of Hope Gala to be held in New York City on June 6.

Each year, RESOLVE gives a special Founder’s Award the Barbara Eck Menning Award to an individual or group who has demonstrated leadership in the field of infertility or infertility resolution.  Alice D. Domar, PhD, Executive Director, Domar Center for Complementary Healthcare at Boston IVF, is this year’s recipient of The Barbara Eck Menning Award.  

Dr. Domar is a pioneer in the application of mind/body medicine to women's health issues.  Her groundbreaking research focuses on the relationship between stress and different women's health conditions, and creating innovative programs to help women decrease physical and psychological symptoms, earning an international reputation as one of the country’s top women’s health experts.

“Ali Domar is a highly respected leader in helping women and men cope with the emotional impact of infertility and is internationally know for her groundbreaking work in the efficacy of psychological interventions in both reducing distress and increasing pregnancy rates,” said Leigh Boston, RESOLVE National Board Chairperson.  “We are honored and very fortunate to have Dr. Domar join RESOLVE’s national Board of Directors and it is a great pleasure to honor her achievements and contributions to the infertility community.”

RESOLVE is also presenting the fourth annual National Friends of RESOLVE awards recognizing individuals and organizations that have made a unique contribution to the infertile community.  Receiving the National Friends of RESOLVE Awards are:

  •  Linda Applegarth, PhD, Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility Emotional Support. RESOLVE honors Dr. Linda Applegarth is the Director of Psychological Services at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, and is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in both the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Medical College of Cornell University.  For many years Dr. Applegarth served a member of the Board of Directors of RESOLVE and currently serves on RESOLVE’s Mental Health Advisory Group.  She also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and is past chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of ASRM.
  • Maria Bustillo, MD, South Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine Clinical Excellence. RESOLVE honors Dr. Bustillo as one of the first female physicians to undertake application of assisted reproductive technologies.  She is a noted specialist in the areas of implantation failure and recurrent pregnancy loss, and has been a major proponent infertility education and outreach, especially to diverse populations such as the Hispanic community.  For many years, Dr. Bustillo has given her time, energy and support as a National Board Member, spokesperson and clinical advisor. 
  • Sharon Covington, MSW, Director of Psychological Support Services, Shady Grove Fertility Reproductive Science Center, Rockville, MD Emotional Support.  RESOLVE honors Sharon N. Covington for her lasting contributions to RESOLVE as a member of the Mental Health Advisory Group; her service as a founding member and past Chairman of the Mental Health Professional Group of American Society for Reproductive Medicine; her participation as the mental health representative to the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies' Executive Committee; and for her role as Author and Co-Editor of Infertility Counseling: A Comprehensive Handbook for Clinicians. Second Edition. (Cambridge University Press, 2006).
  • Linda Hammer Burns, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Reproductive Medicine Center Emotional Support. RESOLVE honors Dr. Burns for her ongoing contributions to RESOLVE as co-founder of RESOLVE of the Twin Cities in 1975, a RESOLVE professional support group leader and trainer, and a member of the RESOLVE Mental Health Advisory Group as well as the National Board of Directors since 2004.  She is also the founder of the International Infertility Counseling Organization of International Federation of Fertility Societies.  She is a former chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and has served on various committees for MHPG and ASRM.  She recently co-edited the updated the textbook, Infertility Counseling: A Comprehensive Handbook for Clinicians. Second Edition. (Cambridge University Press, 2006).
  • Larry Lipshultz, MD, Baylor College of Medicine Clinical Excellence. RESOLVE honors Dr. Lipshultz for his leadership and expertise in the field of male infertility including urological microsurgery; his outstanding service on RESOLVE’s Physician Advisory Council and as a RESOLVE spokesperson; and for his professional leadership at ASRM.  He has written extensively for peer-reviewed and other periodicals on male factor infertility and other urological conditions. His expertise in male reproductive health is unmatched, and he has worked with RESOLVE to educate and support others for nearly 20 years. 

From the corporate field, RESOLVE is honoring Church and Dwight, Co., Inc., makers of First Response products, with a Friend of RESOLVE award for their unique and ongoing support in assisting RESOLVE in meeting its mission of providing education, support and advocacy to the infertile community.  RESOLVE is also honoring Organon, USA, for advocacy leadership and the company’s support of a landmark employer survey measuring the true impact of infertility insurance coverage among nearly one-thousand companies. 

From the media, RESOLVE is honoring “Anderson Cooper 360,” a CNN news program which aired a special and often repeated segment on Black Market Infertility, which examined the growing marketplace for illegal sales of infertility medication. CNN worked closely with RESOLVE on this program, and featured several RESOLVE members in the story. A very sensitive and important topic was handled intelligently, with balance and accuracy.  The CNN team responsible for the piece: Host, Anderson Cooper; Producer, Audrey Gruber; Correspondent, Radi Kaye; Editor, Dave Butz; Associate Producer, Jen Icklan; and Executive Producer, David Doss.

RESOLVE’s Northeast Region will also be presenting Regional Awards during the Night of Hope Gala:

  •  Ted Johnson, MD, and The Honorable Nancy Johnson - Zenith Award. In recognition of their many years of faithful service to not only the residents of Connecticut, but to the entire fertility community by serving as a voice in both the national and local political arenas.  Dr. Johnson currently serves on RESOLVE’s Board of Directors.
  • Joanne J. Amato Excellence in Nursing Award - Award recipient to be announced at the event. The nominees are:
    Melanie Acosta, RNC, MA, Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York
    Rosa Fernandez, RN, BSN, Genesis Fertility & Reproductive Medicine
    Joanne Libraro, RN, BSN, The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, Weill School of Medicine, Cornell University
    Debra Moynihan, RNC, APN-C, MSN, IVF New Jersey Fertility Center
    Patricia Rucinsky, RN, BSN, The Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas
  •  William Miller, Creative Solutions Inc. Friend of RESOLVE Award.  In recognition of his many years of support and outstanding service to RESOLVE.

“During RESOLVE’s 33 year history, the organization has helped thousands of infertile women and men to better understand their medical condition, the treatment options available and to empower them to make informed decisions in this most personal journey,” Boston said.  “We take this opportunity to thank all of those who have contributed to the success of RESOLVE over the past 33 years.  With the support of the physicians, nurses, therapists, our volunteers and staff and industry representatives, we are achieving our mission and look to create an even stronger voice representing infertility patients in the U.S.”

Founded in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, headquartered in Bethesda, MD, is the oldest and largest consumer-based, nonprofit group that provides education, advocacy and compassionate support for those struggling with infertility in the United States.  Each year, RESOLVE and its nationwide network of affiliates and chapters handle more than 1.5 million contacts from people seeking information and help.   For more information, visit the RESOLVE website at www.resolve.org.

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