Meet the team
Mr Stuart Lavery
Mr Lavery is a Consultant in Gynaecology, Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. He holds an NHS consultant position at the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Hospitals, one of London’s premier teaching hospitals. He has a private practice at both the Hammersmith Hospital, 92 Harley Street and Boston Place Clinic, Marylebone.
He is the director of IVF Hammersmith, one of the United Kingdom’s largest IVF Units with an international reputation as a centre of excellence for assisted conception. He is also the HFEA ‘Person Responsible’ for IVF Hammersmith.
Mr Lavery is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Reproductive Medicine at Imperial College London. He is the author of more than 30 publications in the field, has presented at numerous international and national meetings, and serves on international advisory boards for the pharmaceutical industry. He trained as an undergraduate in South Africa before completing post-graduate specialisation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as a registrar at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Mr Lavery then completed a research fellowship at Imperial College in IVF and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. He has coordinated the PGD service at the Hammersmith Hospital since 1997. Mr Lavery achieved Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology accreditation as a Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine through Imperial College in 2000. During this time he was awarded an MSc in Human Reproductive Biology with distinction. His current research interests are in assisted conception, reproductive surgery and preimplantation genetic diagnosis.
Mr Lavery is also trained in specific reproductive surgical techniques such as open microsurgery for repair of damaged fallopian tubes. He is accredited in the minimal access (or ‘key-hole’) techniques of laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery. Mr Lavery is an active member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and serves as an inspector of Subspecialty training programs and trainees in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. He is also a member of the British Fertility Society and acts as an official spokesman for the organisation. He is also a member of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
Mr Lavery is married with three children and lives in Buckinghamshire.
Mr Geoffrey Trew
Geoffrey Trew is a consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at the Hammersmith Hospital and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, London. He was appointed as a consultant at the Hammersmith Hospital in 1995. He qualified at St George’s Hospital, London in 1984 and started his Reproductive Medicine training at Guy’s Hospital in 1989.
He then went to be the lecturer at the Royal London Hospital until 1993 and completed his Sub specialty training in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at the Hammersmith Hospital in 1994 leading up to his appointment as consultant there in 1995.
He is a preceptor in laparoscopic and complex hysteroscopic surgery as well as one of the few surgeons in Europe who still practices complex open- microsurgery in the areas of tubal anastomosis and the correction of congenital abnormalities. Mr Trew is one of the few surgeons recommended by the Ashermans Support Group for the surgical correction of intrauterine adhesions. He lectures frequently both nationally and internationally in the areas of reproductive surgery and assisted conception. Mr Trew has published over fifty peer reviewed papers and authored over ten book chapters in these areas.
He co-runs the IVF Unit at the Hammersmith Hospital with Stuart Lavery and this is one of the busiest IVF units in the country. It has a reputation for taking the more complex and difficult problems and particularly patients who have been previously labelled as ‘poor responders’ and who have been refused treatment elsewhere. A large amount of their patients also have had multiple previous failed cycles at other units, both in the UK and overseas. He has vast experience in treating complex surgical problems ranging from difficult endometriosis through fibroids to congenital abnormalities. Mr Trew has an international referral base and has appeared for the last three years in The Tatler’s list of “Best Private Doctors”.
Dr Anna Carby
Dr Carby, Medical Director for Boston Place Clinic, joins us after 10 years working at IVF Hammersmith. In her new role she has assumed the position of Person Responsible to the HFEA.
Dr Carby has a specific interest in fertility preservation, recurrent implantation failure, prevention of hyperstimulation in polycystic ovary patients and Rokitansky syndrome. She is skilled in both difficult egg collections and transfers and offers transvaginal scanning and transmyometrial techniques for transfer.
Presenting regularly at both national and international conferences Dr Carby maintains a keen interest in research.
Dr Carby practices privately at Boston Place Clinic and is directly involved with the care of her patients, wherever possible trying to perform practical procedures during their treatment. She is married and lives in Buckinghamshire with 2 children.
Dr Cristina Hickman
Dr Cristina Hickman has over 10 years of research and clinical embryology experience, including work with stem cells and molecular biology. She has wide international experience in embryology, andrology, state-of-the-art IVF techniques and has designed and seen to completion innovative new IVF laboratories in the Middle East, the Caribbean and the UK.
Dr Cristina Hickman has a passion for research. She has developed her research skills as a member of scientific teams in the USA, Ireland, England, Scotland and the Caribbean. Her PhD on the maternal recognition of pregnancy signals from in vitro cultured embryos was awarded by the University of Edinburgh and based at the Roslin Institute where she had the opportunity to work with members of the team who created Dolly, the first cloned sheep.
After completing her Association of Clinical Embryology (ACE) certification at one of the largest IVF clinics in the UK (Manchester CARE Fertility), Dr Cristina Hickman emigrated to the Caribbean where she became the Science Director of Trinidad and Tobago IVF and Fertility Centre and researched male infertility in the Caribbean.
Since 2011, Cristina has developed a keen interest in Time-lapse incubation of human embryos and its clinical benefits. Working closely with the first clinic in the UK to use the Embryoscope, she co-authored a paper developing the first algorithm to predict embryo viability.
In 2013, Dr Cristina Hickman joined the Boston Place Clinic where she had the opportunity to design and set-up a state-of-the–art lab in the centre of London.
Her current research interests include embryo stress and viability, embryo morphokinetics, prediction of embryo viability using time-lapse, pre-genetic screening and sperm morphology and viability.
She is a certified member of the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE), a member of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), a founding member of The Caribbean Fertility Society and has been invited to present her research in the top conferences in the IVF Field.
Dr Erik Hauzman
Dr Hauzman, Deputy Medical Director, joins us after having held the position of senior consultant gynaecologist for five years at the international department of a major fertility centre in Madrid, Spain, where he gathered extensive experience in personalised cross-border reproduction treatment services, being fluent in English, Hungarian, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Russian.
He graduated from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary where he subsequently completed his specialisation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. After finishing research fellowships in Boston, USA, and Münster, Germany, he received his PhD for studies on the prediction of the outcome of in vitro fertilisation treatments.
Dr Hauzman's current research interests are in preimplantation genetic diagnosis and endometrial receptivity. He is author of over twenty peer-reviewed papers and one book chapter in the field of fertility.
He works closely with Dr Anna Carby to oversee the day to day clinical management of the unit. He has a private practice at both Boston Place Clinic and 92 Harley Street.
Besides his clinical activities, Dr Hauzman was Associate Editor of the scientific journal Human Reproduction between 2010 and 2014, and has been a reviewer of this journal since 2006.
He is a member of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the Hungarian Society for Obstetrical and Gynaecological Sonography.
Dr Antonios Vlismas
Dr Antonios Vlismas is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist. He completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Athens. He gained a wealth of experience through his work in the department of recurrent miscarriages and implantation failures at the University of Athens. He completed his PhD thesis on the aetiology of recurrent miscarriage and implantation failure.
He has broad experience in the field of reproductive medicine. He focused his career in fertility and assisted conception since 2007. He worked at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine at Bart's Hospital until 2012, subsequently joining IVF Hammersmith working at Hammersmith Hospital until late 2016.
He has extensive background in the management of complex fertility problems. He passionately believes that fertility treatment should be tailored to the individual needs of each patient. He is highly experienced in dealing with difficult cases of egg collection and embryo transfer. His area of expertise is recurrent implantation failure and recurrent miscarriage.
Dr Vlismas has authored several publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and has numerous presentations in international congresses.
He is certified from the British Fertility Society in pelvic ultrasound, embryo transfers and assisted conception. He is a member of the British Fertility Society (BFS) and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE).