Dr. Diane Ahn was largely drawn to PCRM because of its philosophy to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care. That directly aligns with her values of putting people first and helping communities have access to the services they need without having to travel far from home. Dr. Ahn’s academic interests include fertility preservation and reproductive Endocrinology. She is a native of Toronto, Ontario, but has lived and worked in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the past 11 years. She and her husband are excited to make Edmonton their new home.
We spoke with Dr. Ahn to get some insight into her work and how she is enjoying Edmonton.
What drew you to PCRM?
Each member of the PCRM team does their best to serve our patients’ needs no matter how big or small. The physicians, nursing, laboratory and administrative staff at PCRM are such a diverse, enthusiastic and professional team. We work extremely hard to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible during the process of receiving fertility treatment. We work on weekends, holidays and after-hours. There is a lot of work that goes on to ensure our patients receive excellent care.
Are you encouraged by the direction the field is going?
One of the best parts of this field is that innovation and research has been translated into treatment in a relatively short time span.
The first baby conceived with in-vitro fertilization was born in 1978 after hundreds of attempts from physicians and scientists all over the world.
The advent of intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) revolutionized the treatment of significant male-factor infertility.
What is most challenging about your job?
The hardest thing is when you do everything you possibly can but pregnancy doesn’t occur, and the underlying reason is something that science can’t fully explain.
What do you find to be the most rewarding?
We are able to help facilitate creation of families and future families.
It is rewarding to give that opportunity to diverse populations, including single women, same-sex couples or couples who require a third party to conceive.
I also think education is key in increasing accessibility to infertility treatment. Educating medical students, resident physicians, family physicians or other allied health care professionals – along with the public of course – advocacy generated for infertility treatment often translates into improved access.
That is so exciting! And now you get to continue your great work at PCRM in Edmonton. Are you looking forward to making it your new home with your husband?
Definitely. We have enjoyed exploring the city and Alberta in general.
To read more information about Dr. Ahn, please see her bio on her team member page.