Dr. ML Goenka is today the Director of Institute of Human Reproduction, Guwahati and Kolkata. He is one of the IVF specialists in Kolkata, who has started the first IVF Centre in North East India at Guwahati and has so far delivered more than 5000 test-tube babies.
The biggest difficulty in setting up the centre was in the procurement and delivery of the right kind of equipment. As a famous IVF specialist in Kolkata, he had to frequently travel abroad to get what he needed. The area of infertility treatment was at a very nascent stage at that time. In 1980 he went to Bombay to learn laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, in 1984 he went to San Francisco, USA to learn microsurgery and in 1987 to Germany for advanced laparoscopic surgery. In 1989 he realized that IVF was now essential since they were already doing laparoscopic surgeries, IUI, etc. Without IVF a lot of patients would not get the relief they wanted. Then he went to the famed Bourn Hall Clinic in the UK. After that, he met Dr. Robert Janson of Sydney IVF in Bombay at one of the conferences. Dr. Goenka went to Sydney IVF, stayed there for three months. After returning from Sydney he started the first IVF centre of North-East India in 1990. His first test-tube baby was born in 1992. The patient was 52 years old and was the eldest lady to conceive at that time which gave them a lot of press coverage and their name was introduced in the Limca Book of Records and remained there for three years for this feat.
Dr. Goenka, the best IVF specialist in Kolkata, had to struggle for two years to set up his centre. He says that today if any IVF specialists in Kolkata want to start an IVF centre this can be done in a month’s time which was not the case earlier. Culture media were difficult to get. There was a shortage of qualified people and you had to go from country to country to get the technical know-how which a lot of people were not willing to share with you and you had to fight every step of the way. Most of the basic media were prepared in house. At present also many media are prepared at IHR with strict quality control. It was with his meticulous planning that he has been able to achieve financial strength to procure the latest equipment and technology as per requirement.
He had been born and brought up in Guwahati and had an established medical practice. Thus, Guwahati was the obvious choice to start his IVF centre. The Kolkata centre was started in 2007 after Dr. Goenka, IVF specialist Kolkata realized that it was easy for overseas patients to come there as compared to Guwahati. He says he has planned his growth and revenues in such a way that he never had to face any kind of a financial crunch. All the treatments are available at both centers but in Kolkata, they do a lot of surrogacy.
Dr. Goenka was an Executive Member of the Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction (ISAR) and has been a member of the international advisory committee for 11th and 12th World Congress on IVF in Sydney and Buenos Aires in 1999 and 2002. He has also trained more than 200 doctors in IVF / ICSI / IUI and laparoscopy
Being one of the best IVF specialists in Kolkata, He has been the guest speaker at many national and international conferences. He has published many papers in national and international Journals.
He trained under his father Late Prof Dr. Amal Chatterjee who was HOD of Gynecology at R G Kar Medical College. During his progressive years, he trained under some of the pioneering doctors in the field of Infertility in Bengal. Later on, he also received training from Bridge Fertility Clinic, London, which gave him an opportunity to interact with leading IVF specialist in Kolkata and helped him gain in-depth experience in the treatment and management of infertile patients.
Some of the achievements in ART need special mention:
1. 2003 Pregnancy following TESA/ICSI & FET after 27 months of Cryopreservation of Embryo in a couple of oligo astheno spermia & polycystic ovaries.
2. 2008- Twin Pregnancy by FET after vitrification & Blastocysts transfer in a 42 years lady with donor oocyte (1st time in Eastern India)
3. 2009 – Pregnancy following FET in a 34 years old woman of premature ovarian failure, which leads to early menopause (The Embryo was cryopreserved for 8 years)
4. 2010- Pregnancy on a patient of 53 years old menopausal lady (by donated oocyte).
5. 2011 Pregnancy on a patient of 38yrs following IUI who has lost her16yrs son of Blood Cancer.
6. 2012 Pregnancy on a patient of 39yrs following ICSI who has lost her 17yrs daughter following Brain Tumor. (By donated oocyte)
7. 2013 pregnancy on a patient of 30yrs following IVF with unilateral Mullerian Agencies. (Left fallopian tube not developed, left ovary streak gonad)
During his career spanning 25 years, Dr. Chatterjee- an IVF specialist in Kolkata, has witnessed dramatic advancements and introduction of new treatment options that have changed the pace of Assisted Reproductive Technology. Now having a baby is no longer a distant dream for parents, who need not wait for years to conceive.
For her, every patient is a challenge and she aims at success in every case. “Regardless of apparent similarities, each case is unique and we have to devise a different plan of action in every case.” She is one of the best IVF specialists in Kolkata who finds IVF/ICSI very interesting and would like to achieve 100 percent success every time.
She has performed more than 8000 IVF/ICSI procedures which is a great achievement in this field. She has attended several workshops and conferences in the area of Seminology, IUI, sperm banking, semen analysis, and has acquired hands-on training in Andrology and Embryology. She as an IVF specialist Kolkata is known widely for her competence in areas of IVF laboratory routines, Quality Control.
The role of an embryologist in the success rate of an infertility procedure, in her opinion, is crucial. “An embryologist has a very responsible job and a simple error on her part will impact the life of the patient. We have to give our 100 percent; we have to be fully alert and completely dedicated to our work.” Dealing with an embryo is a delicate task and absolutely no chances can be taken in terms of handling, quality, and attention to detail. Listening to her, one marvels at her constant excitement and hope in connection with her discipline.
She being one of the best IVF specialists in Kolkata, is very positive about the future of embryology and believes that great advancements will happen in this field in the near future. She as an IVF specialist feels advancement in genetics will help a lot in improving the IVF success rate.
“Screening of embryos will need a lot of skill and patience, miscarriages will be reduced and we will have to be equipped for all situations through continuous learning,” she predicts. But there always be people like her who are dedicated, deeply involved in the subject and follow strict discipline in doing their job that will maintain the importance of embryology in the area of human reproduction and fertility sciences.
She micro-manages every aspect of the business to maximize the efficiency and output of each and every domain of IHR Kolkata’s operations. She is dedicated to giving physicians and Patients the best services and results from IHR. She being a part of one of the best teams of IVF specialists in Kolkata, has the vision to make IHR one of the best go-to centers for foreign nationals seeking Surrogacy in India. She has taken up IHR’s Surrogate Care Services under her wing and looks after the management of SURRO-SEVICES to ensure the surrogates have a healthy and stress-free stay.
She as one of the well known IVF specialists Kolkata, believes that maintaining the best quality standards in every sub-level will reflect in the total quality and output of the Institutional services be it Infrastructure, Treatment Processes, Patient Welfare services, Success rates, Diagnostic Services, and Customer relations. Therefore great attention is given even to the minutes of details.