Olive Fertility Centre Co-Director Elected President of Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society for 2020/2021

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Dr Jason Hitkari, co-founder-and co-director of Olive Fertility Centre, has been elected President of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) for 2020-2021.

The CFAS Board of Directors, staff, and myself personally are incredibly excited to work with Dr. Hitkari.

Olive Fertility Centre is proud to announce that Dr Jason Hitkari, Olive’s co-founder-and co-director, has been elected President of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) for 2020-2021.

“The CFAS Board of Directors, staff, and myself personally are incredibly excited to work with Dr. Hitkari,” says Goldi Gill, the Executive Director of CFAS. “Dr Hitkari has demonstrated a commitment to the Society through participating in numerous membership check-ins and co-authoring our Guiding Principles document for the safe resumption of fertility care. He is not only stepping up at a critical time because of the coronavirus situation; he is also taking on the role of President as the CFAS commences another significant project – our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan."

"As President, Dr. Hitkari will be spearheading a Society-wide initiative to position the CFAS such that it will continue to wield significant impact in the field of ART [Assisted Reproductive Technology] and be set up for a viable future. He has been an absolute pleasure to work with this past year, and I, along with the Board Directors and CFAS team, are looking forward to seeing what we will be able to accomplish under his leadership over the next year.”

The Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society is Canada’s national organization of professionals dealing with reproductive medicine. Its mission is to responsibly advance reproductive science and medicine in Canada through leadership, research, and guidance.

“It’s a great honour to have been elected president of CFAS by my peers,” says Dr Hitkari. “With technology changing so rapidly in this field, it’s important to have a national organization that brings us together to develop best practices and discuss new research and medical issues involved in helping to create families.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the essential role that CFAS plays in providing guidance to reproductive medical professionals and fertility clinics across Canada. Dr Hitkari, along with other CFAS board members, has been instrumental in drafting guiding principles to “assist Canadian ART clinics to resume services and care for patients in a safe way.”

Dr Hitkari completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and went on to do a formal fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at The University of Toronto (Mt. Sinai). In addition to acting as co-director of Olive Fertility Centre, Dr Hitkari is a Clinical Associate Professor at UBC.

Nationally recognized as a dedicated and award-winning educator, Dr Hitkari coordinates the UBC Medical School undergraduate teaching in the areas of reproduction and infertility. He is a past examiner in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. As patient advocate, Dr. Hitkari has served as a board member for the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada and is proud of being the recipient of the H. Hill Humanitarian award for exceptional patient care.

Olive Fertility Centre
Located in Vancouver, BC, Olive Fertility Centre is one of Western Canada’s largest IVF and prenatal diagnosis centres. With an advanced IVF lab, and innovative programs that include Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT-A), egg freezing, and prenatal NIPT testing, Olive Fertility (olivefertility.com) provides comprehensive fertility care to infertile couples, single women, and LGBTQ2 individuals.

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