Meir Olcha, MD, FACOG

Board Certified OB/GYN, Fellowship Trained Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist (REI)

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Dr. Meir Olcha is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, fellowship trained in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He has a warm heart and is committed to providing excellent, personalized, and compassionate care to all of his patients. He is a leader in the field and works to improve reproductive health outcomes through progressive research and innovative medical treatments.

His current research focuses on identifying genetic causes of implantation and pregnancy failure, but also includes other aspects relating to improving the selection of competent embryos for transfer. He has published in numerous prestigious medical journals, has been awarded both federally funded and private grants, and has been invited to give talks at national fertility conferences throughout the country. He has been nominated for several Excellence in Teaching awards and recently was the recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Award.

Dr. Olcha graduated with honors from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He earned a Medical Degree from Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the same institution. Education is a great passion of his and as such is an integral part of his professional responsibilities to complete Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Olcha Speaks English and Hebrew fluently and is proficient in Spanish.

Message from Dr. Olcha

“Understanding that everyone’s journey is different is the key to making parenthood a reality in an individualized, gentle and reassuring way.”

Awards & Special Recognition

Publications

Awards & Special Recognition

1989 — 1990
British Medical Research Council research Grant
1993 — 1997
China-Cornell Fellowship sponsored by Rockefeller Foundation, USA
1997
Winner of the General Prize Paper, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting; title: In vitro maturation of human preovulatory oocytes following germinal vesicle transfer
1997
Winner of the first place poster, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting, 1997; title: Electrical activation and in vitro development of Human oocytes which failed fertilization following intracytoplasmic sperm injection (JCSJ)
2001
Winner of the best resident research project, Department of OB/Gyn, New York University Medical Center
2002 — 2004
ASRM/Organon Research Award to study on “Mitochondrial DNA segregations following nuclear transfer in mouse oocytes”; $50,000 for two years TOP 10 of New York
2013
Resolve Hope Award for Achievement
2015 — 2017
Top Fertility Clinic
2016
Nature’s Ten- Ten people that mattered in 2016”
2016
Busiest IVF Clinics- Forbes
2016
2016 Foreign Policy- Global Thinkers Award Nominee

Publications

N.R. Treff, Y. Zhan, X. Tao, M. Olcha, M. Han, J. Rajchel, L. Morrison, S.J. Morin, R.T. Scott. “Levels of trophectoderm mitochondrial DNA do not predict the reproductive potential of sibling embryos”. Human Reproduction. 2017 April 1.

J.M. Franasiak, M. Olcha, S. Shastri, T.A. Molinaro, H. Congdon, N.R. Treff, R.T. Scott Jr “Embryonic Aneuploidy does not Differ Amongst Genetic Ancestry According to Continental Origin as Determined by Ancestry Informative Markers” . Human Reproduction. 2016

M. Olcha, J.M. Franasiak, S. Shastri, T.A. Molinaro, H. Congdon, N.R. Treff, R.T. Scott Jr. ”Genotypically determined ancestry across an infertile population Ovarian reserve and response parameters are not influenced by continental origin”. Fertility and Sterility. 2016 April14

J.M. Franasiak, M. Olcha, P.A. Bergh, K.H. Hong, M.D. Werner, E.J. Forman, R.S. Zimmerman, R.T. Scott. “Expanded carrier screening in an infertile population: how often is clinical decision making affected?”. Genetics in Medicine. 2016 March 3.

P. Kramata, Y. -P. Lu, Y. -R Lou, J. Cohen, M. Olcha, S. Liu, and A.H. Conney. “Effect of administration of caffeine or green tea on the mutation profile in the p53 gene in early p53-positive patches of epidermal cells induced by chronic UVB-irradiation of hairless SKH-1 mice”. Carcinogenesis. 2005 Nov 1; 26(11): 1965-74.

Posters

Oral Presentations

Posters

M. Olcha, X. Tao, Y. Wang, T. Xing, Y. Zhan, J.M. Franasiak, R.T. Scott, N.R. Treff. “A Mitochondrial D-Loop Variant Associated With The Reduced Risk Of Embryonic Aneuploidy”. Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ; Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Morristown, NJ. ASRM 71st Annual Meeting. October 2015

J.M. Franasiak, M. Olcha, D.T. Taylor, N.R. Treff, R. T. Scott. “Embryonic Aneuploidy Does Not Differ Amongst Major Ethnicities as Determined by Genotyping”. Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ; Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Morristown, NJ. Pacific Coast Reproductive Society Annual Meeting. March 2015

M. Olcha, E.J. Forman, K.H. Hong, M.D. Werner, A. Ruiz, R.T. Scott. “Aneuploidy Rates Within Age Groups Do Not Differ Within The Typical Therapeutic Range Of Gonadotropin Exposure”. Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ; Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Morristown, NJ. ASRM 69th Annual Meeting. October 2013

M. Olcha, M. McWeeney, S.J. Levin. “Knowledge and Attitudes of Colorectal Cancer Screening in an Underserved Population”. UMDNJ Community Oriented Primary Care Poster Session, New Brunswick, NJ. 26 July 2007.

P. Kramata, Y. -P. Lu, Y. -R Lou, J. Cohen, M. Olcha, S. Liu, and A.H. Conney. “Mutation profile of the p53 gene in early mutant p53-positive patches of epidermal cells in SKH-1 mice chronically irradiated with UVB-light and treated orally with caffeine or green tea”. Proc. Am. Assoc. Cancer. Res. 46, 1016, #4301 (2005, Anaheim, Orange County, CA).

Oral Presentations

M. Olcha, X. Dong, H. Feil, X. Hao, M. Lee, S. Jindal, E. Buyuk, J. Vijg. “A Workflow for Simultaneous DNA Copy Number and Methylome Analysis of ICM and TE Cells from Human Blastocysts.” Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA. PCRS Annual Meeting. 2019

M.Olcha. “Primary Male Hypogonadotropic Hypogonadism: A Fertility Prospective”. Endocrinology Grand Rounds. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY. August 2018

M.Olcha. “Ovulation Induction in the PCOS patient: Updated Guidelines”. Endocrinology Grand Rounds. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY. August 2018.

M.Olcha, S. Pollack. “Turner Syndrome – Fertility preservation options and strategies for young
women”. 5th Annual Turner Syndrome Workshop. Division of Pediatric Endocrinology. Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY. November 2017.

M. Olcha, C. Bohrer, R.T. Scott, N.R. Treff. “The PLK4 Locus Is Not Associated With Human Embryonic Aneuploidy Risk”. Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ; Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Morristown, NJ. ASRM 71st Annual Meeting. October 2015

M. Olcha, J.M. Franasiak, D.T. Taylor, N.R. Treff, R. T. Scott. “Markers of Ovarian Reserve Do Not Differ Amongst Major Ethnicities as Determined by Genotyping. Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ; Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Morristown, NJ. PCRS Annual Meeting. March 2015

M. Olcha, K.M. Ferry, E.J. Forman, K.H. Hong, N.R. Treff, R.T. Scott. “Trophectoderm Biopsy For Aneuploidy Screening Results in Lower Initial hCG Levels With Altered Predictive Values: Low Initial levels Still Have High Delivery Rates and Normal Pregnancy Outcomes”. Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ; Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Morristown, NJ. ASRM 68th Annual Meeting. October 2012.

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