A photograph of Dr. Robert Casper.

Dr. Robert F. Casper MD, FRCSC, REI

Scientific Director and Founding Partner, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Specialist (REI)

A Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist for more than 30 years, Dr. Robert Casper received his medical degree at the University of Western Ontario in 1973, and his Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 1977. Subsequently, he was awarded a Medical Research Council of Canada Fellowship for training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California in San Diego under the director of Dr. Sam Yen and was certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Reproductive Endocrinology in 1982.

Dr. Casper is the founder of the Toronto Centre for Advanced Reproductive Technology (TCART) and is the Founding Partner and Scientific Director of TRIO Fertility. He is a Professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto and holds cross-appointments in the Departments of Physiology, Medicine (Division of Endocrinology) and The Institute of Medical Sciences. Dr. Casper is also the Camille Dan Family Research Chair in Translational Cell Biology and a Senior Investigator in the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital. He also founded and is Medical Director of the Insception LifeBank Cord Blood Programme.

Since 1980, Dr. Casper’s research activities have been continuously funded by the MRC/CIHR. He was awarded an MRC scholarship in 1982, and in 1997 received a joint CIHR/INSERM Visiting Scientist award during a sabbatical in the laboratory of Professor Edwin Milgrom in Paris. Dr. Casper has authored over 300 papers (Google Scholar cited 18,094 times, h-index 74). His areas of research include mitochondria in reproductive aging, endometriosis, and endometrial receptivity.

Dr. Casper is the Past President of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS). He is an Editorial Editor of Fertility and Sterility, a section editor for Reproductive BioMedicine Online, and is on the editorial boards of several other journals in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Reproduction. Dr. Casper is an honorary member of the Middle East Fertility Society and was awarded the Health Silver Medal of the Ministry of Health, Republic of Lebanon, in 2001. In 2004 he was the recipient of the CFAS Award of Excellence for Lifetime Research Achievement. In 2012 Dr. Casper received the “Excellence in Research Award” from APOG (Association of Academic Professionals in Obstetrics and Gynecology of Canada).

The things about my work which I find tremendously rewarding

“I started my fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology with Dr. Sam Yen, a world-renowned endocrine researcher in San Diego. That was before IVF began, and when Edwards and Steptoe published the first IVF success, we all became very excited about the potential of the procedure for infertile couples. On moving back to Canada, our team started one of the first Canadian IVF programs at UWO in 1984. We were learning and researching as we went and published many new clinical and embryology papers, innovating and advancing the science behind fertility treatment over the years. Discovering clinical modifications and developing new treatments that may improve IVF outcomes are still the things about my work which I find tremendously rewarding.”