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Tennessee Fertility Institute in Franklin set to open

May. 19, 2016, 9:57 AM

Tennessee Fertility Institute (TFI), a freestanding fertility practice and in vitro fertilization (IVF) center, will open its doors in Franklin on May 23.

The state-of-the-art center, constructed by Vivere, a fertility management and equity partner, is located at 9160 Carothers Parkway, Suite 201.

Donna Session, M.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, will move her practice to the new facility and serve as its medical director.

Donna Session, M.D.
Donna Session, M.D.

Session joined Vanderbilt in 2015. She launched a new program at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks in reproductive technology and infertility, which evaluates problems related to reproductive medicine including infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, premature ovarian insufficiency, polycystic ovarian syndrome and congenital uterine anomalies.

TFI will offer comprehensive reproductive health care services, including IVF, elective egg freezing, access to donors (eggs and sperm) and gestational carriers, pre implantation genetic diagnosis (PGT) and fertility preservation services for oncology patients.

“We are really excited about the opening of the new center,” said Session, associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “The Tennessee Fertility Institute will greatly expand the services we are currently able to offer, and we will be able to treat patients at a center that is both technologically advanced and highly patient-focused.

There are a multitude of medical reasons why patients seek out this kind of therapy, Session said.

“Recently, more families at risk of having a child with a genetic disorder are seeking genetic testing through IVF and PGT in order to have a child who is free of that particular disorder. For patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy, oocyte cryopreservation has become an option to preserve their fertility.”

The 5,500-square-foot facility will feature an on-site fertility clinic, as well as innovative technology with a state-of-the-art IVF lab, six consult/exam rooms, two procedure rooms and three PACU bays.

TFI is Vivere’s first fertility practice and IVF lab in Tennessee.

“As a Nashville-based company, we are delighted to establish Tennessee Fertility Institute and bring our life-changing fertility services to the Nashville area,” said Debbie James, president and CEO of Vivere.

“The Nashville metro area is an important strategic location for us, and we look forward to bringing advanced fertility treatment options to patients in this rapidly growing area.”

A grand opening and ribbon cutting hosted with by the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce for community and prospective patients will be held Tuesday, June 7, from 4 to 6 p.m.

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