Liesl Nel-Themaat, PhD, HCLD

Beverly Hills Lab Director of ART Reproductive Center

Dr. Liesl Nel-Themaat has been in the field of assisted reproduction for more than 20 years, with the past 14 years in clinical IVF. She possesses a unique combination of a strong academic background, broad technical experience and extensive leadership, and management training. Through a multi-dimensional approach, she has helped to improve patient care and outcomes in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).

Dr. Nel-Themaat has experienced working in all models of IVF practices, including small and large private practices, large networks, academic hospital based and university based programs. She has also helped lead a transition of an academic program following acquisition by a private venture capital backed network. She therefore has an exceptional understanding of the specific needs of each clinic she encounters.

Dr. Nel-Themaat currently is the IVF Lab Director and Associate Clinical Professor at the Stanford University Fertility and Reproductive Health program and the Off-site Embryology Lab Director for IVF Phoenix and Southern California Reproductive Center (SCRC). She was formerly the Regional Lab Director for Shady Grove Fertility in Colorado as well as the former IVF Lab Director at University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Stellenbosch University (South Africa), her PhD in Reproductive Physiology from Louisiana State University, (making her one of Bob Godke’s “Repro Rangers”) and an Executive MBA from the University of Denver.

Dr. Nel-Themaat has and continues to serve on several national and international boards and committees. These include having served as President of the ASRM Society for Reproductive Biologists and Technologists (SRBT), founder and current chair of the SRBT global Outreach Committee, co-founder and first president of the Colorado Association of Reproductive Technologists (CART), a founding member of the International IVF Initiative (i3), former Board member of the College of Reproductive Biology (CRB) and is known for starting World Embryologist Day. Dr. Nel-Themaat is an active member of ASRM, SRBT, SMRU, AAB, ABB, CRB and has a distinguished record of publications.

Her goal is to advance the field “by building strong, high performing lab teams, by carefully evaluating and adapting appropriately to industry trends, by training and educating the current and next generations, and by participating in collaborative research that enhances our understanding of reproduction.”

In her free time, Dr. Nel-Themaat loves to spend time with her husband and two children, preferably in nature.