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Medical Team

Each member of the GRS team is highly trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility and other reproductive disorders. Each member of our medical team plays an important role in delivering the highest level of patient care and clinical expertise. GRS staff are engaged in ongoing education and numerous research initiatives, to continually enhance our knowledge and advance the field of reproductive medicine.

Carolyn R. Kaplan, M.D.
Director of In Vitro Fertilization


Dr. Kaplan is the director of in vitro fertilization for GRS. She is the former director of the IVF program at the Emory Clinic and is an assistant clinical professor at Emory University School of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Kaplan was a member of the IVF committees at UCLA and Century City Hospitals in Los Angeles, CA. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She maintains yearly recertification which involves reading and evaluating peer-reviewed journal articles on current advances in the field of reproductive endocrinology and a written exam every year.

A graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, Dr. Kaplan completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Kaplan specializes in the initial diagnosis of infertility, in vitro fertilization and egg donation cases, and a complimentary holistic approach to infertility treatment.

She was a principal investigator for several studies of hormonal efficacy and has authored numerous articles in medical journals and textbook chapters. Dr. Kaplan speaks frequently at community and professional seminars about reproductive health issues focusing on infertility treatments and their side effects, IVF, ovulation induction, and fertility preservation. In Atlanta, she serves on the advisory board of the Georgia chapter of RESOLVE.

Dr. Kaplan has two children and enjoys cooking, gardening, and walking/running with her Portuguese water dog. Her enthusiasm for healthy living is shared with and encouraged to her patients as it pertains to infertility and pregnancy success rates. Her most recent conference regarding nutritional choices and lifestyles was Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives presented by Harvard School of Public Health and The Culinary Institute of America.

Click here to read Dr. Kaplan's Curriculum Vitae.
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Desireé McCarthy-Keith, MD, MPH, FACOG

Desireé McCarthy-Keith, MD, joined Georgia Reproductive Specialists in 2011. Dr. McCarthy-Keith is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and was recently honored by Black Health Magazine as one of Atlanta's most influential African American doctors. She is honored to serve as Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Morehouse School of Medicine and was recognized by Who's Who in Black Atlanta in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Dr. McCarthy-Keith earned her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also a Master of Public Health in maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina. She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency training at Duke University Medical Center and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. During her fellowship, Dr. McCarthy-Keith's research focused on the molecular mechanisms of uterine fibroid regulation and reproductive health disparities. She has special interests in male and female infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, uterine fibroids and in vitro fertilization. She has authored several peer-reviewed publications on reproductive and infertility topics and has presented her research nationally.

Prior to joining Georgia Reproductive Specialists, Dr. McCarthy-Keith practiced general obstetrics and gynecology in Virginia and South Carolina. While in Maryland, she treated patients with reproductive endocrine and fertility disorders at the National Institutes of Health and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. McCarthy-Keith was a lieutenant commander in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and held the position of assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Dr. McCarthy-Keith is passionate about her vegetarian way of life. She shares her enthusiasm for plant-based nutrition with everyone she meets and she encourages her patients to incorporate healthy diet into their fertility lifestyle. A native of North Carolina, Dr. McCarthy-Keith is married with two children. She spends her free time in Atlanta visiting the zoo, strolling the botanical gardens and cheering on the Braves.

Click here to read Dr. McCarthy-Keith's Curriculum Vitae.
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Mark Perloe, M.D.
Medical Director


Dr. Perloe earned his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University, Hershey Medical Center, and served his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Perloe completed his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Minnesota and is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

As Medical Director of GRS, Dr. Perloe has expertise in treating conditions related to infertility including polycystic ovary syndrome, recurrent pregnancy loss, menstrual disorders, fibroids, male fertility problems and endocrine and other reproductive health problems. He also has extensive experience in in vitro fertilization, the use of donor eggs, donor sperm, and gestational surrogacy.

Dr. Perloe has served as principal investigator in numerous reproductive health research studies including innovative IVF treatments, ovulation induction, polycystic ovary syndrome as well as investigational medications for the treatment of male erectile dysfunction. He has published research in medical journals including Obstetrics & Gynecology, Southern Medical Journal, Human Reproduction and the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1986, he co-authored Miracle Babies and Other Happy Endings for Couples with Fertility Problems. Dr. Perloe is the creator of IVF.com and is a frequent speaker at community and professional educational seminars including interactive webinars at Medigogy.com. He blogs regularly on Facebook.com/GRSIVF.

He has served as consultant and a task force member to the Women's Initiative of the American International Health Association and was active in establishing the first approved endoscopy-training center in the former Soviet Union at the Russian National Institute of Women's Health. Dr. Perloe is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and serves on their Electronic Communication Committee. He also serves on the board of the Georgia GYN/OB Society and has served as an advisory board member for INCIID, OBGYN.net and the Endometriosis Association.

He is married, has two children and serves on the board of two local theatre companies. He also enjoys playing with computers, sailing and traveling.

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Michael J. Tucker, Ph.D., H.C.L.D., F.I. Biol.
Scientific Director


Recognized in his field as one of the world's top ten scientists in early human reproduction, Dr. Tucker is widely known and respected for his breakthrough achievements in assisted reproductive technology. A full-time clinical embryologist since 1983, he pioneered the first intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) birth in the United States, the nation's first birth resulting from a testicular biopsy, the world's first birth from frozen donor eggs, and the first pregnancy in the world from immature eggs that were matured after thawing in the IVF lab.

Since 1983, Dr. Tucker has been scientific director and chief embryologist at major fertility centers in London, Hong Kong, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Rockville, MD, and Jackson, MS, and served as a scientific consultant in more than 50 clinics worldwide. His current research interests include pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, egg and embryo freezing, blastocyst cultures, embryo growth and selection, and gamete/embryo micromanipulation.

Dr. Tucker is a zoology and physiology graduate of Bedford College, University of London. He earned a doctorate in reproductive physiology from the University of Birmingham in the UK and is a Fellow of The Royal Institute of Biology in the United Kingdom. Dr. Tucker is a frequent speaker both internationally and locally.

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