SUMMARIZED CURRICULUM VITAE OF DR RICARDO H. ASCH
Ricardo H. Asch, M.D. obtained worldwide recognition and scientific
prestige by the development of the GIFT method. GIFT, an acronym that
represents Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer, derived from the English word“gift” means “a present.”
The GIFT, is the desired child an infertile couple could not have. GIFT is
one of the very few methods or techniques ever developed in the field of
Assisted Reproduction together with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), ICSI
(intracytoplasmatic sperm injection) and Embryo cryopreservation. This is
still one of the few viable procedures available in assisted reproductive
medicine. Dr. Asch has dedicated his professional life to the Research
and treatment of infertile couples.
An Argentinean native, Dr. Asch graduated from University of Buenos Aires
Medical School with a specialty in Gynecology. Advanced studies and
interships in Endocrinology and Human Reproduction from the Medical
College of Georgia and University of Texas Health Science Center at San
Antonio, respectively in the USA, under the guidances of Prof Robert B.
Greenblatt and Carl J. Pauerstein. expanded his abilities to create
solutions for infertile couples.
In 1984 Dr. Asch published for the first time the GIFT method with the
announcement about the birth of twins obtained through the GIFT technique.
The couple had suffered over eight years of primary infertility and the
anguish of failed treatments. They had travelled the world seeking
medical expertise. Dr. Asch had successfully provided them with a family!
The news of Dr. Asch´s development at the University of Texas in San
Antonio crossed the world rapidly. The breakthrough was so successful that
the procedure obtained immediate acceptance not only by colleagues and
peers, but also by diverse cultural and religious groups internationally,
such as the Catholic Church and Judaism. In fact, GIFT is in many
religious medical institutions the only method accepted for the treatment
of infertile couples.
Dr. Asch also developed other important techniques for the treatment of
both male and female infertility such as MESA (microsurgical epidydymal
sperm aspiration). This technique aspirated the sperm from infertile men
directly from his testes, something never thought possible before!
Another technique created was ZIFT (zygote intrafallopian transfer), one
of many methods he designed to stimulate ovarian function to produce
healthy oocytes, particularly with the use of GnRH analogues. Dr. Asch is
also the developer of the method by which HIV seropositive men could
procreate without risking transmitting the HIV virus to their partners and
In 1978, Dr. Asch was named Assistant Professor of the Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center
in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Three years later he became an Associate
Professor in the same department. He was endowed the Jane and Roland
Blumberg Professor of the University of Texas in 1980. In 1981 he was
named Chief of the Division of Human Reproduction at UTHSC and the
University of Tampico in Mexico gave him the position of Extraordinary
Many of the titles of recognition and honor received by Dr. Asch
originated in Latin American Academic Institutions such as Honorary
Professor of the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Salud in
Barranquilla, Colombia (1984) and Honorary member by the Society of
Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Atlantic and Sociedad Colombiana of
Fertility and Sterility (both in 1985).
In 1986 Dr. Asch was recruited to the position of Professor in the
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of
California-Irvine. In 1990 he was named Director of the Center for
Reproductive Health as well as Assistant Dean at the University of
California-Irvine College of Medicine.
In 1991 Dr. Asch returned to his native Argentina to receive the title of
Honorary Professor at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. In 1993 he was
named Professor of the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the
University of California in San Diego.
In 1994 he was privileged to be named Doctor Honoris Causa in Medicine at
the University of Genoa, Italy.
As a Principal Investigator, Dr.Asch, successfully obtained for the
Universities were he worked multiple levels of support for research from
governmental agencies, private organizations and Pharmaceutical companies,
amounting to over 2,550,737 U.S. dollars. The NIH (National Institutes of
Health of the USA) awarded special research grants to Dr. Asch to
investigate the effects of drug abuse in reproduction and pregnancy.
Dr. Asch actively participated in multiple committees in the public and
university sectors as a representative of the Universities of Texas and
California. He also occupied administrative positions in national and
international forums. He was responsible for the recruitment and entry of
minority students to the University of California, Irvine Medical School.
His innovative approaches in connecting minorities with medical school
opportunities was very successful and changed historically the
participation of minority groups in the Academic life of the University.
During his professional career, Dr. Asch is proud to have educated and
trained over 100 fellow from over 20 different countries. This global
connection has created a network
of internationally recognized fertility specialists. Many occupy major
positions in a variety of health organizations.
Dr Asch has been a prolific researcher and a scientific author. He has
published six books, 225 scientific articles in peer reviewed prestigious
international journals, 349 abstracts and posters in International
Scientific Conferences, 25 invited manuscripts and authored 60 chapters in
books of Biology of Reproduction.
Among the thirty-seven prizes and awards received by Dr. Asch nationally
and internationally, the following stand out: One of the top 37 physicians
in Orange County, California in 1993 and 1994. In 1994 the California
Association of Chicano Latino Medical Student distinguished Dr. Asch for
his extraordinary contributions to the Chicano-Latina community. Also in
1994 he received the Wyeth-Ayerst award and the TAP prize at the Pacific
Coast Fertility Society, and the award UCI Lauds and Laurels for
professional achievements as well as the Gold Medal of the Association
Ostetricia Ginecologia Ospedalieri Italiani in Naples, Italy. In 2003 he
received the A PART (Association of Private Clinics of Assisted
Reproductive Techniques) award in Tokyo, Japan. In 2004 he was named as an
Extraordinary member of Cecolfes in Bogota, Colombia.
In May 2004 Dr.Asch organized and chaired in Mexico City, Mexico the First
International Symposium on Halachic Medicine in Human Reproduction. This
symposium was entitled RAM INVITES ISRAEL were medical , scientific and
religious experts reunited to discuss themes related to the Jewish law
considerations to the new infertility treatments available today in the
field of Human Reproduction.
Dr. Asch has obtained licenses to practice medicine in Argentina, Mexico,
Italy and USA.