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Hospital medical staff member part of pontifical workshop on infertility

New Britain [April 25 2012] - Hospital of Central Connecticut medical staff member Anthony Luciano, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist, recently had the unique opportunity to participate in a pontifical workshop focused on infertility in Vatican City.

At the February Pontifical Academy for Life workshop, The Management of Infertility Today, Luciano, a reproductive and endocrine specialist, discussed Hormonal Causes of Female Infertility.

This marked his second medicine-related invitation to the Vatican. In 1997, Luciano attended a similar event regarding minimally invasive gynecology. During each visit, he had a private audience with the pope, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, respectively.

“I felt very, very honored to be there,” says Luciano of his latest visit. “I was very excited that my Church is willing to reconsider its stand on reproductive technology and the management of infertility.”

Luciano, director of the Center for Fertility and Women’s Health, located at the hospital’s New Britain General campus, is also a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He was invited to lecture in the workshop after having submitted a requested paper on management of female hormonal cases.

Luciano says workshop speakers included infertility specialists worldwide who discussed various causes of infertility, including hormonal, organic and genetic, as well as varied treatments. Attendees included theologians, philosophers, ethicists and scientists who, as members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, advise the Roman Curia, the Roman Catholic Church’s governing board, on reproductive issues.

In his presentation, Luciano stated that infertility, which affects 10-15 percent of couples worldwide, is a symptom that the couple’s reproductive system is not functioning normally, and like other dysfunctional organs such as the heart or kidney, requires evaluation and appropriate management. Infertility treatment may involve hormonal or surgical treatments and sometimes highly specialized treatment like in vitro fertilization (IVF). With IVF, the egg is fertilized in the laboratory, independent of sexual intercourse.

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900, X6507

L to r: Anthony Luciano, M.D.; Felice Petraglia, M.D.; Rev. Renzo Pegoraro, Pontifical Academy for Life; and Pope Benedict XVI.

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