Meet Our IVF Doctors
Mr George Ndukwe
George is one of the most experienced fertility experts in Europe and is a world leader in the investigation and treatment of recurrent IVF failure. He began his long career in this field as a research fellow at The Royal Free Hospital, London in 1984 under Professor Shaw. He became the Medical Director of the prestigious Nottingham University Research and Treatment Unit in Reproduction (NURTURE) in 1997 when it was one of the top IVF units in the UK and joined the Zita West Clinic in 2011.
Working in medicine, you can live a life focused on the sadder side of human existence, such as death and illness. I’ve always felt incredibly lucky that I chose, some 20 years ago, to focus on fertility and IVF, as I work in the side of medicine that is about life.
Since I started working in IVF, there haven’t been that many major breakthroughs scientifically. Drugs and techniques have improved but there hasn’t been anything radical that has shaken up the industry.
The only thing that has revolutionised my approach over the years is studying, understanding and following holistic approaches to treatment, as we do here at the Zita West Clinic. In Italy, where I am originally from, and across most of London, whole body approaches are not considered.
Yet, you can clearly see the difference in outcomes. Our results are better: it’s as simple as that. This is particularly interesting when you consider that many of the processes of IVF are unchanged over years and the same from clinic to clinic. What makes us have more success than others is the fact we look at all aspects of a couple’s life and leave no stone un-turned.
There is nothing better than seeing people happy and helping people build a family. I feel privileged that my work focuses around helping people have babies.
I’ve only recently joined the Zita West clinic and what I love the most is that the whole atmosphere of the clinic is really conducive to people being successful with treatment. IVF is so stressful and what patients need from a clinic is a warm welcome, a smile and to know they are really cared for and well supported. They get that here and that’s why I’m really happy to be part of the team.
IVF is a field of medicine that is continually advancing, and we are now able to offer things such as genetic screening of embryos, better ways of stimulating ovaries and new treatments that reduce the risk of miscarriage. Here at the Zita West clinic, we especially look at how the immune system affects the chances of becoming pregnant and is a significant factor in patients having miscarriage. Holistically, all of us here share the view that it is really important for patients to prepare for treatment both mentally and physically, and we help them do that which increases the chances of IVF success.
For me, the most rewarding part of the job is working with patients to navigate through all the possible factors that may be preventing them from achieving pregnancy and coming up with a plan that gets them to where they want to be. It’s incredible interesting to do, and also nothing beats the feeling of our final goal – seeing the patient with a new baby.
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