The Comprehensive Fertility Care and Preservation Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center hosted a Pediatric & AYA Fertility Preservation Conference and Global Cast. On March 7, 2019 the team was joined in-person and online by a live audience to learn more the program. The conference was intended to provide information on establishing and expanding a pediatric, adolescent, and young adult fertility preservation program. You can now watch the live event for free on GlobalCastMD.com.
Co-Director, Comprehensive Fertility Care and Preservation Program
Dr. Burns is an assistant professor of pediatric oncology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Burns received her medical degree in 1999 from Temple University School of Medicine. She went on to complete a pediatric residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia in 2002 and a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology/BMT at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in 2005. She also obtained a Masters of Science degree in epidemiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2005. Dr. Burns is the Co-Director of the Comprehensive Fertility Care and Preservation Program at CCHMC as well as the Clinical Director of the Cancer Survivorship Center at the same institution. She specializes in leukemia/lymphoma therapy in pediatric and young adult patients, late effects of childhood cancer, and oncofertility, including the risk of therapy-induced infertility and potential fertility preservation options.
Olivia Jaworek Frias is the Patient Navigator of Fertility Preservation in the Comprehensive Fertility Care and Preservation Program (CFCPP) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Olivia received her bachelors in science of nursing at the University of Akron and masters in science of nursing at Xavier University. Olivia started her career caring for oncology and bone marrow transplant patients on the inpatient unit. She brought her expertise to the division of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (PAG) at CCHMC, where her role as the patient navigator of fertility preservation transpired. Olivia is an integral piece to the fertility program, as she is the initial and main point of contact for patients and families and identifies each patient eligible for a fertility consult. Olivia is globally recognized for her work within the Oncofertility subspecialty. She continues to advocate for her patients/families around the world, through education, lectures, and research.
Dr. Strine is a pediatric urologist and co-director of the Comprehensive Fertility Care and Preservation Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He obtained his medical degree and completed his residency at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His clinical and research interests include fertility, minimally invasive surgery, complex genitourinary reconstruction, and clinical outcomes research.
Julie M. Sroga-Rios, MD, joined the Comprehensive Fertility Care and Preservation Program in 2018 at CCHMC. She has been a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati since 2012 after completing a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton and was a resident at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. Dr. Sroga-Rios is an Associate Professor at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine, an active member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Sroga-Rios shares her time between CCHMC and the University of Cincinnati with a focus on fertility preservation and oncofertility.
Tara Schafer-Kalkhoff is the lead Clinical Research Coordinator for the department of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (PAG). Tara received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Thomas More College. She then went on to obtain her Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Dayton. Tara began her research career at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) in 2001 working on a nearly 10 year long, longitudinal study looking at Type II Diabetes and Socioeconomic factors. She began her role as the lead research coordinator with the PAG department in 2015. Tara manages all study activities, handles all regulatory responsibilities and assists in patient recruitment. She is also involved in developing and submitting new studies. Since joining the team, Tara has played a critical role in developing study procedures and processes, implementing new studies and streamlining research activities.
Brycen Ferrara is a clinical research coordinator for the Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (PAG) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). He graduated with a bachelor of science in biology from Thomas More College. He then started at CCHMC as a research coordinator in the Pastoral Care Department and began working with PAG in late 2017. He assists with the research studies involving PAG, and particularly Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation (OTC). He also manages all research and clinical data for patients seen by the Comprehensive Fertility Care and Preservation Program (CFCPP), and is the primary person to provide research data needed for CFCPP related studies. Lastly, his tracking of patient data has been integral in allowing the CFCPP to recognize its successes, and to quickly act to correct any failures.
Upon graduation from Miami, Scott Byington worked for a Fortune 10 company in sales of business-to-business data networks. A promotion took him to Cincinnati where he decided to return to school and follow his passion in pediatric healthcare. Nearly 17 years ago, Scott entered healthcare as an intern in the Child Life Department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, which then turned into a full-time position upon his completion as a Child Life Specialist and Trauma Counselor.
During this time, Scott enrolled in Xavier’s MHSA program and transitioned into administration in 2006 as the Business Manager of Marketing at CCHMC. In 2008, he became the Business Director of General Pediatric Surgery, and in 2010 the Senior Business Director of Gynecology.
Some of the accomplishments achieved during this time include establishing Gynecology as an independent surgical division, growing patient volumes by over 30%, and establishing a fertility preservation program