The History of Fairfax Surrogacy

Dr Joseph Schulman

Dr. Joseph D. Schulman: A Pioneer in Reproductive Medicine

Fairfax Surrogacy is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) service established by Dr. Joseph D. Schulman, a pioneer in reproductive medicine.

Dr. Schulman is also the visionary behind the Genetics & IVF Institute (GIVF), Fairfax Cryobank, and Fairfax EggBank. His leadership roles extend to serving as the Chairman of the Institute’s Board of Directors and as the Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of GIVF from 1984 until 1998.

Dr. Schulman’s international acclaim in human reproduction and genetics is noteworthy. He holds the distinction of being the only American physician trained under Drs. Robert G. Edwards and Patrick Steptoe of Britain, the pioneers of in vitro fertilization (IVF). His career includes a significant tenure as the first director of the Medical Genetics Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he contributed as a research scientist and faculty member for a decade. His expertise has been sought as a consultant by numerous academic and research institutions. Dr. Schulman’s prolific contributions include over 200 original works in medical literature, and he currently holds an affiliate professorship at the College of Medicine of Virginia Commonwealth University, with an additional teaching appointment at the University of California – San Diego.

Dr. Schulman is celebrated as a trailblazer in the specialties of assisted reproduction and prenatal genetics in the United States. His innovative approach and insights have been instrumental in developing key concepts and techniques that are now standard in these critical fields.

The Genetics & IVF Institute: A Model for IVF Centers Globally

Under Dr. Schulman’s guidance, GIVF was founded on core insights that have shaped the model for IVF centers nationally and internationally. GIVF’s commitment to innovating reproductive medicine has significantly contributed to helping patients have healthy babies and advancing women’s health.

GIVF’s innovative achievements include:

  • Pioneered the first non-surgical ultrasound-guided egg retrieval in the U.S. for IVF, eliminating the need for hospital stays, invasive surgery, and general anesthesia, a breakthrough featured in the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • Achieved the first frozen embryo twin birth in America.
  • Among the world’s initial centers to offer prenatal genetic testing through CVS (chorionic villus sampling), providing an early first trimester alternative to amniocentesis.
  • The first U.S. center to report pregnancies successfully using ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection).
  • Led the way in clinical testing for specific mutations linked to hereditary breast cancer.

Fairfax Cryobank and Fairfax EggBank: Leaders in Donor Services

Fairfax Cryobank

Fairfax Cryobank provides donor semen to physicians and university medical centers in all 50 states and many foreign countries.
  • Trusted Source Since 1984: Fairfax Cryobank has established itself as a reliable provider of donor sperm for nearly four decades.
  • Nationwide Reputation: Recognized across the United States for its high-quality services in sperm donation.

Fairfax EggBank

Fairfax EggBank recipients benefit from in-house experts with over 30 years of experience in safe and successful reproductive tissue banking.
  • Large Repository of Donor Eggs: Hosts one of the largest collections of premium frozen donor eggs in the United States.
  • Diverse and Compliant Selection: Offers a wide range of pre-screened, FDA-compliant egg donors, ensuring diversity and safety in choices.

The Unsurpassed Reputation of the Fairfax Family of Companies

The Fairfax family of companies, under the leadership of Dr. Schulman, stands unparalleled in reputation and quality. More than just a group of companies, Fairfax Surrogacy, along with its sister organizations, represents a family committed to the health and well-being of its clients, embodying a legacy of excellence in reproductive medicine and genetics.