Reproductive Endocrinology - Atlanta
Steven A. Voelkel, PhD, HCLD
STEVEN A. VOELKEL, PHD, HCLD is the Director of Research for Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Voelkel joined the practice in 2003 following a successful career as the Scientific Director of Emory University's School of Medicine reproductive and endocrine laboratories. His successful research career in reproductive physiology has spanned over 20 years.
While attending Southern Illinois University in the late 1970's Dr. Voelkel took a particular interest in the birth of the first IVF baby and the embryo culture techniques that were beginning to rapidly advance. Following the completion of his B.S. in Animal Science in 1979, Dr. Voelkel was accepted into the graduate program at Louisiana State University where he studied Reproductive Physiology. He remained at LSU through 1985 to complete his Philosophy Doctorate in Reproductive Physiology and a minor in Nuclear Science. His dissertation covered in vitro culture and the non-surgical transfer of micro-manipulated bovine embryos. Dr. Voelkel's enthusiasm towards his studies earned him both the Student Research Competition Award and the Prentiss E. Schilling Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award.
In 1988 Dr. Voelkel was an honored recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship to complete Biotechnology research in the host country of France. He has also held distinguished professorships at both Texas A&M University and University of Southwestern Louisiana. Dr. Voelkel has been awarded multiple research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to complete work on various projects such as "In Vitro Culture of Preimplantation Embryos" and "Applied Embryology Techniques for Nonhuman Primates", and even received a patent as the inventor of a cryopreservation process for direct transfer of embryos. Dr. Voelkel has served as a consultant for genetics and reproductive laboratories across the country. He is board certified as a high complexity laboratory director, with andrology and embryology subspecialties, by the American Board of Bioanalysis.
Dr. Voelkel has a particular interest in cryopreservation techniques and working to improve this developmental technology in order to better assist the needs of patients. With his background in reproductive endocrinology, he is an essential contributor to the oocyte freezing clinical study taking place at ACRM through the substantial grant awarded to the practice by the Friedman Foundation for Medical Research.
Dr. Voelkel is married with three children. He enjoys camping with his family and touring the outdoors on dirt bikes. Dr. Voelkel is also passionate about martial arts and owns and operates his own dojo in Dunwoody, Georgia.