Dr. Michael Virro has been working in the field of infertility since 1982, when he became exposed to the field at Toronto’s 1st IVF centre at Toronto General Hospital. He is now the Medical Director and owner of the Markham Fertility Centre (MFC) which first opened its doors in 1991.
Dr. Virro did his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern Colorado and obtained his medical degree at the University of Toronto. He obtained his fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology through the Toronto program and has specialized in infertility since 1987.
Over the years, his focus has been on identifying problems for couples with multiple IVF failures, specifically the identification and repair of uterine septums and the immunology of pregnancy, implantation and recurrent pregnancy loss. MFC treatment plans for immunology now include Intra-venous Immunoglobulin (IVIG), intra-lipids (IL) and Leukocyte Immunization Therapy (LIT). His desire to help patients achieve a successfully pregnancy is the catalyst for his continued investigations into a variety of treatment options for the MFC fertility programs.
Dr. Virro is a strong proponent of elective single blastocyst transfer, potentially eliminating the consequences of a twin or high order multiple pregnancy. MFC was one of the first clinics in Canada routinely promoting blastocyst culture and transfer. As a full-time staff physician at the Markham Stouffville Hospital, he can offer surgical procedures for fertility related problems and he provides Obstetrical care for his patients who have achieved a pregnancy through MFC.
Dr. Virro is the Medical Director and founder of Cells for Life Cord Blood Institute, as well as the Victoria Angel Registry of Hope Public Cord Blood Bank, Ontario’s first charitable cord blood bank. He is advocate of umbilical cord blood banking, either privately or publically. He is an active member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CSPO), The Ontario Medical Association (OMA), The Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS), The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC), The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), The Ontario Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology and The Canadian Medical Association.
Dr. Virro’s philosophy is to provide personalized service, honest and direct answers to questions and medically safe, scientifically advanced and ethically based treatment for each of his patients.