Winifred Mak, MD, PHD
Working closely with our Lab Director, Dr. Winifred Mak will plan and oversee the entire fertility process, maintain a relationship with our patient’s OB/GYN, and carry out Aspire’s mission to create a better fertility experience for each and every patient.
“My life-long career mission is to use my research studies to help build families. I believe that my job as a physician is to give 110% effort to every single patient.”
Dr. Mak earned her Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery, as well as a Doctorate in Genetics, from the University of London. She went on to complete her Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, England, St. Mary’s Hospital in London, England, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Mak completed her Fellowship in Reproductive, Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Mak’s primary interest is oocyte and early embryo biology, which is instrumental in helping patients who experience recurrent pregnancy loss. At Yale School of Medicine, she served as Assistant Professor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Department and Director of the Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Program. There, she focused on the full range of reproductive endocrinology diseases including infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She also conducted research in the Yale Stem Cell Center (in the “Mak Lab”), investigating the use of stem cells for placenta regeneration with the goal of developing new therapeutic strategies for conditions ranging from recurrent pregnancy loss to preeclampsia, as well as gaining a better understanding of role of the genes important in establishing ovarian reserve in efforts to identify new biomarkers of oocyte and embryo quality.
Dr. Mak is widely published, has a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in the Women’s Health Department at Dell Medical School, and has received the Research Award from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She was also one of only a few physician-scientists appointed by the National Institute of Health (NIH) as a prestigious Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) scholar.
Languages Spoken: English, Cantonese