ASRM Lifetime Achievement Award
- A letter of nomination
- The nominee’s curriculum vitae, which should reflect the exceptional contributions of the nominee in research, service, and education.
Previous recipients of the ASRM Lifetime Achivevement Award:
- 2018 Eli Y. Adashi, M.D., M.S., C.P.E., F.A.C.O.G.
- 2019 David R. Meldrum, M.D.
Congratulations to the 2019 Winner!
The 2019 recipient of ASRM’s Lifetime Achievement Award is David R. Meldrum, M.D. This award honors a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine who has made exemplary contributions to the field of reproduction during his/her career. The recipient has demonstrated innovation, leadership, and other scholarly accomplishments that have a lasting impact on advancing clinical care, the frontiers of research in reproductive sciences, and the education of the scientific community.
Dr. Meldrum is Clinical Professor at both UCLA and UCSD and Scientific Director of the UCSD/Reproductive Partners San Diego IVF Center. He began his career as full-time faculty at UCLA, where he established the University’s first IVF programs in 1983. His program was one of the first to incorporate transvagnial ultrasound into IVF practice, and he reported the first US pregnancy resulting from ultrasound-guided oocyte retrieval. During this time, his mentorship of a team of Chinese IVF physicians and laboratory personnel led to achievement of the first IVF birth in China. While at UCLA, he also was the first to report the use of a GnRH agonist for endometriosis treatment.
Dr. Meldrum remained on clinical faculty as he established one of the first IVF programs in southern California. He remained a prolific author, with over one hundred and fifty scholarly articles and book chapters focusing on IVF techniques and ovarian stimulation. His publication highlights include the first use of an agonist and hormone replacement for oocyte donation recipients, first use of an agonist for modified natural cycle IVF, transdermal estradiol for HRT, the first report of premature luteinization in agonist cycles, the role of growth hormone and androgens in ovarian stimulation, and the importance of single embryo transfer.
Dr. Meldrum has been a national leader of reproductive medicine throughout his career. He was central in the early efforts to assure the highest quality of reproductive laboratories and served as the first Commissioner for the College of American Pathologists/American Society for Reproductive Medicine Reproductive Embryo Laboratory Accreditation Program. He has served as president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society. One of his most lasting contributions was co-creation of the University of California Comprehensive Postgraduate Course on IV-ET, which he has continued to direct for over three decades.