Alta Bates IVF Program


This is our second round at IVF following the successful birth of our first daughter, now age 4. I have nothing but praise and admiration for the venerable Dr. Chetkowski and his staff, and consider ourselves fortunate to have such expertise available in the East Bay.

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Richard Chetkowski, MD

Dr. Richard Chetkowski founded the Alta Bates IVF Program in 1984. He received his MD degree from UCSF, then completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Yale and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at UCLA.

Dr. Chetkowski is board-certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) as well as obstetrics and gynecology. He has published extensively in the field of assisted reproduction and continues to do clinical research.

Dr. Chetkowski has been included in peer-selected Best Doctor in America listing since its inception in 1996.

He has served on the executive council of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART), the advisory panel of RESOLVE of Northern California and BARES (Bay Area Reproductive Endocrinologists Society) as well as multiple hospital committees at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

Richard Chetkowski

Dr. Chetkowski supervises all aspects of the program. His care includes other forms of infertility treatments in addition to assisted reproduction (ART). He evaluates each couple thoroughly at the initial visit and discusses all appropriate infertility treatments and alternatives in detail.

With 30 years of clinical experience to draw upon, Dr. Chetkowski has often succeeded in helping patients with multiple prior failed attempts in other programs. He maps out novel and truly individualized approaches to match closely each patient’s unique clinical and personal profile. .

“My practice philosophy centers on maximizing patient autonomy and decision making through education and extensive discussion of all available family-building options. We carefully consider each alternative regarding its likelihood of success, potential benefits and drawbacks as well as psychological stress and financial impact.”


Christopher Herndon, MD

Dr. Chris Herndon joined the Alta Bates IVF program in 2011 shortly after completing a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at UCSF. A native of California, he received his MD degree with honors at Yale University and completed residency training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard University.

Dr. Herndon is board-certified in reproductive endocrinologist and trained at the leading edge of contemporary IVF practice. He brings to his scientific background an uncommon focus and commitment toward making high quality infertility services more accessible to all individuals in the Bay Area community.

As a clinical fellow, Dr. Herndon designed and initiated an innovative pilot program to provide access to affordable and effective assisted reproductive care for infertile patients from less affluent communities – a population largely not serviced by the usual fertility clinics. The program succeeded through simplification of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, minimizing both invasiveness and IVF cost while optimizing outcomes, enabling couples to realize their dreams after years of infertility.

On completing his fellowship, Dr. Herndon went on to direct the fertility clinic at San Francisco General Hospital and was on faculty at UCSF. Independently, he founded infertility clinics at the other two Bay Area county medical centers in Marin and Oakland, the first in their histories. Recognized as a leader in a movement to expand access to fertility care, Dr. Herndon has been invited to serve on several international working groups, including at the World Health Organization in Geneva.

Christopher Herndon

Dr. Herndon uniquely delivers his expertise in milder, less costly and more patient-friendly approaches to IVF along with experience with natural and holistic approaches to healing.

Over the past decade, he has traveled extensively to some of the most remote regions of the Amazon to conduct groundbreaking research examining the medicinal plant knowledge and healing systems of tribal peoples. Dr. Herndon collaborated with tribal shamans to develop an innovative approach for the integration of indigenous health practices into healthcare delivery. This program received international acclaim as “an extremely impressive example of integration of the two systems of health.” He is co-founder and president of the Acaté Amazon Conservation.

“For many, the impairment of one of life’s most natural and spontaneous processes is devastating. Far too often, the profound impact and consequences of infertility go unrecognized in our society and are further exacerbated by barriers that limit access to care. In my practice, I seek to bring hope through providing the highest level of empathetic and individualized care.”


Our physicians welcome patients from Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, the Bay Area, Berkeley and nearby areas.


Itís All About Creating Families

"Patients are my partners. Together we have been making their dreams come true since 1984." ~Dr. Richard Chetkowski