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 the 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 over 35 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.”


Dr. Chetkowski welcomes 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