On September 7, 2013, families who used in vitro fertilization (IVF) to give birth came out to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory to celebrate with the doctors who helped them become families.
More than 400 people joined the University of Minnesota Physicians Reproductive Medicine Center in celebrating its 30th birthday. The picnic was a chance for parents to meet other families who had gone through similar journeys, and to introduce children to the doctors who had helped make their lives possible.
Families at the picnic said goodbye Theodore Nagel, M.D. who has since retired, and welcomed Phoebe Leonard, M.D. as the newest physician to join William Phipps, M.D. and Mark Damario, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., as reproductive endocrinologists at the Reproductive Medicine Center.
University of Minnesota Physicians established itself as the leader in reproductive medicine 30 years ago with Nagel, who helped start the first IVF program in Minnesota.