Dr. Joel Batzofin was born and raised in South Africa. After attending medical school in that country, he immigrated to the United States of America in the late 1970s. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, followed by a fellowship in reproductive medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In 1988, he founded the largest private fertility clinic in the western United States, in Pasadena, California. In 2003, he was recruited to New York City, where he presently lives and works running a private fertility clinic in midtown Manhattan.

Dr. Batzofin has traveled extensively throughout the world but has a special affinity for Africa, the continent of his birth. In 2013, the year he turned sixty, he was invited to climb Mount Kilimanjaro by his younger daughter, Tammy, who was planning a nursing mission in Tanzania. He accepted the invitation and successfully led a team of seven novice climbers to the roof of Africa, including his wife, his daughter and three of her friends, and a work associate.

Dr. Batzofin saw many parallels between the struggles he faced trying to reach one of the world’s seven summits and the struggles many of his patients endure as they face significant adversity. He drew strength from the lessons he learned and the love he shares with his older brother Eric. Dr. Batzofin is a firm believer that in life even the most substantial obstacles can be overcome by focusing on taking one step at a time and that even if the summit of a given “mountain” is not reachable, the journey will be kinder and gentler with this thought process.