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Dr. Barak’s CV

Education and Professional Degrees

March, 2010 – Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG)

  • February, 2008 – Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Faculty of Medicine, Technion ITT Medical School   (Graduated Cum Laude).

  • Phase B oral and practical examination in Obstetrics & Gynecology – 06/12/2006
  • Phase A written MCQ in Obstetrics & Gynecology – 06/06/2005

 

  • December, 2001 – M.D.   Faculty of Medicine, Technion ITT Medical School   (Graduated Cum Laude).
  • 1996 – Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Medical Sciences, Technion Medical School   (Graduated Cum Laude).

 

Employment History

  • Senior Lecturer – the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, The University of Melbourne, 03/10 to present.
  • Senior Fertility Specialist and Andrologist in Reproductive Services at The Royal Women’s Hospital (RWH) – running male infertility and Andrology service, 2009 to present.
  • Private practice – comprehensive care in all aspects of male and female infertility. including: Reproductive endocrinology, infertility and IVF, Andrology, male infertility and a range of gynaecological endoscopic surgeries and microsurgery procedures, 07/10 to present.
  • Supervising consultant in reproductive Services at the RWH, 2010 to present.
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) Fellow – Reproductive Services, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, 12/08- 07/10
  • Andrology fellow – Reproductive Services, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, 12/08- 07/10
  • Private practice – General Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2007-2008
  • Full time consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Bnai-Zion Medical Center, Haifa, Israel, 2007-2008
  • Clinical research fellowship in The Department of Human Genetics, Hadassah, university hospital Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, Israel. (“Rapid aneuploidy detection in single cell using quantitative-fluorescent PCR”)
  • Specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Bnai-Zion Medical Centre, Haifa, Israel, 2001-2007
  • Clinical research fellowship at the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel, 1998-1999
  • The ‘Rappaport Family Institute Research fellowship in Medical Sciences’, Lipid Research Laboratory, Technion ITT, Haifa, Israel.

Other positions

  • Member of the Melbourne IVF/Reproductive Services Research Committee, 2008 to date.
  • Member of the Melbourne IVF Donor Committee, 2011 to date.
  • Clinical advisor of Andrology laboratory: The Royal Women’s Hospital 2010 to date.
  • Member of the RWH Chronic Viral Illness (HIV) Committee, 2008-2009.
  • Member of Reproductive Services Patient Review Committee, 2008-2009.

 

  • Clinical tutoring of medical students (Technion Medical School, Haifa) – cum laude 2002 – 2008.
  • Basic tutoring of medical students – “Medical System Exposure Program”, 2004 – 2008.
  • Member, Exams Committee – Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Israel, 2004-2008.

Membership of Professional Bodies and Positions of Responsibility

The Israeli Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2004 to date.

The Israeli Fertility Association, 2008 to date.

The Fertility Society of Australia (FSA), 2009 to date, Fertility Preservation SIG.???

The international Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), 2010 to date.

Asia Pacific Society for Sexual Medicine (APSSM), 2010 to date.

American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), 2010 to date.

Research Activity and Grants

Human research projects Use of transdermal testosterone cream in IVF pretreatment and its effect on controlled ovarian stimulation and IVF outcome in poor responder IVF patients: a randomised placebo-controlled trial – ongoing recruitment. Initial funding 20,000AUD

  • The Effect of Sex-steroid hormone levels associated with IVF treatment on periodontal health. Postgraduate Research Fund (2290$) accepted for this research. Australian Periodontal Research Foundation accepted for another 2000$. Association between periodontal disease and sperm quality. This research involves collaboration with Muenster University in Germany and the Dyason fellowship (5000$) was accepted to support this collaboration.
  • The physiological and psychological responses to high intensity interval training – collaboration with Victoria University.

Animal Research Projects

  • Preservation of Spermatogonia in mature human testicular tissue. 

Student Research Projects Supervised – Postgraduate

Dr. Suman Bellur (postgraduate)- The Effect of Sex-steroid hormone levels associated with IVF treatment on periodontal health.

Honours and Awards

2008 – Overseas Fellowship (to Australia) from the Israeli Medical Association

2002 – 2007 – Students tutoring – cum laude – Faculty of Medicine, Technion Medical School  

2000 – The ‘Swiss Society of Periodontology Award’ for the research: Gingival and radiographic changes in liver cirrhosis and post liver transplantation patients.

  • The ‘Rappaport Family Institute Research Scholarship Award for Research in the Medical Sciences’, Haifa.
  • The ‘Rotary Scholarship for Excellency in Medical studies, 1995, given by the Nahariya Rotary club.
  • The ‘Rappaport Family Institute Research Scholarship Award for Research in the Medical Sciences’, Haifa.

Conference Presentations

Male infertility evaluation and management. Melbourne IVF Women’s Health Masterclass Saturday 28th May 2011, 11.00 – 5.30pm Park Hyatt

Fertility preservation options in young men. 43rd Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology 2011.

Male Fertility Preservation. Merck Serono Symposia “Male Fertility – is it all down hill from here?” Sunday 28 October 2012 Auckland NZ

Reproduction and Oral Health. Wednesday 14th November 2012. Australian Society of Periodontology

The Relevance of Anti-Mullerian Hormone Testing. Annual Women’s Health Update Saturday 2nd March 2013 Melbourne Convention Centre,

Understanding Male Infertility (workshop) Melbourne GPCE conference 2010

IVF overview. GP Masterclass Saturday 25th May 2013

Werribee Mansion Hotel & Spa

Fertility preservation for pre-pubescent boys. Virtus Health National Clinical Day Saturday 2nd March,2013 Park Hyatt Melbourne

Publications

Published (* peer-reviewed and refereed journals)

Basic research

 

  1. Fuhrman B, Buch S, Vaya J, Belinky PA, Coleman R, Hayek T, Aviram M. Licorice extracts and its major polyphenol glabridin protect low-density lipoprotein against lipid peroxidation: in vitro and ex vivo studies in humans and in atherosclerotic apoprotein E-deficient mice. Am J Clin Nutr 1997; 66:267-275.
  2. Barak S, Machtei EE, Oettinger-Barak O, Peled M, Ardekian L, Laufer D, Baruch Y: Alveolar Bone Height in Patients After Liver Transplantation. Transplant Proc 2000; 32:718-720.
  3. Oettinger-Barak O, Barak S, Machtei EE, Ardekian L, Baruch Y, Peled M.. Periodontal changes in liver cirrhosis and post-transplantation patients. I: clinical findings. J Periodontol 2001 Sep;72(9):1236-1240.
  4. Oettinger-Barak O, Machtei EE, Barak S, Baruch Y, Ardekian L, Peled M. Periodontal changes in liver cirrhosis and post-transplantation patients. II: radiographic findings. J Periodontol 2002 Mar;73(3):313-316.
  5. Barak S, Oettinger M, Perri A, Cohen HI, Barenboym R, Ophir E. Frozen Section Examination of Endometrial Curettings in the Diagnosis of Ectopic Pregnancy – Validity and Suggested Management. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2005;84:43-47 .
  6. Oettinger-Barak O, Barak S, Ohel G, Oettinger M, Kreutzer H, Peled M, Machtei EE. Severe pregnancy complication (preeclampsia) is associated with greater periodontal destruction J Periodontol 2005 Jan;76(1):134-7.
  7. Oettinger M, Barak S, Oettinger-Barak O, Ophir E. Subcutaneous implantation of pure crystalline estradiol pellets for conception control. Gynecol Obstet Invest 2005; 59:119-25.
  8. Ohel G, Gonen R , Vaida S , Barak S , Gaitini L. Early versus late initiation of epidural analgesia in labor: does it increase the   risk of cesarean section? A randomized trial . Am J Obstet Gynecol 2006 Mar;194(3):600
  9. Barak S, Oettinger-Barak O, Sprecher H, Ohel G, Machtei EE Evidence of Periopathogenic Microorganisms in Placentas of Women With Preeclampsia. J Periodontol 2007 Apr;78(4):670-676.
  10. Gonen R, Barak S, Nissenblat V, Ohel G. The outcome and cumulative morbidity associated with the second and third post cesarean delivery. Am J Perinatol 2007 Sep;24(8):483-6
  11. Oettinger-Barak O, Segal E, Barak S, Baruch Y, MachteiEE, Ish-Shalom S. Alveolar Bone Loss in Liver Transplant Patients: Relationship to Prolonged Steroid Treatment and PTH Levels. J Clin Periodontol 2007 Dec;34(12):1039-45

 

Clinical Descriptive Research

 

  1. Gonen R, Nisenblat V, Barak S, Tamir A, Ohel G. Results of a well-defined protocol for a trial of labor after prior cesarean delivery. Obstet Gynecol 2006 Feb;107(2):240-5
  2. Nisenblat V, Alon E, Barak S, Gonen R, Bader D, Ohel G. Fetal heart rate patterns and neurodevelopmental outcome in very low birth weight infants. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand2006;85(7):792-6.
  3. Nisenblat V, Barak S, Griness OB, Degani S, Ohel G, Gonen R. Maternal complications associated with multiple cesarean deliveries. Obstet Gynecol 2006 Jul;108(1):21-6.
  4. Giles ML, Barak S, Baker G, Perna S, Tabrizi S, Greengrass V, Bourne H, Clarke GN, Peak SA, Hoy JF, Foster P, Knight RL; CVI Study Group. Outcomes from the first assisted reproduction program for HIV-serodiscordant couples in Australia. Med J Aust. 2011 Nov 21;195(10):599-601

 

Case Reports

 

  1. Oettinger-Barak O, Machtei EE, Peled M, Barak S, Abu L-Naaj I, Laufer D: Cyclosporine A-induced gingival hyperplasia in pemphigus vulgaris patient: literature review and report of a case. J Periodontol 2000;247-253.
  2. Barak S, Leibovitz Z, Kugelman A, Degani S, Shapiro I, Ohel G Extensive hemorrhagic chorion-amnion separation after second-trimester genetic amniocentesis. J Ultrasound Med 2003 Nov;22(11):1283-8.
  3. Nisenblat V, Leibovittz Z, Tal J, Barak S, Shapiro I, Degani S, Ohel G. Primary ovarian ectopic pregnancy, misdiagnosed as first trimester missed abortion.   J Ultrasound Med 2005 Apr;24(4):539.
  4. Leibovitz Z, Barak S, Degani S, Shapiro I, Ohel G. Fetal Escape From the Amniotic Sac: Follow-up From First Trimester to Delivery. J Ultrasound Med 2005 Dec;24(12):1745-51.
  5. Oettinger-Barak O, Machtei EE, Ben-Izhak O, Barak S, Peled M. Pregnancy tumor occurring twice in the same individual: Report of a case and hormone receptors study. Quintessence International 2005; 37(3):213-18

Review Papers

  1. Barak S, Oettinger-Barak O, Oettinger M, Machtei EE, Peled M, Ohel G. Common oral manifestations during pregnancy – a review. Obstet Gynecol Surv 2003 Sep;58(9):624-8.
  2. Barak S, Baker HWG. Clinical management of male infertility. In: Endocrinology of male reproduction 2012. Available at: http://www.endotext.org/male/male7/maleframe7.htm
  3. Catharyn Stern, Rachel Conyers, Lisa Orme, Shlomi Barak, John Seymour

Reproductive concerns of children and adolescents with cancer:           challenges and potential solutions.

Book Chapters

Oettinger-Barak O, Barak S, Baruch Y and Machtei EE. Periodontal status of liver cirrhosis and post transplantation patients. In “Liver Cirrhosis: New Research” T.M. Chen Editor. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Scheduled for publication, Feb 2005.

Liu DY, Bourne H, Garrett C, Clarke GN, Barak S, Baker HWG. “Practical Manual of In Vitro Fertilization: Advanced Methods and Novel Devices
Drs. Ashok Agarwal, Alex Varghese, and Zsolt Peter Nagy, the editors
Chapter: “Sperm Assessment: Novel Approaches and Their Indicative Value”, 2010

Barak S. Male Sexual Dysfunction in Diabetes. In: The full Guide for Diabetes Treatment. Raz I, Mosenzon O, Eds. 2012.

Male Infertility. Gordon baker and Shlomi Barak. Jameson and De Groot: ENDOCRINOLOGY: Adult and Pediatric, 7/E

Abstracts

  1. Oettinger-Barak O, Barak S, Ardekian L, Peled M, Baruch Y, Laufer D, Machtei EE. Gingival and radiographic changes in liver cirrhosis and post liver transplantation patients. J Clin Periodontol 2000; 27(sp. issue):93.
  2. Oettinger-Barak O, Barak S, Ardekian L, Baruch Y, Laufer D, Machtei EE. Gingival and radiographic changes in Tacrolimus versus Cyclosporine-A treated patients. J Dent Res 2000.
  1. Oettinger-Barak O, Oettinger M, Barak S, Peled M, Kreutzer H, Ohel G, Machtei EE. Periodontal disease and preeclampsia in pregnancy. J Clin Periodontol 2003; 30(4 Supp):9.
  2. Barak S, Oettinger-Barak O, Ish-Shalom S, Segal L, Baruch Y, Peled M, Machtei EE. Bone Turnover Markers Post Liver Transplantation. J Clin Periodontol 2003; 30(4 Supp):32.
  3. Oettinger-Barak O, Barak S, Baruch Y, Machtei EE. Periodontal clinical, radiographic and immunological characteristics post liver transplantation. J Dent Res
  4. Oettinger-Barak O, Barak S, Sprecher H, Ohel G, Machtei Periodontal pathogens in human placentas of women with severe preeclampsia. J Clin Periodontol 2006
  5. Oettinger-Barak O , Segal E, Machtei EE, Barak S, Baruch Y , Ish-Shalom S. Bone Loss in Liver Transplantees: Relationship with Steroids and PTH. J Dent Res 2007

Posters

  1. Barak S, Machtei EE, Oettinger-Barak O, Peled M, Laufer D, Baruch Y: Liver disease and liver transplantation: effect on alveolar bone height. Israel Transplant Assoc. Tel-Aviv, June 1999.
  2. Oettinger-Barak O, Barak S, Ardekian L, Peled M, Baruch Y, Laufer D, Machtei EE. Gingival and radiographic changes in liver cirrhosis and post liver transplantation patients. Europerio 3, Geneva, June
  3. Barak S, Oettinger-Barak O, Machtei EE, Baruch Y, Peled M. Periodontal changes in liver cirrhosis and post liver transplantation patients. Second Research Meeting, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, October 2001.
  4. Barak S, Oettinger-Barak O, Ish-Shalom S, Segal L, Baruch Y, Peled M, Machtei EE. Bone Turnover Markers Post Liver Transplantation. Europerio 4, Berlin, June
  5. Barak S, Gonen R, Ohel G. Outcome and morbidity in the first and second deliveries following CS – comparison between a trial of labor and elective CS. SMFM 24th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 2004.
  6. Nisenblat V, Barak S, Barnett O Griness, Degani S, Ohel G, Gonen R. Maternal morbidity associated with multiple cesarean deliveries. The 26th SMFM annual meeting, on 29.01.2006- 04.02.2006, Miami, Florida.
  7. Nisenblat V, Barak S, Sofer-Gerson N, Gonen R, Bader D, Ohel G .Fetal heart rate patterns and neuro-developmental outcome in VLBW infants. The 26th SMFM annual meeting, on 29.01.2006- 04.02.2006, Miami, Florida.
  8. Oettinger-Barak O, Segal E, Machtei EE, Barak S, Baruch Y, Ish-Shalom S. Bone Loss in Liver Transplantees: Relationship with Steroids and PTH. Rambam Health Care Campus, Dec 2007.
  9. Barak S, Bourne H, Elzeiny H, Fox G, Baker HWG. Are ICSI outcomes better for ejaculated sperm compared with testicular sperm? Fertility Society of Australia Conference 2009, Perth, WA
  10. Ponnalpalam M, Barak S, Baker HWG. Major Contributors to Pregnancy Loss – Analysis of 11,553 ART Clinical Pregnancies. Fertility Society of Australia Conference 2010, Adelaide, SA
  11. Barak S, Ponnalpalam M, Baker HWG. Clinical Pregnancy Loss: Does Male Infertility Have Any Contribution? An Analysis Of 11553 Art Pregnancies. Fertility Society of Australia Conference 2010, Adelaide, SA

Oral presentations

  1. Barak S, Oettinger-Barak O, Ardekian L, Baruch Y, Laufer D, Machtei EE. Gingival and radiographic changes in Tacrolimus versus Cyclosporine-A treated patients. IADR, Nathania, June 2000.
  2. Oettinger-Barak O, Barak S, Oettinger M, Ohel G, Kreutzer H, Peled M, Machtei EE. A Possible Association Between Periodontal Disease In Pregnancy and Preeclampsia. Europerio 4, Berlin, June 2003.
  3. Barak S, Ron Gonen, Gonen Ohel. A trial of labor versus an elective repeat CS: Longitudinal study of outcome and morbidity in the second and third delivery after a previous CS. ISMFM annual meeting, Tel-Aviv, Oct 2003
  4. Nisenblat V, Barak S, Tamir A, Ohel G, Gonen R. Maternal and perinatal outcome associated with a cautious protocol for a trial of labor after prior cesarean delivery.The annual meeting of Israeli Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Oct, 2005.

5.Oettinger-Barak O, Barak S, Sprecher H, Ohel G, Machtei EE. Periodontal Pathogens in Human Placentas of Women With Severe Preeclampsia. Europerio 5, Madrid 2006

  1. Oettinger-Barak O , Segal E, Machtei EE, Barak S, Baruch Y , Ish-Shalom S. Bone Loss in Liver Transplantees: Relationship with Steroids and PTH. IADR – Continental European and Israeli Divisions, Thessaloniki, September 2007.
  2. Shlomi Barak. Outcomes of ICSI with severe spermatogenic disorders. A Festschrift for Professor Gordon Baker 5 November 2010. Melbourne
  3. Giles ML, Barak S, Baker G Perma S, Tabrizi S, Greengrass V, Bourne H, Clarke G. Characteristics and Outcomes of HIV Discordant Couples Attending Australia’s First Multidiciplinary Asisted Reproductive Program 2003-2010. ASHM 2010
  4. Shlomi Barak. Outcomes of ICSI with Severe Spermatogenic Disorders. VRC Trainees Research Symposium. Melbourne 2010
  5. Shlomi Barak Frozen-thawed embryo transfer on a natural cycle is associated with a significantly reduced risk of ectopic pregnancy. ASRM 2013
  6. Shlomi Barak, Stephanie Stiehl ,Rachael Knight, Harold Bourne. Is oocyte mechanical assisted activation an effective approach for treating patients with poor fertilisation rates from standard ICSI?   FSA 2013
  7. Shlomi Barak. Can Anti-Mullerian hormone predict more than oocyte and embryos number with IVF/ICSI? ASRM 2013
  8. Rachael KNIGHT, Penelope FOSTER, Shlomi BARAK, Michelle GILES Future directions in the fertility treatment of HIV sero-discordant couples. A review of 10 years experience at the Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne and presentation of future treatment protocols. FSA 2013

 

In Press:

John McBain, Kate Stern, Alice Huang, Shlomi Barak and Rachael Knight

Chapter 18 – When pregnancy isn’t happening

Women’s Health Book.

Submitted:

  1. Barak S, Stewart T, Billson V, Knight R, Troy A, Kuhn R, Baker HWG Testicular Intra-Tubular Germ Cell Neoplasia in an Azoospermic Patient – Fertility Specialists Beware! Submitted to publication
  • Shlomi Barak and Gordon Baker. Outcomes of ICSI with Severe Spermatogenic Disorders.
  • Shlomi Barak , Rachael Knight and Gordon Baker. Frozen-thawed embryo transfer on a natural cycle is associated with a significantly reduced risk of ectopic pregnancy.
  • Shlomi Barak, Stephanie Stiehl, Rachael Knight, Harold Bourne. Is oocyte mechanical assisted activation an effective approach for treating patients with poor fertilisation rates from standard ICSI?  
  • Shlomi Barak and Gordon Baker. Can Anti-Mullerian hormone predict more than oocyte and embryos number with IVF/ICSI?

Other publications or media interactions

Aging and Fertility 2012 – ETON – the Israeli Newspaper in Melbourne

Female fertility preservation and eff freeze – ETON – the Israeli Newspaper in Melbourne

Morning shaw interview Channel 10 (Israel) 2007 – periodontal disease and preeclampsia

Press release of the American Academy of Peridontology re Barak S, Oettinger-Barak O, Sprecher H, Ohel G, Machtei EE Evidence of Periopathogenic Microorganisms in Placentas of Women With Preeclampsia. J Periodontol 2007 Apr;78(4):670-676