Dr. Meir Olcha

Dr. Meir Olcha is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, fellowship trained in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He has a warm heart and is committed to providing excellent, personalized, and compassionate care to all of his patients. He strives to be a leader in the field and works to improve reproductive health outcomes through progressive research and innovative medical treatments.

His current research focuses on identifying genetic causes of implantation and pregnancy failure, but also includes other aspects relating to improving the selection of competent embryos for transfer. He has published in numerous prestigious medical journals, has been awarded both federally funded and private grants, and has been invited to give talks at national fertility conferences throughout the country. He has been nominated for several Excellence in Teaching awards and recently was the recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Award.

Dr. Olcha graduated with honors from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. His passion for helping others lead him to pursue a career in medicine, earning a Medical Degree from Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2010 and completing residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the same institution in 2014. Afterward, he was accepted as an academic faculty scholar in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences where his clinical responsibilities included caring for obstetric and gynecological patients, performing complex gynecological surgeries, and routinely teaching both medical students and residents. Education is a great passion of his and as such is an integral part of his professional responsibilities.

Dr. Olcha is excited to be a part of the NHFC team of physicians and is looking forward to dedicating his time to help people achieve their reproductive goals.

Dr. Olcha Speaks English and Hebrew fluently and is proficient in Spanish.

Message from Dr. Olcha: 

“Understanding that everyone’s journey is different is the key to making parenthood a reality in an individualized, gentle and reassuring way.”

AWARDS & HONORS

  • 2016 – CREOG National Faculty Award for resident education
  • 2015 – Outstanding New Faculty Award
  • 2015 – APGO Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2015 – Pacific Coast Reproductive Society Travel Scholarship Award (63rd Annual Meeting)

UMDNJ- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (OBGYN Residency)

  • 2014 – Department of OBGYN: Honors in Community Outreach
  • 2014 – Chairman’s Research Award
  • 2013 – Best Resident Educator Award
  • 2013 – Department of OBGYN Honors in Research Excellence
  • 2012 – Best Resident Educator Award
  • 2012 – Arnold P. Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2012 – Department of OBGYN Honors in Research Excellence
  • 2011 – Annual Student Doctor Day Program

Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey – Rutgers College

  • Rutgers College Dean’s List
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta – Premedical Honor Society
  • National Honors Society

Publications

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N.R. Treff, Y. Zhan, X. Tao, M. Olcha, M. Han, J. Rajchel, L. Morrison, S.J. Morin, R.T. Scott. “Levels of trophectoderm mitochondrial DNA do not predict the reproductive potential of sibling embryos”. Human Reproduction. 2017 April 1.

J.M. Franasiak, M. Olcha, S. Shastri, T.A. Molinaro, H. Congdon, N.R. Treff, R.T. Scott Jr “Embryonic Aneuploidy does not Differ Amongst Genetic Ancestry According to Continental Origin as Determined by Ancestry Informative Markers” . Human Reproduction. 2016

M. Olcha, J.M. Franasiak, S. Shastri, T.A. Molinaro, H. Congdon, N.R. Treff, R.T. Scott Jr. ”Genotypically determined ancestry across an infertile population Ovarian reserve and response parameters are not influenced by continental origin”. Fertility and Sterility. 2016 April14

J.M. Franasiak, M. Olcha, P.A. Bergh, K.H. Hong, M.D. Werner, E.J. Forman, R.S. Zimmerman, R.T. Scott. “Expanded carrier screening in an infertile population: how often is clinical decision making affected?”. Genetics in Medicine. 2016 March 3.

P. Kramata, Y. -P. Lu, Y. -R Lou, J. Cohen, M. Olcha, S. Liu, and A.H. Conney. “Effect of administration of caffeine or green tea on the mutation profile in the p53 gene in early p53-positive patches of epidermal cells induced by chronic UVB-irradiation of hairless SKH-1 mice”. Carcinogenesis. 2005 Nov 1; 26(11): 1965-74.

 

Posters

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M. Olcha, X. Tao, Y. Wang, T. Xing, Y. Zhan, J.M. Franasiak, R.T. Scott, N.R. Treff. “A Mitochondrial D-Loop Variant Associated With The Reduced Risk Of Embryonic Aneuploidy”. Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ; Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Morristown, NJ. ASRM 71st Annual Meeting. October 2015

J.M. Franasiak, M. Olcha, D.T. Taylor, N.R. Treff, R. T. Scott. “Embryonic Aneuploidy Does Not Differ Amongst Major Ethnicities as Determined by Genotyping”. Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ; Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Morristown, NJ. Pacific Coast Reproductive Society Annual Meeting. March 2015

M. Olcha, E.J. Forman, K.H. Hong, M.D. Werner, A. Ruiz, R.T. Scott. “Aneuploidy Rates Within Age Groups Do Not Differ Within The Typical Therapeutic Range Of Gonadotropin Exposure”. Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ; Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Morristown, NJ. ASRM 69th Annual Meeting. October 2013

M. Olcha, M. McWeeney, S.J. Levin. “Knowledge and Attitudes of Colorectal Cancer Screening in an Underserved Population”. UMDNJ Community Oriented Primary Care Poster Session, New Brunswick, NJ. 26 July 2007.

P. Kramata, Y. -P. Lu, Y. -R Lou, J. Cohen, M. Olcha, S. Liu, and A.H. Conney. “Mutation profile of the p53 gene in early mutant p53-positive patches of epidermal cells in SKH-1 mice chronically irradiated with UVB-light and treated orally with caffeine or green tea”. Proc. Am. Assoc. Cancer. Res. 46, 1016, #4301 (2005, Anaheim, Orange County, CA).

 

Oral Presentations

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M. Olcha, X. Dong, H. Feil, X. Hao, M. Lee, S. Jindal, E. Buyuk, J. Vijg. “A Workflow for Simultaneous DNA Copy Number and Methylome Analysis of ICM and TE Cells from Human Blastocysts.” Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA. PCRS Annual Meeting. 2019

M.Olcha. “Primary Male Hypogonadotropic Hypogonadism: A Fertility Prospective”. Endocrinology Grand Rounds. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY. August 2018

M.Olcha. “Ovulation Induction in the PCOS patient: Updated Guidelines”. Endocrinology Grand Rounds. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY. August 2018.

M.Olcha, S. Pollack. “Turner Syndrome – Fertility preservation options and strategies for young
women”. 5th Annual Turner Syndrome Workshop. Division of Pediatric Endocrinology. Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY. November 2017.

M. Olcha, C. Bohrer, R.T. Scott, N.R. Treff. “The PLK4 Locus Is Not Associated With Human Embryonic Aneuploidy Risk”. Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ; Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Morristown, NJ. ASRM 71st Annual Meeting. October 2015

M. Olcha, J.M. Franasiak, D.T. Taylor, N.R. Treff, R. T. Scott. “Markers of Ovarian Reserve Do Not Differ Amongst Major Ethnicities as Determined by Genotyping. Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ; Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Morristown, NJ. PCRS Annual Meeting. March 2015

M. Olcha, K.M. Ferry, E.J. Forman, K.H. Hong, N.R. Treff, R.T. Scott. “Trophectoderm Biopsy For Aneuploidy Screening Results in Lower Initial hCG Levels With Altered Predictive Values: Low Initial levels Still Have High Delivery Rates and Normal Pregnancy Outcomes”. Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ; Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Morristown, NJ. ASRM 68th Annual Meeting. October 2012.