Dr. Michael Hartman

Dr. Hartman currently works at both the downtown Toronto and Thornhill Trio Fertility locations.

Dr. Michael Hartman received his MD degree from McMaster University, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Obstetrics and Gynecology following his residency at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He completed his fellowship in Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at McGill University, which at the time was the busiest IVF clinic and largest university-based reproductive clinic in Canada. Some of his recognitions throughout his training include the Governor General’s Academic Medal, the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation/Canadian Institute for Health Research Resident Research Award, and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Resident Research Award at Memorial University of Newfoundland on two separate occasions. He was the recipient of the CFAS Resident Award in 2011 for his achievements. He was selected to be the Chief Fellow at the McGill University Reproductive Centre, and at the end of his fellowship he was singled out for the Excellence in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Award. Dr. Hartman was also the recipient of the Good Samaritan Award for his work with the Reena Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. Dr. Hartman has a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented his research at the CFAS, American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) annual meetings. His research interests include ultrasound, saline infusion sonohysterography, congenital uterine anomalies, endometrial polyps and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Mission: Advancing Reproductive Care

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Best of 2018 | ESHRE Journals | Oxford Academic

Very proud that my research collaboration was included in the "Best of 2018" in the medical journal Human Reproduction
https://academic.oup.com/eshre/pages/best_of

academic.oup.com Discover key articles from 2018, hand-selected by the Editors of all four journals. The collection features research that our Editors could not let you miss, all currently free to read online.

espn.com

Lowe: Jenny Boucek's pregnancy represents a first for the NBA

A surprisingly detailed account of a single woman's fertility journey in mainstream sports media

espn.com As a pregnant coach, the Mavericks' assistant is breaking new ground in the league, and she talks to ESPN.

mobile.nytimes.com

Opinion | Single at 38? Have That Baby

Interesting perspective https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/06/23/opinion/sunday/single-at-38-have-that-baby.html

mobile.nytimes.com The hardest thing about parenting alone isn’t doing it but deciding to do it.

TRIO Fertility

Hello world, and hello to this precious little one!
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"My husband and I would like to thank your whole team, especially Dr.Hartman and Dr. Sierra for giving us the sweetest blessing we had been waiting for our whole lives. We are so grateful to all of you and cannot thank you all enough!"

Anthony Housefather

It will be interesting to see where this ends up

Tune in here to watch my Facebook Live to watch my Press Conference as I discuss the tabling of my Private Member’s Bill to decriminalize compensation for surrogates, egg and sperm donors.

Regardez ma conférence de presse en direct sur Facebook pendant que je discute du dépôt de mon projet de loi d’initiative parlementaire visant à décriminaliser l’indemnisation des mères porteuses, des donneurs d’ovules et de sperme.

Fertility Matters Canada

“We become mothers the very moment that we open our hearts to the idea of conceiving a child.”

Today, we honour all mothers who have lost a child and those who struggle to conceive or carry a pregnancy. #fertilitymatters

TRIO Fertility

We have just launched a Facebook support group for female patients at TRIO!

If you would like to join, please send us a private message (DM) via Facebook Messenger. Please in­­­­clude your full name and your TRIO doctor’s name. Only TRIO has access to this. Once we confirm your information, we will add you to the support group.

We encourage you to join a sisterhood of women supporting and cheering each other on throughout this journey!

cbc.ca

'When are you going to have a baby?' can be a loaded, painful question

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/infertility-blog-baie-verte-1.4528170

cbc.ca A woman tired of being asked when she is going to start a family is opening up about the pain and stress of infertility in a new blog.

Unfortunately many people don't realize the effect of little comments like this

"Somewhere there is a woman: 30, no children. People ask her, “Still no kids?” Her response varies from day to day, but it usually includes forced smiles and restraint.
“Nope, not yet,” she says with a chuckle, muffling her frustration.
“Well, don’t wait forever. That clock is ticking, ya know,” the sage says before departing, happy with herself for imparting such erudite wisdom. The sage leaves. The woman holds her smile. Alone, she cries…
Cries because she’s been pregnant 4 times and miscarried every one. Cries because she started trying for a baby on her wedding night, and that was 5 years ago. Cries because her husband has an ex-wife and she has given him children. Cries because she wants desperately to try in vitro but can’t even afford the deposit. Cries because she’s done in vitro (multiple rounds) and still has no children. Cries because her best friend wouldn’t be a surrogate. “It would be too weird,” she said. Cries because her medication prevents pregnancy. Cries because this issue causes friction in her marriage. Cries because the doctor said she’s fine, but deep inside she knows it’s her. Cries because her husband blames himself, and that guilt makes him a hard person to live with. Cries because all her sisters have children. Cries because one of her sisters didn’t even want children. Cries because her best friend is pregnant. Cries because she got invited to another baby shower. Cries because her mother keeps asking, “Girl, what are you waiting on?” Cries because her in-laws want to be grandparents. Cries because her neighbor has twins and treats them like sh*t. Cries because 16-year-olds get pregnant without trying. Cries because she’s an amazing aunt. Cries because she’s already picked out names. Cries because there’s an empty room in her house. Cries because there is an empty space in her body. Cries because she has so much to offer. Cries because he’d be a great dad. Cries because she’d be a great mother, but isn’t.
Somewhere else is another woman: 34, five children. People say to her, “Five? Good lord, I hope you’re done!” And then they laugh… because those types of comments are funny. The woman laughs too, but not in earnest. She changes the subject, as she always does, and gives the disrespect a pass. Just another day. Alone, she cries…
Cries because she’s pregnant with another and feels like she has to hide the joy. Cries because she always wanted a big family and doesn’t see why people seem so disturbed by it. Cries because she has no siblings and felt profoundly lonely as a child. Cries because her Granny had 12 and she’d love to be just like her. Cries because she couldn’t imagine life without her children, but people treat her like they’re a punishment. Cries because she doesn’t want to be pitied. Cries because people assume this isn’t what she wanted. Cries because they assume she’s just irresponsible. Cries because they believe she has no say. Cries because she feels misunderstood. Cries because she’s tired of defending her private choices. Cries because she and her husband are perfectly capable of supporting their family but that doesn’t seem to matter. Cries because she’s tired of the “funny” comments. Cries because she minds her own business. Cries because she wishes others would mind theirs. Cries because sometimes she doubts herself and wonders if she should have stopped two kids ago. Cries because others are quick to offer criticism and slow to offer help. Cries because she’s sick of the scrutiny. Cries because she’s not a side show. Cries because people are rude. Cries because so many people seem to have opinions on her private life. Cries because all she wants to do is live in peace.
Another woman: 40, one child. People say to her, “Only one? You never wanted any more?”
“I’m happy with my one,” she says calmly, a rehearsed response she’s given more times than she can count. Quite believable. No one would ever suspect that alone, she cries…
Cries because her one pregnancy was a miracle. Cries because her son still asks for a brother or sister. Cries because she always wanted at least three. Cries because her second pregnancy had to be terminated to save her life. Cries because her doctor says it would be “high-risk.” Cries because she’s struggling to care for the one she has. Cries because sometimes one feels like two. Cries because her husband won’t even entertain the thought of another. Cries because her husband died and she hasn’t found love again. Cries because her family thinks one is enough. Cries because she’s deep into her career and can’t step away. Cries because she feels selfish. Cries because she still hasn’t lost the weight from her from her first pregnancy. Cries because her postpartum depression was so intense. Cries because she can’t imagine going through that again. Cries because she has body issues and pregnancy only exacerbates it. Cries because she still battles bulimia. Cries because she had to have a hysterectomy. Cries because she wants another baby, but can’t have it.
These women are everywhere. They are our neighbors, our friends, our sisters, our co-workers, our cousins. They have no use for our advice or opinions. Their wombs are their own. Let’s respect that." (Credit: Nadirah Angail. Photo by Joey Thompson, Unsplash ) #9Today

cbc.ca

Quebec's axing of fully funded IVF leads to increase in multiple pregnancies

The unfortunate ramifications of removing public funding of ivf. While I agree that the Quebec system was not perfect, the chance of multiples with ivf was even lower than published in this article, allowing for safer (and cheaper) pregnancies. It was a pleasure to have worked there and help so many people.
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/montreal/quebec-s-axing-of-fully-funded-ivf-leads-to-increase-in-multiple-pregnancies-1.4461148

cbc.ca Since Quebec scrapped its fully funded IVF program two years ago, more women are turning to intrauterine insemination, a cheaper fertility treatment — and more are getting pregnant with twins or triplets or more, as a result.

TRIO Fertility

Having a strong support team of family or friends to lean on or talk to throughout your fertility journey can make all the difference.
Friends and family, make sure to listen, learn and provide advice when and where it’s solicited. This is a difficult journey and your compassion can make all the difference in turning someone’s bad/difficult day into an easier one.
#happyholidays #2017

It is unfortunate that programs like these need to exist, but it is an essential way to help families cope. Kudos to my Newfoundland colleagues for such an initiative.

Eastern Health invites you to attend a candle lighting ceremony for World Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Awareness Day on October 15.

This event is held to remember all babies lost through miscarriage, pregnancy loss, stillbirth and infant death.

It will be held Sunday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m. at MUN Botanical Gardens. Parents, family members and friends are welcome to attend (adults only please). We will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Botanical Gardens and participants will be invited to add a paper butterfly (distributed at the garden) to a memorial butterfly wall that will be photographed for posterity.

Please dress for the weather as the event will go ahead rain or shine. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

For more information, please call 777-4722.

cjnews.com

My worst Rosh Hashanah happened in the midst of infertility hell

The holidays can be a very tough time for people struggling to conceive. This is a powerful account of that experience

cjnews.com That year, as we were dressing in our finest and readying for synagogue, we got the latest negative test results. We were completely gutted.

Marijuana makes men’s sperm ‘lazily swim in circles'

While marijuana may become legalized soon in Canada, it is important to remember the negative impact on male fertility

Cannabis - which is the most widely-used illegal drug in Britain - tends to leave users feeling chilled out and relaxed. But now researchers have revealed that it has the same effect on sperm.

TRIO Fertility

Every Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist (REI) at TRIO Fertility is unique in their interests and research. Dr. Michael Hartman, MD, FRCSC, REI is no exception. His numerous research awards and recognitions throughout his training prove that.
Splitting his time between the downtown Toronto and Thornhill TRIO clinics Dr. Hartman has spent the past 2 years working with thousands of patients to bring their dreams of creating a family to fruition.

"Seeing the many healthy babies born under my care have all been really special".

Prior to his experience at TRIO he was Chief Fellow at McGill University Reproductive Center working in a large publicly funded fertility clinic. In addition to the numerous publications in peer reviewed journals Dr. Hartman has presented his research at the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) annual meetings.

While Dr. Hartman splits his time at two TRIO clinics and participates in active research programming he still finds time to spend with his family, watch basketball, eat good food and listen to comedy. Got a good joke for him?

For more information about Dr. Michael Hartman and the TRIO Medical team please visit our website http://triofertility.com/our-medical-team/

ctvnews.ca

Sleeping in a noisy bedroom linked to male infertility

It would be interesting to see if these findings were reproducible in other parts of the world
http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/sleeping-in-a-noisy-bedroom-linked-to-male-infertility-1.3481651

ctvnews.ca New research has uncovered a link between long-term exposure to a noisy environment and infertility in men.

globalnews.ca

Couple faced with fertility issues wants to see IVF funding in Alberta

Despite its imperfections, Ontarians are incredibly fortunate to have some public funding for IVF. Throughout the rest of the country, access to treatment is much more limited.

globalnews.ca An Alberta couple faced with fertility challenges wants to see the province step forward with funding for costly in vitro fertilization.

today.com

You are not alone: 7 things to know about infertility

today.com Infertility can be isolating and emotional. Moms who have been there talk about what they wish they had known before starting the journey.

usatoday.com

7 things you should never say to a woman experiencing infertility

While many people are well-intentioned, there is a lot of bad advice going around about fertility.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/04/22/7-things-you-should-never-say-woman-experiencing-infertility/98682590/

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globalnews.ca

Overnight shift work and heavy lifting impact women’s fertility, study says

Yet another study showing how lifestyle can impact fertility. In this case, shiftwork and sleep patterns.

globalnews.ca These working conditions were found to impact the quality of women's eggs, the Harvard study found.

nbcnews.com

Obesity may be an important factor in conceiving a child, study finds

People often can have big struggles with weight loss. However, we know that working to maintain a body mass index in the "normal" range can significantly help fertility!

nbcnews.com Couples who are both obese may have a harder time conceiving a child than couples who are both at a healthy weight, researchers reported Friday.

dailymail.co.uk

Women cancer patients being denied the chance of a family

Many oncologists and other physicians do a great job at letting their young cancer patients know about fertility preservation, however we still have a long way to go.

dailymail.co.uk This failure, which can lead to a lifetime of regret, is blamed on unfairly strict criteria for ‘fertility preservation’ treatment, as well as a lack of information to help women choose.

[01/01/17]   Happy new year! I hope 2017 is a fertile year to all those who desire it

thespinoff.co.nz

How to support your friends and loved ones who are struggling with infertility

Great advice for those around people who are trying to conceive

http://thespinoff.co.nz/parenting/30-12-2016/how-to-support-your-friends-and-loved-ones-who-are-struggling-with-infertility/

thespinoff.co.nz Member of the Forever Hopeful Club, and author of a column on The Spinoff Parents about her journey trying to conceive, Kat McKenzie shares her tips for supporting friends facing infertility. Firstly, let me say that I know that navigating these issues with those you care about can seem like a mi

Ask the RE

Dr. Hartman is now the expert on ivf.ca's "Ask the Reproductive Endocrinologist" online forum
http://ivf.ca/forums/forum/157-ask-the-re/
Feel free to ask a question!

ivf.ca Ask the RE: Dr. Michael Hartman is a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialist at TRIO (www.triofertility.com) at their Downtown Toronto and Thornhill locations

[11/07/16]   A bit of a long read but a number of lifestyle changes can make a big difference in male fertiltiy
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3912872/Trying-baby-Experts-reveal-23-things-leave-men-infertile-avoid-it.html

TRIO Fertility

Happy Monday!

Looks like Dr. Hartman and one of our senior nurses Cecile are ready to take on the week as they gear up for another procedure. We hope you're gearing up for a great week as well!

webmd.com

Sleep Can Affect Male Fertility

webmd.com Study found too little or too much shuteye linked to reduced chance of pregnancy

cosmopolitan.com

11 Things Couples Struggling With Infertility Want You to Know

cosmopolitan.com Don't assume it's the woman's fault.

medicaldaily.com

How Much Alcohol Is Too Much If You Want To Have Children?

Lifestyle choices such as alcohol consumption should be considered when trying to conceive.
http://www.medicaldaily.com/alcohol-and-pregnancy-how-heavy-drinking-affects-fertility-397389

medicaldaily.com A new study finds evidence that moderate drinking won't harm a woman's chances of getting pregnant, but heavy drinking might.

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