Michael L. Norton, MS, Andrologist
Michael is the Andrology and Endocrinology Lab Supervisor at RCC. Mike graduated with his BS in Biology from California State University Fullerton in 1991 and immediately began his Masters degree in Biology from the same university, graduating in 1995.
For his thesis topic, Mike explored the molecular events during fertilization in the marine organism Ascidia ceratodes.
After receiving his Masters degree, Mike began to work on the MicroSort research project at Genetics and IVF Institute (GIVF).
MicroSort is the only scientifically proven technique to separate X-bearing sperm from Y-bearing sperm as a gender selection method for X-linked disease prevention or family balancing. The MicroSort gender selection procedure is currently being used in several labs around the world.
In 2000, Mike became the Andrology lab supervisor at GIVF and was mentored in clinical andrology by Dr. Richard Sherins, a previous president of the American Society of Andrology. In 2006, Mike moved to Columbia Fertility’s Andrology Lab and developed a custom database solution for the lab. In September 2007, Mike was recruited by the Reproductive Care Center to supervise the Andrology and Endocrinology Labs. Lab Certification.
The embryology and andrology laboratory at RCC has had the highest possible accreditation in the United States, by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), since 2001 and continues to maintain certification through CAP administered inspections and proficiency testing. Our Laboratory Accreditation Program number is 7127701. Since 2001, the laboratory has maintained a Certificate of Compliance with the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA). CLIA was formed by Congress to establish quality standards for all laboratory testing to ensure the accuracy, reliability and timeliness of patient test results. Our CLIA number is 46D0911244.
The laboratory is a member of the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). SART was established by member IVF clinics to set and maintain standards for assisted reproductive technology centers. This was done in an effort to better serve members and their patients. One of the key functions of SART is to help patients view national and individual clinic IVF success rates. Our success rates have been reported to SART since 1998.