Dr. Maria Arque


Specialist in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine. Experience working in several reference international fertility clinics. Currently finishing a Doctorate in Medicine (PhD) at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona on Reproductive Medicine about the impact of lifestyle and diet on IVF/ICSI outcomes. Interested in fertility preservation, research, education and business management. Full proficiency in Catalan, English, Italian and Spanish. Basic level of French.

Professional Brief

 

Dr Maria Arque, MD, is a medical graduate of University of Barcelona (Hospital Clínic). She completed her specialty training in Obstetrics and Gyneacology at Hospital de Sant Pau i la Santa Creu in Barcelona, a reference hospital in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She has done a clinical internship at Yale University in the US in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility department.

She started her training in IVF in one of the main reproductive clinics of Barcelona and became the director of the Egg Donation program. She completed the Subfertility, Reproductive Endocrinology and Assisted Reproduction Theoretical Course at the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gyneacology in London. She worked in Ireland for two years, at Sims IVF and Rotunda IVF, both belonging to the group Virtus Health, an international reference fertility group. She got involved with the National Fertility Preservation Program for Oncology patients and also regularly gave infertility lectures at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland to undergraduate medical students.

She completed the Executive Leadership for Healthcare Professionals program at Cornell University.

She is currently finishing her thesis (PhD) at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona about the impact of lifestyle in the outcome of IVF and ICSI.

She is fluent in english, italian, spanish and catalan and has basic level of french.

“All patients inspire me somehow. Everyone has a different background and a different approach towards infertility. I learn from all of them everyday and I´m so grateful for it. The biggest lesson I learnt from them is that resilience and perseverance are the key to success.”

Interview

 

Why did you become an expert in fertility?

I had special interest for human reproduction since the beginning of my speciality in obstetrics and gynecology. I realized that I wanted to become a fertility specialist since I started seeing patients who struggled with infertility. The satisfaction and joy of helping people fulfill one of the most important projects in life, which is to have a family, is priceless.

 

Why are you proud to work at Fertty International?

Because we have created an amazing team, capable of helping people all over the world to fulfill their dream of becoming parents, making the process as easy and efficient as possible. We offer all fertility treatments and we have a state of the art laboratory. We are very conscious that every patient has different needs, and therefore, we individualise and tailor every treatment according to their needs to maximise their chances of pregnancy.

 

What is your attitude towards working with patients?

I strongly believe in a holistic approach in the treatment of infertility and the importance of empathy and patient care. It is very important for me to ensure that I inform patients of all their fertility treatment options and help them to understand them and decide what is the best option in their case.

I also consider crucial to provide emotional support along the fertility treatment journey, as well as help patients have realistic expectations.

 

Have you had patients that inspired you?

All patients inspire me somehow. Everyone has a different background and a different approach towards infertility. I learn from all of them everyday and I´m so grateful for it. The biggest lesson I learnt from them is that resilience and perseverance are the key to success.

 

How do you spend your free time?

I spend most of my time seeing patients, so whenever I have free time, I spend it with my family and friends. I have recently discovered yoga and meditation, and I try to practise on regular basis. I also love travelling, outdoors sports like ski and hiking and photography.

 

How would you describe your personality?

I’m a very social person. I love spending time with my family and friends and meeting new people. I’m curious, eager to learn and passionate.

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