Medical Team

Dr Rafael Bernabeu

Dr Rafael Bernabeu

Dr Rafael Bernabeu is the Medical Director of Instituto Bernabeu.

He’s currently Instituto Bernabeu’s Medical Director, a group with 9 reproduction medicine clinics. 8 are located in Spain, located in Alicante, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Cartagena, Albacete, Elche and Benidorm and 1 in Venice.

He graduated with an honours degree in Medicine and Surgery from the medical school of the University of Valencia in 1980.

He is a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology since 1984 with continual training since then with placements in different national, European and international centres (New York University; Cornell University in NY; John Hopkins University in Baltimore, etc.).

Medical Doctor, University Miguel Hernández, Elche, Spain.

State Obstetrician.

Director of the Reproductive Medicine Professorship in the medical school of the University Miguel Hernández in Elche since its foundation in 2004, which has its headquarters at the Instituto Bernabeu.

Academic of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Zaragoza ”. December 2020

Director of the Community and Reproductive Medicine Chair at the University Miguel Hernández.

Honorary Associate Professor of the medical school at the University Miguel Hernández in Elche, Spain.

Associate Professor of Developmental Biology in the Biology Department of the University of Alicante.

Professor of the Human Reproduction master’s programme at the medical school of the University Miguel Hernández in Elche, Spain.

Professor of the Human Reproduction master´s programme at the University of Alicante.

Professor of the Male Infertility master´s programme at the University of Castilla-La Mancha

Author of over 120 national and international articles in prestigious Reproductive Medicine journals: Human Reproduction, Fertility and Sterility, Reproductive Biomedicine Online, Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, Histology and Histopathology, Ebioforum Europe, among others, as well as forewords in various books on the specialty.

Author of more than 400 research papers at national and international conferences.

Research Prize from the Spanish Society of Fertility in 2000 and in 2010.

2nd place American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) prize winner for the best conference poster. October 2012.

Member of the editorial committee of Iberoamerican Fertility Magazine and the Spanish Obstetrics and Gynaecology Magazine.

ESHRE Referee (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology)

Spokesperson for SEF (Spanish Fertility Society)

Long-standing member of SEF, ESHRE, ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine), SEGO (Spanish Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, ASESA (Spanish Society of Andrology) and SGOCV (Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of the Valencian Community). Member of the British Fertility Society (BFS)

Vice-President of the Sterility and Infertility Section of the SEGO (Spanish Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology).

President of ANACER Charitable Foundation: National Association of Assisted Reproduction Centres, which brings together more than twenty prestigious centres from all over Spain.

Organiser-Chairman of numerous Courses, Conferences and Symposia regarding Infertility.

Speaker at various Academic Events within the specialty.

Honorary Partner of the Department of Biotechnology at the University of Alicante

In 2015, awarded the first place prize for original work. 8th Edition of Angel Bayo Awards. ASESA (Spanish Andrology Society)

Referee of national and international publications on fertility, such as “Human Reproduction”, “Fertility & Sterility” or “Reproductive BioMedicine Online (RBMOnline)”, among others.


Since 1985, some of the most important healthcare activities in the field of Reproductive Medicine are listed below:

  • Since 1985 creation and development of a Sperm Bank
  • In 1987, first IVF pregnancy in the Valencian Community, Spain and one of the first in Spain.
  • Since 1989 creation and development of an Embryo Cryopreservation programme
  • Since 1990 creation and development of an Egg Donation programme
  • In 1985 first pregnancy in Spain and one of the first in the world using the microinjection of Spermatids
  • In 2004 birth of the first girl in the world born free of retinoschisis (hereditary blindness) using PGD techniques
  • In 2006 first baby in the world born free of Marfan Syndrome using MDA during PGD.
  • In recent years, his main line of research has focused on the study and treatment of embryo implantation.

Further information: www.rafaelbernabeu.com

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