Melanie Freeman, PhD. is the medical laboratory director at Ovation Fertility™ Nashville
Dr. Freeman grew up in Colorado, and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science and a Master of Science degree in Radiation Biology at Colorado State University. She worked in the field of cancer research for eight years in laboratories at Colorado State, Stanford Research Institute in California, and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.
In 1984, upon moving to Nashville, she pursued a career in clinical laboratory medicine, serving as an embryologist at the Center for Fertility and Reproductive Research at Vanderbilt University. This position was ideal as she was working in a new and exciting field doing something that she really believed in: helping people become parents. Dr. Freeman’s expertise in tissue culture and sterile technique was useful in establishing in vitro fertilization (IVF) laboratory techniques at Vanderbilt. She worked there for seven years, actively developing research protocols related to IVF.
Melanie Freeman, PhD. became the Laboratory Director at Nashville Fertility Center in 1991.
Under her guidance, NFC became one of the first IVF laboratories in the country, and the first in Tennessee, to achieve accreditation by The College of American Pathologists Reproductive Laboratory Accreditation Program. After working in the field of IVF for 16 years, she completed her doctorate in Human Physiology at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, and continues to conduct research related to IVF. Currently, Dr. Freeman is the Clinical Laboratory Director of IVF Laboratories of Nashville / Ovation Fertility (formerly Reproductive Specialty Laboratory of Middle Tennessee).
Dr. Freeman has presented her research at the annual meetings of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and has published her research in scientific journals, such as Fertility and Sterility and Human Reproduction. She is a licensed Medical Laboratory Director and is accredited by the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) as High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD). She also serves as an inspector for the College of American Pathologists Reproductive Laboratory Accreditation Program, which accredits IVF and Andrology laboratories, and is an ad hoc reviewer for the scientific journals, Fertility and Sterility and Human Reproduction.
BS and MS: Colorado State University