Michael S. Mersol-Barg, M.D. is a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also a Board-certified Diplomate of the Reproductive Endocrinology subspecialty. Dr. Mersol-Barg participates in all forms of continued medical education, regularly attends professional meetings, and renews his certification in the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the subspecialty Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility every year.
A graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1984, Dr. Mersol-Barg continued his medical training at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1985, Dr. Mersol-Barg completed his internship in obstetrics and gynecology, and in 1988, he completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Mersol-Barg then returned to Columbus, Ohio to receive his subspecialty fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Ohio State University Hospital, which was completed in 1990.
After his fellowship training, Dr. Mersol-Barg joined the Henry Ford Health System as a senior staff physician in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology. In 1992, he became the assistant director of Henry Ford’s In Vitro Fertilization Program. From 1995 through 1998, Dr. Mersol-Barg was the Medical Director for Henry Ford’s Reproductive Medicine Center and was also the Division Head for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. During his eight years at Henry Ford, Dr. Mersol-Barg oversaw reproductive endocrinology training for residents from four different hospitals. He also served as an instructor for the University of Michigan College of Medicine and as an assistant professor for Case Western Reserve University College of Medicine. Dr. Mersol-Barg received the Berlex Research Foundation Faculty Development Award, which started his interest and focus on evidence-based medicine.
In December of 1998, Dr. Mersol-Barg went into private practice so that he could dedicate more of his time and expertise to directly help people with infertility and reproductive endocrine problems. Currently, Dr. Mersol-Barg is on staff at Beaumont Hospital- Royal Oak, Beaumont Hospital-Troy, Crittenton Hospital, Detroit Medical Center, Oakwood Hospital, and St. Joseph Mercy-Oakland Hospital. He is also an Associate Professor at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, a Clinical Assistant Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and teaches medical students and residents at St. Joseph Mercy-Oakland. Dr. Mersol-Barg serves as an inspector for the College of American Pathologists' Reproductive Laboratory Accreditation program, where he goes to IVF labs around the country to evaluate and advise them.
In 2006, after Beaumont Hospital announced the closure of its in vitro fertilization laboratory, Dr. Mersol-Barg established SMART Labs. SMART Labs offered Dr. Mersol-Barg the opportunity to install the newest equipment, implement cutting-edge technologies and use the latest techniques such as vitrification for egg freezing. SMART Labs is now home for Michigan’s only frozen donor egg bank, which is the only lab in Michigan to produce babies from frozen eggs. Dr. Mersol-Barg is currently working with local and national oncologists to develop fertility options for cancer patients using technologies at SMART Labs. He established the Michigan Oncofertility Society to educate doctors on cancer and fertility.
Dr. Mersol-Barg is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (F.A.C.O.G.), and is a member of the American Association ofGynecologic Laparoscopists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, The Endocrine Society, the Michigan Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (where he currently serves as President), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies, the Society for Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinologists, and the Society of Reproductive Surgeons. Dr. Mersol-Barg is a long-time member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Minimally Invasive Laparoscopy. He was elected in 2010 to a three-year term as Chair of the State of Michigan's Fertility Advisory Committee, which works with Michigan's Health Department. He is a reviewer for Fertility and Sterility, the research publication for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and Dr. Mersol-Barg continues to be active in educating the public about reproductive endocrinology and infertility issues through seminars and interviews in newspapers, magazines, television and radio. Dr. Mersol-Barg has also been voted by his peers to be one of Hour Magazine's "Top Docs" five years in a row. This honor from his peers has been reinforced by the large number of physicians who have also been patients. Dr. Mersol-Barg has also been honored as a Super Doctor by a national independent research group and a Top Doctor by US News and World Report.
On a personal note, Dr. Mersol-Barg has been married to Mary Jo Mersol-Barg since 1984, and they have four children: Michael Andrew, Amy Elizabeth, Kevin Todd and Ryan Patrick. Having an active family makes life exciting and full. Dr. Mersol-Barg has been thrilled to be a coach for Amy’s league winning softball team and Ryan's soccer team. He enjoys going on Boy Scout camping trips with Michael, Kevin and Ryan. Both Michael and Kevin are Eagle Scouts and Ryan is working hard to follow in his brothers' footsteps. The kids keep their father busy going to a variety of sporting events, plays and concerts throughout the year. Ryan and Dr. Mersol-Barg are taking drum lessons together, and Ryan enjoys the fact that he is doing much better than his dad! Ryan was born in 1998 after Mary Jo had several miscarriages, and he is his father’s daily joy. It’s this joyful feeling that Dr. Mersol-Barg wishes for anyone who currently experiences the frustration and heartbreak of infertility. Having been through secondary infertility and miscarriages in his own life has added to the empathy he has for patients who have suffered the same circumstances.
Dr. Mersol-Barg feels he is blessed to be able to make a difference in people’s lives by helping them to have a baby or by relieving a woman’s pain with advanced microsurgery and laser surgery techniques. He enjoys teaching and makes great efforts to review all records and to provide patients with as much information as possible so that there can be a partnership between patient and doctor. The goal of everyone at the Center is to provide individualized patient care in a private setting, while offering the most advanced, proven treatments available. This is the whole purpose for establishing the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Surgery.