Physicians

Dr. Marc Fritz, MDDr. Marc Fritz wrote THE book about Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility – literally!  He is co-author of Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility, the most widely read textbook on this field  in the world, now published in four languages. Dr. Fritz has authored over 70 scientific articles and chapters for numerous medical journals and textbooks and has been named one of “America’s Top Doctors” every year since the list first appeared in 2001.  He serves on essentially all of the prominent national committees in the field, and is widely considered one of the leaders in this specialty.

Dr. Fritz grew up in Michigan, attended college at the United States Air Force Academy, and received his M.D. from Tulane University in 1977.  He completed a residency in OB/GYN in the Air Force at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base medical center and received further advanced subspecialty fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Oregon Health Sciences University.  After completing his training, he returned to the Air Force and served as a member of the faculty at Wright State University and at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences before coming to Carolina in 1993.

Dr. Fritz is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.  He is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and directs both the Assisted Reproductive Technologies program and our fellowship training program at UNC.  He has served on the Executive Board of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and on the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  He is a past President of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and is Chair of the Practice Committee for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. 

Dr. Fritz has special interest and expertise in: infertility, in vitro fertilization, ovulation induction, recurrent pregnancy loss, hormonal disturbances, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and hysteroscopy.


Dr. Jennifer Mersereau, MDDr. Jennifer Mersereau was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, attended college at Northwestern University, and received her M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.  She completed a residency in OB/GYN and earned a masters degree in clinical investigation at Northwestern, and received fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California at San Francisco.  After completing her training, she joined the faculty at Carolina in 2007.

Dr. Mersereau is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Fertility Preservation Program at UNC.  She is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.  She has published many peer-reviewed research articles in the field, and has received numerous awards for her research. 

Dr. Mersereau has special interest and expertise in: infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF), fertility preservation for patients with cancer, and hormone disorders.


Dr. Anne Steiner, MDAnne Z. Steiner, MD, MPH joined UNC Fertility in 2006 after finishing medical school at Emory University, residency and a Masters in public health at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles under the direction of Richard Paulson, MD. During her fellowship, she received intensive training in ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization, and fertility surgery, as well as the management of reproductive endocrine disorders such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and hyperprolactinemia. Dr. Steiner seeks to provide empathetic care that is individualized and ultimately leads to success.

Dr. Steiner is also a tenured Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. As a faculty member she is active in the teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows. She is nationally known for her research on biomarkers of ovarian aging as predictors of reproductive potential and has had funding for her research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2006. Dr. Steiner has published extensively in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility and is currently an associate editor for Fertility & Sterility, the leading scientific journal in our field. She has received numerous awards including a Junior Faculty Award and the 2011 Jefferson Pilot Fellowship Award.

Dr. Steiner has special interest and expertise in: infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF), reproductive aging, hysteroscopy, and amenorrhea (absent menses).


Dr. Steven Young MDDr. Steven Young was born in Georgia and grew up in South Carolina, Florida, and California.  He received his college degree from the University of California at San Diego and both his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Miami.  Dr. Young completed his residency training in OB/GYN at Yale-New Haven Hospital and received additional advanced subspecialty fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of North Carolina.  Dr. Young was a member of the faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and at the University of Missouri before returning to UNC in 2004.  

Dr. Young is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and directs a research laboratory focused on solving the mysteries of embryo implantation.  He is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.  Dr. Young has served as President of the Reproductive Immunology Special Interest Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, has won numerous awards for research and teaching, and has published over 30 articles in scientific journals and textbooks.  His outside interests include playing with his two children, reading about the history of science, sailing, and swimming.

Dr. Young has special interest and expertise in: infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF), hormone problems, and endometriosis.


Dr. Matt CowardDr. Coward joined UNC Fertility in 2013 after completing his fellowship in Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston with Dr. Larry Lipshultz, world renowned microsurgeon and foremost authority on male infertility in the United States.   Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Coward received his M.D. with Distinction from UNC and completed his internship in General Surgery and residency training in Urologic Surgery at UNC prior to his fellowship in Houston.

A recipient of numerous academic awards throughout his career, Dr. Coward is a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  During residency, he was awarded the UNC Urologic Scholar of the Year award as well as the Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching award, a prestigious honor based on voting by medical students which exemplifies his aptitude for teaching.  He has published numerous scientific journal articles and textbook chapters, and he regularly presents his research at national meetings.  He is part of the UNC Fertility team of physicians that works within the Reproductive Medicine Network, an important NIH-funded group of centers of excellence that carries out multi-centered clinical trials of male and female infertility.

Full diagnostic and treatment services for men offered on-site at UNC Fertility by Dr. Coward include advanced semen studies performed in UNC Fertility’s Andrology lab, hormone and genetic laboratory evaluations, diagnostic ultrasound, sperm cryopreservation, and the full array of sperm extraction procedures available.  He is the only male fertility specialist in the region performing electroejaculation for spinal cord injury patients or for fertility preservation for adolescents prior to cancer treatment.  Dr. Coward also specializes in no-scalpel vasectomy, microsurgical vasectomy reversal, microsurgical varicocele repair, and microsurgical testicular sperm extraction for non-obstructive azoospermia.

Dr. Coward has special interest and expertise in: male infertility, vasectomy reversals, varicoceles, azoospermia, sperm retrieval, erectile and ejaculatory disorders, and fertility preservation.