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Surgical Director & Partner

Dr. Spencer Richlin

Spencer S. Richlin, MD, is a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist with extensive reproductive surgical experience. He is a partner at Illume Fertility, where he also serves as Surgical Director.

Fertility preservation and helping people make informed decisions about their reproductive timeline is an area of passion for Dr. Richlin.

"Women may not feel quite ready for family building at this stage in their life, but that doesn't mean they can't still take action right now," he explains. "Their eggs will never be better than they are today – and that's why we encourage freezing so there are options when they need them."


“Performing their first pregnancy ultrasound and watching patients hear their baby’s heartbeat for the first time never gets old. I always peek over to see their reaction. It makes me happy that all the work we’ve done together at Illume Fertility has culminated in this great moment: the beginning of their future."

Get to Know Dr. Richlin

Dr. Richlin is passionate about educating patients regarding fertility preservation, especially those who have received a cancer diagnosis.

"With cancer, it is an entirely different motivation. We can provide an opportunity to a patient undergoing chemotherapy to retrieve eggs and create embryos or freeze their eggs," he says. "As they heal, they know those eggs and embryos are there for them when they're ready – giving them hope, energy, and purpose for the future".

More About Dr. Richlin

Dr. Richlin is known for his enthusiastic and deeply compassionate demeanor. He learned early on in his career that being an excellent doctor and surgeon did not mean giving up empathy and kindness – a belief that is apparent in all his patient interactions.

He feels strongly about passing this learning on to the next generation of medical providers and continues his legacy of compassion by training the OB/GYN residents from Stamford Hospital and providing mentored clinical experience to students at Quinnipiac University Medical School.

“I look at infertility as a puzzle we need to solve. When I help my patients solve this frustrating puzzle and achieve their goals – it’s a complete joy."

Advocacy & Involvement

Furthering his mission of giving back to the community, Dr. Richlin also focuses on advocacy in the field of fertility. He has been a regular attendee of RESOLVE's National Advocacy Day where he speaks to state representatives, sharing his experience with and conviction for Connecticut's state mandate and insurance coverage for fertility treatment.

Dr. Richlin is an invited writing member for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology PROLOG Seventh Edition for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. This program is a well-respected study tool for residents as well as a reference for those currently in practice and interested in staying informed of clinical data and information relevant to the obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive endocrinology fields. 

In addition, Dr. Richlin hosts his own podcast, Fertility Now, which tackles fertility-related issues with weekly expert guests! 

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patient testimonials

"Dr. Richlin is wonderful. He really takes the time to talk you through your progress and is always positive about ongoing treatments."

"We came to Dr. Richlin with very little hope. He took us through the whole process step by step and gave us encouragement the whole way! Him and his team are exceptional, caring and understanding. We highly recommend Illume Fertility!"

"I cannot say enough about how wonderful, considerate and responsive Dr. Richlin and his team were in helping me through this process."

Education and Honors

  • The University of California at Berkeley, BS
  • University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine
  • The Stamford Hospital/Columbia University Residency Program, OB/GYN
  • Emory University School of Medicine, Fellowship in REI
  • US News Top Doctor
  • Castle Connolly NY Metro and Fairfield County Top Doctor
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology National Faculty Award

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