Douglas M Saunders, MD is Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sydney University, Australia. After graduating from Sydney University, he trained in general OB/GYN at Royal North Shore Hospital of Sydney, and later was a Research Fellow in reproductive endocrinology at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical College.
He then pursued an academic career and before ceasing active clinical practice was Professor and Head of the Department of OB/GYN at Sydney University, and was recognized as a sub-specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College.
His interest in infertility led him into setting up in-vitro fertilization (IVF) at the Hospital and his team achieved its first baby in 1982. He is a Past-President of the Fertility Society of Australia, and was for many years Chair of its Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee, which is responsible for inspecting and reviewing all the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Clinics in Australia and New Zealand. Under the Australian system of funding via a national universal insurance scheme, funding is given to patients only at RTAC accredited Units, and is an example of industry self-regulation.
He has also carried out similar inspections in Clinics in Japan.
His current research involves the ongoing relationship of ART couples with their children compared with control couples, with a particular focus on parental age.
He teaches infertility at Sydney University and legal and ethical issues in the Master's Course in Reproductive Medicine and Human Genetics. He is on the Institutional Ethics Committee of IVF Australia, which a company providing ART services for over 7,000 couples /year over many sites in the state.