Harry H. Hatasaka, MD, Infertility Specialist
RCC's Salt Lake Valley Fertility Clinic
Dr. Hatasaka joined Dr. James S. Heiner and Dr. Keith L. Blauer in providing excellent care to married couples in need of advanced reproductive technology (ART) in 2010.
He has an excellent reputation as a board certified infertility specialist, reproductive endocrinologist and former medical director of the IVF program at the University of Utah from 1994 until 2009.
Born in Honolulu Dr Hatasaka grew up in Palo Alto, California. After graduating from Stanford University in 1979 with a B.S. in biology, in 1979 and he enrolled in medical school at the Medical College of Virginia. While in Virginia the first successful in vitro fertilization procedure in the United States was performed by a husband and wife team (Howard and Georgeanna Jones in 1981). Dr. Hatasaka’s career-long interest in reproductive medicine began when he visited the couple in Norfolk Virginia soon after the first United States IVF baby was born.
Dr. Hatasaka completed his residency at Case Western Reserve University in obstetrics and gynecology where he began assisting in the performance of in vitro fertilization procedures by 1984. He joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve as a general obstetrician gynecologist and was fortunate to begin three total years of subspecialty fellowship training a year later with Dr. Leon Speroff, one of the icons of reproductive medicine. The final two years of Dr. Hatasaka’s fellowship training were completed at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Dr. Hatasaka joined the faculty at the University of Utah in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in 1991. He became the interim Medical Director of the Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine in 1994 and assumed the Medical Directorship in 1997.
While at the University of Utah, Dr. Hatasaka published a number of scientific papers and chapters in the field of reproductive medicine with a focus on anatomical anomalies of the reproductive tract. Clinically he maintained an active infertility practice with an interest and emphasis on the efficient diagnosis of infertility problems and the most cost-effective treatment plans to employ. He also has a special interest in caring for women affected by polycystic ovary syndrome.
Dr. Hatasaka has served on the Practice Committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, a committee charged with developing written guidelines and educational bulletins for the society’s membership which includes an international family of reproductive endocrinologists, embryologists, reproductive nurses and urologists.
While at the University, Dr. Hatasaka gave countless lectures regarding reproductive medicine to medical students, residents and fellows as well as nursing organizations, obstetrician gynecologists, and other reproductive endocrinologists. He was promoted to the rank clinical associate professor. What he cherishes most is his interaction with patients in helping to educate and to find the best solutions for their reproductive dilemmas. He loves giving his undivided attention to patient care at Reproductive Care Center.
Dr. Hatasaka has been married for twenty-seven years to Julia Hatasaka. They have a daughter and a son. He enjoys spectator sports, woodworking, Utah skiing and recently took up fly-fishing.