Clinical leadership

Virtus' Medical Directors are leaders in Assisted Reproductive Services (ARS) around the world.
Dr Lyndon Hale

Dr Lyndon Hale

Lyndon brings extensive clinical leadership to Virtus Health. Lyndon was the Medical Director of Melbourne IVF Pty Ltd from 2008-January 2021. He is also Director of Reproductive Surgery at The Women’s Hospital, and is on the board of the Fertility Society of Australia. Lyndon is highly regarded for his knowledge and proactive approach and brings extensive experience in assisted reproduction treatments to the care of his patients.

Peter Illingworth

A/Prof Peter Illingworth, Medical Director, Strategic Growth

Peter joined Virtus in May 2006 and since that date, served as Medical Director of IVFAustralia along with providing contracted clinical services to patients. In 2023, Peter transitioned from IVFA's Medical Director into a strategic role to support the growth of Virtus.

Peter is an accredited specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist with over 20 years specialist experience in the area of infertility practice. Peter has an international reputation in the field of reproductive medicine.

Prior to joining Virtus, Peter was Network Director at the Women’s and Children’s Health, Director of Reproductive Medicine at Westmead Hospital and a Clinical Scientist at MRC Reproductive Biology Unit in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Peter is a Conjoint Honorary Associate Professor at Sydney University, a position he has held since 1996.

Dr Frank Quinn

Dr Frank Quinn, Medical Director, NSW and ACT

Dr Frank Quinn was appointed Medical Director of IVFAustralia in 2023. He is an experienced and highly sought after fertility specialist consulting on Sydney’s North Shore. Frank’s fertility expertise puts him at the forefront of the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment. As well as seeing genetics and chromosome assessment (such as Advanced Embryo Selection) as a major breakthrough for improving success rates, he has extensive experience in female, male infertility and fertility preservation.

In particular, Frank is interested in using freezing technique to expand options for women who want to preserve their fertility for medical or social reasons, and he also sees many single women and same sex couples through the IVFAustralia donor program.

Frank works closely with many Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the North Shore, including North Shore Private Hospital, and is highly regarded for his experience and attention to detail.

Having trained initially in obstetrics and gynaecology at St George Hospital, Kogarah, Frank gained international experience in the UK, working in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Returning to Australia, he completed his fellowship and subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI), and a six-month fellowship in male infertility at the Lister Hospital, London.

Frank is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Fleur Cattrall

Dr Fleur Cattrall, Medical Director, Victoria

Fleur commenced her role as Medical Director of Melbourne IVF in January 2021. After obtaining her medical degree from the University of Melbourne in 1996, Fleur completed her residency at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and her specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology at Monash Medical Centre. She then undertook further training at Monash IVF, Melbourne IVF and The Women’s Hospital, and is a recognised subspecialist in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI).

Joining Melbourne IVF in 2006, over the course of her career, Fleur has held clinical responsibility for Melbourne IVF’s PGD programme and she is a subspecialist examiner in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. 

Manuela Toledo

Dr Manuela Toledo, Medical Director, Tasmania

Manuela was appointed Medical Director of TasIVF in July 2021, and is the only female CREI-qualified fertility specialist in Tasmania. 

After graduating from The University of Melbourne and completing residency at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne, Manuela specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2004.

Manuela is interested in all aspects of infertility with a special interest in fertility preservation and complementary medicine in fertility care. She is particularly interested in complex IVF and providing second opinions.

Manuela has enjoyed consulting at both Melbourne IVF and TasIVF and also holds a long standing VMO position at The Women's Hospital in Melbourne, responsible for training future fertility specialists.

Prof Hayden Homer

Professor Hayden Homer, Medical Director Queensland

Professor Hayden Homer commenced as Queensland Medical Director in 2022. He has over 20 years’ experience in Infertility and Gynaecology and is a specialist in Obstetrics & Gynaecology with Royal Colleges in Australia & New Zealand (FRANZCOG) and in the UK (MRCOG). He has the unique distinction of also holding an advanced accreditation in Fertility and Reproductive Surgery in both Australia & New Zealand (CREI) as well as the UK (CCSST). Hayden’s practice focuses on fertility treatment (including miscarriage), gynaecology and minimal access surgery for many conditions including endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, pelvic pain and uterine abnormalities. He has a PhD in fertility research from the UK and holds a Professorship in Reproductive Medicine at the University of Queensland where he directs research aimed at developing innovative technologies for improving ageing egg quality.

Professor Homer combines an extensive clinical track-record with a deep understanding of the basic biology underpinning fertility and infertility, and he firmly believes that it is critical for patients to understand their own unique fertility problems. His treatment philosophy therefore centres on educating patients and taking the time to help his patients understand sometimes complex biological conditions. To allow for this, he favours longer appointment times that facilitate attention to detail, with patience and approachability. For these reasons too, he no longer practices Obstetrics thereby enabling him to devote his undivided attention to fertility and gynaecology patients. Hayden strongly believes that the best chance of pregnancy success comes from highly individualised treatment planning. His breadth of knowledge and fertility experience allow him to design patient-specific programs incorporating the latest developments in the field geared towards maximising success rates.

David Molloy

Dr David Molloy, Director Medical Affairs, Virtus Health

David was appointed as Director Medical Affairs in 2019 to identify and proactively manage Virtus Health's interests within the political, legislative and regulatory environment in which the ARS sector operates in Australia.

Serving as Medical Director of Queensland Fertility Group Pty Ltd in 2004 and providing contracted clinical services to patients of Queensland Fertility Group Pty Ltd since 1986, David has a distinguished resume of achievements, including acting as President of the Australian Medical Association in Queensland, Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery Society Limited and National Association of Specialist Obstetricians and Gynaecologists as well as Chairman of the IVF Directors Group.

David also currently holds the position of Vice Chair of the IVF Directors Group, a position he has held since 2004.

Dr Alex Aldape

Dr Alejandro Aldape, Medical Director, Ireland

Dr Alejandro (Alex) Aldape Arellano was appointed Medical Director, Ireland in April 2023.

Alex has been working in assisted reproduction field for over ten years in several clinics, including clinics across Ireland and Sims IVF Cork  He has a particular interest in low AMH patients, poor IVF responder patients as well as PCOS patients.

He believes in a patient-centred care model where the doctor and patient work together to find the best strategy to achieve pregnancy. He also believes in teamwork and honesty. His patients describe him as a “very down-to-earth doctor”.

Alex studied at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico where he got a medical and gynaecology degree. He then furthered his studies in Barcelona at Vall d’Hebron Hospital by completing a fellowship in Assisted Reproduction and the IVI master’s degree in Human Reproduction.

Abou Cisse

Dr. Aboubakar Cissé, Medical Director, Aagaard Klinik

Dr. Aboubakar Cissé joined Virtus in September 2020 as Medical Director at Aagaard Klinik. Aboubakar is a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. He graduated as a doctor from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania in 1992. He has worked as a fertility specialist since 1997 in several countries. 

In Denmark, he has worked within obstetrics and gynecology and fertility departments at Herlev Hospital, Symbion Research Cnter and Hvidovre Hospital.
He also has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, where he worked as a clinical research director and safety specialist/coordinator.

Kåre Rygaard

Dr Kåre Rygaard, Medical Director, Trianglen Denmark

Kåre is the Medical Director of Trianglen Fertility Clinic in Copenhagen. Partnering with the Virtus Health group in June 2018, Kåre is a specialist in advanced infertility treatment and all procedures related to infertility including IUI, IVF, ICSI and TESA.

Kåre first joined Trianglen Fertility Clinic as an external consultant in 2001. In 2005, he accepted a full-time position at the clinic and in 2012 became the owner of Trianglen.

Kåre studied medicine at the University of Copenhagen, graduating in 1987. Completing his thesis in 1993, Kåre undertook laboratory research on cancer related genes in small cell lung before becoming a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology in 2000. Fascinated by the field of fertility, Kåre obtained further education from the fertility clinics at Rigshospitalet and Herlev Hospital, both of which are part of The Copenhagen University Hospital.

Professor Ying Cheong

Professor Ying Cheong, Medical Director, Complete Fertility

Medical Director and Co-founder Complete Fertility is a Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Southampton, a specialist in Fertility Medicine, laparoscopic and open fertility surgery, endometriosis, recurrent miscarriage, polycystic ovarian disease and adhesions.

Prof Ying is an active researcher, leading the clinical research network for Reproductive Health in Hampshire and Isle of Wight and, lectures around the world disseminating her research as editor and author to over 100 peer-reviewed papers, books and chapters. An educator of Undergraduate and Post-graduate medicine and other related biological sciences she continues to mentor clinicians of the future.  In her daily practice, Prof Ying cares for both private and NHS patients.

Dr Roland Chieng

Dr Roland Chieng, Medical Director, Singapore

As the Founding Medical Director of Virtus Fertility Centre Singapore, Dr Chieng was instrumental in setting up the centre in January 2015, bringing across his expertise and experience to enhance the depth of fertility care in Singapore.

Dr Chieng specialises in male infertility, reproductive microsurgery and fertility preservation. He is highly-regarded in Singapore as a specialist who achieves results, and provides exceptional quality care and service.

He has worked at KK Women's and Children's Hospital and Singapore General Hospital, and also spent some time in Melbourne consulting with Melbourne IVF.