The Best Fertility Specialist in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

Medfem’s Candidate: Dr Johan van Schouwenburg

People looking for a fertility specialist in Sandton often ask us: “Who is the best fertility specialist in South Africa?”.

Before we answer, let’s first define the concepts.

Fertility: the ability to conceive children.

Specialist: a person highly skilled in a particular field; who possess detailed knowledge and/or is involved in the study of this specific field.

In a fertility specialist, then, you are looking for a person who is highly skilled and has detailed knowledge of fertility issues and studies the field of fertility. There are, fortunately, many highly skilled and successful fertility specialists in South Africa, particularly in Sandton and in Johannesburg, the economic hub of the country.

As far as the “best” is concerned, some of the criteria one could consider is whether a fertility specialist is qualified and registered; has extensive experience and an encouraging success rate; is up-to-date with the latest fertility advances and research; has facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and extensive medical support; and takes a supportive, caring approach.

At Medfem Fertility Clinic, we have ample reason to believe that we have four very strong candidates to be the answer to the often-repeated question:

“Who is the best fertility specialist in South Africa?”. They are:



Medfem’s Candidate – Dr Johan van Schouwenburg

Here are our reasons why we believe Dr Johan van Schouwenburg is among the strongest contenders to be the answer to the question “Who is the best fertility specialist in South Africa?”


The right qualifications and credentials are minimum requirements when choosing the best fertility specialist.

Dr van Schouwenburg is a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, registered as Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa.

Listed below are the qualifications Dr van Schouwenburg holds.

  • MB.Ch.B. 1970 (Pretoria)
  • D.A. (FRCS + FRCP) 1974 (London)
  • M.Pharm.Med. 1977 (Pretoria)
  • M.Med.(O+G) 1981 (Stellenbosch) Cum Laude
  • M.C.O.G. (SA) 1981 (Stellenbosch) – Prize for best candidate
  • M.R.C.O.G.1981 (London)
  • M.D. 1984 (Stellenbosch)
  • F.R.C.O.G.1996 (London)


Another important factor to consider when selecting the best among various fertility specialists is their experience.

Along with Professor Kruger, Dr van Schouwenburg performed the first IVF treatment in South Africa at the Tygerberg Hospital in 1983. Since then, he has remained at the forefront of the development of infertility services in South Africa for over 30 years and personally treated many thousands of patients with infertility problems.

In 1983, Dr van Schouwenburg co-established the In Vitro Fertilisation Unit at Tygerberg Hospital and the University of Stellenbosch, and two years later went on to co-establish the In Vitro Fertilisation Unit at Sandton Clinic. Since 1992, Dr van Schouwenburg has been practicing from the purpose-built Medfem Fertility Clinic.

During the more than 30 years of practice at Medfem Fertility Clinic, the team has performed an average of 1,100 IVF treatment cycles a year – that’s experience spanning more than 33,000 IVF cycles!


Give preference to fertility specialists with proven expertise in their field.

Dr van Schouwenburg, one of Medfem Fertility Clinic’s founding members and directors, is nationally and internationally recognised as a pioneer and innovator in the field of infertility treatment. From 1988 to 1996, he was a founding committee member of the Association of Reproductive Biology of SA.

Dr van Schouwenburg’s additional areas of expertise include assisted reproduction technology and minimally invasive surgery. He is responsible for the technical development and management of Medfem Fertility Clinic’s sophisticated In Vitro Fertilisation laboratory including micromanipulation facilities, a biochemistry laboratory, microbiology laboratory, andrology laboratory and sperm bank.

Medfem Fertility Clinic is one of the first institutions in South Africa to have developed a fully comprehensive operating theatre with all the necessary equipment for minimally invasive gynaecological surgery. Dr van Schouwenburg and his partners have had extensive training abroad and are teaching endoscopic surgery on an ongoing basis to visiting gynaecologists.
At Medfem Fertility Clinic, a centre of excellence in research and development (R&D), Dr van Schouwenburg is part of the team developing new procedures and achieving scientific breakthroughs, while receiving international acclaim for the results and insights gleaned from their research.

Dr van Schouwenburg has also presented papers at numerous Congresses and Scientific Meetings, organises and presents courses and has conducted various Clinical Trials.

Success Rate

The success rates achieved by fertility specialists will also provide you with an indication of their skill to help you build a family.

Dr van Schouwenburg and his fellow fertility specialists at Medfem Fertility Clinic achieve among the highest the pregnancy rates in the nation, well above the South African clinical pregnancy rates per embryo transfer for IVF and ICSI.

Dr van Schouwenburg and the entire team at Medfem Fertility Clinic is very proud of their high rate of pregnancies and live births per transfer, and to have assisted in over 16,000 successful pregnancies!


The best fertility specialist can be expected to have access to world-class facilities, advanced equipment, a range of treatment options and a committed and qualified support team of medical and nursing professionals including embryologists, theatre staff and pharmacists, operating from a clinic registered as an accredited IVF (In-vitro Fertilisation) unit with the Southern African Society for Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy (SASREG).

As one of the fertility specialists at Medfem Fertility Clinic, Dr van Schouwenburg has access to purpose-built facilities, with consultation offices, exam rooms, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, a surgical suite and a pharmacy specialising in fertility medicine, all in one convenient location. In addition, he is supported by a highly qualified and experienced team of nursing specialists, embryologists, lab personnel, pharmacists, theatre and support staff, as well as a clinical phycologist specialising in fertility.

Because Medfem Fertility Clinic is an independent practice, it has the capacity to provide patients with cutting-edge technology and medical advancements that smaller clinics are unable to provide, and offers the full spectrum of fertility treatments including in vitro fertilisation (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), assisted hatching, egg and sperm donation, gestational surrogacy, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), as well as more basic fertility procedures such as intrauterine inseminations (IUI).

Supportive, Caring Approach

Fertility treatment can be a challenging journey – medically, emotionally and financially – and the approach your fertility specialist takes to your fertility journey will determine whether you and your fertility specialist will work well together.

As a fertility specialist at Medfem Fertility Clinic, Dr van Schouwenburg shares a commitment to earning the continuing trust and respect of their patients and colleagues. Everyone at Medfem Fertility Clinic is dedicated to your success – from the receptionist, administration and finance team, and the nursing staff to the fertility specialists and embryologists.

This approach is reflected in the individualised treatment plan, tailored to your unique situation, created with you by your Medfem fertility specialist, whether you are new to fertility treatments or have had treatment before or elsewhere. In addition, Medfem’s specialists, nurse practitioners, embryologists and clinical staff hold weekly patient care meetings, during which every patient’s protocol plan is reviewed, providing you with a well-coordinated, well-executed, holistic fertility experience… and some of the best success rates worldwide.

What others say…

It is also helpful to read about the experience of other patients and the feedback they provide about a specialist.

Here are a few comments from patients who are also likely to recommend Dr Johan van Schouwenburg as one of the best fertility specialists in South Africa.

“After 3 years of struggling to conceive, my husband and I met with Dr van Schouwenburg who walked the emotional journey with us for another 2 years, which eventually led to IVF. Today I truly respect and honour each member of the super professional team at Medfem Clinic who played such a significant role in making our dream a blissful reality. Our sweet baby girl was born on 17 Feb 2015. From administration through to the nurses, embryologists and Dr van Schouwenburg, we are forever grateful for your guidance and support. So much compassion, love and care are rarely found elsewhere. Thank you for so many precious moments, being able to hold and cherish our sweet baby girl.” – Elsabé Potgieter?

“We wanted a little miracle of our own more than anything for the longest time, but thought it was an absolute impossibility…then we went to Dr Van Schouwenburg and the Medfem team and they changed our lives forever! After a sometimes emotionally draining journey that most people won’t understand, ups and downs and what seemed like forever… we are now 6 months pregnant and eternally grateful to Dr Van Schouwenburg and the team for our little miracle! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our dream a reality xxx.” – Taryn Finlayson Nicholls?

“We struggled for 3 years with different gyneas and fell pregnant but lost the baby. Then we went to Dr van schouwenburg and in 3 months we were pregnant with a healthy little girl who is now four years old. Thanks so much Dr van Schouwenburg, we can’t imagine our lives without Jenica!” – Diana Van Der Westhuizen?

“This is Hans Victor Kauffmann; turning two in June. When all our dreams where shattered, Dr Van Schouwenburg was there to give hope. I believe Medfem is so successful because people working there enjoy their jobs and help patients not just to make money but because they still care. I love the staff at Medfem day clinic hospital. Beverly and Rosemary always puts a smile on your face. Dr. Van Schouwenburg taught me to focus all my energy on the positive and what I really want. I wanted to heal and I really wanted a sibling for my daughter. My whole family and I are so thankful!” – MadCie Kauffmann

You can read more heart-warming stories here…

Given his qualifications, extensive experience, expertise and success rate; his facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and extensive medical support; and his supportive, caring approach, we believe that Dr Johan van Schouwenburg is among the strongest candidates to be the answer to the question “Who is the best fertility specialist in South Africa?”

We also have three other strong candidates:

Click on the images to discover why we believe each one of these fertility specialists is among the strongest contenders to be the answer to the question “Who is the best fertility specialist in South Africa?”

If you would like to meet one of our fertility specialists at Medfem Fertility Clinic, simply click here to book an initial consultation or contact us telephonically on +27 (11) 463 2244.

We look forward to meeting you!

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