H. Randall Craig, MDDr. Craig

Founder and Medical Director of Fertility Treatment Center.
Associate Clinical Professor of Ob/Gyn, University of Arizona.
Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility and Ob/Gyn.

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Dr. Craig has been a regular selection as a “Top Doc” in Phoenix Magazine.

Dr. H. Randall Craig is a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist/Infertility Specialist and OB/Gyn. He earned his medical degree and did his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. His fellowship in Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology was completed at the University of Chicago and the distinguished Michael Reese Hospital.

Dr. Craig began practicing in Phoenix in 1988 and founded the FTC in 1990. A leader in his field, Dr. Craig has developed innovative techniques that have been proven to increase pregnancy success rates. His many articles on infertility and reproductive medicine have been published in professional journals, and he has been featured as a guest on TV and radio programs. He has patented several inventions.

Dr. H. Randall Craig is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Craig is a past President of the Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology Society and also belongs to the following professional organizations:

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
Arizona REI Association
National Regional Representative Advisory Council & Arizona Representative, ASRM
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists
American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
Society for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Accreditation Council for Gynecologic Endoscopy
American Association for the Advancement of Science
The Endocrine Society
American Medical Association

He is married with five children.

“Infertility diagnosis and treatment is what we do. Our entire team is dedicated to helping patients successfully achieve pregnancy.”

What his staff are saying, “Dr. Craig always gives his best effort. Even in the most difficult and complex situations he finds success simply because he works for it! His experience, confidence and sense of hope always reflects in his work and it is very easy for his patients to see this.”

 

From an early age, Dr. Randall Craig was absolutely fascinated with detective mysteries and science fiction. He was naturally curious, extremely gifted in schoolwork, and had a passion for engineering and invention.

Craig scored college level on standardized tests in the fifth grade. At age twelve and against his mothers advice, he converted his bedroom into a laboratory. Foreshadowing his later success in the field of infertility, he built a cryopreservation device to freeze ants and grasshoppers. Then he put them in a home made rocket which applied 30 G’s of force. When the insects came back to earth he thawed them out and the ants walked away. The grasshoppers did not fair so well. After a liquid oxygen fire from one of his experiments, the lab was exiled to a storage shed in the backyard.

While attending high school in Phoenix, he spent his summers working as an EKG technician and organizing informational seminars for other students interested in medicine and engineering.

Dr. Craig was recruited by the country’s top tech universities right out of high school. MIT, Pomona, and Georgia Tech all wanted the young Craig to join their ranks. He chose to attend a top liberal arts college in order to balance out his education. He received his BA degree in physics with minors in anthropology and mathematics, and a broad background in philosophy, literature, economics, history, and Western Civilization from Grinnell College in Iowa.

The classic overachiever, Craig graduated on a full ride scholarship in only three years, then moved to St. Louis to obtain a second BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University.

Craig did a brief stint as a low temperature physicist and loved the science, but the defense weapons industry had little to do with helping people, and that was a driving force for him. He wanted to make a difference in peoples lives, so he applied to medical school. He tested out of college biology and passed the MCAT in the 99th percentile. No pre-med. At the Washington University School of Medicine, he was accepted as one of 120 students from a pool of nearly 9,000 applicants for training in reproductive endocrinology. The field seemed like science fiction to him at the time. Optical laser surgery had just been invented, and the world’s first in vitro fertilization pregnancies had just been realized. The sector was brand new and full of exciting opportunities for creativity and vision.

 

 

Dr. Craig met and fell in love with his wife while they worked “on the front lines of medicine”, the overnight shift at St. Louis County Hospital. Ironically, the couple ended up travelling many parts of the world together and waited too long to start a family. When they felt it was time, they were not able to conceive. They did their own in vitro fertilization procedure, which resulted in twin girls born in 1999 followed by frozen embryo success with three boys in 2008. This gives Dr. Craig a unique perspective as a fertility specialist. He understands his patients journey, and that understanding strengthens his commitment to successfully help build Arizona families.

 

 

Dr. Craig was drawn to the field of reproductive technology for three reasons; the ability to analyze like Sherlock Holmes, the opportunity to work with and invent the most cutting edge technology, and the gift of being able to make the most fundamental impact on peoples lives; helping patients achieve the dream of a healthy family.

After graduating from fellowship, Dr. Craig and his wife moved to Phoenix so he could become the Director of the in vitro fertilization program at AFI. After establishing the success of that program, he founded the Fertility Treatment Center (FTC) in 1990. FTC is the most established and comprehensive board certified reproductive practice in the State of Arizona. As opposed to a standard private practice, the FTC was designed as an academic/research center and became a full medical research institute in 2005.

Dr. Craig was invited to join the teaching faculty at the University of Arizona medical school, and was promoted to Associate Clinical Professor of Ob/Gyn. He is a subspecialty professor in the Phoenix Integrated Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology (PIROG), based at Maricopa County Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and the ASU Research Park. On several occasions, Dr. Craig has won the Teacher of the Year award from medical students and residents. He is very proud of the fact that he has trained, and is training, many of Arizona’s top Ob/Gyn physicians, several of whom now hold prominent leadership positions themselves.

Dr. Craig and his team at FTC publish academic papers on original basic science and clinical research in the top medical journals in the country. He and embryologist Dr. Jun Tao pioneered the Compact Morula Embryo Transfer Procedure, which significantly improved in vitro fertilization success rates, and dramatically improved frozen embryo pregnancy rates. This procedure is now employed by countless infertility specialists from around the world and has given FTC excellent results for frozen embryos.

 

Dr. Craig is still an active inventor and holds several key patents, primarily in industrial medical freezing processes, medical instruments, and microfluidic and genetic array technology ,which he describes as the wave of the future in fertility. He also holds numerous copyrights, including computer software for simultaneous equation analysis of data for radioimmunoassay.

Dr. Craig loves coming to work every day. Not only does he get to investigate and solve mysteries, he is able to design and use some of the most cutting edge technology in medical science today. But his biggest motivator is the ability to have an extremely positive impact on families, and for their future generations to come.