IVF doctors sued over embryo mix-up continued their lucrative practices despite past lawsuits

IVF doctors sued over embryo mix up continued their lucrative practices


Two doctors whose fertility companies are accused of implanting the wrong embryos in parents both live in multi-million-dollar private gated mansions in Los Angeles.

Despite multiple legal claims against their firms, doctors Eliran Mor and Peyman Saadat have been successful in their fertility practices, which charge up to $23,000 per IVF cycle according to past patients.

Daphna and Alexander Cardinale claim Dr. Mor and Dr. Saadat’s company In VitroTech Inc. mixed up their embryo with another couple’s, causing both mothers to unwittingly bear, birth and raise for over three months each other’s babies before negotiating a swap of the infants.

Fertility clinics, In VitroTech labs, owned by Dr. Peyman Saadat (pictured) and the California Center for Reproductive Health, owned by Dr. Eliran Mor, are at the center of a IVF baby mix up lawsuit

Dr. Eliran Mor

Fertility clinics, In VitroTech labs, owned by Dr. Peyman Saadat (left) and the California Center for Reproductive Health, owned by Dr. Eliran Mor (right) are at the center of a IVF baby mix up lawsuit

Alexander Cardinale, 41 (left), and Daphna Cardinale, 43, (right) filed a lawsuit against California Center for Reproductive Health and In VitroTech labs Monday after they discovered they had been raising someone else's child due to a 'nightmare' IVF mix up

Alexander Cardinale, 41 (left), and Daphna Cardinale, 43, (right) filed a lawsuit against California Center for Reproductive Health and In VitroTech labs Monday after they discovered they had been raising someone else’s child due to a ‘nightmare’ IVF mix up

Sarah Robertson (pictured) sued In VitroTech labs in 2016 claiming doctors lost some of her late husband's sperm and used it on other women without her consent

Sarah Robertson (pictured) sued In VitroTech labs in 2016 claiming doctors lost some of her late husband’s sperm and used it on other women without her consent 

In VitroTech and Dr. Saadat have been sued before over claims of misappropriating embryos, even allegedly covering up bungles and lying to patients.

Yet Mor and Saadat have continued their extremely lucrative practices, one of which raked in an estimated $14.7million in 2018 according to CDC figures and patient bills.

Mor, 52, lives on a private, gated one-acre estate in Beverly Hills worth an estimated $6.1million according to Realtor.com.

The 5,152 sq ft mansion has 4 beds, 5 baths, a wine cellar and second outdoor kitchen.

The architectural house is neighbors with Mark Wahlberg’s mansion in the hills overlooking the city and has skylights in high ceilings and a pool.

Mors is married to Or Shlofman-Mor, 52, who works as an office manager at his clinic, according to her LinkedIn page. 

Originally from Ramat Hasharon in Israel and educated at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine, Mor has spent most of his life in the US.

The Cardinales, who went to Dr. Mor and his California Center for Reproductive Health, claim they did not know he had outsourced their IVF treatment to his other companies including In VitroTech, which Mor runs with Saadat.

Dr. Saadat studied medicine at the University of Southern California and completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a subspecialty Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility there

He lives in Bel Air with his dentist wife, Shoreh

Dr. Saadat studied medicine at the University of Southern California and completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a subspecialty Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility there. He lives in Bel Air with his dentist wife, Shoreh (right) 

Dr. Saadat, 50, lives in a $3.8M mansion in a gated community in Bel Air, according to real estate records

Dr. Saadat, 50, lives in a $3.8M mansion in a gated community in Bel Air, according to real estate records

The fertility specialist lives with his dentist wife Shoreh in a four-bed, five-bath, 4,996 sq ft home

The fertility specialist lives with his dentist wife Shoreh in a four-bed, five-bath, 4,996 sq ft home

Saadat's fertility clinic raked in an estimated $14.7million in 2018 according to CDC figures and patient bills. He and his wife are pictured above with their two children

Saadat’s fertility clinic raked in an estimated $14.7million in 2018 according to CDC figures and patient bills. He and his wife are pictured above with their two children

Dr. Saadat, 50, also lives in a gated community in Bel Air in a 4 bed, 5 bath, 4,996 sq ft home worth $3.8million according to Realtor.com.

He lives there with his LA dentist wife, Shoreh.

Saadat graduated from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles in 1988, then from California State University Northridge in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.

He studied medicine at the University of Southern California and completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a subspecialty Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility there.

The California Medical Board has not taken any disciplinary actions against either doctor.

Dr. Saadat’s website claims he was ‘Voted Top Doctor in 2019 for Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist’.

He was also named ‘America’s Best Physician 2016’ by the National Consumer Advisory Board (NCAB) according to a press release from his office at the time.

However, NCAB appears to be a homeless healthcare organization with no connection to the America’s Best Physician award.

Saadat’s press release links to a site called America’s Best Physicians, which charged $12 per month for a ‘preferred listing’ and told its customers ‘Your award can be extremely impressive if you inform others that you were selected’ according to a 2017 MEL Magazine report.

But when contacted in 2017 the site told the magazine ‘the National Consumer Advisory Board is another organization with a similar name.’

Mor has spent most of his life in the US but is originally from Ramat Hasharon, Israel and educated at Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine

His wife Or Shlofman-Mor, 52, (right) works as an office manager at his clinic, according to her LinkedIn page

Mor has spent most of his life in the US but is originally from Ramat Hasharon, Israel and educated at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine. His wife Or Shlofman-Mor, 52, (right) works as an office manager at his clinic, according to her LinkedIn page

Dr. Mor, 52, lives on a private, gated one-acre estate in Beverly Hills worth an estimated $6.1million,

Dr. Mor, 52, lives on a private, gated one-acre estate in Beverly Hills worth an estimated $6.1million, according to Realtor.com

The 5,152 sq ft mansion has 4 beds, 5 baths, a wine cellar and second outdoor kitchen

The 5,152 sq ft mansion has 4 beds, 5 baths, a wine cellar and second outdoor kitchen

Saadat’s clinic offers In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), egg freezing, egg donation surrogacy and says it supports LGBT families.

A 2013 press release for the opening of his West Hollywood-based Reproductive Fertility Center boasted a ‘brand new, state of the art IVF laboratory, along with our additional locations in Santa Monica, Burbank, Diamond Bar and Riverside’ and claimed ‘the center’s most current pregnancy success rate is 48% across all age groups, compared with the national average rate for clinical pregnancies of approximately 30%.’ 

A TV commercial Saadat created and shared on his YouTube channel also claimed superior success rates. 

On camera, a man with his arm around a woman said: ‘We came to the conclusion that we wanted to be treated by Dr. Saadat. His success rate was one of the highest in the country.’

However, according to the latest 2018 CDC data the clinic, which the CDC combines with Dr. Mor’s California Center For Reproductive Health, it is underperforming the national average.

Saadat advertised his patient success stories in a 2018 commercial (pictured)

Saadat advertised his patient success stories in a 2018 commercial (pictured)

The ad claimed Saadat's success rate 'was one of the highest in the country,' however, CDC data shows his clinic was underperforming the national average

The ad claimed Saadat’s success rate ‘was one of the highest in the country,’ however, CDC data shows his clinic was underperforming the national average

According to the latest 2018 CDC data the clinic, the percentage of 'intended egg retrievals that resulted in live births' at Saadat's and Mor's clinics was 45.3% for women under 35, compared to a national average of 52%

According to the latest 2018 CDC data the clinic, the percentage of ‘intended egg retrievals that resulted in live births’ at Saadat’s and Mor’s clinics was 45.3% for women under 35, compared to a national average of 52%

The percentage of ‘intended egg retrievals that resulted in live births’ at Saadat’s and Mor’s clinics was 45.3% for women under 35, compared to a national average of 52%.

The only age group for which the clinic outperformed was women aged 35 to 37, who had a success rate of 39.2% with Dr. Saadat compared to 38.1% nationally.

CDC data showed Saadat’s clinic performed 638 IVF cycles in 2018. One former patient said cycles can cost $23,000 – which would mean revenue of $14,674,000.

Of the 638 cycles, a total 188 infants were born according to the figures.

Saadat has also created commercials for his center targeting Chinese couples.

‘They were so helpful, and also have staff members that speak Mandarin!’ a couple on camera said in subtitles with Mandarin in the commercial. 



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