Our Doctors

Our Doctors

Dr. Anthony Walsh

Dr. Anthony Walsh


Dr Walsh graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in 1980. He is the founder and Managing Director of Sims Clinic which is Ireland's largest private fertility treatment unit. Dr. Walsh lectured at Trinity College, and  lectured medical students from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland at the Sims Institute Training Centre.  He has extensive experience in IVF and has worked in fertility units in Europe, the Middle-East and North America.

His initial training was at the Cromwell Hospital in London with Dr. Sam Abdalla, now medical director of the Lister IVF unit and an international authority on Assisted Conception. He founded Ireland's first independent IVF unit at the Clane Clinic in 1988 and was responsible for Ireland's first IVF baby and first twins from GIFT. He introduced Ireland's first donor sperm IVF programme and co-founded Ireland's’ first donor egg programme with Dr. David Walsh at the Sims Clinic. These programmes have resulted in the birth of Ireland's first IVF babies using donor egg or donor sperm. He has previously served on the editorial committee of Modern Medicine and the Consultant committee of the Irish Medical Organisation.


Dr. David Walsh

Dr. David Walsh


Dr. Walsh graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1983. He is co-founder at the Sims Clinic, Ireland's largest private fertility treatment unit. Dr. Walsh lectured at Trinity College and was a Consultant at St. Francis Hospital, Mullingar. His initial training was in the Rotunda Hospital which was followed by postgraduate experience in Glasgow during which he became a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He completed his thesis in the area of reproductive medicine during this time.

He returned to Ireland in 1991 as lecturer in Trinity College, Dublin and completed specialist training in Ireland in addition to Fellowship training in reproductive surgery at Vanderbilt University in the U.S.A

He trained in IVF with Dr. Sam Abdallah, medical director at the Lister Hospital in London an international authority on Assisted Conception and with Dr Tony Walsh at Dublin City University and Sims International Fertility Clinic. He is published widely and has a special interest in uterine pre-evaluation and embryo transfer. He developed Ireland's first donor egg programme together with Dr. Tony Walsh and has previously served as  an executive member of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


Dr. John Kennedy Medical Director


Dr John Kennedy graduated at University College Dublin in 2000 and is a member of the Royal College of Physicians, Ireland. Prior to joining Sims as a consultant in 2013, Dr Kennedy practised Obstetrics and Gynaecology throughout the Dublin maternity hospitals. He has extensive experience in all aspects of his specialist field and is ideally equipped to counsel patients on both investigations and treatment. Dr Kennedy believes that paying attention to the finer detail at the diagnostic stage of infertility investigations is the key to efficient and successful treatment in the future. He works closely with the Sims Egg Donation co-ordination team and regularly and consistently receives positive feedback from our patients with respect to the compassion and competence he displays towards his patients.


Dr. Lyuda Shkrobot

MD, MSc 

Dr Lyuda Shkrobot graduated from the Vinnitsa State Medical University of Ukraine in 1999 and completed speciality training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2001.

Over the next two years she worked in oncology where she participated in many surgical procedures. She then took a special interest in infertility and completed training in both reproductive endocrinology and pelvic ultrasound. Dr Shkrobot joined the Sims medical team in 2005 where she took up a post in the ultrasonography department and became responsible for the management of trans-vaginal ultrasound scans and ovulation induction protocols. Dr Shkrobot assisted in establishing the first European Donor Egg programme at Sims, coordinating and liaising with Intersono Clinic in Ukraine.


Dr. Florencia Steinvarcel


Florencia graduated with honours in Medicine from the University of Buenos Aires in 2002. Then she went to Spain to complete the Speciality training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona in 2008. During this period she completed the doctorate in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the University of Barcelona.

Over the following years, she worked in obstetrics and gynaecology with special interest in human reproduction and uterine pathology. She was a reference doctor in hysteroscopy. She started her training in IVF in 2008, in one of the main Reproductive Clinics of Barcelona and became the director of the Embryo Donation program as well as a member of the quality team. Florencia understand the complexity of Human Reproduction and empathizes with couples who need to go through this process to make their dream come true.


Dr Maria Arque MD 

Consultant in Reproductive Medicine

Dr Maria Arque, MD, is a medical graduate of University of Barcelona (2009). She completed her Specialty training in Obstetrics and Gyneacology at Hospital de Sant Pau I la Santa Creu in Barcelona, a reference hospital in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She has had special interest for human reproduction since the beginning of her speciality in obstetrics and gynaecology. She has done a clinical observership in Yale University in the US in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility department and in Laparoscopic Surgery and Endometriosis at IRCAD (Prof. Arnaud Wattiez) in Strasbourgh (France).

She started her training in IVF in one of the main Reproductive Clinics of Barcelona and became the director of the Egg Donation program. She completed the Subfertility, Reproductive Endocrinology and Assisted Reproduction Theoretical Course at the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gyneacology in London.

She is currently finishing her thesis at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona about the impact of lifestyle in the outcome of IVF and ICSI. She strongly believes in the holistic approach in the treatment of infertility and the importance of empathy and patient care. 


Dr. Hans Arce

Dr. Hans Arce graduated from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in 2001 in Lima, Peru. In his country he spent most of his professional time in a third level hospital engaged the aid of the disadvantaged and in university programs. He was also involved in multidisciplinary programs in his country and the US. He then went to Barcelona, Spain to carry out his training in obstetrics and gynaecology in Hospital Clinic. He then Joined Instituto Marques where he worked in gynaecology and obstetrics for many years and was the head of the minimally invasive surgery department and infancy gynaecology clinic. He then found great interest in Human Reproduction and started his training in 2008, reaching the position of Medical Director in this renowned Spanish clinic. 

He has a strong belief in evidence based science and the complexities involved in human fertility but acknowledges the upmost importance of empathy and emotional support.