Our Doctors

Our Doctors


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.