December 30, 1926 – November 17, 2003
Dr. Talbert was a pioneer in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, complex gynecological surgery and in vitro fertilization and is credited with the first successful IVF in North Carolina. He completed his medical degree, internship and residency at the University of Virginia. During his career, Dr. Talbert worked with Dr. Bob Edwards, who was one of the physicians who spearheaded the procedure that led to the 1978 birth of the first IVF baby in the world, Louise Brown. He also was instrumental in forming the medical board for certification in reproductive endocrinology, of which he became the first physician to earn the subspecialty certification.
Dr. Talbert was on the UNC faculty for 34 years and established and directed the in vitro fertilization program for 10 years. Along with Dr. Sameh Toma and Dr. Gerald Mulvaney, he founded the North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine, which was later renamed, The Talbert Fertility Institute. Dr. Talbert has authored numerous books and journal articles and was well known by his colleagues worldwide. He served in a vast number of leadership positions during his professional career that included Director for the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
On November 2, 2003 Dr. Talbert was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Mike Easley for his commitment to women’s health and his service to the state of North Carolina. Dr. Talbert was a tribute to the field of surgery and medicine. He was a staunch advocate for women’s health and a hero to many. He was a teacher…..a mentor…and friend.
We remember Luther M. Talbert with respect, admiration and love.
The Physicians and Staff
North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine
The Talbert Fertility Institute