Richard Hackett, MS, HCLD

Richard Hackett, MS | Lab staff

Richard Hackett, MS

Office Locations

Women & Infants Fertility Center

90 Plain Street
Providence, RI 02905

Phone: (401) 441-5336


The thing I like most about what I do is seeing happy new parents and their beautiful babies. Nothing can beat that.

IVF Lab Manager

Board Certified: Yes
Gender: Male

Primary Affilliations:
Women & Infants Hospital

Education: University of Rhode Island


Awards / Recognitions

ELD Certificate from the American Board of Bioanalysis

General prize paper at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)

Part of the development of an artificial ovary, which was selected as one of the top 10 medical inventions of the decade by Time

More than 60 peer-review articles, book chapters and abstracts published

Meet Richard Hackett

Richard Hackett was a biochemist doing research in reproductive medicine when the occasion presented to start a clinic. Knowing it would help patients with infertility, Richard jumped at the opportunity.

Richard Hackett started the IVF laboratory at Women & Infants Hospital in 1986 and has worked there ever since. He performed in vitro fertilization (IVF) for the first “test tube” baby in Rhode Island and has been part of more than 10,000 IVF cycles. Richard has brought many new procedures to the IVF laboratory and has ensured the space is on the leading edge of technology.

His main research interests have been with steroid hormones and oocyte structure, and he has been an author on many abstracts, papers and book chapters. Richard obtained his master’s in biochemistry and biophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

Approach to treatment

Richard is proud to be part of the development of the first and only full-service IVF clinic in Rhode Island, establishing the lab when IVF was still just an emerging science. Richard’s aim is to make certain that in the lab, he and his team of embryologists are doing everything possible to help patients reach their goal of creating a family.

Richard’s greatest strength is listening to patients’ questions and concerns. He is willing to give them as much time as is necessary to walk them through the science, which helps to alleviate worries.

In his spare time, Richard enjoys cycling, reading and traveling.