Dr. Shrivastav started his medical career at the Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, South India. Here, he first obtained his M.B.B.S. degree after which he obtained a Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (DGO) and his M.D. degree. At the same time, Dr. Shrivastav joined the CMC faculty where he was appointed lecturer. Later he went on to become a Junior Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. It was during his time as lecturer where he first developed a passion for teaching and training budding medics. Little did he know, this was just the beginning of his career as an academic.
In 1987, Dr. Shrivastav moved to the United Kingdom where he began a Research Fellowship at the Royal Free Hospital of London. Later that year, he began his training in Fertility Medicine at the Humana Wellington Hospital of London under the tutelage of one of the Fathers of Fertility Medicine – Prof. Ian Craft. This was a turning point in Dr. Shrivastav’s career and from then on he devoted his professional life to helping infertile couple.
In 1990 Dr. Shrivastav returned to CMC, Vellore to teach at the alma mater. He was keen to impart the knowledge and experience he’d gained from London to his juniors. At the time, Fertility Medicine was still very young and the personnel trained in the field was less. In 1990, the Government of Dubai invited Dr. Shrivastav as part of a team to establish U.A.E.’s first ever Fertility Unit in Dubai. And so it was, in 1991 Dr. Shrivastav arrived in Dubai and set up Dubai Gynaecology and Fertility Centre (DGFC) where he served as Deputy Director and Director for the next 13 years.
During his time at DGFC, Dr. Shrivastav reached several wonderful milestones. The centre celebrated the birth of its first IVF babies as early as July 1992 and subsequently, DGFC was responsible for the creation of over 2000 babies during his 12 year stint. Along with his work as a physician, Dr. Shrivastav was actively involved in research. Dr. Shrivastav devised several new techniques and his contributions to the field of Fertility Medicine include pioneering work in Ovarian Hyperstimulation and Surgical Retrieval of Sperm (PESA and TeSA). The first babies born as a result of PESA were born to an Emirati couple from Sharjah, U.A.E. in 1994. Both PESA and TeSA are now routine techniques carried out in fertility units world over. In 2001, Dr. Pankaj Shrivastav was awarded a Fellowship from The Royal College of London in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FRCOG).