Fertility care in the City of Motherly Love has expanded with Dr. Anne Hutchinson, the newest fertility specialist to join SGF’s Philadelphia medical team. Easygoing, enthusiastic, and committed, Dr. Hutchinson is now scheduling new patient appointments at the Center City office.
Even from a young age, Dr. Hutchinson’s fascination with the power of the human body drove her to pursue a career in medicine. She is drawn to reproductive endocrinology not only for its cutting-edge care backed by science, but also for the opportunities it offers to form meaningful and lasting relationships with patients.
Dr. Hutchinson jumpstarted her medical education in Philadelphia at Thomas Jefferson University. It was during this time that her interest in women’s health and reproduction peaked, guiding her to seek board certification in obstetrics and gynecology and become board eligible in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
She then completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she was awarded best abstract in the category of reproductive medicine by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL). Dr. Hutchinson then fulfilled her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. She has since brought her career full circle by returning to Philadelphia to provide fertility care at SGF.
Dr. Hutchinson has presented on topics ranging from age and fertility to fertility preservation, social factors of family building for women, and more. A bookworm at heart, Dr. Hutchinson has also contributed to medical publications focusing on subjects such as in vitro fertilization, preimplantation genetic testing, ovarian stimulation, and female cancers.
Whether she is helping patients fulfill their dreams of having a baby or playing in a pick-up soccer game, Dr. Hutchinson works hard for her teammates both on and off the field.
Get to Know Dr. Anne Hutchinson
Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?
Dr. Hutchinson: During high school, I had the opportunity to shadow one of my friend’s fathers who was a plastic surgeon at the time. That opportunity gave me my first window into medicine. He loved what he did, and his passion for medicine shined brightly — he had found his calling by helping his patients through surgery. I remember feeling so inspired by the love and trust that his patients had for him and the meaningful contributions that he was able to make in their lives. By the end of my time with him, I felt fulfilled (and somewhat exhausted), but I had no doubt that medicine was the right choice for me.
Where did your interest in reproductive endocrinology come from?
Dr. Hutchinson: Throughout medical school, I found that there was so much about my own health and physiology that I had not understood. The more that I learned, the more interested I became. I am a huge advocate for patient education, particularly in the realm of women’s health and reproduction. Women should be armed with the knowledge of their own anatomy and physiology to be able to make the most informed decisions possible about their bodies and treatments.
Describe a time you were inspired by a patient.
Dr. Hutchinson: I remember one patient who had undergone an emergency cesarean hysterectomy during the delivery of her first baby. The baby needed to spend time in the NICU, and the patient worked tirelessly to maintain breastfeeding.
Knowing that she wouldn’t be able to physically carry future children, she planned to undergo IVF to make embryos for a future gestational carrier. However, she wanted to share the bond of breastfeeding with her future baby, so she continued to pump for 2 years after completely weaning her firstborn. That way, she would have a large enough milk supply after the arrival of her second child via gestational surrogacy.
It stuck with me that this patient pumped every single day for years to help enrich the life and bond of her future child — a daily sacrifice that she happily took on. I’ve worked with many inspirational patients, but her story is a reminder that growing families is something that patients think about every day and I would move mountains to help improve their outcomes.
What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
Dr. Hutchinson: First, to listen. Patients have been through so much by the time they seek help, and everyone needs to be heard and have their feelings affirmed. Not everyone has a strong support system that they can confide in, and for those who do, they may still need to vent. I see this as a super important part of fertility care.
In every other aspect of life, if you want something enough and take all the necessary steps, oftentimes, you will achieve it. Unfortunately, that is not always the case with fertility, and that can be a difficult reality to process. I take every opportunity to meet my patients where they are and partner with them, so they feel supported, validated, and not alone. When they are ready, we can work through the next steps together.
What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?
Dr. Hutchinson: Recently, I have fancied myself an amateur interior designer. I just moved into a new home and am loving colors, textures, and imagining new plans for the space. This has just been a great new artistic outlet for me. It lets me exercise my abstract thinking to create a space that I love!
Begin your fertility journey with Dr. Hutchinson in Philadelphia by calling the SGF New Patient Center at 877-916-4244 or complete this brief form.