Shady Grove Fertility (SGF) is proud to welcome Anate Brauer, M.D. to the New York Medical Team. Dr. Brauer will serve as the New York IVF Director and begins seeing new patients at SGF’s flagship New York office located in the heart of Manhattan in November 2019. Dr. Brauer will provide a full range of state-of-the-art in-house diagnostic and treatment options for female and male infertility, elective egg freezing, LGBTQ family building, and fertility preservation prior to cancer treatment.
Dr. Brauer earned her medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine, where she was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Brauer went on to complete her fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility-Weill Cornell Medical College. Prior to joining Shady Grove Fertility, Dr. Brauer was an Assistant Clinical Professor at NYU School of Medicine.
Dr. Brauer has published and presented at numerous national meetings on the topics of optimizing fertility treatments in patients with diminished ovarian reserve, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), or those using a gestational surrogate; fertility preservation; and complementary therapies in infertility. She is especially passionate about helping young patients with cancer build families. This passion led her to serve on the Advisory Board of the Young Survivors Coalition.
She is also a regular contributor on a variety of women’s health topics to local and national media such as Parents, Reader’s Digest, Refinery 29, Woman’s Health Magazine, Byrdie, and Shape, to name a few. For Shape, she serves on their expert Brain Trust.
Dr. Brauer is very active in several medical organizations. She is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Fertility Preservation Special Interest Group, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, and the Westchester OBGYN Society.
Dr. Brauer has expertise in ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization (IVF), egg freezing, pre-implantation genetic testing and third-party reproduction including donor egg, donor sperm, donor embryo, and gestational surrogacy. She applies the latest clinical data, state-of-the-art technology, and extensive clinical experience to optimize pregnancy rates while minimizing patient stress with her supportive approach to care. She is also board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
“From the get-go I felt like Dr. Brauer was the right doctor for me. Her personality made me want to grab a cup of coffee with her yet her brilliance was evident. Dr. Brauer called me personally for my exciting positive pregnancy test and my disappointing news of a chemical pregnancy. Both times she shared in the emotion of the call, super excited for the good news and leaving me with a positive outlook after the bad. I have trusted Dr. Brauer’s game plan implicitly and have complete faith she will get me pregnant. I have and will continue to refer Dr. Brauer to anyone who is looking for a doctor with the total package, great personality and brilliant,” shared a patient.
More about Dr. Anate Brauer
WHY DID YOU BECOME A REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGIST?
Dr. Brauer: I originally went into OB/GYN to practice Gynecologic Oncology. I loved surgery and women’s health, so I thought this specialty would be ideal in marrying my interests. As the intern, I spent much of my time on the GYN-Oncology service taking care of patients who were admitted to the hospital. I got to know them and their families well. I was intimately involved in their care plans. Their successes were my successes. Their failures were my failures. By nature, I am the ultimate optimist, never giving up hope. Sadly, I learned, that sometimes cancer wins. A good oncologist knows when to stop fighting. I could not accept this for my patients.
In my second year of residency, I spent more time in the operating room, often spending days with reproductive endocrinologists who did minimally invasive surgery. One of them invited me to join him in office hours. I loved it. Here is a field where optimism is the key ingredient to success. A field that allows me to mix my love of medicine, surgery, and persistent passion in helping almost anyone walking through the door achieve the most sought after treasure on earth, a family. I still maintain an interest in Oncology. I see young patients diagnosed with cancer often, but now I get to talk to them about the FUTURE and the life and family they will build AFTER cancer.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
Dr. Brauer: Spending time with my husband and our three girls makes me the happiest. Through all my years of training, and now practice, time is limited, so I try to enjoy any time I have with my family. I also love to dance and happened to marry someone who is pretty good at it as well! I also LOVE to cook and enjoy running or spinning for exercise. Exercise has always been the cornerstone of wellbeing for me.
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
Dr. Brauer: My mom and, of course, my patients. Humans have this incredible ability to overcome adversity. I am always inspired by my patients who have been faced with incredible loss and are able to pick themselves up and move on to the next journey. Sometimes I feel that my patients are stronger than I am. They are truly my rocks.
My boulder is my mom. She was born in Poland to survivors of World War II. My mom always looks back on a wonderful upbringing in Poland. She moved her aging parents to Israel when she was in her 20s to go to medical school. In Israel, lectures are in Hebrew and textbooks are in English. My mom did not speak either. She would record the lectures, come home, take care of her parents, translate the lectures with a Polish-Hebrew dictionary, and study. This is how she got through medical school. Until this day, any time I have an important test or interview that I am nervous about she always says, “Well, at least you know the language!” She has inspired me to work hard and take every opportunity I am given.
WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO PATIENTS WHO ARE STRUGGLING?
Dr. Brauer: Listening is the most important place to start. Knowing where you came from is crucial to understanding where you are going. Next is having a plan. Understanding what your options are, the best and worst case scenarios, how to deal with them, and formulating a plan allows us to regain control of our struggle. In my mind, having a plan is very anxiety relieving and is extremely important even early in the journey.
WHAT ABOUT SGF MAKES YOU THE MOST PROUD?
Dr. Brauer: The culture. Everything we do here is based on doing what is best for the patient. This idea is unfortunately getting harder and harder to find as the worlds of business and medicine intersect. Here, we are focused on practicing ethical, evidence-based medicine. This, along with best-in-class treatment options, transparency, and commitment to professionalism is what made me want to join this truly unique organization.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Dr. Brauer: Optimistic, passionate, social, and warm. I am a glass half full kind of gal. I always dream big. I feel strongly about my beliefs and fight for them. And I LOVE people.
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