SGF’s Towson team of esteemed medical doctors grows with its newest physician, Dr. Selma Amrane, who will begin seeing patients in mid-November 2020. A proud Maryland native, Dr. Amrane is excited to return to her roots upon completing her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City followed by a 3-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Columbia University Medical Center.
Even as a young girl at the age of 12, Dr. Amrane knew she wanted to live a life focused on bringing new life into the world. Her grandmother was the first female obstetrician in her community at the time when it was uncommon for women to receive a higher education. It was her grandmother’s determination, resilience, and passion for women’s health that inspired her to pursue a similar path. Now, Dr. Amrane is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and board eligible in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
As the latest addition to SGF’s Towson Medical team, Dr. Amrane brings expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, including gynecologic endocrine issues, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), male-factor infertility, and infertility from endometriosis. She has also authored several peer-reviewed publications on topics such as preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) and in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Hear it Here First with Dr. Amrane
Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?
Dr. Amrane: I was inspired to become an OB/GYN starting at age 12. At that time, I began to learn about the incredible journey my grandmother took as the first female obstetrician in her community, which did not typically allow for women to be educated at that time. Her determination, resilience, and passion for women’s health inspired me to want to empower women through medical treatment.
Where did your interest in reproductive endocrinology come from?
Dr. Amrane: My interest in reproductive endocrinology began during medical school. In my fourth year, I did a rotation with an REI in New York, and fell in love with the field. Her closeness to her patients, the rapidly evolving science in the field, and the ultimate supreme happiness of getting patients pregnant drew me to this incredibly rewarding career.
Who inspires you?
Dr. Amrane: I get my daily inspiration from my grandmother, who is now retired. As the first female obstetrician in her community, her dedication to her patients was incredible, despite the large obstacles she faced. I am also inspired and humbled by my patients every day, who are prepared to fight to achieve the family they have always dreamed of, despite the challenges and constraints it may place on their lives.
Describe a time you were inspired by a patient.
Dr. Amrane: I am inspired by my patients every day! The first patient who comes to mind is a Spanish-speaking patient who traveled 2 hours each way to be seen. Unfortunately, she had several treatment failures, but despite this, the language barrier, and her long commute, she always stayed positive and would greet my staff and me with a humungous smile. Her resilience and positivity humbled and inspired me. Ultimately, she became pregnant and continued her positivity through pregnancy!
What about SGF makes you the proudest?
Dr. Amrane: I am most proud of the level of hard work and dedication of each and every team member at SGF. I think this has to do with how passionate each team member is about the extraordinary, noble goal of helping patients’ families grow, and I am proud to be a part of such a passionate group!
What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
Dr. Amrane: I take my time, as I believe that a little bit of extra time and comfort goes a long way. The process of fertility testing and treatment is not easy, and it is normal for patients to struggle. I lend an ear to listen and answer all the questions they may have.
How would you describe your personality?
Dr. Amrane: Caring with a big heart, loyal, and honest. I prefer to share the truth upfront with patients, although it may be difficult to share at times. However, I am a firm believer that only the truth can give us the power to move forward.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Dr. Amrane: I love sharing precious moments with my daughter and husband, and together, we love to experience different cultures by trying new foods and traveling. I also love to dance and bake – I have a real sweet tooth!
What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?
Dr. Amrane: I love to dance because it is an athletic art and a great workout, while producing beautiful movement and allowing for creativity. I also enjoy baking, photography, and time with family.
What is on your bucket list?
Dr. Amrane: Traveling to South Africa, the Sahara Desert, and Patagonia. Becoming fluent in one more language – maybe Portuguese!
What is something about you that would surprise most people?
Dr. Amrane: I lived in New York City for 11 years, and I speak French and Spanish fluently! I’m a native Marylander, and I am so excited to be back in Maryland and helping the people in my community grow their families!
Patients may schedule an appointment with Dr. Amrane at SGF’s Towson location by calling 1-877-761-1967 or submit this brief form.