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Get to Know Shady Grove Fertility’s Dr. Shayne Plosker

Shady Grove Fertility is proud to welcome Dr. Shayne Plosker to the Tampa Bay Medical Team. Dr. Plosker will be seeing patients out of SGF’s Brandon, Florida location and offer a full range of options from basic to advanced fertility treatments.

Shayne M. Plosker, M.D., received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, where he also completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Following residency, he completed his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Plosker has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, book chapters, and review articles in many leading scientific journals, and has been invited to present and consult nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of multiple scientific and teaching awards as well as awards for exemplary patient care, such as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Star Award, News and World Report Top 10% of Doctors Nationwide Distinction 2011-2014, Best Doctors in America in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2017-2018, and Tampa Magazine’s Top Infertility Physician in Tampa Bay 2017 as chosen by his physician peers.

Prior to joining Shady Grove Fertility of Tampa Bay, Dr. Plosker was a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa. While at USF, he served as Division Director of USF IVF and Reproductive Endocrinology, and Medical Director of IVF at Tampa General Hospital from 2006-2019.

Dr. Plosker is an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. His interests include assisted reproductive technologies, pre-implantation genetic testing (PGT), fertility preservation, and international infertility care.

MORE ABOUT DR. SHAYNE PLOSKER

Q: WHY DID YOU BECOME A REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGIST?
A: I was inspired to become a doctor by my parents who encouraged me to become someone who would help people. My uncle also inspired me as he was the first doctor in our family. I was an OB/GYN resident in Canada in the mid-1980s, when IVF was very new. Three of the attending physicians who were training me at that time, Drs. Yuzpe, Brown, and Casper, started IVF at the University of Western Ontario (now Western University) while I was a resident. Their enthusiasm, “can do” attitude, and success were inspirational. I had motivational role models who were pioneering an exciting new treatment during my training.

Q: WHO INSPIRES YOU?
A: I am inspired and kept grounded every day by my wife and daughter.

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES AND WHY DO YOU ENJOY THEM?
A: I love to travel because visiting other parts of the world is magical. I enjoy working out because training at the gym makes me push myself to the limits. My more relaxing hobbies are boating, kayaking, listening to music, and cooking.

Q: WHAT ABOUT SGF MAKES YOU THE MOST PROUD?
A: I am most proud to be a part of SGF because the practice puts compassion and excellent patient care first. SGF is incredibly innovative and has been a leader rather than a follower in all aspects of reproductive care. The practice respects the needs and contributions of its patients and its team members.

Q: DESCRIBE A TIME WHEN YOU WERE INSPIRED BY A PATIENT.
A: I am constantly inspired by patients. One instance that I recall is of a couple who finally conceived twins after years of trying, and then delivered prematurely. The twins did not survive. At that time I was still practicing some obstetrics, covering the residents, and was on call in the hospital when she came in. I was thankful for this even under the terrible circumstances. A few months later the couple returned to continue care, and I was so inspired by their determination after so much heartache. They finally conceived and delivered.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO HELPING PATIENTS WHO ARE STRUGGLING?
A: I strive to make personal connections with my patients beyond their medical needs because they are fellow human beings who are struggling. We all struggle with our personal challenges at times, and I try to be there as a supportive person in addition to being a physician. IVF has become incredibly successful treatment option in its 40 years of existence, but not everyone achieves their goal, and we must take care of everyone. I try to offer alternative directions to patients who are struggling, and sometimes just be there compassionately to share their struggles with them. I don’t give up.

Q: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
A: I am “type A”, energetic, and enthusiastic. At the same time, I am also calm and analytical. I really enjoy interacting with people.

Q: WHAT IS SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT WOULD SURPRISE MOST PEOPLE?
A: I grew up in Kenora, Ontario, a beautiful northern town nestled among lakes, forest, and granite. I bought a 14-foot boat with a 9 ½ hp Johnson with the money I made from my first summer job to putter around the lakes.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shayne Plosker, please call our New Patient Center at 1-877-971-7755 or complete our online form.

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