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The Passing of Dr. Stephen Greenhouse

It is with heavy hearts that we must announce the tragic passing of our colleague, Stephen Greenhouse, M.D. Steve died in an accident on Saturday, July 28. He is survived by his wife Robyn, and his three sons, Ryan, Tyler, and Dylan.

Steve will be remembered at SGF and in the Washington, D.C. medical community by the thousands of lives he touched in both small and large ways. His passion for medicine and for his patients was a driving force behind Steve’s professional life. His patients appreciated his expertise and loved him for his generosity of time and attention during a difficult period in their lives. His SGF family has known him as a kind and humorous leader, who always put the well-being of our patients and our staff first. He was a tireless supporter of our practice culture, demonstrating our commitment to patient care with words and actions. Behind the scenes, Steve helped to manage two of the most demanding aspects of our practice: maintaining a patient-friendly business office and risk management. He always resolved issues in these departments with fairness and grace.

On a personal level, Steve was a dedicated father, husband, son, and brother. He had many friends and was always ready to share a story from the last family bike trip or other vacation, or the latest book he read. Steve was also a quiet, but involved philanthropist, working to advance the causes he and his family valued.

Steve is dearly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and patients. SGF will establish a memorial to Steve that serves our patients into the future.

For those patients under Steve’s care, please know that your treatment is our priority. Our physician team will be reviewing all current treatment cycles and we will make arrangements in the coming days for you to connect with another doctor of your choosing. Your medical care will not be compromised by this tragedy.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 11:30 AM at Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Rd., Rockville, MD, with interment to follow at Garden of Remembrance, Clarksburg, MD.

Donations in his memory may be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

The Shady Grove Fertility Family

34 Comments

  1. Teresa & Chad

    September 8, 2018 - 1:14 pm
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    Dr. Greenhouse was the palliative human component among the biology, science, and medicine that consumed our journey to become parents to our three boys (now 9, 7, & 5). He is fondly woven into the story of our family, as he is for so many others. We send our deepest condolences to his wife and boys, and the entire SGFC during this difficult time.

  2. Ryan Greenhouse

    August 19, 2018 - 3:05 am
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    My dad was the most caring person I will ever meet in my life. He was aways a phone call away when I needed his help for anything, and I know I could count on his words for advice. He was such a great fertility doctor because he loved to help people. His family was the most important part of his life so helping others start a family meant a lot to him. There was never a dull moment with my dad even when I was having a bad day I know I could count on him show me that these moments would end and the good will continue. I have learned a lot about my dad and what he did for Shady Grove Fertility. He was a lot more then a doctor to all of the employees, he was family to everyone he meet. He will be missed a lot from everyone. I will continue to live my life by thinking what would my dad to in this situation. I will never stop loving you dad!

    • Lewis c. Powell

      October 1, 2018 - 7:26 pm
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      Your dad was a very kind man. I always share with my daughter how instrumental your dad was in bring her into this world. My condolences to you, siblings, your mom, and the entire greenhouse family. My wife, and daughter were truly shaken when you heard of his passing.

      The Lewis C. Powell Family

  3. Tulsi

    August 7, 2018 - 4:23 pm
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    I just came to know of Dr.Greenhouse’s passing today. His death feels like a personal loss to me. He helped us expand our family. My son is in our lives because of him. So compassionate, so empathetic and so encouraging. He is the only doctor who responded to my emails anytime of the day. I just saw him less than two weeks ago when he confirmed my second pregnancy and he joked how his patients always wanted to be sick in the 1st trimester.
    Dr.Greenhouse, wherever you may be, I am sure you are creating miracles, spreading generosity and encouraging everyone who have given up hope. I will remember you forever and your memories will live on through my son.

    Hope his family has the courage to overcome this loss.
    Tulsi

  4. Sophie Menzel

    August 6, 2018 - 2:15 am
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    My husband and I were so saddened about the passing of Dr. Greenhouse. He made it possible for our little Chloe, now almost 2 to be in our lives and complete our family. We are so blessed to have met him and our thoughts and prayers go out to the SGF community and his family.

  5. E

    August 3, 2018 - 6:58 pm
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    It took me a while to write this because there are just too many good things to say about Dr. Greenhouse. He literally created my family for me- my biggest dream come true- and I will be forever grateful that he was in my life.

    He helped me for many years, through cycle after cycle of IVF, losses and tears and hope and joy. I was not an easy case, but his quiet confidence and sense of humor made everything so much easier. One of my favorite Dr. Greenhouse memories was after my husband and I finally got some good news. We were so happy and excited and asked Dr. Greenhouse for a hug and he seemed so uncomfortable. I still smile at that awkward memory!

    He is the reason I gave birth to four perfect babies. He was the only person who knew exactly what to say after two of those babies died in my arms- just a simple I’m so sorry, I’m here for you. He gave me hope and he is the reason I’m holding a newborn right now while my toddler is supposed to be napping in the other room. He had the biggest positive impact on my life even though I barely knew him.

    To Dr. Greenhouse’s family, friends and colleagues- I am just so very sorry for your loss. His memory will always live on in all of the families he helped create.

  6. Lori Shandle-Fox

    August 3, 2018 - 3:05 pm
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    So sorry to hear of your loss. I didn’t know Dr. Greenhouse but I see what others have said. A great, caring RE is not just anyone in your life. He or she becomes an integral part of your life as long as it takes you to go through infertility. I know he will be sorely missed by patients and staff alike at Shady Grove.

  7. Joy

    July 31, 2018 - 7:58 pm
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    I was so sad to learn of Dr. Greenhouse’s passing. My husband and I will never forget his compassionate manner and the attention he paid to us as if we were his only patients. We are thankful every day for our almost 15 year old son that Dr. Greenhouse helped us to bring into the world. Our condolences to all of those who worked with him and his family.

  8. AW & JW

    July 31, 2018 - 7:58 pm
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    So saddened and shocked to hear about Dr. Greenhouse, he has helped so many families realize the joy of parenthood my self-included. My wife and I met with Dr. Greenhouse many times through our journey over the course of several years. Dr. Greenhouse always made the one on one connection with us as if we were his only patients and was with us every step of the way through our journey. Every time we met with him he was always kind and gave us nothing but encouragement no matter how busy he was. His personal calls and emails always gave us comfort through our IVF process. He was truly one of a kind, will be sorely missed and will forever be remembered with the birth of our son.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family

    AW & JW

  9. Amina Deen

    July 31, 2018 - 6:56 pm
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    It’s with broken heart to hear this tragic loss of our beloved doctor a man with good sense of humor he is the reason my husband and I become a parents to our son my heart is heavy with his passing .my prayers are with the family and the entire shady Grove family we will missed him.

  10. Jacqueline Gaston

    July 31, 2018 - 5:49 pm
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    My heart breaks for the SGF team and all the patients touched by Dr. Greenhouse’s work. His legacy lives on in all the children that bless this world because of your efforts. We are forever grateful for our 3 miracles. This world is a better place because of his work.

  11. Ed Harris

    July 31, 2018 - 3:58 pm
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    Our deepest and sincere condolences from all of us at Freedom Delivery.

  12. Jen

    July 31, 2018 - 3:21 pm
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    I cannot begin to explain the huge impact Dr. Greenhouse made on our lives and how sad we are to hear this horrible news. Dr Greenhouse was such a caring and wonderful person who helped so many people through very emotional and often difficult times with compassion and immense knowledge. He will be truly missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, I can only imagine that they are just as wonderful as he was. Dr Greenhouse, you will be missed!

  13. Sean Quinn

    July 31, 2018 - 2:08 pm
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    We are forever grateful to Dr. Greenhouse for bringing our treasured 5 year old son into this world. God bless you. My condolences to your family.

  14. Julia Vieweg

    July 31, 2018 - 1:10 pm
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    I am so saddened to hear of Dr. Greenhouse’s passing. He is the reason I was able to become a mother to my beautiful twin boys. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the SGF community.

  15. Heather Shrader

    July 31, 2018 - 12:16 pm
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    I was shocked and saddened to see the news report of Dr. Greenhouse’s passing. He was a part of creating our family, but not in the usual way. I was his patient in 2009-2010. My husband and I had been trying to have a baby for a little over 2 years. I had been a patient at one office, but I was not happy there, so I switched offices. I spoke with one doctor about my situation and he referred me to Dr. Greenhouse. My husband and I had the initial consultation and started the process of testing. I had an HSG in January of 2010. The results came back showing scar tissue, which was confusing because I had never had surgery or anything that would leave scar tissue. Dr. Greenhouse ordered a D&C and hysteroscopy to figure out what was going on. Meanwhile, we were continuing with our treatment. I ordered the medicine and waited for the next step. A few days after my procedure, Dr. Greenhouse called me at work to tell me something did not look quite right with my results and they were sending everything to Johns Hopkins to be reanalyzed. I went on with my life and did not think too much about the phone call. February 11, 2010 (during Snowmageddon), five days before my birthday, Dr. Greenhouse calls me again. My results were back from Hopkins… I had cancer. Dr. Greenhouse was very empathetic and supportive during the phone call. He gave me the name of an oncologist, whom I was to see the next day. After being monitored every 3 months, I was going to be cleared to start infertility treatments in March of 2011. I had an appointment with Dr. Greenhouse in January of 2011 to figure out what the plan was when March came around. The day before my appointment, I took a pregnancy test only because I knew they would ask if I was pregnant and when I last took a test–I was expecting a negative test. Surprise! I was pregnant. I delivered a healthy baby girl September 1, 2011. While Dr. Greenhouse did not get me pregnant, he did quite possibly save my life.

  16. Allison

    July 31, 2018 - 10:29 am
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    Dr. Greenhouse was a wonderful Dr. He was compassionate, down to earth, incredibly smart and funny. These are the reasons we chose him to be our fertility Dr. He helped make my dream of becoming a mother come true. We have 12 year old GBG beautiful and healthy triplets because of his help.. He will be missed dearly! Sending lots of love and prayers to Robin, Ryan, Tyler and Dylan. .

  17. Amanda Zarchin

    July 31, 2018 - 5:01 am
    Reply

    What devastating news. Dr. Greenhouse was an incredible physician who not only was very talented but was humble, compassionate, and had the perfect gentle humor. He gave us two if our children and I will never, ever forget him for that. A huge, huge loss for many and for the entire medical community. Rest peacefully.

  18. Kimberly Fry

    July 31, 2018 - 4:49 am
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    Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dr. Greenhouse’s family, friends and colleagues. He helped give us hope when our bucket felt empty. We are forever grateful for his role in bringing our beautiful babies into this world. He treated us with kindness and was an extremely capable physician.

  19. Amber Fleming

    July 31, 2018 - 4:25 am
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    Dr. Greenhouse was an amazing doctor. I just had my sweet Olivia thanks to his guidance and wonderful care. I squeezed her a little extra hard tonight after hearing of his passing. I could never repay him for his kindess, compassion, and care that he demonstrated during our hard times. I know he is watching over all of the little ones from above. He will and already is, greatly missed. May his family find comfort in knowing all of the good he put in the world and in the great memories they have with him.

  20. Kumar

    July 31, 2018 - 3:03 am
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    Doctor Greenhouse was one of the doctor who did treated us and he was very punctual, medical genius, kind, and jolly person. Helped so many couple in difficult times including us. You will be missed by so many of us. OM SHANTI ! RIP !

  21. Edie Freeman

    July 31, 2018 - 1:48 am
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    I am deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Greenhouse’s passing. I spent many cycles with him for over three years and he helped me through the hardest and best times of my life. My daughter will be 3 in September and she would not be here without his amazing expertise and dedication to helping us expand our family. He will be greatly missed! My deepest condolences to his wife, children and the SGF family.

  22. Migu

    July 31, 2018 - 1:25 am
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    We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Dr Greenhouse. May his soul rest in peace. Dr Greenhouse helped bring much happiness in our lives and my husband and I are ever grateful for that. I will ever regret not going back with our little one to meet him.
    Our deepest condolences to his wife Robyn and his three sons. May you find peace and solace during this hard time.

  23. Stephanie Peterson

    July 31, 2018 - 12:08 am
    Reply

    My husband and I are deeply sadden by this news. Dr Greenhouse was an amazing doctor with a kind soul and generous spirit. Without him we would not have our two boys and we are forever greatful. Our hearts go out to his wife and sons. May he Rest In Peace.
    God bless.
    Stephanie

  24. Robin

    July 30, 2018 - 10:48 pm
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    I just saw the news and am in shock, what a tragic loss. I was under the care of several doctors at SGF years ago, but Dr. Greenhouse was one that even though I only saw once, made a lasting impression. He exzubed kindness and empathy, genuinely cared about his patients. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and all the lives he touched.

  25. Heather Shrader

    July 30, 2018 - 9:36 pm
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    I am deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Greenhouse’s passing. I was one of his patients in 2010. My infertility journey was not the “normal” one. I started seeing Dr. Greenhouse at the end of 2009/beginning of 2010 after switching doctors and being referred to SG. While things started off routine enough, I ended up on a crazy detour. My husband and I went for the initial consultations and such. My initial HSG revealed scar tissue in my uterus, which was somewhat confusing since I had never had surgery or anything that would lead to scar tissue. I was scheduled for a D&C/hysteroscopy. I had the procedure and went on with life. Dr. Greenhouse called me one afternoon at work to tell me that my results did not look quite right and they were sending them to Johns Hopkins to be reanalyzed. Meanwhile, we were preparing to start treatments. I ordered the medications and signed up for injection classes. Five days before my birthday on February 11, 2010 (during Snowmageddon), I received another phone call from Dr. Greenhouse. The results of my biopsy were back from Hopkins; I had uterine cancer. Dr. Greenhouse was very supportive and gave me the name of an oncologist whom I was to see the next day. After the news, he emailed me a few times to check on me. He was very helpful and supportive and took care of cancelling my injection classes. I was fortunate that my cancer was caught early. I was scheduled to go to Dr. Greenhouse in January of 2011 to figure out a plan for infertility treatment when I was cleared by the oncologist in March. The day before I was scheduled to go talk to Dr. Greenhouse I found out I was pregnant. I delivered a healthy baby girl in September of 2011. Dr. Greenhouse didn’t help me become pregnant, but he may have saved my life.

  26. Ashley Bruner-MacDonnell

    July 30, 2018 - 9:21 pm
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    Dr Greenhouse was a wonderful and caring physician who helped make my family complete :) I am so saddened by his loss and will be keeping his family in my thoughts

  27. Kira Elvey

    July 30, 2018 - 9:21 pm
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    Very sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Stephen Greenhouse. He was the man who told me I was pregnant, and did my very first ultrasound to show me. I was so surprised! A fantastic doctor, clearly loved and valued by all of his colleagues at Shady Grove fertility. My children are the loves of my life, and my most precious gifts, Thank you! Sending condolences to his family, and I am very very sorry for your loss.

  28. Jennifer Jackson

    July 30, 2018 - 9:19 pm
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    Dr. Greenhouse was an amazing doctor. We have our three children because of him. I was a very complicated case. He was there at the hospital bedside no matter what time of day. He was kind, compassionate, caring and knowledgeable. Prayers for his family that he spoke about often. Many lives have been changed because of this incredible doctor.

  29. Laura

    July 30, 2018 - 9:09 pm
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    When in doubt if we would ever have children, Dr. Greenhouse never lost hope. He was with us along the long journey and we now have 2 beautiful children. Thank you, Dr. Greenhouse. You will be missed.

  30. Elizabeth

    July 30, 2018 - 7:57 pm
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    This man did so much for so many. My children exist because of him. I am forever grateful for the kindness and genuine care he provided to my husband and me as we cycled. He understood not only the medicine but also the compassion needed for his profession. He will be so missed.

  31. Carolyn Lee

    July 30, 2018 - 7:39 pm
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    Dr. Greenhouse treated me several times. I am grateful for his important role in becoming a mother. My heart breaks for his wife Robyn, and his three sons, Ryan, Tyler, and Dylan. You have my love, prayers and remembrance. Sincerely, Carolyn

  32. B

    July 30, 2018 - 7:01 pm
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    I am so shocked and saddened to hear about Dr. Greenhouse’s death. He was an amazing doctor, and helped bring our 4 year old into the world back in 2013. I hope his family can be comforted by the thought of all the lives he’s touched and brightened through his work, including ours.

  33. Edward Schaeffer

    July 30, 2018 - 4:55 pm
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    A very caring and compassionate man that we will dearly miss. Steve was special, not only because of the what he did, but also because of the special sensitive way in which he did it. Our lives are better because Steve was part of it. Thoughts and prayers to his family as words cannot express how much we regret their loss. We will miss you Steve.

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