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Matthew T.Connell, D.O.

Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Eligible
2005 Technology Pkwy, Building 2
Suite 340
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
205 Granite Run Drive
Suite 350
Lancaster, PA 17601
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Biography

About Matthew T. Connell, D.O.

Matthew T. Connell, D.O., FACOG, earned his doctorate of osteopathic medicine from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He went on to complete his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Missouri and completed his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Connell 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 in the fields of endocrinology, infertility, and reproductive immunology.

Dr. Connell is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and board eligible for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as a member of numerous medical organizations. His clinical interests include all aspects of male and female infertility with specific focus on recurrent pregnancy loss, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), premature ovarian insufficiency, diminished ovarian reserve, endometriosis, and fertility preservation.

Dr. Connell joined SGF in 2020 and sees patients in SGF's Mechanicsburg and Lancaster offices, conveniently located in central Pennsylvania.

Education
  • Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, National Institutes of Health
Awards & Recognition
  • Award for OB/GYN Department Top Score on Annual CREOG exam (2013-2014)
  • Most Outstanding Senior Resident in OB/GYN, University of Missouri-Kansas City (2014)
Professional Organizations
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • The Society of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Q&A

Q & A

Q: Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?

A:

I became interested in women’s health when I was in medical school. I loved delivering babies. When I was in residency, I was exposed to reproductive medicine and I was drawn to the challenge of helping couples achieve such an important life goal.

Q: Who inspires you?

A:

My parents inspire me. They have always taught me to work hard and do the right thing.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A:

I am a big sports fan and enjoy watching. I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy reading books.

Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?

A:

I am proud to work for an organization that puts patients first. The care that is delivered is world class and I know first hand because they helped me have a son.

Q: What is on your bucket list?

A:

I would love to go to Wimbledon to watch tennis, it is my favorite tennis tournament. I love travel and would love to see the Roman Coliseum.

Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?

A:

The first thing I do is listen and understand why they are struggling. I let the patient know that they are not alone in this journey.

Q: How would you describe your personality?

A:

I would describe myself as nice, honest, funny. I am very data driven when it comes to medicine and feel it is best to provide patients with the best evidence.

Q: Describe a time you were inspired by a patient.

A:

There was once a patient who required 6 egg retrievals and was finally able to have a baby. Her perseverance and willingness to do whatever it took to become pregnant was one of the most courageous things I have encountered.

Reviews

Reviews

"He is not only a great doctor but a great person. He really cares for my husband and me."

"It seems like Dr. Connell always has time for his patients. He goes the extra mile to make us feel welcome and to answer all of our questions. He has been especially courteous to me and my current health issues."

"Dr. Connell has been amazing during our infertility journey. He is patient, kind, and knowledgeable. My husband and I love that he knows us and never makes us feel like just another patient. IVF can feel overwhelming and Dr. Connell is always willing to listen and spend time answering questions. I would recommend Dr. Connell to friends and family. Seeking fertility treatment is a huge decision and we are so glad we trusted Dr. Connell."

"My time with Dr. Connell was short - I ended up getting pregnant spontaneously after our first consult with him (after TTC for 20 months). However, he was happy to monitor my pregnancy up to 12 weeks. He took time to listen to my questions/concerns, answer everything, and offer advice. It was a bittersweet moment when he said I was graduating from them and could move on to a regular obgyn! I could tell he genuinely cares and was excited for us. Thank you for helping to make this pregnancy less stressful and more enjoyable!"

"I couldn't ask for a better doctor! He wants to help 110%! Can’t wait for the rest of our journey!"

Publications

Publications

  • Connell MT, Owen C, Segars J. Genetic syndromes and genes involved in the development of the female reproductive tract: a possible role for gene therapy. J Genet Syndr Gene Ther. 2013; 4.
  • Singh P, Connell MT. Primary congenital lymphedema complicated by hydrops fetalis: as case report and review of the literature. Case Rep Obstet Gynecol. 2013; 2013:186173.
  • Connell MT, Szatkowski JM, Terry N, DeCherney AH, Propst AM, Hill MJ.Timing luteal support in ART: a systematic review.Fertil Steril. 2015;103:939-46.
  • Devine K, Connell MT, Richter KS, Ramirez CI, Levens ED, DeCherney AH, Stillman RJ, Widra EA. Single vitrified blastocyst transfer maximizes liveborn children per embryo while minimizing preterm birth. Fertil Steril. 2015;103:1454-60.
  • Ruiz MP, Wallace DL, Connell MT. Transformation of abdominal wall endometriosis to clear cell carcinoma. Case Rep Obstet Gynecol. 2015;2015:123740.
  • Connell MT, DeCherney AH, Hill MJ. Recent advances in the development of transdermal delivery systems for infertility treatment.Res Reports Transderm Drug Deliv.2015;4:1-7.
    • Invited Article
  • Healy MW, Patounakis G, Connell MT, Devine K, DeCherney AH, Levy MJ, Hill MJ.Does a Frozen Embryo Transfer Ameliorate the Effect of Elevated seen in Fresh Transfer Cycles?Fertil Steril. 2016;105:93-99.
  • Connell MT, Patounakis G, Healy MW, DeCherney AH, Devine K, Widra E, Levy MJ, Hill MJ. Is the effect of premature elevated progesterone augmented by hCG versus GnRH agonist trigger? Fertil Steril. 2016;106:584-9.
  • Healy MW, Schexnayder B, Connell MT, Terry N, DeCherney AH, Csokmay JM, Yauger BJ, Hill MJ.Intrauterine adhesion prevention following hysteroscopy: a systematic review and meta-analysis.Amer J Obstet Gynecol. 2016;215:267-75.
    • SRS Prize Paper
  • Lee AM, Connell MT, Csokmay JM, Styer AK. Elective single embryo transfer- the power of one. Contraception and Reproductive Medicine. 2016;1:1-7.
    • Invited Article
  • Connell MT, Sjaarda LA, Radin RG, Kuhr D, Mumford SL, Plowden TC, Silver RM, Schisterman EF. The effects of aspirin in gestation and reproduction (EAGeR) trial: a story of discovery. Semin Reprod Med. 2017;35:357-365.
  • Hill MJ, Connell MT, Patounakis G. Clinical trial registry alone is not adequate: on the perception of possible endpoint switching and P-hacking. Hum Reprod. 2018;33:341-2.
  • Kuhr DL, Sjaarda LA, Alkhalaf Z, Omosigho UR, Connell MT, Silver RM, Kim K, Perkins NJ, Holland TL, Plowden TC, Schisterman EF, Mumford SL. Vitamin D is Associated with Bioavailability of Androgens in Eumenorrheic Women with Prior Pregnancy Loss. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018;218:608.e1-e6.
  • Kim K, Browne RW, Nobles CJ, Radin RG, Holland TL, Omosigho UR, Connell MT, Plowden TC, Wilcox BD, Silver RM, Perkins NJ, Schisterman EF, Nichols CM, Kuhr DL, Sjaarda LA, Mumford SL. Associations Between Preconception Plasma Fatty Acids and Pregnancy Outcomes. Epidemiology.
  • Mumford SL, Browne RW, Kim K, Nichols C, Wilcox B, Silber RM, Connell MT, Holland TL, Kuhr DL, Omosigho UR, Perkins NJ, Radin R, Sjaarda LA, Schisterman EF. Preconception plasma phospholipid fatty acids and fecundability. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2018;103:4501-4510.
  • DeVilbiss EA, Mumford SL, Sjaarda LA, Connell MT, Kim K, Mills JL, Silver RM, Schisterman EF. Preconception folate status and reproductive outcomes among a prospective cohort of folate-replete women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2019;
  • Agrawala S, Sjaarda LA, Omosigho UR, Perkins NJ, Silver RM, Mumford SL, Connell MT, Naimi AI, Halvorson LM, Schisterman EF. Effect of preconception low dose aspirin on pregnancy and live birth according to socioeconomic status: A secondary analysis of a randomized clinical trial. PLoS One. 2019;14:e0200533.
  • Connell MT, Richter KS, Devine K, Hill MJ, DeCherney AH, Doyle JO, Tucker MJ, Levy MJ. Larger oocyte cohorts maximize fresh IVF cycle birth rates and availability of surplus high-quality blastocysts for cryopreservation. Reprod Biomed Online. 2019;38:711-723.
Published Book Chapters:
  • Connell MT. Existing options of contraception.Contraception: Unmet Needs, Existing Options, and New Technologies. Obstetrics and Gynecology Advances. Nova Science Publishers, New York, NY. 2015.
  • Connell MT. Gestational Trophoblastic Disease. Current Diagnosis & Treatment 12 Ed. In Press.
  • Connell MT, DeCherney AH. IVF After the Jones’. In-Vitro Fertilization and Assisted Reproduction: A History. Cambridge Publishing. 2018.
Published Abstracts:
  • Connell MT, Szatkowski JM, Terry N, DeCherney AH, Propst AM, Hill, MJ.Timing luteal support in ART: a systematic review and meta-analysis.Poster abstract of the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.Honolulu, HI.Oct 17-22, 2014.
  • Healy MW, Patounakis G, Connell MT, Devine K, DeCherney AH, Levy M, Hill MJ. Does a Frozen Embryo Transfer Ameliorate the Effect of Elevated Progesterone on the
    • Endometrium seen in Fresh Transfer Cycles: A Paired and Unpaired Analysis.Oral Abstract of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.Baltimore, MD.October 18-21, 2015.
  • Healy MW, Connell MT, Terry N, DeCherney AH, Csokmay JM, Yauger BJ, Hill MJ. Preventative Measures For Intrauterine Adhesions Following Hysteroscopy: A Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis. Poster Abstract of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.Baltimore, MD.October 18-21, 2015.
  • Connell MT, Patounakis G, Healy MW, DeCherney AH, Devine K, Widra E, Levy MJ, Hill MJ. Effect of Elevated Progesterone on the day of Trigger and Pregnancy Outcomes in GnRH Agonist Trigger Cycles. Oral Abstract of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.Baltimore, MD.October 18-21, 2015.
  • Connell MT, Richter KS, Tucker MJ, Graham J, DeCherney AH, Hill MJ, Levy M.Retrieval of larger oocyte cohorts maximizes in vitro fertilization (IVF) birth rates per cycle . Oral abstract of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.Salt Lake City, UT. October 16-19, 2016.
  • Omosigho U, Kim K, Kuhr D, Plowden T, Connell MT, Sjaarda L, Schisterman E, Perkins N, Holland T, Mumford S. Maternal preconception vitamin D and neonatal outcomes. Poster abstract of the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Seattle, WA. June 20-23, 2017.
  • Radin R, Sjaarda L, Yeung E, Mumford S, Silver R, Kim K, Connell MT, Perkins N, Schisterman E. Adiposity, fecundability, and anovulation among women with prior pregnancy loss. Poster abstract of the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Seattle, WA. June 20-23, 2017.
  • Mumford SL, Browne RW, Sjaarda LA, Connell MT, Omosigho UR, Silver RM, Perkins NJ, Holland T, Schisterman EF. Preconception plasma fatty acids and fecundability. Oral abstract of the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Seattle, WA. June 20-23, 2017.
  • Kim K, Browne RW, Radin RG, Holland TL, Plowden TC, Connell MT, Omosigho UR, Sjaarda LA, Schisterman EF, Silver RM, Perkins NJ, Mumford SL. Preconception plasma phospholipid fatty acids and pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and live birth. Poster abstract of the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Seattle, WA. June 20-23, 2017.
  • Connell MT, Plowden TC, Kim K, Holland TL, Sjaarda LA, Pollock A, White M, Mumford SL. Association of environmental work exposures and time to pregnancy. Poster abstract of the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Seattle, WA. June 20-23, 2017.
  • Kim K, Silver R, Pugh S, Nobles C, Connell MT, Plowden T, Browne R, Sjaarda L, Schisterman E, Perkins N, Mumford S. Associations between fat-soluble micronutrients before and during pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes. Poster abstract of the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research. Seattle, WA. June 19-20, 2017.
  • Nichols CM, Kim K, Connell MT, Schisterman EF, Perkins NJ, Sjaarda LA, Silver RM, Kuhr DL, Mumford SL. Plasma phospholipid fatty acids in association with premenstrual syndrome. Poster abstract for Obesity Week. Washington, D.C. October 30-November 2, 2017.
  • Connell MT, Csokmay JM, Yamasaki MU, Dolitsky S, Healy MW, DeCherney A, Hill MJ. Progesterone on the day of trigger and obstetric outcomes. Poster abstract of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.San Antonio, TX. October 28-November 1, 2017.
  • Connell MT, Csokmay JM, Christy AY, Eubanks AA, DeCherney A, Devine K, Levens E, Hill MJ. Embryo-endometrial crosstalk: is transferring a poor quality embryo with a high grade blastocyst detrimental? Poster abstract of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.San Antonio, TX. October 28-November 1, 2017.
  • Plowden TC, Connell MT, Mendola P, Kim K, Nobles C, Wilcox BD, Kuhr DL, Silver RM, Schisterman E, Mumford SL. Association of a family history of autoimmune disease with time to pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and live birth rate. Oral abstract of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.San Antonio, TX. October 28-November 1, 2017.
  • Mumford SL, Kim K, Browne RW, Sjaarda L, Connell MT, Wilcox B, Omosigho U, Kuhr DL, Silver RM, Perkins NJ, Holland T, Schisterman E. Plasma fatty acids and ovulation. Poster abstract of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.San Antonio, TX. October 28-November 1, 2017.
  • Plowden TC, Zolton JR, Radin R, Sjaarda L, Kim K, Connell MT, DeCherney A, Perkins NJ, Whitcomb BW, Silver RM, Schisterman E, Mumford SL. Exposure of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana exposure and time to pregnancy. Oral abstract of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.San Antonio, TX. October 28-November 1, 2017.
  • Connell MT, Kim K, Plowden TC, Sjaarda LA, Perkins NJ, Nobles CN, DeCherney AH, Mumford SL, Schisterman EF. Preconception Uric Acid is Associated with a Decrease in Live Birth, and Increase in Pregnancy Loss, and an Increase in Preterm Birth. Poster abstract for Society for Reproductive Investigation. San Diego, CA. March 7-10, 2018.
  • Nobles CH, Mendola P, Mumford SL, Silver RM, Kim K, Connell MT, Sjaarda LA, Perkins NJ, Schisterman EF. Preconception blood pressure levels and vascular-related pregnancy complications. Poster abstract for Society for Epidemiologic Research. Baltimore, MD. June 19-22, 2018.
  • Kim K, Buck Louis GM, Sundaram R, Schisterman EF, Connell MT, Nobles CJ, Levine LD, DeVilbiss E, Holland TL, Mumford SL. Associations between urinary phytoestrogens and pregnancy loss and live birth. Poster abstract for Society for Epidemiologic Research. Baltimore, MD. June 19-22, 2018.
  • Levine L, Kim K, Buck Louis G Sundaram R, Schisterman EF, Connell MT, DeVilbiss E, Rahman M, Mumford SL. Urinary phytoestrogens and menstrual cycle length. Poster abstract for Society for Epidemiologic Research. Baltimore, MD. June 19-22, 2018.
  • DeVilbiss EA, Mumford S, Sjaarda L, Connell MT, Rafique S, Plowden TC, Silver R, Schisterman E. First trimester low fetal heart rate and small crown-rump length, but not subchorionic hemorrhage or yolk sac diameter, predict pregnancy loss among women with history of pregnancy loss. Poster abstract for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Denver, CO. October 7-10, 2018.
  • Evans MB, Richter KS, Connell MT, Widra EA, Healy MW, Stillman R, Devine K, DeCherney AH, Hill MJ. Mature follicle count and multiple gestation risk baed on patient age in ovulation induction-intrauterine insemination (OI-IUI) cycles. Oral abstract for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Denver, CO. October 7-10, 2018.
  • Sjaarda L, Mumford S, Connell MT, Kim K, Hill MJ, Perkins N, Silver R, Schisterman E. Increased androgen, anti-mullerian hormone and neonatal outcomes in fertile women without PCOS. Oral abstract for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Denver, CO. October 7-10, 2018.

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