About Brianna Schumacher, M.D.
Brianna Schumacher, M.D., earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She then went on to complete a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and a masters in clinical research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Dr. Schumacher has received several honors including a UMass Memorial OB/Gyn Residency Teaching Award, Pacific Coast Reproductive Society Research Scholarship for 2016 Annual Meeting, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2017 Early Pregnancy Special Interest Group Prize Paper.
An advocate for early fertility diagnosis and treatment, as well as egg freezing for women to preserve their fertility for future family building options, Dr. Schumacher was a clinical instructor in gynecology at the University of North Carolina, and has held a variety of leadership roles within the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, New England Fertility Society, Pacific Coast Society, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and American Medical Association.
Dr. Schumacher joined Shady Grove Fertility in 2018 and sees patients in SGF’s Center City – Philadelphia and Chesterbrook, PA locations.
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Massachusetts
- Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, University of North Carolina
Awards & Recognition
- ASRM Early Pregnancy Special Interest Group Prize Paper, 2018
- Pacific Coast Reproductive Society Research Scholarship for 2016 Annual Meeting, 2016
- UMass Memorial Ob/Gyn Residency Teaching Award, 2012, 2013, 2014
- MA-ACOF Annual Meeting and Educational Program Best Oral Research Presentation, 2014
- American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- American Medical Association
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- In-Training Member of Society for Gynecologic Investigation
- New England Fertility Society
- Pacific Coast Reproductive Society
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?
A: Everyone deserves to be a parent and have the family they have always wanted. I went to medical school so I could help people overcome the medical barriers that prevent them from fulfilling this dream. I wake up every morning excited to start each day – so happy that it is likely going to involve helping at least one more person realize their dream of parenthood.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: I am inspired by little people and small things. When my 4 year old says he is a “friend to everyone” and my daughter gives her “blankie” to her younger brother. The person who held the door, wrote a thank you note and paid it forward at the coffee shop – these people inspire me to work harder, love more and take time for those who need it most.
Q: What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?
A: My free time is spent outside looking for tadpoles and chasing water bugs (with my kids). I follow my husband to breweries and hot yoga – and then I drag him to new restaurants and Canada (I’m Canadian) :)). I LOVE the cold and snow storms give me energy. I am an avid tea drinker and warm rain combined with puddle jumping is one of my favorite past times.
Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?
A: I went to medical school because I wanted to look after people. At Shady Grove – every decision comes back to the patient. In almost every difficult situation we ask – what would I want if I were this patient? That’s why I love Shady Grove and it is what makes me so excited to be joining the SGF team.
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
A: An African Safari, taking the kids to Alberta to see their cousins, a Yoga retreat in Greece and experiencing another huge snowstorm on Christmas Day.
Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
A: I let patients know that I am here for them and that they are understood. My first step is to talk to the couple to come up with a plan. In my own life, having a plan helps look toward the future and feel like I know where I’m going. Whether it’s trying again, moving to a different treatment, or deciding that a couple wants to take a break to breathe and reassess – I’m here to help guide them through the process of reaching their goal.
Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: Curious, enthusiastic, and positive. I like making connections with people, finding common ground and making people laugh.
I let patients know that I am here for them and that they are understood. My first step is to talk to the couple to come up with a plan. In my own life, having a plan helps look toward the future and feel like I know where I’m going. Whether it’s trying again, moving to a different treatment, or deciding that a couple wants to take a break to breathe and reassess – I’m here to help guide them through the process of reaching their goal.
“I can not say enough good things about Dr. Schumacher. She made an intimidating topic of infertility very relatable and made sure she took the time to get to know you, explain everything and helped guide you all the way through your process. She pleasantly surprised me how involved she was throughout the whole process. Not only was she on hands, after every procedure or core updates she sent me a personal email or phone call to update me on the status along with words of encouragement. She definitely made you feel that you could get through anything even though at times it may be difficult. If I could stay with her to a live birth I would have loved to. I STRONGLY recommend Dr. Schumacher!”
“I have never experienced such thorough care, and such a kind staff. They were made available to us any hour of the day, 7 days a week. They called to check on us. Their knowledge and ability to put it into terms we could understand was wonderful. Can’t say enough good things about experience at Shady Grove. Dr Schumacher was so personable and optimistic. She was a blessing to work with.”
“Dr. Schumacher is an incredible doctor. With the fertility process being overwhelming and stressful, it helped having a doctor who listened and provided support each step of the way. Dr. Schumacher worked with us in developing and implementing a plan. With each test, procedure, or waiting period her and her team were there every step of the way. Her communication extended from not only the office, but phone calls and emails to see what we needed or to offer support. We highly recommend working with Dr. Schumacher.”
“Just met Dr. Schumacher for the first time and my husband and I were very impressed. She was very reassuring and a great communicator throughout our embryo transfer- constantly letting us know what was happening and ensuring I was comfortable. Thank you, Dr. Schumacher!”
“Dr. Schumacher and her team were wonderful. After a miscarriage, I had even more anxiety than before. My OB suggested Shady Grove Fertility. Dr. Schumacher listened to my concerns and made me feel so much better. Throughout my time with Dr. Schumacher and the team at SGF, I had a lot of questions and anxieties. The team always answered compassionately and without judgement. Thanks to Dr. Schumacher, we are on our way to becoming parents and we couldn’t be more grateful!”
“She is the absolute best! She explains everything, walks you through all of it, clearly is passionate about egg freezing and most of all is so genuinely kind and compassionate – which is so important during a process like this.”
“I couldn’t recommend Dr. Schumacher and her team any more! I felt comfortable with them throughout the entire process. I had a lot of anxiety during everything but all of my questions and concerns were answered with compassion and no judgement.”
“I loved Dr. Schumacher and her friendly staff. On my first visit, she explained all possible options to me clearly based on my unexplained infertility history. She did the right diagnosis and helped me get pregnant within 2 months .The team provided superb medical care as well as genuine personal interest, care till I was transferred to the regular OBGYN. I would highly recommend Dr. Schumacher and her staff to family and friends.”
“Dr. Schumacher is the absolute best. She is knowledgeable, caring and considerate of all our crazy questions and feelings during the IVF process. We are currently pregnant with our baby girl and would recommend her and her staff to anyone.”
“Dr. Schumacher is the ABSOLUTE BEST! When deciding to freeze my eggs and searching for a doctor, I was told the most important thing is to choose someone who makes you feel comfortable and is there for you emotionally. Because of that and her passion for the practice of egg freezing specifically, I went with Dr. Schumacher and I couldn’t be happier with my choice. She understood why I was doing this, what I was going through always took the time to explain. Very highly recommended!”
“I had an excellent experience with Dr. Schumacher! I cannot recommend her enough.”
“Approachable and a good listener. I immediately trusted her with building my family.”
- Lyttle Schumacher B, Jukic AZ, Steiner AZ. Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) as a risk factor for miscarriage in naturally conceived pregnancies. (Accepted January 2018 to Fertil Steril).
- Lyttle Schumacher B, Mersereau JE, Steiner AZ. Cycle day, estrogen level and lead follicle size: Analysis of 27, 790 IVF cycles to determine optimal start criterion for GnRH antagonist. Fertility and Sterility, April 2018; 109(4):633-637.
- Lyttle BM, Grover N, Mesen TB, Steiner AZ, Mersereau JE. Cost Effectiveness of Oocyte Cryopreservation in Cancer Patients Undergoing Treatment with High Risk and Low Risk Gonadotoxic Therapy. Hum Reprod. 2017 Oct 1;32(10):2049-2055.
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