About Selma, M.D.
Selma Amrane, M.D., is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and board eligible in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, including gynecologic endocrine issues, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, as well as male factor infertility and infertility resulting from endometriosis. She has authored several peer-reviewed publications in topics such as preimplantation genetic testing and in vitro fertilization.
Dr. Amrane earned her medical degree from University of Maryland, School of Medicine. After finishing her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, she completed a 3-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Columbia University Medical Center.
Dr. Amrane has received several honors, including the Lewis Harriman Douglass Award for Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Diversity Scholarship while in medical school. In residency, she was recognized with the Distinguished House Staff Award and with medical student teaching awards.
Dr. Amrane has been an advocate for patient access to fertility treatment and has participated in lobbying on Capitol Hill with organizations such as RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). She has also presented her research on multiple gestation and in vitro fertilization at several national meetings.
A Maryland native, Dr. Amrane is excited and honored to care for patients from her home state to achieve the goal of growing their families. She is fluent in French and Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, dancing, and spending time with family.
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center
- Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, New York Presbyterian – Columbia University Medical Center
Awards & Recognition
- Medical Student Teaching Award, 2016-2017
- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Beta Chapter, University of Maryland School of Medicine
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
- American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- American Medical Association
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?
A: I was inspired to become an OB/GYN starting at age twelve. 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.
Q: Where did your interest in reproductive endocrinology come from?
A: 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.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: 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!
Q: Who inspires you?
A: 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.
Q: Describe a time you were inspired by a patient.
A: 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, always stayed positive and would greet my staff and I with a humungous smile. Her resilience and positivity humbled and inspired me. Ultimately, she became pregnant and continued her positivity through pregnancy!
Q: What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?
A: 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.
Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?
A: 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!
Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
A: 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.
Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: 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.
Q: What is something about you that would surprise most people?
A: 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!
“The absolute best! Dr. Amrane is so caring and considerate!”