About Nicole Banks, M.D.
Nicole Banks, M.D., is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, and clinical genetics. After graduating from Harvard University magna cum laude, Dr. Banks earned her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She then pursued her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Georgetown University where she was the recipient of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Resident Award.
Dr. Banks then continued her studies with a research-intensive fellowship in genetics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). During this time, Dr. Banks received the 2013 ASRM Corporate Member Council In-training Travel Award, where she ultimately contributed to four ASRM presentations on topics including intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), structural abnormalities of the Y chromosome, and gene mutations. Dr. Banks then completed a second fellowship at NIH in reproductive endocrinology.
A passionate researcher, Dr. Banks has contributed to medical publications focusing on subjects such as endometriosis and fertility preservation, contraceptive technologies, and the effects of ovarian reserve and early menopause. She is also a member of several professional organizations including the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Banks currently sees patients at SGF Jones Institute in Norfolk, Virginia. In her free time, she enjoys tackling bucket list items like recently hiking to the Old Rag Summit in Shanandoah National Park (rock scramble and all), decorating cakes for friends and family, and spending time with family.
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Georgetown University
- Fellowship: Clinical Genetics and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, National Institutes of Health
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- CREST Scholar Class of 2017-2018
- Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Resident Award, Georgetown University
- Gold Humanism Honor Society Member
- ASRM Corporate Member Council In-training Travel Award
- American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics
- American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?
A: It may sound cliché, but I became a doctor to help people. I find immense joy in helping my patients build their families.
Q: Where did your interest in reproductive endocrinology come from?
A: I have three beautiful children thanks to in vitro fertilization. Combine my personal experience with my love of the science and procedures involved, and reproductive endocrinology was a perfect fit for me.
Q: What about SGF makes you the proudest?
A: SGF puts in the extra effort — through after-hours journal clubs, a robust research program, and sponsorship of REI fellowship programs — to ensure their providers are practicing evidence-based medicine. This translates into optimal care for our patients.
Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
A: For my patients who are struggling, I empower them to ask questions and encourage them to advocate for themselves. I spend time with each of my patients, so that they feel confident knowing that whatever path they choose is the best one for their unique journey.
Q: Who inspires you?
My parents inspire me. They taught me the values of family, hard work, perseverance, sacrifice, and being grateful for the little things in life. In 2018, my mother was My patients inspire me every day. Going through the infertility journey takes a lot of bravery and perseverance, particularly for those patients with a longer path. Their strength inspires me.
Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: I’d describe myself as easy-going, type-A. I am very particular and detail-oriented about a lot of things, but when certain plans don’t work out, I prefer to go with the flow.
Q: What is on your bucket list?
A: I just completed a bucket list item! I hiked to the Old Rag Summit in the Shenandoah National Park, rock scramble and all.
Q: What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?
I love to bake cookies and decorate cakes for friends and family. I find the activity meditative, and it makes me happy when the treats are enjoyed by others.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: I like to spend time with my family, sharing smoked meats that my husband smokes in his Weber, or helping my kids make s’mores over a fire.