About Emily Barnard, D.O.
Emily Barnard, D.O. , FACOG, earned her doctorate of osteopathic medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, ranking in the top five of her graduating class of 227 students. It was there that Dr. Barnard first experienced the joy of sharing news of a pregnancy with a couple who struggled with infertility and was inspired to pursue reproductive endocrinology.
Dr. Barnard returned to her home state of Minnesota for her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Mayo Clinic. During her residency, Dr. Barnard was awarded the 2016 Mayo International Health Program Scholarship to fund her travels to Kampala, Uganda, for an obstetrics elective. That same year, she earned the 2016 Pfizer President’s Award from the Society for Reproductive Investigation, which was awarded to the 25 most meritorious abstracts submitted by investigators in training to encourage consideration of a research career. Following her distinguished residency, Dr. Barnard completed her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Barnard is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and board eligible in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Her passion for reproductive endocrinology blossomed from the field’s mix of cutting-edge science with a compassionate human touch, and her clinical interests include fertility preservation, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and optimizing pregnancy outcomes after assisted reproduction.
Dr. Barnard holds leadership positions in several professional organizations, including the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. An ardent advocate for those struggling with infertility, Dr. Barnard can be found participating at events with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. She has also traveled across the country presenting on topics including fertility preservation, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids.
Dr. Barnard will begin seeing patients at SGF’s Washington, D.C. – K Street and Towson offices in April 2021. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, trying new recipes, boating, yoga/barre, playing the cello, and cheering on both local and Minnesota sports teams. She resides in Silver Spring, MD, with her husband and son.
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
- Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
Awards & Recognition
- Pfizer President’s Award, Society for Reproductive Investigation
- Mayo International Health Program Scholarship Recipient
- Fellow Scholar, Society of Gynecologic Surgeons
- Interactive Associate of the Year, Fertility and Sterility
- Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- Pacific Coast Reproductive Society
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- Society of Gynecologic Surgeons
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a doctor?
A: I am the first physician in my family, and I was inspired to enter this profession by a mentor I had in high school who was a pediatric intensive care physician. He had the combination of sharp intellect with dedication to his patients. He had the privilege of helping families through their most devastating moments with compassion, and this inspired me to pursue the field of medicine from an early age.
Q: Where did your interest in reproductive endocrinology come from?
A: As a medical student, I did a two-week rotation in reproductive endocrinology after deciding I wanted to go into Obstetrics and Gynecology. During this time, I saw the ultrasound of a couple who got pregnant, and it brought tears to my eyes and inspired me to pursue this career path. I had never heard of the field prior to my experience, but I knew on day one that this was the right field for me.
The mix of cutting-edge science with a very human touch hooked me right away. Breakthroughs in treatment, like in vitro fertilization, offer the possibility of children to many who would not have the opportunity without this technology. Now that I have my own child, I feel an even keener sense of the importance of my work.
Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?
A: I wanted to join SGF because they have a strong reputation for clinical excellence and patient-centered care. While SGF is a private clinic, they also emphasize research to improve patient outcomes and teach the next generation of medical students, residents, and fellows. I appreciate the outreach SGF prioritizes in the community as this is a passion of mine. Finally, SGF feels like a family, and when you and your team enjoy coming to work, it shows!
Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
A: I promise to take the extra minute to listen, support, and be fully present for patients no matter where they are in their journey. I will work diligently to help my patients achieve their goals and will seek answers to every question they have about this ever-evolving field. I will be there to offer a smile or hug of support, condolence, or celebration.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: I am passionate about advocating for my patients, both in the exam room and on Capitol Hill. I do this because my patients inspire me with their strength and perseverance through the challenges of infertility diagnosis and treatment. They deserve access to health care, coverage for fertility treatment, assistance with adoption, and equality with respect to marital status, race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. It is especially inspiring to me when patients of mine not only meet their family-building goals, but become advocates for themselves, taking back some of the power that can be lost during this process.
Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: I am a quiet extrovert, and I love meeting new patients and colleagues. I am a hard worker and always striving to improve myself. Organization makes me happy, and I enjoy planning out my days in advance. I try to find joy in the little things.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: I love to spend time with my family and friends, many of whom live in the Midwest where I grew up. I am passionate about traveling and exploring the United States and abroad, but I have also recently started to make “bucket lists” for a few hours radius from where I live — it is fun to be a tourist in your own city! I also love going out and trying new restaurants, attending a play or orchestra concert, hiking, barre classes, boating, and watching sporting events. My husband and I have spent many years apart during our medical training and with his military commitment, so weekends together with our son are the best.
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WHEN: 4/20/2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHO: Current Patients
*For Maryland, Virginia, D.C., and Pennsylvania residents* Shady Grove Fertility is offering a free virtual support group for individuals or couples in the LGBTQ+ community who are trying to get pregnant using third party reproduction. This group offers a safe and comfortable environment to share stories and resources on the journey to pregnancy and during. This ongoing support group provides you the opportunity to meet and connect with others who are also going through fertility treatment as a way to grow a family.