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MonicaBest, M.D.

Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Biography

About Monica w. Best, M.D.

M

onica W. Best, M.D., completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Best earned her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Michigan where she graduated with honors and with multiple academic awards to her credit. She is a native of St. Louis and returned to Missouri for medical school where she was awarded a full academic scholarship to attend the University of Missouri School of Medicine.It was during medical school that Dr. Best became interested in research in reproductive medicine.

Dr. Best completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago School of Medicine. During residency, Dr. Best realized her love of teaching residents and medical students. She was elected and served as the Chief Academic Resident of her residency class. Dr. Best went on to receive excellent training in basic reproductive endocrinology, ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization, and minimally invasive surgery during her fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Best was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship where she researched and later published work on the novel rapid non-genomic actions of sex steroids at the University of Pisa in Pisa, Italy. She has published in peer reviewed journals, authored book chapters, and presented her research nationally. She is a member of numerous medical societies to include the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Education
  • Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago Hospitals
  • Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Emory University
Awards & Recognition
  • Golden Apple Teaching Award, University of Chicago School of Medicine, December 2017
  • University of Missouri School of Medicine Outstanding Endocrinology Student, May 2006
  • Fulbright Scholar, Pisa, Italy, July 2004-April 2005
  • Dr. J.C. Parrish Medical Scholarship, August 2005-August 2006
  • University of Missouri School of Medicine Academic Scholarship, August 2001-May 2006
  • Dr. Norman Slusher Award (International Scholarship), July 2004
professional organizations
  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Atlanta Medical Association
  • Georgia State Medical Association

Q&A

Q & A

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

A:

For as long as I can remember, I have always been intrigued by the science of reproduction. I knew I wanted to go into women’s health from a very early age. I had a very personal experience with a close family member who struggled with infertility and pregnancy loss which spurred my decision to become an infertility specialist. Through this life-altering experience, I became passionate about building the skills, medical knowledge, and embodying the compassion necessary to help women like my cousin overcome challenges to conceiving in order to have the family they desire and deserve.

My own struggle with infertility renewed my life’s passion to become a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility specialist. My passion has never wavered and is confirmed on a daily basis in the very special relationships I develop with my patients in their infertility journeys.

Q: Who inspires you?

A:

My mom inspires me. She is truly a beautiful person inside and out who displays love and compassion in some of the toughest situations. She has inspired me to live a life in which I’m mindful of the obligation we all have to give back to others not only of our time and talents, but to do so with kindness and empathy as our guiding principle.

Q: What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?

A:

I enjoy traveling abroad and experiencing other cultures. I also cherish the time I have to spend with family, friends, my husband, and precious daughter. I could be doing just about anything as long as I’m surrounded by family. I enjoy taking my daughter to places like The Georgia Aquarium and the Tellus Museum (a Smithsonian Institute of natural history and science) because she shares my love of nature and science.

Q: What is something about you that would surprise most people?

A:

I was chosen to be a “Little Sister” to Miss USA in the 1983 Miss Universe Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri when I was 6 years old. I participated in Miss Universe marketing events. I walked on stage alongside Miss USA while millions of people watched this televised event.

Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?

A:

I am so incredibly proud of the emphasis that SGF puts on the quality patient care and helping couples achieve their dreams of having a family. SGF physicians pride themselves in evidence-based phenomenal infertility care. I’m honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of SGF physicians and affiliated clinics throughout the nation and the world.

Q: What's on your bucket list?

A:

I would love to be able to travel the world with those I love.

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

A:

I am inspired by patients every single day! Infertility is one of the hardest challenges some couples will experience in their lifetime. Given the magnitude of the physical and emotional struggles many couples face to have a child, the strength of the human spirit is evident. I have the opportunity to experience the intense ability of patients and couples to love whether they are welcoming a child born through the use of donor egg or donor embryo when they never considered this option prior to experiencing infertility, or the birth of a healthy child after having 7 prior miscarriages. Whatever the journey entails, I am blessed to be involved in the success of overcoming infertility and the joy that comes with the birth of a child.

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

A:

My approach to helping patients with infertility is to be as detail-oriented as possible in order to ascertain all challenges to infertility which may be physiologic, emotional, or both. Having experienced the turmoil associated with my own infertility, I really put myself in the shoes of my patients. I offer patients the best cutting-edge, science-based infertility treatment. Most importantly, I’ve never lost sight of how important it is to be compassionate throughout the journey of infertility treatment.

Q: How would you describe your personality?

A:

I’m outgoing, sensitive, and loyal. I’m very persistent and not afraid of hard work. I’m passionate about those things I believe in. Whatever causes I hold dear will be followed through to the end.

Reviews

Reviews

"My wife and I have been trying to conceive for over 5 years. After 2 failed attempts with IVF, I felt highly discouraged and was giving up hope. We had tried the first couple times at another fertility clinic. After a recommendation from a close family friend, we decided to have a consultation with Dr. Best. I went into the consultation very skeptical. The previous fertility clinic we tried were very unprofessional and was only concerned with taking our money. Dr. Best and her entire staff was the complete opposite. They all were very caring and extremely helpful with any questions we had. Dr. Best and her staff did not treat us like just another patient and a number. They pretty much treated us like a member of their own family. After 5 years and 2 failed IVF attempts at another clinic, we now have a healthy and beautiful baby girl. We are so blessed that God had led us to Dr. Best. I cannot guarantee results but what I can guarantee is that you will receive nothing but caring professionalism from Dr. Best and her staff. If you are going through infertility, do not give up and get a consultation from Dr. Best. She truly lives up to her name. She is the "BEST"."

"Dr. Best was so amazing to work with. She was very helpful and knowledgeable and helped put our minds at ease. We were able to get pregnant on our first attempt and anytime I had questions or concerns, she was able to answer them and put my mind at ease. We truly enjoyed her positive attitude and look forward to working with her again in the future."

"I’ve never felt more comfortable with a doctor. I trust Dr. Best because she knows what it’s like to have infertility problems and I know she’s going to help us start a family! She’s very patient and answers all questions and I always leave understanding what our next step is."

"Dr. Best is amazing. Probably the most brilliant doctor I know. Very friendly and warm."

"The best doctor ever!! My IVF was a success on the first try. I had a 20% chance and she stuck by me now I'm 35 weeks pregnant. She is a great person all around. Truly a blessing!!!"

"Dr. Best makes sure she takes time with each patient. She even has a sketch pad that she illustrates exactly what the fertility issues are. It was nice for my husband and I to see from her perspective why we were experiencing infertility and would need IVF."

Publications

Publications

Best MW et al. A role for retinoids in human oocyte fertilization: regulation of connexin 43 by retinoic acid in cumulus granulosa cells. Mol Hum Reprod 2015 Jun;21(6):527-34.

Sarah Berga with Monica Willis. Faculty of 1000 Medicine Review. Evaluated 22 Feb 2012. McKnight KK, Nodler JL, Cooper JJ Jr, Chapman VR, Cliver SP, Bates GW Jr.Body mass index-associated differences in response to ovulation induction with letrazole. Fertil Steril. 2011 Nov; 96(5):1206-8.

Sarah Berga with Monica Willis, Faculty of 1000 Medicine Review.Evaluated 14 Jan 2011. Antral follicle count in clinical practice: analyzing clinical relevance. Hsu A, Arny M, Knee AB, Bell C, Cook E, Novak AL, Grow DR. Fertil Steril. 2011 Feb; 95(2):474-9.

Willis MY, Browne AS, Session DR, Spencer JB.Controlled ovarian hyperstimulation: a review for the non-ART patient. Minerva Ginecol. 2011 Apr; 63(2):119-35.

Simoncini T, Mannella P, Fornari L, Caruso A, Willis MY, Garibaldi S, Baldacci, Genazzani AR.Differential signal transduction of progesterone and medroxyprogesterone acetate in human endothelial cells.Endocrinology. 2004 Dec; 145(12):5745-5756.

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