About pavna K. brahma, M.D.
Pavna K. Brahma, M.D., FACOG, is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist with extensive experience in treating all medical and surgical aspects of infertility. She serves as SGF Atlanta’s IVF Director.
Dr. Brahma earned her medical degree and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Brahma completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Emory University.
Dr. Brahma has practiced in Atlanta for over 10 years and has extensive experience in assisted reproductive technologies. Her clinical interests include optimizing outcomes in patients with diminished ovarian reserve, advances in vitro fertilization, recurrent pregnancy loss, fertility preservation, and polycystic ovary syndrome.
Dr. Brahma has produced several publications and research presentations in the fields of endocrinology, infertility, and reproductive immunology. She is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of numerous medical organizations. She and her husband have two children, and she enjoys yoga and flower arranging in her free time.
Dr. Brahma joined Shady Grove Fertility in September 2019, and sees patients at SGF’s Buckhead – Piedmont and Atlanta – Northside locations.
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan
- Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Emory University
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- Castle Connolly’s Exceptional Women in Medicine 2021 and 2020
- Atlanta Magazine Top Doctors (2020)
- J. Robert Willson Award, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan 2003
- Bronze Beeper Award, University of Michigan 2006
- Golden Apple Teaching Award, University of Michigan 2007
- Prize Paper Award in Reproductive Immunology, American Society for Reproductive Medicine 2009
- Basic Science Research Award for Fellowship Thesis, Emory University Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2010
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- Atlanta Women’s Foundation member, Women in Healthcare Committee Member
- Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society
- Norman F. Miller Society, University of Michigan
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?
A: I have wanted to become a doctor for as long as I remember. My experiences volunteering at a hospital as a teenager solidified my dream to care for people for the rest of my life. In medical school, my interest in women’s health flourished. Medically, I was particularly interested in hormonal regulation and endocrinology. During residency, I was very moved by the close relationships I was able to develop with patients in the field of fertility. It is so exciting to practice medicine in a field that has gone through incredible scientific advancement over the past few decades. Helping couples achieve their dreams of parenthood is such a sincere passion of mine. I am also passionate about offering reproductive options for fertility preservation. I am grateful that all of these reasons led me to become a reproductive endocrinologist.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: I love yoga, group fitness classes set to fun music, and running. As a family, we enjoy going on hikes and bike rides. The art of flower arranging fascinates me, and I attend classes or read books about it whenever I can.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: I draw inspiration from so many places. Our patients inspire me with their bravery, determination, and faith. My parents are an endless source of inspiration to me. By watching them, I learned about sincere dedication to family, hard work, and values. Becoming a parent myself has been one of the most inspirational joys of my life. It has made my job feel more like a mission, and it inspires me to work passionately to help others achieve this dream.
Q: What is something about you that would surprise most people?
A: I studied martial arts for many years, and I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
A: Going skydiving, meeting Oprah, visiting the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids in Egypt. Someday creating a service organization dedicated to empowering children with education and tutoring.
Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
A: My approach is to really listen to the details, empathize with the struggle, and help redirect our efforts towards our next step. I can relate personally to the struggle of infertility. One of the toughest parts of the fertility journey is losing control over something that matters so much in someone’s life. Optimism and strength to move forward often comes from addressing questions and fears. My goal is to empower patients with pertinent information to help make medical decisions together. I often tell patients to put some of their stress on my shoulders, and we will make the journey together.
Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: I am warm, trustworthy, and optimistic. My family and friends often tease me about being over-organized. I love making “to do” lists and checking off the boxes!
“Dr. Brahma is the most compassionate physician I have ever met and her extensive knowledge and expertise is evident. As a patient I was blown away and know I would not have my two beautiful children if not for her. As a physician I was beyond impressed and know that she is a rare physician that has both the clinical skills and bedside manner to care for her patients’ mind, body, and soul. That is priceless and I cannot recommend her highly enough, she is amazing enough for me to travel 7 hours each way after moving out of state to see her.”
“My husband and I started our IVF journey in 2018 – SGF was actually our third clinic we partnered with, but upon first meeting Dr. Brahma, I felt at peace. She is the loveliest person who I felt truly cared about my health and treatment throughout our entire journey. I immediately regained my confidence in the IVF journey and knew I was in the right place. I had more interaction with my doctor and team at SGF than any other clinic. Dr. Brahma’s nurse, Emily, is incredible and provided the best care and support that I had received at any clinic. After a full cycle at SGF we were able to get 2 viable embryos! We implanted our first back in December and are now so happy to say that we are 15 weeks pregnant! I will forever remember Dr. Brahma calling my husband and I on Christmas Eve to share the news that we were pregnant. The lab technicians were in the background cheering and celebrating – it was the best moment. I am so grateful to the entire SGF team and could not recommend them more!”
“THE BEST FERTILITY SPECIALIST…. EVER!!! … My husband and I had just about given up all hope of growing our family when we met Dr. Brahma. We had suffered two miscarriages, a failed IUI, two failed IVF transfers and 5 abnormal embryos. We had been trying for over three years with two different doctors…. Well, like the saying goes, the third one was a charm! Dr. Brahma was the first doctor that actually listened to us and took her time to get to the bottom of things and figure out the root of our infertility struggle. Dr. Brahma is compassionate, kind, personable and knows her stuff! She was very sweet and caring (we cried happy tears and sad tears together throughout this process) and so easy to talk to. After careful planning, she was able to fix our issue and I’m happy to say that we just delivered our healthy baby boy a month ago. We are forever grateful for her and would recommend her to others! You won’t be disappointed.”
“We went through 3 different fertility clinics in Atlanta and felt like a number there. When you’re going through IVF etc it’s important that you feel like you are treated with understanding and you have someone who is in your corner to advocate for you and your care protocol. We actually followed Dr. Brahma from her previous hospital because we loved her so much. She was the only one who ever took the time to get to know us, fully understand our story and the road we had been on thus far, and she was also the only one to suggest different approaches than we had done before. I cannot recommend Dr. Brahma highly enough, there are not enough “stars” to rate our experience with her.”
“When you’re looking for a doctor to help you through this huge life decision, you want someone who you are comfortable with and trust. Dr. Brahma was exactly the type of doctor I needed. She was compassionate and knowledgeable. After our first meeting I knew she was the doctor to help us begin our family. She was able to determine what was likely causing our fertility issues and then clearly explained why IVF was the appropriate method to help us conceive. She wanted to make sure we understood what the process was. She checked on us throughout the process and she or someone on her team would be available for any questions we had. I felt like she went the extra mile to make sure we had a successful egg retrieval and could successfully conceive. I cannot say enough about how wonderful she was. You can tell that she and the entire team at Shady Grove love what they do.”
“When you’re making a big life decision such as IVF you need to be comfortable with your doctor. Dr. Brahma was amazing! She clearly explained the process, the decisions, and put us at ease throughout the process. I highly recommend her and letting her guide you through this important life change!”
“I have seen many doctors for my fertility problems as I have lived in other states. Dr. Brahma is one of the very best. When you meet with her you will never feel rushed and you will not leave with any questions because she answers everything. Very caring and follow up is excellent and personal. Even after a 2nd loss, she was so confident and had a plan for us. Her compassion is something that cannot be learned, she is born with it.”
“Dr. Brahma is the most brilliant, kind and compassionate doctor!”
“I have had a good experience with Dr. Brahma. She is very uplifting and hopeful; as well as a good Doctor. I am glad I chose her as my Doctor.”
“Dr. Brahma is an incredible doctor and human being. She is extremely caring and sensitive to everything you are going through and is truly on your team and rooting for you. She is very patient and takes ample time with her patients. She helped me achieve pregnancy for an un-diagnosed issue that wasn’t quite fertility related but hindered me getting pregnant/having a healthy pregnancy and now healthy baby. I recommend her to everyone as she is the most talented physician and sweetest person.”
“Dr Brahma is exceptionally gifted, both as a scientist and doctor, and as a compassionate, empathetic person. We worked with her for several years and are so grateful for her integrity, precision, thoroughness and genuine bedside manner. I recommend her highly for anyone going through infertility.”
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- Fenner DE, Genberg B, Brahma PK, Marek L, and DeLancey JO. Fecal and urinary incontinence after vaginal delivery with anal sphincter disruption in an obstetrics unit in the United States. Am J Obstet Gynecol. December 2003; 189(6):1543-9; discussion 1549-50.
- Brahma PK, Martel KM, and Chrisman GM. Future Directions in Myoma Research. Obstet Gynecol Clin N Am. March 2006; 33 (2006):199-224.
- Brahma, PK, Przybylski, C, Liu, RJ. Placenta Percreta following first trimester miscarriage. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2007 Nov;99(2):140-l.
- Brahma PK, Kallen CB. Ovarian hyperstimulation after a short course of an oral contraceptive in a patient with premature ovarian failure. Fertility and Sterility. 2008 Nov; 90(5):2004.elS-7.
- Omurtag K, Session D, Brahma PK, Matlack A, Roberts C. Horizontal uterine torsion in the setting of complete cervical and partial vaginal agenesis: a case report. Fertility Sterility. 2009 May; 91(5):1957.eB-5.
- Brahma PK, Zhang H, Murray BS, Shu FJ, Sidell N, Seli E, Kallen CB. The mRNA-binding protein Zfp36 is upregulated by β-adrenergic stimulation and represses IL-6 production in 3T3-L1 adipocytes.Obesity. 2012 Jan;20(1): 40-7.