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Rebecca J.Chason, M.D.

Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Belcher Pavilion
2000 Medical Parkway, Suite 308
Annapolis, MD 21401
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Biography

About rebecca J. chason, M.D.

Rebecca J. Chason, M.D., FACOG, was admitted early to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as part of the Honors Program in Medical Education. She was also selected into the Health Science Scholarship Program for the US Navy and went on to serve at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda while completing her training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. During residency, she was the recipient of multiple awards for performance, teaching, research, and military service.

She then went on to complete her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) at the National Institutes of Health. Upon completion, she returned to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as a staff physician in REI.

While serving in the US Navy at Walter Reed, Dr. Chason was awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal for designation as Master Clinician. She was also dedicated to resident education and served as Associate Program Director for the OB/GYN residency, receiving the National Faculty award for excellence in resident education by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. As the Director of IVF at Walter Reed, she was instrumental in maintaining assisted reproduction services for members of the US military and their families.

Dr. Chason lives in Anne Arundel County with her family, where they are active in their church community. She enjoys spending time with her three children, especially in outdoor activities including biking, sailing, and back-yard barbecues.

Education
  • Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, National Naval Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, National Institutes of Health
Awards & Recognition
  • ACOG National Faculty Award
  • Joint Service Achievement Medal for Master Clinician designation
  • Navy Achievement Medal
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Chairman’s Award
  • Bayer Healthcare Best Teaching Resident
professional organizations
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • Fertility Preservation Special Interest Group
Q & A

Q & A

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

A:

In medical school I developed a deep passion for caring for women through their unique reproductive life stage, which can bring transformative changes as well as potential challenges. I am grateful for the privilege of journeying with my patients through the difficulties of infertility to assist them in building a family. I also continue to be fascinated by the fearful and wonderful processes of reproductive biology and love being part of such an exciting medical community.

Q: Who inspires you?

A:

My father has always been an inspiration to me. He is an incredibly hard worker who cares deeply about the people around him. He grew up in the city yet always had a desire to farm, so after serving in the U.S. Navy, he pursued his dream, buying a farm and learning a whole new way of life. Knowing that he had chosen to do something he loved and that he had the courage to try something new has always been a motivation for me to pursue my dreams.

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

A:

I love spending time with my family doing outdoor activities, such as bike-riding, hiking, exploring local parks and sailing. Spending time in nature always invigorates and restores me, and it provides sweet moments for conversation and bonding with my husband and children.

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

A:

Not sure this comes as a surprise once you get to know me, but I grew up on a farm in the Midwest. It was a pretty idyllic childhood – I traipsed through the fields and woods with my brothers, had regular bonfires, drove tractors, fed cows and chickens, and I don’t even flinch when I see a mouse.

Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?

A:

I am incredibly proud to be part of a team that approaches patient care and medical systems with thought and attention to provide the best patient care possible. I feel privileged to work at a place where we all have the same goal of helping patients through the often difficult journey of infertility and playing such an integral role in helping individuals and couples realize their dream of a family. Having worked so arduously to advocate for IVF benefits for military families throughout my career, I have also long admired the work that Shady Grove Fertility has done to advance this cause.

Q: What's on your bucket list?

A:

I’m not sure I have a bucket list – I just love everyday adventure and spontaneity. I’m at a point in my life where I am striving to savor the moment, to live in the present, and be grateful for what it holds. That being said, I wouldn’t say no to sailing in the Caribbean or taking a painting class or summering in the French countryside.

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

A:

I was inspired by a dear family I treated while at Walter Reed who were facing infertility due to both severe endometriosis with poor response to IVF and a history of brain cancer. Despite these significant trials to their marriage and family, they consistently approached every aspect of life with love, joy, and a positive attitude.

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

A:

I desire to approach each patient with caring empathy for their individual situation and the impact to their life that their struggle with infertility brings. It’s an honor to partner with patients through their journey, to care for them through their reproductive obstacles and joys, and to help each patient choose the best approach to building their family.

Q: How would you describe your personality?

A:

I think most people would say that I am energetic and engaged. I hope they would also say that I am caring and empathetic. I value hard work and honesty and am dedicated to my faith and my family.

Publications

Publications

  • Plowden TC, Hill MJ, Miles SM, Hoyt B, Yauger B, Segars JH, Csokmay JM, Chason RJ. Does the presence of blood in the catheter or the degree of difficulty of embryo transfer affect pregnancy? Reproductive Sciences. 2016 Sept.
  • Healy MW, Wolfe H, Yauger BJ, Chason RJ, Banks N, Owen CM, DeCherney A, Csokmay J, Hill MJ. Does a worsening in endometrial stripe pattern correlate with increasing progesterone levels in IVF cycles? Fertil Steril. 2016 Sept;106(3);e1-e404.
  • Patounakis G, Ozcan MC, Chason RJ, Norian JM, Payson M, DeCherney AH, Yauger BJ. Impact of a prior cesarean delivery on embryo transfer: a prospective study. Fertil Steril. 2016 Aug;106(2):311-6.
  • Royster GD, Krishnamoorthy K, Csokmay JM, Yauger BJ, Chason RJ, DeCherney AH, Wolff EF, Hill MJ. Are intracytoplasmic sperm injection and high serum estradiol compounding risk factors for adverse obstetric outcomes in assisted reproductive technology? Fertil Steril. 2016 Aug;106(2);363-370.
  • Chason RJ, Kang JH, Gerkowicz SA, Dufau ML, Catt KJ, Segars JH. GnRH agonist reduces estrogen receptor dimerization in GT1-7 cells: Evidence for cross-talk between membrane-initiated estrogen and GnRH signaling. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2015 Jan 22;404C:67-74.
  • Lewis EI, Chason RJ, DeCherney AH, Armstrong A, Elkas J, Venkatesan AM. Novel hormone treatment of benign metastasizing leiomyoma: an analysis of five cases and literature review. Fertil Steril. 2013 Jun;99(7):2017-24.
  • Chason RJ, McLain AC, Sundaram R, Chen Z, Segars JH, Pyper C, Louis GM. Preconception stress and the secondary sex ratio: a prospective cohort study. Fertil Steril. 2012 Oct;98(4):937-41.
  • Hill MJ, Chason RJ, Payson MD, Segars JH, Csokmay JM. GnRH antagonist rescue in high responders at risk for OHSS results in excellent assisted reproduction outcomes. Reprod Biomed Online. 2012 Sep;25(3):284-91.
  • Wu M, Chason R, Wong M. Raynaud’s phenomenon of the nipple. Obstet Gynecological. 2012 Feb;119(2 Pt 2):447-9.
  • Chason RJ, Csokmay J, Segars JH, DeCherney AH, Armant DR. Environmental and epigenetic effects upon preimplantation embryo metabolism and development. Trends Endcorinol Metab. 2011 Oct 22(10):412-20.
  • Csokmay JM, Hill MJ, Chason RJ, Hennessy S, Cohen J, DeCherney AH, Segars JH, Payson MD. Experience with a patient friendly, mandatory single blastocyst transfer policy: the power of one. Fertil Steril. 2011 Sep;96(3):580-4.
  • Driggers RW, Chason RJ, Olsen C, Zahn CM. The effect of the night float rotation on annual in-training exam performance. J Reprod Med. 2010 Jul-Aug;55(7-8):357-61.
  • Payson M, Malik M, Morris SS, Segars JH, Chason RJ, Catherino WH. Stress Response Gene ATF-3 in Uterine Leiomyoma: A link between injury, apoptosis and fibroid development. Fertil Steril. 2009 Aug;92(2):748-55.
  • Chason RJ, Levens E, Yauger BJ, Payson M, Cho K, Larsen FW. Balloon fluoroscopy as treatment for intrauterine adhesions: a novel approach. Fertil Steril. 2008 Nov;90(5):2005.e 15-7.

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