About Kate Devine, M.D.
Kate Devine, M.D., FACOG, received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy with a pre-medical concentration from Columbia University. She went on to obtain her medical degree with distinction in ovarian cancer research from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After finishing her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the New York University School of Medicine, she completed a 3-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), during which time she was the recipient of the NIH Intramural Loan Repayment grant for her research.
While pursuing her medical education, Dr. Devine worked extensively in the field of women’s health in the developing world. She worked for the International Organization for Women and Development in Niger on an obstetrical fistulae repair mission. She also worked in women’s reproductive health for Child Family Health International while in Quito, Ecuador. She has studied in India and Australia as well.
Dr. Devine is board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, including ovulatory dysfunction and ovarian aging. She has also been active in fertility research, publishing on topics ranging from fibroids to egg freezing for fertility preservation. She will continue her research goals and advancing those of Shady Grove Fertility as the co-director of research for the practice.
An educator in the reproductive endocrinology field, Dr. Devine has mentored students in the Georgetown University Masters Program in biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology. She has also been an invited lecturer at NIH educational programs and courses. Dr. Devine has received several honors for her work, including the Traveling Scholars Award from the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Outstanding Resident/Fellow Research Award from the New York Obstetrical Society.
Dr. Devine is married with three children and enjoys cycling, yoga, hiking, and running.
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York University School of Medicine
- Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, National Institutes of Health
Awards & Recognition
- Traveling Scholars Award from the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology of the
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- Outstanding Resident/Fellow Research Award from the New York Obstetrical Society
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a doctor, in particular, a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility?
A: My grandfather was a family doctor. He had six kids, all of whom he hoped would go into medicine. The problem, though, was that he worked so hard that, despite his best arguments as to what a fulfilling career it was, he couldn’t convince any of them to go that route. Not a single doctor in the bunch. That didn’t deter him from making his pitch to me though. He started taking me on weekend inpatient rounds with him when I was 4, and I was instantly sold. When he died suddenly of a heart attack at 65, the church where his funeral was held was overfilled. There were literally people standing outside the doors of the church to the street and 90 percent of them were his patients. I was 16 then, and it sealed the deal. Being a doctor provides a unique opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives, and what more so than helping couples start their families?
Q: What attracted you to working internationally?
A: I’ve always been fascinated by different cultures, different parts of the world, different ways of doing things. And I wanted to serve populations of women who had the greatest need. Travel brings so much perspective to everyday life. I found that taking care of women in the developing world greatly enriched my medical training. I certainly benefited more from hearing stories from women on labor and delivery in Quito, Ecuador, and those who traveled long distances on foot to have surgery in Niamey, Niger, than they did from our encounters.
Q: What drew you to Shady Grove Fertility?
A: I did my fellowship training at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH sends its fellows to rotate at Shady Grove Fertility starting from the beginning of subspecialty training because they believe that Shady Grove Fertility is a patient-focused fertility center that practices ethical, evidence-based medicine. From my first days learning from the doctors here and watching them interact with patients, it was so obviously true. Those characteristics jump out at you the second you walk through the door, and I wanted to be a part of it. Shady Grove Fertility had the added benefit that the practice has a long history of and commitment to doing quality clinical research. They view their large volume of patient experience as an opportunity to advance the field of reproductive medicine, and they feel an obligation to give back to their patients by working to better understand what works best in treating infertility. Having given serious thought to a career in academic medicine, I was thrilled when they asked me to join as co-director of research. It’s a perfect fit; I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: My kids: They are so brave. They just go for it.
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
A: Climb to the summit of Mount Everest, hike the Overland Track in Tasmania again (my favorite hike to date), become fluent in Spanish, go on a wine tour in South Africa with my college friends, meet my grandkids . . .
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Running, hiking, cycling, yoga, singing, and dancing (in my living room with my 2- and 3-year-old daughters).
Q: What musical artists are on your iPhone?
A: Everything: Ting Tings, Pixies, Postal Service, Weezer, Oasis, White Stripes, Michael Jackson, Prince, Radiohead, Beastie Boys, Bonnie Raitt, Beck, The Cure. Most played are probably Raffi and the Wiggles.
From my first days learning from the doctors here and watching them interact with patients, it was so obviously true. Those characteristics jump out at you the second you walk through the door, and I wanted to be a part of it.
“I just want to say thank you to SGF for full support from star to the end. Thanks to SDF’s professional treatment we now have my baby boy. Words cannot describe how much I want to thank the doctor, nurse, and staff of SGF.”
“Dr. Devine has been wonderful with us throughout our entire treatment. We highly appreciate her professionalism, precision and kindness. After years of trying to have babies, we finally met her and we were able to get pregnant in the first cycle of IVF. Instructions were very clear and she was very responsive when we had questions. For our next baby, for sure we would love to go with her again.”
“I absolutely loved my experience with Dr. Devine. She was exactly who I needed to help me on my path to motherhood. Not only did she allow me to offer reasonable suggestions but mostly importantly she always gave a reason “why” certain protocols would be followed vs just giving a protocol and walking away. This made compliance on my part even more important. She was very direct but pleasant and gave me real numbers, facts and figures to review to help with my decisions. She is highly recommended.”
“My time with Dr. Devine was nothing short of amazing. I decided to get my eggs frozen and I’m beyond glad I chose SGF. My nurse Morgan held my hand through the 11 day process and she constantly kept me abreast of my progress every step of the way. Thank you so much Dr. Devine, Morgan RN, and the rest of the Shady Grove Fertility team who took care of me.”
“Thorough, helpful, understanding, and calming are all great ways to describe Dr. Devine! She made the whole process so seamless and stress-free. Her staff is absolutely amazing too!!”
“One of the most important decisions that I have proudly made in my life is visiting Dr. Devine. She gives you a feeling that she is actually talking to YOU. She will listen and give you straight and clear advice and/or answers to your concerns and questions. If needed, she will give you backup reference material for better understanding of her/our discussion. If you couldn’t comprehend, for example, medical lingo, she will break it down for you. Do not hesitate asking her questions. More importantly, I believe, Dr. Devine gives you a feeling that you are on the right track; we will do the best we can, together with her. If you are seeking clear and wise guidance she is the doctor for you. And in fact we were on the right track. I’m holding my daughter now and writing this review. Every morning l start my day with my daughter smiling at me, I thank everybody and everything that helped me to get to this point. Thank you so much Dr. Devine and SGF staff especially Morgan, Chrissie, and other K street, Arlington and Rockville staff for your sincere support. I wish I can name them all here! It is truly amazing work that they do.”
“My husband and I went to Dr. Devine and SGF after trying to conceive for 18+ months. By that time we were both over 35 years old with unexplained infertility, having undergone many tests. Dr. Devine was patient, optimistic, helpful and confident in her belief that we would be able to conceive. She helped us weigh our options and to move quickly to take advantage of an upcoming cycle. We welcomed our darling daughter in April of 2018 and couldn’t recommend Dr. Devine more highly.”
“I had an excellent experience with Dr. Devine and the Shady Grove Fertility team. As a single mother by choice about to take the plunge, I was overwhelmed and scared for my first appointment, but Dr. Devine made me feel so comfortable (even when I started crying in her office!) I was lucky to have a relatively easy experience getting pregnant, so a short stint with SGF, but a very good one nonetheless.”
- Devine K, Mumford SL, Healy MW, DeCherney AH, Hill MJ, Propst AM. Diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) in the US ART population: diagnostic trends among 183,536 cycles from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinical Outcomes Reporting System. Fertil Steril. 2015;104(3):612-9.e3.
- Devine K, Connell MT, Richter KS, et al. Single vitrified blastocyst transfer maximizes live born children per embryo while minimizing preterm birth. Fertil Steril. 2015;103(6):1454-60.
- Devine K, Mumford SL, Goldman KN, et al. Oocyte cryopreservation in women delaying reproduction can reduce cost per live birth. Fertil Steril. 2015;103(6):1446-53.
- Devine K, Stillman RJ, DeCherney AH. Building a family through IVF—economic realities. Fertil Steril. 2014;103(2): 357-8.
- Devine K, Stillman RJ, DeCherney AH. The Affordable Care Act: early implications for fertility medicine. Fertil Steril. 2014;101(5):1224-7.
- Devine K, Green L, Eltoukhi H, Armstrong AY. Fertility differences among ethnic groups. In: Sharara F, ed. Ethnic Differences in Fertility and Assisted Reproduction. New York: Springer, 2013.
- Devine K, McCluskey T, Henne M, Armstrong AY, Venkatesan A, DeCherney A. Is MRI sufficient to diagnose rudimentary uterine horn? A case report and review of the literature. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2013;20(4):533-6.
- Devine K, Smicun Y, Mayer Hope J, Fishman DA. S1P induced changes in epithelial ovarian cancer proteolysis, invasion, and attachment are mediated by Gi and Rac. Gynecol Oncol.2008;110(2):237-45.
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.