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StephenGreenhouse, M.D.

Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
12011 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Suite 302
Fairfax, VA 22033
15195 Heathcote Boulevard
Suite 350
Haymarket, VA 20169
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About stephen j. greenhouse, M.D.

Stephen J. Greenhouse, M.D., received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a 2-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and fertility at The George Washington University. Dr. Greenhouse is a clinical assistant professor at The George Washington University and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Dr. Greenhouse is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology.

  • Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, The George Washington University
  • Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, The George Washington University
Awards & Recognition
  • Northern Virginia Magazine's Top Doctors for Infertility (2012, 2016-2017)
  • Washingtonian's Top Doctors for Infertility (2012, 2016-2017)
  • Washington Consumers CHECKBOOK's Top Doctors (2015)
Professional Organizations
  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Medical Society of Virginia

Q & A

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


I was always interested in the sciences and I wanted to help others. The field of reproductive medicine is fascinating and new advances are happening all the time. I enjoy the changes and the challenges of keeping up with new technology and understanding of human reproduction. It is very rewarding helping couples and individuals achieve their goals of having a family.

Q: Who inspires you?


My father is an ob-gyn, so his compassion and dedication to his patients and practice inspired me. I grew up seeing that; it was a big influence. My father set a high bar and I recall many times being out with him and people introducing us to children he had delivered. They were also so appreciative of his care and understanding. This made me very proud seeing others have such praise for my father. Also, in medical school training, it was Dr. Johnson who got me interested in obstetrics and gynecology. He went from having his own private practice to working at the university hospital because he had a strong belief that everyone should have access to good medical care. He was a good listener and showed respect to all of his patients and staff.

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


Boxing, hiking, biking, and gardening. When I'm doing any of these activities, they help me to relax. Plus, with the last name "Greenhouse," how can I not enjoy gardening?

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


How much I love my dogs, Sunshine and Puddles. My kids often joke that my dogs are my favorite children!

Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?


We always strive to be the best and most innovative practice to ensure the best care for our patients. We are leaders in our field that other practices want to emulate. Additionally, seeing employees at SGF grow, learn, and advance in their careers is truly a joy to see. One of the nicest compliments is having former patients who want to join the SGF team.

Q: What’s on your bucket list?


I want to travel more internationally. I would like to visit Iceland someday. As a nature lover, I'd like to hike more and get certified in scuba diving.

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


When I know a patient is struggling, I reach out to them personally with a phone call. I want my patients to know that I am available to them not just with advice, but also to listen when they need someone.

Q: How would you describe your personality?


While I can be serious about work, I also have a light-hearted side that loves hearing and telling jokes and playing pranks on the staff. I like to be active—a day spent boxing, bike riding, and walking my dogs is a great day! Of course, spending the night on the sofa after all that activity is a great way to end that day!

I want my patients to know that I am available to them not just with advice, but also to listen when they need someone.


Hi Dr. Greenhouse and Farrah,
I can’t begin to tell you how thankful we are for your guidance and support during the recent months. After having a miscarriage, even though it was almost three years ago, we were very anxious about trying to get pregnant again. We had no idea how, or if, the whole IVF process would even work. The illness and death of my father during this process sent us into even greater emotional turmoil. Both of you were so supportive of our decision to either continue or discontinue the IVF cycle and were always genuinely concerned about how we were coping with everything. Everyone has been so incredibly wonderful—from the smiling faces at the front desk to the many nurses who did bloodwork and ultrasounds…repeatedly! :)
Though we have a long way to go with the pregnancy, we are certainly thankful and feel very blessed to have seen that little heartbeat today. We will definitely be in touch along the way and will always remember the kindness of the fabulous Greenhouse-Covill team!
Thanks again!
(Farrah, we still have your message saved when you called to say Congratulations after the first blood test….music to our ears!)

"I liked Dr. Greenhouse. He is a thorough professional and I felt at ease asking him questions. He seems to know what he is doing and at the same time not arrogant about it."

"While my husband and I didn't start out our infertility journey at Shady Grove Fertility, I certainly wish we had, and I feel so blessed that this is where we ended up. I tell everyone who will listen, from the moment we met Dr. Greenhouse, we knew we were in good hands, that we had met someone that we could trust with a dream that was so precious to us. Did we do our homework before we came? You better believe it, and time and time again, Dr. Greenhouse's (and Shady Grove Fertility) name surfaced as the doctor to see and the center that stands head and shoulders above the crowd for medical and service excellence. Dr. Greenhouse's compassion is unmatched. His accessibility and responsiveness was amazing. We could ask him any question, share any fear (even the ridiculous sounding ones) and we felt free from judgment and embraced with support and the best possible care. Since our beautiful SGF babies were born, I have referred several of my closest friends and family members to Dr. Greenhouse and every single one of them says the same thing, "I can't thank you enough. He is as amazing as you said he is."

"Dr. Greenhouse helped us through a very sensitive time, and we are unbelievably appreciative of his efforts. He was patient and professional, willing to answer our million questions, and we were ultimately lucky enough to be successful. The staff is friendly and genuinely cares, and was always available for questions and just to listen. Thank you, sincerely, for all of your help!!"

"We had a great experience with Dr. Greenhouse and were ultimately lucky enough to be successful in our journey. He took the time to meet with us whenever we wanted and answer our million questions. The staff is professional and friendly. Overall, we had a great experience and highly recommend this practice!"

"Dr. Greenhouse and his team were super helpful during our journey to have a family. He spent tons of time with us outlining our treatment options and always followed up after each appointment. Thanks to Dr. Greenhouse and his staff we now have a beautiful baby girl."

"I highly recommend Dr. Greenhouse and the entire staff at Shady Grove Fair Oaks office. His bedside manner was excellent and he really made us feel comfortable and confident as patients. We were greeted at every visit with a friendly smile from the staff and they really made us feel like they knew us on a personal level, not just another face in the crowd. Thanks to Dr. Greenhouse and the wonderful nurses we now have the most amazing little boy whom is topping all the growth charts!"

"We had an amazing experience with our journey at SGF in Fair Oaks. Many thanks to Dr. Greenhouse the best Dr. I have ever met and nurse Patrice Smith. From the day one I knew we are in good hands. From the moment we walked in in the SGF Fair Oaks office we were welcomed by smiling stuff members followed by Dr. Greenhouse and nurse Patrice. Dr. Greenhouse is the most caring, honest and cheerful Dr. I have ever met. He always listed to our concerns and always answered our questions. He explained all options for us and developed a plan to conceive for us based on our situation. What I also liked about Dr. Greenhouse was he was not pushing for IVF which at the end ended was our most successful option, he always listed to us. And thank to Dr. Greenhouse we welcomed our first baby boy this May on our first try of IVF:-) Thank you sooo much Dr. Greenhouse!!!:-)"

"Fair Oaks Shady Grove is a wonderful office! Everyone gets to know you and takes care of you during this difficult time for many. Dr. Greenhouse is knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions."

"The Fair Oaks staff and Dr. Greenhouse are wonderful! I highly recommend for anyone who sadly has to go through infertility. It is a difficult time but this office was helpful, friendly, encouraging, and available. Dr. Greenhouse is so knowledgeable and it was great to have a doctor that would call you or answer you emails!"

"How can I not rate them a 5? I got a baby!!! Dr. Greenhouse was my doctor and Patrice was my nurse, but I saw other staff including other nurses and technicians - all of whom are polite, and sensitive to the delicate nature of dealing with a women undergoing fertility treatment. Their bedside manner is on point, which is really important, again, due to the delicate nature of fertility treatment. The stress, fear, and anxiety were assuaged when I was in their office. The best part of being a patient at Shady Grove is the complete and thorough explanation given every step of the way. At no point did I think "What just happened?" or "What's going to happen?" Even though fertility treatment is "jump and hope for the best of luck" (because meds can work, work too well, or not work well enough. Because treatments and procedures can work or fail, not due to anyone's effort, but just because sometimes they don't work), the staff and my experience were positive. I have recommended Shady Grove to 3 friends who are currently seeking fertility treatment at SGFC. Plenty of other friends have heard my praise of Dr. Greenhouse, Patrice, and the rest of the staff. At no point did I feel like I was part of a conveyer belt or "baby mill". Yes, the ever-2/3-day morning check-ins are routine, and you see plenty of women and couples coming and going, but everyone was met and greeted intimately, and the staff did not rush me. And like I said - I got a baby out of it!!!!"

"My husband and I first went to Dr. Greenhouse at Shady Grove in 2012 after being referred by my obgyn. Initially we were really intimidated by the process but Dr. Greenhouse quickly made us feel at ease and was available to answer any questions we had along the way. We successfully delivered a healthy baby boy through IVF in 2014. When it was time to try again, we did not want anyone but Dr. Greenhouse. We just delivered a healthy baby girl in may 2016. Dr. Greenhouse is a blessing!"

"We were trying to conceive for a couple of years and Shady Grove made it possible for us to start a family. Dr. Greenhouse and the Fair Oaks facility was wonderful to work with. They were caring, supportive and the classes and appointments were flawless. Our baby girl is due this January, thank you Shady Grove for making our dream come true!"

"Dr. Greenhouse is absolutely wonderful! The journey of infertility can be very stressful and Dr. Greenhouse made each step make sense. Never rushed the visits and he would follow up with how you were doing even when he was out of the office. I would recommend him to anyone :)"

"After trying to conceive for a year and a half with no luck, my husband and I went to Shady Grove and met with Dr. Greenhouse. We both liked him right away. He has a very positive, yet straightforward attitude and put us both at ease. As we went through the process of both IUI and then IVF, we trusted Dr. Greenhouse every step of the way. His advice paid off and we have a happy and healthy two month old boy. If we decide to have another, Dr. Greenhouse is the only doctor I will use."

"After trying to conceive for a year and a half with no luck, my husband and I went to Shady Grove and met with Dr. Greenhouse. We both liked him right away. He has a very positive, yet straightforward attitude and put us both at ease. As we went through the process of both IUI and then IVF, we trusted Dr. Greenhouse every step of the way. His advice paid off and we have a happy and healthy two month old boy. If we decide to have another, Dr. Greenhouse is the only doctor I will use."

"I would severely recommended Dr. Greenhouse to friends and family. He is a caring doctor and made my journey friendly and pleasing. Thanks for your effective analysis and diagnosis. Before saying that you are an extraordinary doctor, I want to tell you that you are an extraordinary human being. Thanks for everything you have done for me."

"We found Dr. Greenhouse to be very well informed and easy to work with. He made himself available by phone and email to answer our myriad questions and always was patient with us. We're very grateful to him and his staff for successfully assisting us in getting pregnant with our son and plan to work with them again to grow our family."

"Dr. Greenhouse was the third physician we consulted with at Shady Grove and you know what they say about the third time being a charm. He was extremely well informed and patient with our myriad of questions. He also made himself available by phone and email to make communication regarding our process all the more smooth and efficient. I am so grateful we found Dr. Greenhouse and plan to work with him again when planning for our second child."

"Dr. Greenhouse is a fantastic physician! His competent, compassionate, would strongly recommended Dr. Greenhouse to friends and family. He is a caring doctor and made my journey friendly and pleasing. Thanks for your effective analysis and diagnosis. Before saying that you are an extraordinary doctor, I want to tell you that you are an extraordinary human being. I don't have words to describe this doctor. He knows better than anybody what patients need."

"We got pregnant with our first son and two years later with twin girls after IVF treatment with Dr. Greenhouse. He is very nice and knows what he is doing."

"It's been a long road for my husband and I but after 4 failed IUIs and 1 failed IVF we are pregnant! A huge thanks to Dr. Greenhouse and the entire staff who worked with us at Shady Grove - your encouragement and positive attitude gave us the hope we needed to keep going. Thank you thank you thank you!! You've given us our heart's greatest desire, and we are forever grateful."

"I am newly pregnant for the second time thanks to Dr. Greenhouse. He is a patient, kind and caring physician who is always available to answer my emails and questions. If I email him a question that required a detailed answer, he'd take the time to call instead of replying by email. He even called me on Thanksgiving Day to provide an update on how my embryos were looking as I prepared for an embryo transfer the following Sunday. Our first baby was IVF with ICSI, and this baby is donor egg."

"Thanks to Dr. Greenhouse and the staff at the Fairfax office, I'm newly pregnant with my 2nd IVF baby. Because of the number of appointments involved with treatment and the friendliness of the staff, it was always a pleasure going to the office for appointments. Everyone knew me by name and it was a bittersweet day to 'graduate' from the practice into care with my OB/GYN. Dr. Greenhouse is the absolute BEST! He's so patient and takes great care to answer questions to your satisfaction. He provides his professional recommendations but ultimately leaves many decisions up to you (after explaining risks and possible outcomes)."

"If you are struggling to get pregnant, which many of us are. Call Shady Grove Fertility and ask for Dr. Greenhouse! I honestly wish I had called sooner, they made me feel so comfortable and relaxed. I knew I was in good hands and every step of the process was explained in terms I understood extensively! I only had to do ONE IUI cycle and wound up with my first positive pregnancy test ever. I still cry when I think about how happy and lucky I am to have found them. I am currently 10 weeks pregnant and everything is going perfectly!"

"I highly recommend Shady Grove Fertility, especially Dr. Greenhouse. We were able to get pregnant with twins after the 2nd trial of IUI. They are all very professional. Dr. Greenhouse explained everything and answered all of our questions. I appreciate what they did for us!"

"Highly recommend Dr. Greenhouse and his staff at the Fair Oaks office. Dr. Greenhouse is very knowledgeable, patient, and explains things in a clear, easy to understand manner. His compassionate and calm demeanor helps alleviate some of the emotions involved in what can be a stressful process. I always found the front desk staff and nurses friendly and welcoming, at both the Fair Oaks and Rockville offices. Anne was my nurse and she was available 24/7, supportive and always available to answer my many questions. Thanks to Dr. Greenhouse and his team, we are now expecting our second IVF baby."

"I am super thankful for the team at Shady Grove! Dr. Greenhouse was wonderful! I had an awesome team that helped me during a difficult time and about 2 weeks ago we had our first baby thanks to them!!!!"

"Dr. Greenhouse and his staff at Shady Grove Fertility are fantastic. They stay on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to fertility treatment. I felt confident that Dr. Greenhouse and his team had the best knowledge and approach to IVF and with their help my husband and I now have 2 beautiful healthy children. Thank you Dr. Greenhouse and Shady Grove Fertility!"

"Dr. Greenhouse and his staff are professional, knowledgeable and we would 100% recommend them. I've recommended many friends struggling with infertility."

"I have TWO Shady Grove babies. My older son is mine genetically (after three embryo transfers), and then I had a spontaneous pregnancy followed by a disappointing miscarriage at 12 weeks. Our family wasn't complete! My 8 month old son (born Oct. 2016) is an egg donor Shady Grove baby and I was lucky enough to have a successful pregnancy on the first embryo transfer. I am thrilled with the care I received from Dr. Greenhouse and the Shady Grove staff. Thanks for helping me have my two babies!



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  • Levy M, Sagoskin A, Stillman R, Widra E, Mottla G, Greenhouse S. The debate continues on “money back guarantees.” Fertil Steril. 1999;72:748-9.
  • Greenhouse S, Stillman R. Cigarette smoking and reproduction effects on fecundity and early pregnancy outcomes. Infertility and Reproductive Clinics of North America. 1998;9:4699-723.
  • Suppression of menstruation in an 11-year-old girl with Glanzmann’s thrombasthenia. International Correspondence Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 1997;38:3.
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