About Anne Hutchinson, M.D
Anne Hutchinson, M.D., earned her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. It was during this time that her interest in women’s health and reproduction peaked, guiding her to seek board certification in obstetrics and gynecology and become board eligible in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Hutchinson is passionate about reproductive endocrinology not only for its cutting-edge science but also for the opportunity to form meaningful, lasting relationships with patients.
She pursued her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she was awarded best abstract in the category of reproductive medicine by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL). Dr. Hutchinson then traveled to Chicago to complete her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
An ardent researcher, Dr. Hutchinson has presented on topics ranging from age and fertility to fertility preservation, social factors of family building for women, and more. Additionally, Dr. Hutchinson has contributed to medical publications focusing on subjects such as in vitro fertilization, preimplantation genetic testing, ovarian stimulation, and female cancers. She is also a member of professional organizations including the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Medical Association, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Dr. Hutchinson has brought her career as a medical professional full circle by returning to Philadelphia as a Shady Grove Fertility physician at the Center City office. In her free time, Dr. Hutchinson enjoys playing pick-up soccer games and experimenting with interior design.
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center
- Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- AAGL awarded best abstract in category of reproductive medicine
- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
- American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- American Medical Association
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- Sigma Xi Research Society
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?
A: Even from a young age, I wanted to go to medical school because I have always been fascinated by the human body and what it can do. During high school, I had the opportunity to shadow one of my friend’s fathers who was a plastic surgeon at the time. That opportunity gave me my first window into medicine. He loved what he did, and his passion for medicine shined brightly — he had found his calling by helping his patients through surgery. I remember feeling so inspired by the love and trust that his patients had for him and the meaningful contributions that he was able to make in their lives. By the end of my time with him, I felt fulfilled (and somewhat exhausted), but I had no doubt that medicine was the right choice for me.
Q: Where did your interest in reproductive endocrinology come from?
A: Throughout medical school, I found that there was so much about my own health and physiology that I had not understood. The more that I learned, the more interested I became. I am a huge advocate for patient education, particularly in the realm of women’s health and reproduction. Women should be armed with the knowledge of their own anatomy and physiology to be able to make the most informed decisions possible about their bodies and treatments.
REI is such a unique field in that it offers the opportunity to form meaningful and lasting relationships with patients, apply cutting-edge science to care, educate women and couples on reproductive physiology, and of course, help patients have babies!
Q: What about SGF makes you the proudest?
A: The commitment to patients. The fact that SGF places patients first. They are committed to transparency and patient education on every level.
Q: Describe a time you were inspired by a patient.
A: I remember one patient who had undergone an emergency cesarean hysterectomy during the delivery of her first baby. The baby needed to spend time in the NICU, and the patient worked tirelessly to maintain breastfeeding.
Knowing that she wouldn’t be able to physically carry future children, she planned to undergo IVF to make embryos for a future gestational carrier. However, she wanted to share the bond of breastfeeding with her future baby, so she continued to pump for 2 years after completely weaning her firstborn. That way, she would have a large enough milk supply after the arrival of her second child via gestational surrogacy.
It stuck with me that this patient pumped every single day for years to help enrich the life and bond of her future child — a daily sacrifice that she happily took on. I’ve worked with many inspirational patients, but her story is a reminder that growing families is something that patients think about every day and I would move mountains to help improve their outcomes.
Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
A: First, to listen. Patients have been through so much by the time they seek help, and everyone needs to be heard and have their feelings affirmed. Not everyone has a strong support system that they can confide in, and for those who do, they may still need to vent. I see this as a super important part of fertility care.
In every other aspect of life, if you want something enough and take all the necessary steps, oftentimes, you will achieve it. Unfortunately, that is not always the case with fertility, and that can be a difficult reality to process. I take every opportunity to meet my patients where they are and partner with them, so they feel supported, validated, and not alone. When they are ready, we can work through the next steps together.
Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: Easygoing and enthusiastic.
Q: What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?
A: I have always been an athletic person. I played soccer in college and will still try to get in on any pickup game that I can. I love the physicality and teamwork of soccer, knowing that I have run my fastest, tried my hardest for my teammates, and leave it all on the field!
Recently, I have fancied myself an amateur interior designer. I just moved into a new home and am loving colors, textures, and imagining new plans for the space. This has just been a great new artistic outlet for me. It lets me exercise my abstract thinking to create a space that I love!