About eric d. levens, M.D.
Eric D. Levens, M.D., FACOG, received his bachelor of science degree with highest distinction from Indiana University-Bloomington. He then pursued his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and went on to complete his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Florida. He continued his training as a clinical fellow in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Levens is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He has been focused on infertility for the last decade of his career.
In addition to an active clinical practice, Dr. Levens is committed to improving the success of fertility care through active research and national advocacy. He has authored more than 85 publications in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, including for the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association.
Dr. Levens has served on Infertility National Advisory Boards and has been a part of the American Medical Association, where he has worked to develop policy to improve access to fertility care, including insurance coverage for fertility preservation. He is chair of the Quality Assurance Committee for the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies, the professional organization that oversees the delivery of in vitro fertilization care throughout the United States. He is also a member of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, a selective national group recognizing fewer than a thousand physicians, and previously served on the practice committee, developing national patient care guidelines.
Prior to joining Shady Grove Fertility, Dr. Levens was a lieutenant commander in the United States Public Health Service, and served as a staff clinician focused on complex fertility disorders in the Program in Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology at the National Institutes of Health and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida
- Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, National Institutes of Health
- Graduate Program of Health Science in Clinical Research, Duke University
- Fellows Award for Research Excellence at the National Institutes of Health
- The Berlex Foundation Faculty Development Workshop Scholarship
- Organon Ob/Gyn Resident Research Scholarship
Awards & Recognition
- Northern Virginia Magazine Top Docs for Infertility (2018)
- ASRM/Ortho Research Grant in Reproductive Medicine Recipient
- American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Inc., Writer, RE&I Division Written Board Examination, 2012- 2014
- American Medical Association, Referee, Medical Student and Resident-Fellow Section Research Symposium, 2011
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- Membership Committee, 2013-2014
- Representative, Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound Consensus Conference on Early First Trimester Ultrasound, 2012
- Annual Meeting Abstract Reviewer, 2011-2015
- Annual Meeting Session Moderator, 2010 and 2014
- American Medical Association Liaison Committee, 2008-Present
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Intramural Research Concept Project Reviewer, 2011
- Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
- Member, Strategic Planning Committee, 2014
- Practice Committee, 2012-2015
- Content Reviewer, Basic Course in Infertility Online Program, 2012-Present
- Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies
- Executive Committee Member, 2013-Present
- Quality Assurance Committee Chair, 2014-Present
- Membership Committee Chair, 2013-2014
"f you're reading this, you've likely had many failures in trying to start a family. You probably have a whole mix of feelings. That was us, too. At our initial consult, Dr. Levens immediately made us feel welcomed and that we mattered; we didn't get that feeling at any other fertility clinic. He didn't promise us that we would have a baby, which I understand some clinics sometimes do. He simply said that he would try his hardest. Our son is due this October because of SGF and Dr. Eric Levens."
"Dr. Levens was the best doctor I've ever seen. He was kind, patient, understanding, and calm. During our first visit, he took over an hour to explain our options, answer every question, and help us make a decision on the best way forward. We ended up doing IVF and he and the nurse Sarah were there for us every step of the way. We were very fortunate to get pregnant and are extremely grateful for the amazing care we received at Shady Grove Fertility."
"When my husband and I knew it was time to see a fertility specialist, we called the general line at Shady Grove. We feel unbelievably lucky to have been placed with Dr. Levens and his team. They made us feel welcome, important and hopeful from day 1. Dr. Levens truly listened to our questions and concerns. Infertility comes with a huge learning curve of new vocabulary and treatment options, and Dr. Levens always took time to explain these things to us so that we could understand our options and feel confident in our plan. His expertise, patience and hopeful outlook made this experience as pleasant as it could have been. We are pregnant with our first child and will definitely go back to him when we are ready for #2!"
"I was recommended to Shady Grove Fertility after multiple early losses by my OBGYN and a friend who had also used their Rockville office. Dr. Levens was extremely gentle and informative and ensured in our first appointment that we understood his thoughts and the next steps. Never once did we feel pushed in any way. The nursing staff was wonderful each visit, and support Dr. Levens in communicating next steps. When I became pregnant, Dr. Levens attended ultrasounds and answered my zillion questions, and again, set expectations well. I'd recommend Shady Grove and Dr. Levens to anyone who even thinks you may have an issue. You actually don't need to wait for your OBGYN if your insurance doesn't require a referral. I wish we had gone this route sooner!"
"Dr. Levens was extraordinary! He persevered with us through our fertility journey and did not give up on us, even when we were giving up on ourselves. His kindness, compassion, and encouragement gave us the courage to keep trying as we were continually met with challenges. If it weren't for Dr. Levens, we would not be expecting our little one. I will never be able to repay him for the incredible service he provided. I cannot say enough amazing things about this man."
"I cannot begin to express my appreciation towards Shady Grove but more importantly the wonderful care and demeanor of Dr. Levens! Because of him, my husband and I are having our first child. His kindness towards his patients was so unbelievably comforting and he always spoke words of encouragement. I would recommend Dr. Levens to anyone struggling with infertility. He is the best!"
"Dr. Levens is nothing short of amazing. I'm the husband in this equation. It's easy to feel self-conscious, guilty, and honestly, like less of a man. It's a tough process no matter how you cut it. Through our time working with Dr. Levens, all of that went away. His demeanor was calm and professional. He wasn't a cold doctor that treats you like a project to work on. He was more like a caring friend who just happened to be a genius in his field."
"I cannot overstate how great Dr. Levens was to work with. We were using another doctor when we switched to Dr. Levens. It is an understatement to say he is an expert in his field. I am the husband, and I was the reason we needed to go to a fertility clinic. We felt so confident when we saw Dr. Levens, it changed out entire experience. I think we were so comfortable with him that we were able to conceive. I know that sounds a bit crazy, but so many things are integral to conceiving that you never know what the deciding factor will be. I can definitely say this: my wife was so at ease being under Dr. Levens' care, it couldn't hurt. It is a stressful process, why not be with someone who you can trust? I couldn't be happier to say: Dr. Levens got my wife pregnant! Thank you Doctor Levens."
"I will forever be grateful for having worked with Dr. Levens. His calm demeanor is infectious. We were reasonably anxious about the whole process. We wanted to have children, but I (the husband) couldn't do it naturally. Just being in the same room as Dr. Levens was calming. I'm not saying this because he was the only doctor we worked with. He was the third fertility doctor I had worked with, and he made it happen. I cannot overstate his level of expertise, professionalism, and caring. He answered every little question we had, and he helped us understand every part of the process even though the real science was miles over our heads. I have thanked him in person, but if he is reading this, Thank you a million times over. I have no doubt there is a place in heaven waiting for you."
"I really can't say enough positive things about Dr. Levens and my experience with Shady Grove (IUI). After 2 months as a patient, I'm pregnant and now back with my regular Ob/Gyn. Dr. Levens is knowledgeable and kind and I never felt rushed. Appointments are easy to schedule and they run on time. ALL of the staff is exceptionally nice, from front desk to billing to nursing/tech. Facilities are clean and well-equipped. I never encountered a single problem in my 10+ visits and calls/emails."
"I just "graduated" from Shady Grove this week, with a so-far healthy 8 week pregnancy. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Levens, my nurse Danielle, and the entire staff at Shady Grove Annandale during this process. They were kind and professional, and I received excellent care every step of the way. Dr. Levens always took the time to thoroughly explain the rationale and risks for various approaches during the IVF process. I'd recommend them to anyone struggling with infertility."
"Dr. Levens is one of the best doctors I have every had. He really cares about his patients and their needs."
"Dr. Levens was extremely professional and credentialled. We felt like we were in good hands."
"Dr. Levens was incredible. He took a great deal of time explaining our options and the entire process to us. We truly appreciated his professionalism and were impressed with how caring our entire team was."
"Dr. Levens was very sensitive to our needs & desired request while giving us honest explanations and information. He was very nice & had a warm presence."
"Dr. Levens was very helpful and very informative! We came for a second opinion and Dr. Levens really helped us understand exactly what is going on and step by step how IVF is going to go! I'm so happy we came for a second opinion and are sticking with Dr. Levens!"
"We felt we could ask Dr. Levens as many questions as we wanted and he was willing to spend the time to go to the level of detail we were interested in. He seems very approachable and responsive so far, which we appreciate given the treatment we'd had at our previous OB/GYN in trying to discuss these matters."
"Dr. Levens is absolutely amazing. He has such a great bedside manner. His compassion for his patients is beyond anything I could have hoped for. He makes himself available 24/7 and has been an outstanding person to have in my corner every step of this journey."
"Dr. Levens was wonderful. His delicate manner and knowledge were much appreciated. I would definitely recommend him."
"Dr Levens is amazing! Got a second opinion through him after first trying Dominion Fertility. So much happier with Shady Grove. The staff is nice, helpful, responsive, professional, and educated. Within just a few moments I could tell how knowledgeable Dr. Levens is. He explained everything to us in detail and gave us an honest opinion and guidance that was not driven by money. He is what you want every doctor to be like."
"I can't say enough good things about Dr. Levens. He is patient, knowledgable, and courteous. He never made me feel rushed or foolish for asking lots of questions. His bedside manner is excellent. He's very compassionate. Also, I have nothing but positive things to say about Shady Grove. The part of the practice that may seem like a baby mill to some actually ended up being very reassuring to us. For example, they have great office hours, dedicated insurance and billing staff, and quick follow-up. Emails and calls were always returned the same day. Furthermore, in reproductive endocrinology, the volume of business is very important to refining methods. The staff is very friendly (not to mention competent), so I never really felt like I was stuck "going to the doctor" all the time. One person totally went above and beyond to make sure I got my medication on time. The office itself is well-appointed. I'm happy that I'm pregnant and thus currently have no need to go back. But if I had a need to go back, I would do so in a heartbeat. I also plan to recommend Dr. Levens to friends."
"I cannot say enough about the amazing care I received from Dr. Levens at SGF. He is compassionate, understanding, calming and goes out of his way to make off the clock phone calls and even came in on his off day to perform an essentially unscheduled procedure for us. I would 100% recommend him as well as the team at SGF Annandale to anyone who is undertaking an infertility journey. Currently I am 12 weeks pregnant and have graduated to regular Obgyn- but would not be where we are without SGF."
"Dr. Levens is by far one of the best physicians I have ever had, regardless of specialty. He is very knowledgeable and was able to explain every aspect of treatment in detail and always gave honest and thorough answers to my questions. I felt very comfortable working with him - he is very kind and truly cares about your comfort and treatment. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"I echo the other positive comments about Dr. Levens. In addition to being very knowledgeable, he is very approachable and willing to answer any questions I had in a clear and concise manner. The office, tech, an nursing staff were all great. Dr. Levens' nurse, Mary, was wonderful throughout the whole process and was very responsive to my (many) emails."
"Dr. Levens is an absolute dream to work with. He is compassionate, generous with his time, and highly involved in the field. He always took the time to explain and support me through the entire IUI and IVF process (I think I cried in his office at least 5 or 6 times!). He never made me feel silly and always had words of encouragment towards our success. He met with me, called me, and emailed with me whenever I had questions, concerns or doubts. I feel so grateful to have had Dr. Levens on my side. I am now 13 weeks pregnant and I owe it all to the phenomonal staff at Shady Grove, especially Dr. Levens. I would recommend him time and time again to anyone having trouble conceiving. He is THE BEST. I wish he could be my doctor for everything - he is seriously that amazing. Thank you Dr. Levens & the Shady Grove Staff!!"
"Dr. Levens is by far and away the most compassionate doctor I have ever seen. He is kind, generous with his time, fully up to date on the latest technologies, debates and research in the infertility field. I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked with him. He never made me feel rushed and stayed late to meet with me and husband once. He called as after every procedure, every failed test, and to celebrate when we were successful. There are no words to accurately describe how phenomanal he is."
"We're very pleased with Dr. Levens, nurse Mary and the entire staff. We couldn't have asked a better service. It was the best experience for us and we can't Thank You enough."
"He is so kind and caring. Truly a wonderful doctor."
"We had a wonderful experience with Dr Levens and the Annandale office as a whole. He's compassionate, explains things in an understandable way and always seemed ready to devote as much time as necessary to our appointments. I once left a message on the after hours nurses line and Dr. Levens returned my call personally because he wanted to make sure I was taken care of before he left the office."
"He's wonderful. Compassionate, kind, intelligent. He is truly an expert in his field."
"LOVE Dr. Levens. He is so kind and compassionate, intelligent, and generous. He's wonderful to work with and truly cares about patients as people."
"Dr. Levens is very compassionate and knowledgeable in the fertility field. After each of my procedures he contacted me personally to make sure I was feeling well and everything went ok. I always felt like his number one priority whenever i was meeting with him. I would go to Dr. Levens with all of my health care needs if that was a possibility!"
"I cannot speak more highly about Dr. Levens. He is extremely compassionate and comforting during the hard time of infertility as well as up on all new technology and advances in infertility. I always felt I was his number one priority and no matter what our appointment was for I was never rushed or felt the clock ticking during our meetings. He called me personally after all of my procedures including on a Sunday evening. If I could go to Dr. Levens for all of my health care needs I would!"
"More than any other physician I've worked with, Dr. Levens is knowledgeable, courteous, trustworthy, and is up to date on cutting edge interventions. During an incredibly difficult time, Dr. Levens demonstrated great patience, and when we had all but lost hope in the process, we trusted Dr. Levens to hold that hope for us. We are so grateful to have had Dr. Levens' expertise - we know our family wouldn't be the same without it."
"Dr. Levens and his staff are incredible! They are very professional, sensitive and knowledgeable. 10/10 would recommend!"
"Dr. Levens and the whole Shady Grove team were incredible! Professional, caring/sensitive to our infertility, and very helpful and available for late night/weekend questions. You can always get an immediate appointment, and the quality of their front desk and support staff is top notch! Best ultrasound techs around!"
"I cannot recommend Dr. Levens and Shady Grove Fertility enough. Dr. Levens and his nurse provided exceptional care for me during my time there. They were matter of fact when devising treatment plans and they made sure that I had every question answered. If you are struggling to conceive do not hesitate to call SGF. It's the best call I ever made."
"As with some other reviews, I had heard that Shady Grove had a reputation for being very "clinical" and not having the personal touch, but I chose them anyway because I had some friends who had good things to say. The staff at the Annandale office, including Dr. Levens, was nothing short of wonderful. Everyone is so nice and is so willing to help when I had any questions. I always felt like I was getting personalized treatments that would give my body the best chance of getting pregnant. Dr. Levens knows his stuff, and he will do his best to help you."
"My husband and I will be forever grateful to Dr. Levens! He was extremely patient, knowledgeable, empathetic, compassionate, and confident all in one. Throughout our entire journey, Dr. Levens remained optimistic, which in turn, gave us great hope. He called after each negative IUI just to check in and see how I was holding up. He also called to share in our happiness after we finally received the news we had hoped and prayed for. I would recommend Shady Grove and Dr. Levens to anyone having difficulty starting their family."
"I have nothing but good things to say about the entire staff at Shady Grove Fertility, especially Dr. Levens. I always felt like they were "on my side" and that they were giving me personalized treatment plans that would give me the best chance of getting pregnant."
"Thankful and such a pleasant experience with Dr. Levens and his staff. We were pleased with how personal, caring and available the staff was to answer any and all questions. Dr. Levens and his team was extremely optimistic about making progress. After taking clomid, 1 injection ovidrel (which by the way, I am not a needle person -- have a history of having trouble with that as a kid) but it was very easy, and I felt very prepared, in fact it was not as bad as I thought at all! After 1 IUI we had a biochemical pregnancy and our 2nd IUI worked! We were thrilled. Layluma our nurse was excellent and available for any and all questions-- she was comforting when we had a biochemical (explained it to us) and also was available to answer questions at every point."
"Dr. Levens is simply THE BEST. We have one very healthy two year old and another baby on the way thanks to his expertise and custom approach to our fertility situation. I am appreciative of his wealth of information, educational stance in delivering options, and how he worked with us to maximize our chances of conception while also considering cost. Sarah, my nurse, was also exceptional. She had strong knowledge of our protocol and was helpful and responsive every step of the way. I count myself so lucky to have landed in the care of Dr. Levens and recommend him to anyone who is seeking fertility treatment. The Annandale office is wonderfully staffed from reception to nursing to the doctors themselves. Five stars well deserved!"
"Dr. Levens is outstanding. He has been nothing short of meticulous during our infertility diagnosis, and our procedures that followed. He always explained things easily, with care and deep knowledge, so we fully understood our situation and what to expect. He surrounds himself with an outstanding support staff as well so no matter what we needed, we were covered at any stage of the cycle. We always appreciated his sound advice and calming manner. I cannot say enough good things about him!"
"Dr. Levens listened to all of our concerns and answered our questions. We never felt rushed during appointments and he personally followed up after each procedure."
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