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 (2018-2020)
- Washingtonian‘s Top Doctors for Infertility (2019)
- 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
“Dr. Levens and his staff were extremely kind and patient, walking us through all our questions and making sure we felt 100% confident that we understood all the information and decisions we were making. We had success on our first IVF/FET round and are currently 16 weeks and counting! The minute we walked through the clinic doors, I knew we had made the right decision, thank you!”
“Dr. Levens was kind and patient and never failed to make sure we had all the information, all our questions answered, and felt totally confident with the discussed path forward. I always felt in excellent hands between Dr. Levens and our nurse Sarah. We had success on our first cycle and now can’t imagine we every hesitated to make this big step. Thank you!”
“Dr. Levens is one of the best doctors my husband and I have ever worked with. When we began our journey to start a family, we had little knowledge of IVF. Dr. Levens thoroughly and clearly explained the process and procedures, answered all our questions, and put us at ease with the somewhat overwhelming idea of going through IVF. He and his nurse are responsive, caring, and concerned about you and your journey. They gave us our son and we are now pregnant again, all thanks to Shady Grove!”
“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. I’d recommend Shady Grove Fertility 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 is so sweet and caring. He truly knows and cares about each of his patients. He is very willing to sit and answer as many questions as needed. Infertility is such a fragile journey, but he does an amazing job of helping you walk through it! Everyone at the Fairfax office was so sweet and kind! I got to know them personally during our infertility journey. Would highly recommend Dr. Levens and the Fairfax office!!”
“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 Shady Grove Fertility 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.”
“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 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 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.”
“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.”
- Hill MJ, Royster GD, Healy MW, et al. Are good patient and embryo characteristics protective against the negative effect of elevated progesterone level on the day of oocyte maturation? Fertil Steril. 2015;103(6):1477-84.e1-5.
- Devine K, Connell MT, Richter KS, et al. Single vitrified blastocyst transfer maximizes liveborn children per embryo while minimizing preterm birth. Fertil Steril. 2015;103(6):1454-60.e1.
- Healy MW, Hill MJ, Levens ED. Optimal oocyte retrieval and embryo transfer techniques: where we are and how we got here. Semin Reprod Med. 2015;33(2):83-91.
- Zarek SM, Hill MJ, Richter KS, et al. Single and double donor sperm intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycles: does double IUI increase clinical pregnancy rates? Fertil Steril. 2014;102(3):739-43.
- Hill MJ, Wolff EF. Methotrexate for assisted reproductive technology (ART) ectopic pregnancy. (Reply). Fertil Steril. 2014;101(2):e11.
- Hill MJ, Cooper JC, Levy G, et al. Ovarian reserve and subsequent assisted reproduction outcomes after methotrexate therapy for ectopic pregnancy or pregnancy of unknown location. Fertil Steril. 2014;101(2):413-419.
- Hill MJ, Heitmann RJ, Levens ED. Trophectoderm morphology grading reflects interactions between embryo and endometrium. (Reply). Fertil Steril. 2013;100(4):e24.
- Hill MJ, Whitcomb BW, Lewis TD, et al. Progesterone luteal support following ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Fertil Steril. 2013;100(5):1373-80.
- Levens E, Richter K, Levy M. Money-back guarantees. Semin Reprod Med. 2013;31(3):198-203.
- Hill MJ, Richter KS, Heitmann RJ, et al. Trophectoderm grade predicts outcomes of single-blastocyst transfers. Fertil Steril. 2013;99(5):1283-1289.e1.