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Michael J.Levy, M.D.

President and Director of IVF, Co-Founder of Shady Grove Fertility

Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
15001 Shady Grove Road
Suites 220 and 400
Rockville, MD 20850
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About Michael J. Levy, M.D.

Michael J. Levy, M.D., is a founding partner and director of in vitro fertilization at Shady Grove Fertility. He also innovated and fought for acceptance of the Shared Risk 100% Refund Plan and the Shared Donor Egg Program. Dr. Levy received his medical degree from the University of Cape Town Medical School in South Africa. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a 2-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at The George Washington University. Dr. Levy is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology. He is a clinical assistant professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

  • Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, The George Washington University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, The George Washington University School of Medicine
Awards & Recognition
  • Washingtonian's Top Doctors List for Infertility (1994 to present)
  • Washington Consumers CHECKBOOK's Top Doctors (2015)
Professional Organizations
  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Q & A

Q: Why did you become a doctor?


I had to decide in 10th grade in South Africa! You have to select the right matriculation subjects to get into medical school right after high school. I was good at math and science and found other options unappealing.

Q: Who inspired you?


My father, who passed away 8 years ago. He was a primary care physician in Cape Town and really taught me how to relate to patients.

Q: What's on your bucket list?


See Adele live in concert, paddle boarding, breaking par in a golf round.

Q: Who's on your iPod?


Adele, Matisyahu, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Antony and the Johnsons (the last three are indie groups my kids recommended).

Q: What are your hobbies?


Golf and reading.

Q: What about you would most surprise people?


I am not good at relaxing (most people probably will not be surprised at that). It makes me productive.

Q: Can you give a pearl of wisdom?


"Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions because they become . . . habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny! What we think we become."—Margaret Thatcher

Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?


The way we have taken care of our patients and provided so many opportunities for our staff.



“We cannot thank you enough! Your patience and thoughtfulness helped us tremendously. We appreciate your care more than we can ever express. Your have touched our lives and allow for our family. We will always be grateful.”

“It’s hard to express how grateful we are to you. We always appreciated the care we got at Shady Grove and your honesty and advice regarding our situation. Thank you for helping us realize our dream of becoming parents. Now we feel our family is complete!”

"We want to thank you so much for all of your expert knowledge, advice, support and of course tremendous outcome to our secondary infertility problems! We became pregnant easily with our first daughter. So we were especially surprised to have difficulty when trying to get pregnant with our second child. After about a year a friend recommended you highly to us."

"We immediately felt very comfortable with your extensive experience and your style. We appreciated your sensitivity, your calm focused demeanor, and also your sense of humor…Upon “graduating” from Shady Grove after seeing the baby’s heartbeat, I walked around saying good-bye to the people I had seen often."

"We always speak very highly of you to anyone who asks, and have recently recommended you to a very close friend who are in the midst of their own infertility struggle for their first pregnancy…"

"We wish you continued success in your work helping people start or expand their families, and happiness with your own family."

"We want to express to you our deepest gratitude for the outstanding service and professional care we received from you and your staff during our IVF cycles. While there are no guarantees in life, the medical expertise, nursing care and compassion we received made all the difference in our success. Regardless of what the outcome might have been we are impressed and grateful for the quality of service SGFC have to offer.
We can not take for granted how fortunate we are to have conceived. As complex and overwhelming as the IVF treatment seemed sometimes, we are the more convinced she is a miracle. We are in awe of our daughter and all the care it took to have her with us. “Thank you”, just doesn’t seem like enough to say to express our gratitude. But, THANK YOU!!!!"



  • 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;103:1477-84.
  • Levy MJ, Ledger W, Kolibianakis EM, Ijzerman-Boon PC, Gordon K. Is it possible to reduce the incidence of weekend oocyte retrievals in GnRH antagonist protocols? Reprod Biomed Online. 2013;26:50-8.
  • Levens ED, Richter KS, Levy MJ. Money-back guarantees. Semin Reprod Med. 2013;31:198-203.
  • Hill MJ, Richter KS, Heitmann RJ, et al. Number of supernumerary vitrified blastocysts is positively correlated with implantation and live birth in single-blastocyst embryo transfers. Fertil Steril. 2013;99:1631-6.
  • Whitcomb BW, Turzanski-Fortner R, Richter KS, et al. Contribution of male age to outcomes in assisted reproductive technologies. Fertil Steril. 2011;95:147-51.
  • Levens ED, Levy MJ. Ethical application of Shared Risk programs in assisted reproductive technology. Fertil Steril. 2011;95:2198-9.
  • Norian JM, Levens ED, Richter KS, Widra EA, Levy MJ. Conversion from assisted reproductive technology to intrauterine insemination in low responders: is it advantageous? Fertil Steril. 2010;94:2073-7.
  • Moon KS, Richter KS, Levy MJ, Widra EA. Does dilation and curettage versus expectant management for spontaneous abortion in patients undergoing in vitro fertilization affect subsequent endometrial development? Fertil Steril. 2009;92:1776-9.
  • Meldrum DR, Scott RT Jr., Levy MJ, Alper MM, Noyes N. Oral contraceptive pretreatment in women undergoing controlled ovarian stimulation in ganirelix acetate cycles may, for a subset of patients, be associated with low serum luteinizing hormone levels, reduced ovarian response to gonadotropins, and early pregnancy loss. Fertil Steril. 2009;91:1963-5.
  • Sagoskin AW, Levy MJ, Tucker MJ, Richter KS, Widra EA. Laser assisted hatching in good prognosis patients undergoing in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer: a randomized controlled trial. Fertil Steril. 2007;87:283-7.

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