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 for Infertility (1994-2019)
- Washington Consumers CHECKBOOK’s Top Doctors (2015)
- 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?
A: 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?
A: 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?
A: See Adele live in concert, paddle boarding, breaking par in a golf round.
Q: Who’s on your iPod?
A: Adele, Matisyahu, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Antony and the Johnsons (the last three are indie groups my kids recommended).
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Golf and reading.
Q: What about you would most surprise people?
A: 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?
A: “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?
A: The way we have taken care of our patients and provided so many opportunities for our staff.
“I have never met a doctor quite like Dr. Levy. Within moments of meeting him, my husband and I felt completely at ease and knew we were exactly where we needed to be. After 4 years of trying to conceive, and multiple failed treatments with a local doctor, we decided it was time to make the 5 hour drive to meet with Dr. Levy. He was calm and compassionate throughout our initial consult, and gave us renewed confidence in moving forward with IVF. We found success with our first cycle at SGF.”
“Thanks to Dr. Levy and the amazing team at Shady Grove Fertility we became the proud parents of twins in 2000 after only 9 months of treatments. Dr. Levy’s integrity, empathy, professionalism and transparency helped us all the way on this journey. After 17 years now he still holds a special place in our hearts and we are forever grateful.”
“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 Fertility 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 express to Dr. Levy our deepest gratitude for the outstanding service and professional care we received from him and his 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 Shady Grove Fertility have to offer.”
“We immediately felt very comfortable with Dr. Levy’s extensive experience and style. We appreciated his sensitivity, his calm focused demeanor, and also his sense of humor…Upon ‘graduating’ from Shady Grove Fertility 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 Dr. Levy to anyone who asks, and have recently recommended him to a very close friend who are in the midst of their own infertility struggle for their first pregnancy…”
“We wish Dr. Levy continued success in his work helping people start or expand their families, and happiness with his own family.”
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!!!!”
“We feel so fortunate to have found Dr. Levy. He is a wonderfully gifted doctor and so very calm and reassuring throughout the process. We are currently 5 months pregnant and have had such a positive experience with SGF.”
- 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.