About Valerie Libby, M.D., M.P.H.
Valerie Libby, M.D., M.P.H., FACOG, earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin Honors Program studying Psychology and Spanish. She then earned a Masters in Global Public Health from George Washington University where she served as a fellow in Kenya for the Global Health Service. After finishing her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Parkland Hospital, University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center, she completed a 3-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Libby is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and board eligible in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, including polycystic ovary syndrome, male factor infertility, and ovarian aging. She is also accomplished in the areas of fertility preservation and elective egg freezing.
Dr. Libby has received several honors, including the Award for Excellence in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center; a Distinction in Medical Education from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; and was acknowledged as an American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2018 Prize Paper Candidate. She has presented her research on in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes in fertile, sterilized patients at several national meetings.
An advocate in the reproductive endocrinology field, Dr. Libby has held a variety of leadership roles with the American Medical Student Association, American Medical Women’s Association, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Dr. Libby’s roots are in Atlanta, Georgia, where she graduated from Woodward Academy. She enjoys tennis, biking, cooking, and dancing. She speaks Spanish fluently and loves traveling. Sharing in her passion for reproductive medicine, her father and two brothers are urologists. After completing four egg freezing cycles herself, she is very passionate about egg freezing and reproductive planning.
Dr. Libby joined Shady Grove Fertility in September 2020, and will be seeing patients at SGF’s Atlanta – Northside location.
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Parkland Hospital, University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center
- Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- Award for Excellence in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center
- Prelude $10,000 Scientific Advisory Board Research Grant
- ASRM 2018 Prize Paper Candidate
- ASRM Corporate Member Council In-Training Travel Award
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- American Medical Women’s Association
- Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
- Pacific Coast Reproductive Society
- Midwest Reproductive Society
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?
A: I became a doctor because I love helping people and observing the impact that my father and grandfathers had on their patients and the fulfillment they exude from their profession inspired me to pursue medicine.
Q: Where did your interest in reproductive endocrinology come from?
A: I believe the most important thing in the world is family. Therefore, I knew the most fulfilling specialty for me would be helping people create families themselves.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. I love cooking and eating and therefore trying new restaurants. I also love being outdoors and keeping myself healthy with biking, tennis, and pilates so I can enjoy those restaurants.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: My parents inspire me. My mom inspires me to create a beautiful home and family and my father inspire me to be a kind and innovative leader that tries to always make others feel good about themselves and to be the best physician that treats every patient like their own family.
Q: Describe a time you were inspired by a patient.
A: All of my patients inspire me, but the ones that stand out are hardworking, single women that chose to start a family because they are tired of waiting to meet the right partner. That is awesome and so inspiring to me.
Q: What is something about you that would surprise most people?
A: My father, two of my brothers, and uncle are all urologists so, to my mother’s dismay, our dinner conversations often involve the reproductive tract.
I lived in Kenya for 7 months, speak some Swahili, Italian, Portuguese, and am fluent in Spanish.
I froze my eggs 4 times!!
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
A: Well, just like all my patients, I hope to have my own family one day. I love that I deeply understand this desire and can empathize with everyone that walks into my office.
Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
A: First, I listen. I try to fully understand their concerns and struggles. Then, I validate their feelings and let them know they are not alone. I try to empathize with their struggle and connect with my patients. Finally, I attempt to evaluate their issues while explaining to the patient what I think may be the possible cause and how we can attempt to tackle the problem one step at a time.
Q: ow would you describe your personality?
A: I am outgoing and very positive and try my best to relate to people. I am a leader and love to mentor others whether they are my patients or my colleagues.
Q: What about SGF Atlanta makes you the most proud?
A: There are so many reasons I am honored and thrilled to join SGF Atlanta. The first time I met with SGF, I learned about their core values of integrity, empathy, and increasing access to care—values directly aligned with my own.
As a patient of fertility myself, I understand the financial burden of IVF. SGF mitigates this risk significantly by sharing financial risk with the patients. SGF was the first fertility practice to create a Shared Risk program and, though other practices attempt to emulate them, SGF provides the most affordable options. Furthermore, SGF is constantly maintaining and improving their standards of care with evidence-based practices.
“I want to thank Dr. Libby and her team for helping us expand our family. The process was smooth from beginning to end and all concerns were addressed. The office staff was amazing and professional. We will definitely return when it’s time to expand our family again.”