About J. Ryan Martin, M.D.
Ryan Martin, M.D. earned his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine and completed his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He pursued his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale University.
Dr Martin is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. His interests include infertility, in vitro fertilization, pre genetic screening (PGS) and fertility preservation for oncologic or social reasons.
Dr. Martin is the recipient of multiple teaching awards and was an instructor at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology (SREI), American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), and the International Society for Fertility Preservation (ISFP).
Dr. Martin serves as a reviewer for various scientific journals and has published many peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, book chapters, and review articles on wide-ranging topics such as fertility preservation, fertility insurance mandates, and the biologic efficiency of reproduction.
Following a tragic injury at the age of 12 that left him paralyzed from the waist down, the highly competitive and determined athlete spent a good portion of his youth traveling an international circuit to compete in various tennis tournaments. He then turned his competitive nature into his pursuit to become a doctor. Dr. Martin became the first wheelchair-bound student to ever graduate from Yale Medical School. Watch his inspiring story of perseverance and determination.
After building a successful fertility practice in New Haven, CT, Dr. Martin and his family joined the Shady Grove Fertility family in the Philadelphia region in 2016.
- College: Yale University School of Medicine
- Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale-New Haven Hospital
- Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Yale University
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
- Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI)
- The Endocrine Society
- American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?
A: A reproductive endocrinologist gave my class a lecture in my third year of medical school about treating infertility. He talked extensively about IVF and pre genetic screening of embryos and the ability to help change people’s lives for the better. After shadowing him in his clinic and watching him make so many couples’ dreams come true, I was inspired to become a reproductive endocrinologist.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: I am inspired by those who strive to help others. I am always amazed by doctors and nurses who bond with their patients and have the ability to put them at ease. I strive to be able to do that with my patients and make a difficult process as tolerable as possible.
Q: What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?
A: I enjoy playing tennis and scuba diving. I have always liked tennis because it requires strength, concentration, drive, and belief in yourself in order to be successful. Scuba diving is my favorite hobby because of the adventure, wildlife, and the brilliant colors and scenery.
Q: What is something about you that would surprise most people?
A: Most people don’t know that I used to play professional wheelchair tennis on a world circuit before I went into medicine.
Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?
A: I am so proud to be part of Shady Grove Fertility because of the outstanding care that is provided and by the amazing people who work here. It truly takes an entire team to make a practice succeed and to allow patients to have the best experience possible. It is clear that everyone at SGF knows what patients are going through and I am honored to be part of a great team.
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
A: I would love to go scuba diving with my wife and son in Bali and on the Great Barrier Reef. Going on a safari in Africa is also on my bucket list.
Q: Describe a time you were inspired by a patient.
A: I am inspired by my patients daily and their ability to make decisions under difficult situations.
Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
A: It is a tremendous honor to be able to help couples struggling with infertility. I believe that it is critical to provide patients with an accurate, honest medical opinion in order for them to make informed decisions about their reproductive options and future. Patients should have the autonomy to make decisions based on accurate information.
Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: I am an honest, transparent person who thrives on relating with his patients. I believe it is the cornerstone of being a good physician. I am proud to be able to empathize with patients’ struggles and try to find humor where I can.
“Words cannot describe the gratitude and gratefulness we have for Dr. Martin and his team. From the very first appointment to our recent graduation from the practice has filled us with confidence, positivity, and warmth. Dr. Martin should write the handbook on bedside manner because we have never met a Doctor who does it so well and with such grace. The Shady Grove Warrington team will forever be apart of our family and our story. They are a true gift to what is such a hard, and difficult time in our lives. From initial testing to IUIs, IVF and mixed with a global pandemic — what a time to navigate infertility. But with Dr. Martin, Karina, Lindsey, Alecia, Nivia, Debbie and anyone I missed we were in the best hands. Don’t hesitate, make an appointment and begin your chapter here. There is no doubt in my mind, that you will also love them.”
“There is no way to adequately use words regarding Dr. Martin and his dedication to his patients. My husband and I are extremely lucky to be on our fertility journey with a doctor like him. There has never been a day where we didn’t have full faith and trust in Dr. Martin. Even when things didn’t go smoothly, we never felt alone or hopeless on this journey. Without Dr. Martin, we wouldn’t be welcoming our baby boy in just a few short months ( and he’ll be our first phone call when we’re ready for baby #2!). Thank you Dr. Martin and the entire medical team, struggling with fertility is not a journey we’d wish others to have to go through, but if you do – Dr. Martin is the best to have beside you. The only thing that still makes me sad is we had to say goodbye to the team for now and he can’t deliver our baby!!”
“Dr. Martin is absolutely wonderful. We could not imagine going through this journey with anyone else. So easy to speak to and so encouraging. My husband and I are so grateful Dr. Martin is part of our journey.”
“My husband and I have been working with Dr. Martin for several months. Throughout our 3 IUIs, egg retrieval, and transfer, we absolutely could not have imagined working with anyone else. Dr. Martin is one of the most caring, compassionate, and trustworthy physicians we’ve ever met. Although we are thrilled that our first transfer worked, we are incredibly sad to be discharging from his care. We strongly recommend Dr. Martin and his team at SGF!”
“I have nothing but the best things to say about the team at Shady Grove Fertility! Dr. Martin, Debbie, and Hailey were always so caring from the first appointment to my last. They all explained each step and process that I had to go through thoroughly so that I understood it completely. All of my questions were answered – even the ones I thought of after I left my appointments. The whole team made me feel like I was never a bother through all of those daunting experiences of countless bloodwork, shots, ultrasounds, and procedures. They were even super flexible with my teaching schedule. I would highly recommend Shady Grove Fertility to anyone that is struggling with infertility, you will be welcomed with open arms.”
“We could not have had a better experience working with SGF! Dr. Martin is patient, caring, and makes you feel like a top priority. The staff nurses respond to all of your concerns in a matter of minutes and understand the mental strain that comes with difficulty conceiving. The office is clean and inviting and appointments always run on time. The support from this staff made all the difference in our journey and we left every appointment feeling educated and confident in our treatment. If you are looking for a team that supports you, caters to your needs and treats you like family, this is the place to go!”
“I highly recommend Dr. Martin if you are seeking fertility care. He is extremely knowledgeable, caring, and most importantly sets realistic expectations. I was under the care of another fertility physician before seeing Dr. Martin who was rarely available and did not provide the full information in order to build up unrealistic expectations. Dr. Martin and the entire Shady Grove Fertility team are phenomenal and I highly recommend them to anyone in need of fertility care.”
“Our experience with SGF Warrington was nothing short of comforting and reassuring. The staff there are incredibly accommodating and optimistic. They have the remarkable ability to transcend patient’s apprehensions and concerns with thorough explanations and literature . The staff, especially Dr. Martin and Debbie, are super personable and relatable. The ‘human factor’ they exemplify allows for more of a connection and relationship with the staff opposed to being just a number or another patient. You truly felt like you were be treated by friends and family. We wish we could take the SGF staff with us as we transitioned to seeing an OBGYN as leaving the practice was bittersweet.”
“In what was a very trying journey which tested our patience, psyche and questioned whether or not we wanted to continue the journey of becoming parents, Dr. Martin provided us with wonderful support, knowledge of our situation and his recommendations turned out to be exactly what we needed in order to realize our dream of having a baby. We are currently on a great path and none of it would be possible without Dr. Martin, Tori and the rest of the staff at shady grove that supported us throughout this process.”
“Dr. Martin and the Shady Grove Fertility team are truly a dream team that you can put your full trust in. The level of support, care, knowledge, and encouragement provided allowed us an incredibly comfortable and great experience. They truly share your goals and want to help you achieve your dream. I feel some emptiness in my heart that I won’t be interacting with them on as regular a basis now but I appreciate their proactiveness in asking me to check in with them to share my progress – I definitely plan to do so!”
“I visited Dr. Martin for a consultation to freeze my eggs and to have an honest conversation about my fertility health after a long history of PCOS and I’m so glad I did. Not only was Dr. Martin incredibly knowledgeable and straight-forward, but he explained everything in a way I’d really understand. He answered all of my questions, provided me with a realistic view of my options and seriously made me feel like I was in great hands. The friendliness, professionalism, overall positivity and assistance from his office staff was truly unmatched. I will definitely be visiting Dr. Martin again for my future family planning and I recommend you do the same!”
- Martin JR, Lieber SB, McGrath J, Shanabough M, Horvath TL, Taylor HS (2011). Maternal Ghrelin Deficiency Compromises Reproduction in Female Progeny Through Altered Uterine Developmental Programming. Endocrinology,May;152(5):2060-6.
- Martin JR, Seli E. (2011) Assisted reproduction in a patient with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome: Management of thrombophilia and consumptive coagulopathy.J Assist Reprod Genet, Mar;23(3):217-9.
- Martin JR, Bromer JG, Sakkas D, Patrizio P.(2011)Insurance Coverage and IVF Outcomes: A US Perspective. Fertil Steril, Mar 1;95(3):964-969.
- Martin JR, Patrizio P. (2010) Principles and Practice of Fertility Preservation; Whole Ovary Freezing. Donnay J. and Kim S. Cambridge University Press, 367-377.
- Martin JR, Bromer JG, Sakkas D, Patrizio P. (2010) Live babies born per oocyte in a subpopulation of oocyte donors with repetitive reproductive success. Fertil Steril, Nov;94(6): 2064-2068.