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DesireéMccarthy-Keith, M.D., M.P.H.

Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
3400-A Old Milton Parkway
Suite 390
Alpharetta , GA 30005
5445 Meridian Mark Road
Suite 270
Atlanta, GA 30342
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About DesireÉ mccarthy-keith, M.D.

Dr. McCarthy-Keith earned her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also a Master of Public Health in maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training at Duke University Medical Center and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. During her fellowship, Dr. McCarthy-Keith’s research focused on the molecular mechanisms of uterine fibroid regulation and reproductive health disparities. She has special interests in male and female infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, uterine fibroids, and in vitro fertilization. She has authored several peer-reviewed publications on reproductive and infertility topics and has presented her research nationally. She is honored to serve as Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Prior to joining SGF Atlanta, Dr. McCarthy-Keith practiced general obstetrics and gynecology in Virginia and South Carolina. While in Maryland, she treated patients with reproductive endocrine and fertility disorders at the National Institutes of Health and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. McCarthy-Keith was a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and held the position of Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Dr. McCarthy-Keith is passionate about her vegan way of life. She shares her enthusiasm for plant-based nutrition with everyone she meets and she encourages her patients to incorporate healthy diet into their fertility lifestyle. A native of North Carolina, Dr. McCarthy-Keith is the proud mother of two energetic sons. She spends her free time in Atlanta visiting the zoo, strolling the botanical gardens, and cheering on the Braves.

  • Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, National Institutes of Health
Awards & Recognition
  • Black Health Magazine’s Most Influential African American Doctors
  • Who’s Who in Black Atlanta (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Mom-Approved Fertility Specialist in Atlanta Parent Magazine
Professional Organizations
  • American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Georgia OB/GYN Society
  • Medical Association of Georgia
  • Georgia State Medical Association

Q & A

Q: Why did you become a reproductive endocrinologist?


I was intrigued by the science aspect of REI, which is so cool! I enjoy the problem solving and technical aspects of infertility evaluation and treatment. I value the personal relationships that we build with our patients as we work together and it is extremely rewarding to celebrate when our patients get pregnant. Being an REI allows me to be scientist, detective, counselor, cheerleader, and friend to patients every day.

Q: What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?


I love bike riding, roller skating, running/walking 5ks, and soaking up the sun on my favorite beach. Enjoying the beauty of nature keeps me happy and calm. I am also very passionate about plant-based nutrition and I enjoy reading my favorite vegan chef’s blogs.

Q: What is something about you that would surprise most people?


I'm terrified of frogs.

Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?


I am most proud to be a part of the countless families who we have traveled with along their journey to become parents. We are entrusted with their care during a very special and private time in their lives.

Q: What’s on your bucket list?


Meeting Stevie Wonder, guest appearance on Sesame Street, African safari with my sons.

Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?


I put myself in their shoes. I know the disappointment of a negative pregnancy test and the feeling of impatience when it’s not happening fast enough. I also truly believe that there is a plan for each of our lives and that when we submit to that will, challenges are easier to endure. I give lots of pep talks and plenty of hugs. I get to know my patients. I connect with them and let them know that I will see them through.

Q: How would you describe your personality?


I am an eternal optimist, with high energy for life and a positive attitude.



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  • McCarthy-Keith DM, Malik M, Britten J, Segars J, Catherino WH. Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist increases expression of osmotic response genes in leiomyoma cells. Fertil Steril 2011; 95 (7): 2383-7.
  • McCarthy-Keith DM, Armstrong AY. Myomectomy before IVF: Which fibroids need to be removed? Middle East Fertility Society Journal 2011; 16: 39-41.
  • McCarthy-Keith DM, Armstrong A. Innovations in fibroid therapy. Therapy 2011; 8: 189-200.
  • Malik M, Norian J, McCarthy-Keith D, Britten J, Catherino W. Why leiomyomas are called fibroids: The central role of extracellular matrix in symptomatic women. Semin Reprod Med 2010; 28: 169-79.
  • Cook H, Ezzati M, Segars J, McCarthy DM. The impact of uterine leiomyomas on reproductive outcomes. Minerva Ginecol 2010; 62:225-36.
  • McCarthy-Keith DM, Hill M, Norian JM, Millo C, McKeeby J, Armstrong A. Use of FDG-Positron Emission Tomography/ Computed Tomography to Localize a Hilar Cell Tumor of the Ovary. Fertil Steril 2010 Feb.
  • McCarthy-Keith DM, Schisterman E, Robinson R, O’Leary K, Lucidi R, Armstrong A. Will Decreasing ART Costs Improve Utilization and Outcomes among Minority Women? Fertil Steril 2010 Mar [Epub].
  • McCarthy-Keith DM, Levens E, Armstrong A, Nurudeen S, Nieman L. Recruitment and retention of women for clinical leiomyoma trials. Contemp Clin Trials 2010; 31: 44-8.
  • McCarthy-Keith DM, Coggins A. Perineal endometrioma occurring during pregnancy: A case report. J Reprod Med 2008; 53: 57-8.
  • Browne H, McCarthy-Keith D, Stegmann B, Spies J, Armstrong A. Ovarian response in women undergoing ovarian stimulation after myomectomy. Fertil Steril 2008; 90:e19-21.
  • Malek R, McCarthy-Keith D, Levens ED, Merino MJ, DeCherney AH, Weinstein LS. A gastrointestinal stromal tumor in a patient with multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A and metastatic medullary thyroid cancer to the ovaries. Endocr Pract 2008; 14:898-901.
  • McCarthy-Keith D, Armstrong AY. The Menstrual Cycle in Women’s Health Across the Lifespan: A Pharmacotherapeutic Approach. 2010
Resources & Events
WHEN: 2/7/2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Atlanta, GA
Prospective and Current Patients
During this information event, Dr. Desiree McCarthy-Keith will review who should see a fertility specialist, what to expect during the initial appointment, how fertility is diagnosed, treatment options, and the financial options.
WHEN: 2/21/2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Atlanta, GA
Prospective and Current Patients
Since 2000, SGF Atlanta has been dedicated to helping lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples or singles achieve their goals of building a family.
WHEN: 3/7/2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Atlanta, GA
Prospective and Current Patients
During this information event, Dr. Anne Brawner Namnoum will review who should see a fertility specialist, what to expect during the initial appointment, how fertility is diagnosed, treatment options, and the financial options.

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