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Gilbert L.Mottla, M.D.

Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Belcher Pavilion
2000 Medical Parkway, Suite 308
Annapolis, MD 21401
9601 Blackwell Road
4th and 5th Floors
Rockville, MD 20850
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About gilbert l. mottla, M.D.

Gilbert L. Mottla, M.D., received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, where he won the Dr. David Rothbaum award for superior academic achievement in obstetrics and gynecology and compassion and understanding toward patients. He completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Magee-Womens Hospital, University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Mottla completed a 2-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at The George Washington University School of Medicine. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology. Dr. Mottla is presently a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Georgetown University.

Dr. Mottla has been recognized by Washingtonian magazine and What's Up Annapolis magazine in the top doctor's edition for reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Mottla sees and consults with patients who need care in all areas of both infertility and reproductive endocrinology. His particular area of interest is in the evaluation and care of couples utilizing gestational surrogacy and egg donation.

Dr. Mottla is available for new patient consultations primarily in the Annapolis, MD, office. He is also available for new patient egg donation and gestational carrier consultations in the Rockville, MD, office.

  • Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Magee-Womens Hospital, University of Pittsburgh
  • Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, The George Washington University School of Medicine
Awards & Recognition
  • Honored for his integral role in helping to pass the Maryland fertility preservation bill
  • 2017 Arnold P. Gold Foundation in Humanism in Medicine Award
  • Inaugural Physicians Council Member, RESOLVE The Infertility Association
  • Washingtonian's Top Doctors List for Infertility
  • What's Up Annapolis, Top Doctor in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • Dr. David Rothbaum Award for Superior Academic Achievement in OB/GYN
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society for Academic Achievement, Boston University School of Medicine
Professional Organizations
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Massachusetts Medical Society

Q & A

Q: Why did you become a reproductive endocrinologist?


As a medical student, I had the opportunity to spend time with the team of scientists and physicians who together are credited with the first U.S. in vitro fertilization baby in 1981, led by Drs. Georgeanna and Howard Jones.

Q: Who inspires you?


People who are truly generous, putting others before themselves.

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


Off-trail skiing, gardening, and especially travel, because it gives you the important perspective of seeing other parts of the world.

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


I have a tractor, which is way too large for my small yard, that I use for major landscaping projects and to plow snow for our neighbors during the winter.

Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?


The amazing Shady Grove Fertility culture and teamwork, the result of which is supporting our patients' emotional, financial, and medical needs.

Q: What’s on your bucket list?


Working with an animal rescue foundation in some capacity.

Q: Describe a time when you were inspired by a patient.


I am frequently inspired by patients who have an unyielding commitment to success given all they've been through.

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


I think the key is recognizing why patients are struggling—is it medical, emotional, or financial—and tailoring support accordingly.

Q: How would you describe your personality?


I would like to think I'm a good listener and can recognize the emotional and social needs of our patients as well as the ever-present goal of providing the best medical care possible.

The amazing Shady Grove Fertility culture and teamwork, the result of which is supporting our patients' emotional, financial, and medical needs.


"I can't say enough great things about Dr. Mottla and our nurse, Dana. They made getting pregnant via fertility treatment less scary. Dr. Mottla and Dana were always available to answer any questions we had - big or small, and were very reassuring when I was feeling anxious or overwhelmed by the process. The compassion we were shown by Dr. Mottla made our experience a great one. We look forward to our next big adventure, arriving this August, and that would not have been possible without Dr. Mottla and his wonderful crew!"

"After many failed attempts on our own, Dr. Mottla was there to pick us up. He is very realistic with treatments and expectations. We really appreciated and valued his opinions and medical expertise. He was always there for us through all the ups and downs of fertility treatments. You can tell he really cares for his patients and always has their best interest in mind. In the end, Dr. Mottla has helped us grow the family we have been dreaming about and cannot thank him enough."

"My husband and I were lucky to transfer to Dr. Mottla's office. We had several unsuccessful IUI cycles before we were able to conceive using IVF. Dr. Mottla met with us on several occasions and took the time to explain the reasoning behind our treatment plan during each cycle. He has a warm and compassionate personality and always exuded confidence in our eventual success. I often got down after each unsuccessful cycle, but Dr. Mottla always allayed my concerns and cheered me up when I met with him. He has also assembled a great staff and works well with his team."

"Dr. Mottla was absolutely amazing! He was very reassuring in a process that is mentally and emotionally exhausting. He would personally call us to provide updates and check in just to see how we were doing. I can’t thank him enough for our miracle baby."

"Dr. Mottla went above and beyond for our family. He went out of his way to personally call us at varying stages of the process to reassure us and provide embryo updates. Although our process took longer than we anticipated, he and the staff at Shady Grove were persistent! We felt very at ease during a process that can be mentally and emotionally exhausting. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Mottla."

"Dr. Mottla was absolutely amazing! He was very reassuring in a process that is mentally and emotionally exhausting. He would personally call us to provide updates and check in just to see how we were doing. I can’t thank him enough for our miracle baby."

"Dr. Mottla was amazing. From the very first consult. He explained everything to me in such detail. I highly recommend Dr. Mottla. He is kind and so knowledgeable. The whole process went so smoothly and his staff is amazing!"

"I can't say enough about Dr. Mottla. I am a surrogate and he has helped me to conceive two miracle babies for two very deserving couples. He is so compassionate with all of his patients and genuinely cares about the outcome of the fertility treatments."

"Dr. Mottla possesses the combination of compassion and knowledge that you hope to find in a doctor. His encouragement has been critical in our journey. We value his counsel and appreciate the role he has played in our lives. He has a positive outlook, and really takes an interest in his patients."

"Dr. Mottla has been a great help to my husband and I with understanding what our issues were and why we were unable to conceive naturally. I have cried in his office many times but he always reassured me that it was only a small bump in the road and we will get you over it. I would recommend Shady Grove Fertility and Dr. Mottla to anyone that is going through what my husband and I are going through."

"Dr. Mottla has been great! He is always professional. At the beginning, he took ample time to ensure we understood our conditions and treatment options. He remained positive while also understanding our desire to remain realistic about our chances of success. Throughout the process, he maintained a solid understanding of our progress providing clear and direct guidance to our primary nurse, Crystal Smith, enabling her to answer all of our questions. We would highly recommend him to others!"

"Thank you for all your help and guidance through this long journey. You are truly wonderful at what you do. I am so grateful to have been your patient."

"When we started looking for help with fertility issues you came highly recommended. We would gladly pass along this recommendation to anyone that asked. You are a wonderful person and have definitely chosen the right career! Thank you!"

"I just wanted to thank you for giving us a family. We feel so lucky to have met you and to have worked with you and your professional and caring team."

"We wanted to thank you for your professionalism, expertise, and success, but most of all your kindness and support. This was the most difficult period of our lives and you were always there to answer our questions and give us support. Thank you!"

"I wanted to thank you for the extra TLC you provided us during your time with you. Your patience and positive reinforcement made a tremendous difference to both of us, regardless of today's outcome. Thanks for being you. Don't change, just continue to grow."

"I just wanted everyone to know that visits this website that my husband and I talk about Shady Grove almost every night. We talk about how much we love Dr. Mottla and our nurse; and how professional and warm the whole office is. How everyone gives us hope and how everyone explains everything so clearly. Truly amazing. You have turned one of the most difficult things to an enjoyable thing. How do you do it? I actually look forward to visiting SGF. Your staff has flawless bed side manner. I go on and on to anyone that will listen."

"The most amazing doctor and staff. Kind and knowledgeable! Performed a miracle for us!"

"We had such a good experience with Dr. Mottla and his nurse Crystal. They were so down to earth, professional, and caring. We had tried for over one year before we went to Shady Grove. We found out that my thyroid was not functioning properly. Dr. Mottla gave me a prescription for synthroid right away and a few months later my levels were low enough for treatment. We ended up getting pregnant with our first IUI procedure. Crystal was so nice and she was available whenever I needed her! I'm so thankful that we went there!"

"Dr. Mottla, his nurse, and all of the staff right down to the ladies who take your blood are all amazingly nice and knowledgeable at SGF! I had most of my appointments at the Annapolis office with 4 appointments at the Rockville office which were only for the IUI procedure. I always felt positive that the doctors were going to do what they say they would, get my hubby and I pregnant! We are currently 9 weeks along and so excited to begin to share the news with friends in 3 weeks. I'm counting down the days! I will admit that the first initial consult is a bit of a wait, when you call to schedule it's about 1-2 months away. BUT, once you're a patient there you will be coming in and out all the time with ease and become almost a part of the family. SO happy with our experience and would absolutely recommend their office to anyone thinking they may need the extra help conceiving. In fact I have referred a couple people and they have recently become patients"

"Dr. Mottla and the Shady Grove staff are amazing! Autumn at the check-out desk is amazing --- so friendly and personable. Appointments are very prompt and whenever I had an issue, the staff was very responsive and comforting (even after hours). Dr. Mottla is very attentive and explained all of my options. We are currently 9 weeks pregnant with our first child and are thrilled! Thanks SGFC!"

"Dr. Mottla and his nurse Jackie is the true example of a POWER TEAM ! Love them to pieces! Dr. Mottla was so very confident in my ability to carry my own child after three failed cycles. Needless to say, I'm proud to be a mom in July, 2016!"

"No matter how I was feeling, Shady Grove Fertility was a happy place. I could always count on being greeted with a smile. Dr Mottla and his team were incredible. I felt like I was in good hands and felt very cared for. I'm happy to say that after thinking it would be impossible, we're expecting a baby in November 2017. Thank you, Dr Mottla."

"I am living in Ireland and was treated by Dr Mottla for my first son and am now nearly 7 months pregnant with twins. Both he and his nurse Joan were always at the end of the phone or an email answering any questions I had. Being from overseas and attending his clinic for an initial consultation and for egg transfers, I was treated very warmly and was never overwhelmed and felt extremely at ease. We are forever indebted and grateful to Dr. Mottla for enabling us to have children."

"Dr. Mottla was our doctor for two rounds of IVF. After our experience with the first, there was no doubt in our mind that we would look to him when we were ready to try for number two. We couldn't have been more right in that choice and, if I ever feel we want a third child, I would absolutely turn to him again. He was always extremely pleasant to talk with. His explanations were thorough and presented in a way that we understood. We also always felt very comfortable asking questions of any kind. He even went out of his way to call me after hours twice. Once in response to a message I left with the nurse expressing a concern. Another time just to wish me luck the night before my transfer since he wouldn't be the one doing it (wasn't his weekend). Being a parent is more than we ever expected and we can't thank Dr. Mottla enough for helping us have this amazing opportunity."

"Dr. Mottla, his nurse Dana and all the staff at Shady Grove have been wonderful to work with from Day 1. Very prompt with answering questions, test results and they go out of their way to explain everything. Great bedside manor and make you feel at ease while going through the IVF process. Dr. Mottla called me twice to explain a change in treatment plan and to wish me luck before transfer. The compassion Dr. Mottla and Dana had for my husband and I at our follow up appointment after I had a miscarriage at 10 weeks was heart warming. As I begin my second IVF cycle, I know I am in the best care available and they are doing everything they can so we can have a baby. They are the best at what the do and I can not recommend them enough."

"I had an excellent experience with Dr. Mottla. He is attentive, knowledgeable and compassionate. He takes the extra step to call me directly to discuss our fertility plan. I am happy to say I am now 8 weeks pregnant with 1st ivf treatment. He has a very friendly staff and team. We appreciate the whole process."



  • Legro RS, Sauer MV, Mottla GL, et al. Effect of air quality on assisted human reproduction. Hum Reprod. 2010;25:1317-24.
  • Richter KS, Davis A, Carter J, Greenhouse SJ, Mottla GL, Tucker MJ. No advantage of laser-assisted over conventional intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a randomized controlled trial. J Exp Clin Assist Reprod. 2006;3:5.
  • Sagoskin AW, Lessey BA, Mottla GL, et al. Salpingectomy or proximal tubal occlusion of unilateral hydrosalpinx increases the potential for spontaneous pregnancy. Hum Reprod. 2003;18:2634-7.
  • Levy M, Sagoskin A, Stillman R, Widra E, Mottla G, Greenhouse S. The debate continues on "money back guarantees." Fertil Steril. 1999;72:748-9.
  • Mottla GL, Adelman MR, Hall JL, Gindoff PG, Stillman RJ, Johnson KE. Linage tracing demonstrates that blastomeres of early cleavage-stage human pre-embryos contribute to both trophectoderm and inner cell mass. Hum Reprod. 1995;10:384-91.
  • Mottla GL, Smotrich DB, Gindoff PG, Stillman RJ. A randomized double blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of immunosuppression as an adjunct to improve clinical pregnancy rates in IVF/ET. J Reprod Med. 1996;41:889-91.

Resources & Events
WHEN: 3/28/2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rockville, MD
Prospective and Current Patients
During this information event, Dr. Sagoskin 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: 4/11/2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Rockville, MD
Current Patients
The donor recipient support group provides support for individuals and couples who are in various stages of treatment such as those contemplating the choice, embarking on and undergoing treatment to conceive as well as for patients who become parents through such means.
WHEN: 4/27/2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Rockville, MD
Current Patients
Infertility can be a lonely experience and research has shown that support groups can be a highly effective way to cope with the stress and distress of treatment. This group focuses on all types of infertility issues and will help individuals and couples.

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