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
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- Massachusetts Medical Society
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a reproductive endocrinologist?
A: 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?
A: People who are truly generous, putting others before themselves.
Q: What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?
A: 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?
A: 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?
A: 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?
A: Working with an animal rescue foundation in some capacity.
Q: Describe a time when you were inspired by a patient.
A: 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?
A: 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?
A: 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.
“Good afternoon, I just heard your commercial on the radio, it took me back to 2002, when we were trying to conceive.. So I wanted to thank Dr. Mottla.. My daughter is 17 now and is the best kid ever.. without your help we would have never had a complete family.. Thank you again.”
“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 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!”
“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!”
“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 just wanted everyone to know that visits this website that my husband and I talk about Shady Grove Fertility almost every night. We talk about how much we love Dr. Mottla and our nurse; 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. Your staff has flawless bed side manner. I go on and on to anyone that will listen.”
“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 Fertility. 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!”
- 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.