About Anne Brawner Namnoum, M.D.
Anative of Atlanta, Dr. Namnoum attended The Westminster Schools and received her undergraduate degree from Williams College. She earned her medical degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Johns Hopkins as well. She directed the IVF program at Johns Hopkins before returning to Atlanta, where she practiced at Emory and Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine.
Dr. Namnoum has published research involving genetic aspects of reproductive dysfunction, endometriosis, and other hormonal abnormalities. She has also written articles and textbook chapters on topics such as obesity and ectopic pregnancies, and has given lectures and workshops involving stress and infertility. Her practice interests include infertility and in vitro fertilization.
She has also pursued her strong interest in Integrative Medicine, which combines the best of conventional medicine with complementary approaches and a “whole person” focus, including attention to nutrition, lifestyle, and stress management. Dr. Namnoum is passionate about the lifestyle aspects of health and wellbeing and loves sharing medical and scientific research that can help women take a more active role in their health care and self care. She believes that education, advocacy, and encouragement are important parts of the physician-patient relationship. Dr. Namnoum’s hobbies include hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Johns Hopkins University
- Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Johns Hopkins University
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- Atlanta Magazine’s Top Doctors for Infertility (2017-2020)
- Best Fertility Specialist in Atlanta by Kudzu
- American Fertility Society/Serono Research Fellowship (1992)
- Stetler Research Fellowship for Women in Medicine (1992)
- American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists
- American Medical Association
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?
A: There is nothing more important to me than helping couples and individuals have the families they have been dreaming of. The technical aspects of fertility treatment are exciting, but I especially enjoy spending time with my patients, getting to know them as individuals, and encouraging them and supporting them on their journey toward parenthood.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: My patients inspire me. Whether they are just getting started, or have been persevering through the ups and downs of treatment for a while, they demonstrate courage, patience, hope, and resilience. I learn something from every one of my patients, and am honored that they have chosen me to help them on this path.
Q: What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?
A: In my free time I love walking or hiking, and reading. Walking gets me outdoors, restores my energy, and helps me de-stress. Reading has been a lifelong love of mine; I also enjoy passing along books that inspire me to others.
Q: What is something about you that would surprise most people?
A: I was a history major in college while I was pre-med, and still belong to a history class that requires me to research and write history papers.
Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?
A: The fact that SGF is both technically excellent and focused on the whole person makes me proud to be part of the SGF team. This “high tech-high touch” approach parallels my interest in providing the most up-to-date treatment in a way that shows patients how much we care.
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
A: Walking the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain, an ancient pilgrimage route, is near the top of my bucket list. The entire journey is 500 miles or more, but I might tackle it in shorter pieces!
Q: Describe a time you were inspired by a patient.
A: Some of the most inspiring patients are those who have recently been diagnosed with cancer and decide to go through oocyte cryopreservation to preserve fertility before chemotherapy or radiation. In the midst of the shock and stress of facing a cancer diagnosis, they are taking on more doctor visits, injections, and an egg retrieval procedure to their load. The grace and strength with which they face all of these challenges is truly amazing.
Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
A: When patients are struggling, I try to listen empathically, and show them that I genuinely care. By sharing information and sometimes recommending other resources, I hope to empower patients to make decisions that fit their individual situations.
Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: Most people would probably describe me as calm, compassionate, empathetic, and friendly. I am responsible, and want my patients to feel heard, understood, and cared for.
“We cannot thank Dr. Namnoum enough for her care during our fertility journey. She took excellent care of us when we transferred from another practice after more than a year of unsuccessful treatment. She did a great job of guiding us through process of IVF. She was highly attentive and we received excellent care from both her and her staff the entire time. We are happy to report we are 16 weeks pregnant now.”
“My infertility story began six years ago and I received my diagnosis of stage four endometriosis in 2016. I began my IVF journey with Dr. Namnoum with little expectations of actually conceiving. She not only guided me through each step of the process but the compassion and attention to detail she showed cannot be put into words. I absolutely love her! She gave me the gift of life and for that I will forever be grateful.”
“We started with SGF in March after using another Atlanta fertility clinic for our first child. Right at the first visit Dr. Namnoum was very personable and caring. She took her time with us and gave us great advice. We went through one fresh cycle and one frozen cycle before I got pregnant and I felt as if Dr. Namnoum was invested in the process with us. We saw her at every appointment, not a nurse, which I thought was great! At my previous clinic, I rarely saw my doctor. Our experience at SGF has been great and Dr. Namnoum and her team were wonderful!”
“Going through infertility is so incredibly hard. We were referred to Shady Grove Fertility about a year ago after 2 years of unsuccessful trying and help from my regular OBGYN. Going into the office with my husband, I was completely terrified and unsure what to expect. From the very first meeting, Dr. Namnoum made my husband and I feel very at ease. I never felt like my million questions were too many, and I am confident in saying that I wasn’t just “another patient” as I have heard people say from experiences elsewhere. Dr. Namnoum treated me (and my husband) as an individual case and although we ended up diagnosed as unexplained, she took us through all the diagnostic procedures in hopes to help us find the answers. As I write this, my baby is growing healthy and strong in my belly. If I didn’t seek the help of treatment, I don’t think this would have ever happened for us. For anyone looking for a doctor you cannot go wrong with Dr. Namnoum and her staff. They were all more than wonderful and they help make a scary and hard situation a lot less scary and hard. She will ALWAYS have such a special place in my heart.”
“We started on the journey of fertility 20 months ago, and now we’re days away from the arrival of our first child. We started with a separate fertility practice, and ended up needing to switch suddenly when our insurance changed, and we found SGF. In the end, it all worked out beautifully, and we were really grateful to be tucked in with SGF. By the end of it, the Shady Grove Fertility team was like family and I felt a great sense of support as we navigated the twisty, curvy, roller-coaster journey of IVF. We had lots of ups and downs along the way, and I really appreciated how SGF handled our case. We are delighted to be almost 39 weeks pregnant, expecting our first child, with a few more embryos in the freezer – all thanks to SGF. Thank you, Dr. Namnoum and Team!”
“Dr. Namnoum helped us achieve our dreams of being parents after years of infertility and a diagnosis of PCOS! We are expecting identical twins this fall and I’m so thankful for her kindness, education and warm heart during this journey! Hands down the best doctor ever!”
“LOVE HER!!! Dr. Namnoum has such a sweet, understanding, demeanor. Aside from her expertise she also brings a level of empathy and is able to provide a very personalized patient experience. I came to her feeling very discouraged and her warmth and gentle energy was exactly what I needed to lift my spirits again. After many failed attempts, at other practices, I was able to get pregnant in just 2 IUI cycles with her and I feel it has a lot to do with the positive energy she creates in her space.”
- Namnoum AB, Merriam GR, Moses AM, Levine MA. Reproductive dysfunction in women with Albright’s Hereditary Osteodystrophy. J Clin Endo Metab, 83(3):824-9, 1998.
- Namnoum AB, Hickman TN, Goodman SB, Gehlbach DL, Rock JA. Incidence of symptom recurrence following hysterectomy for endometriosis. Fertil Steril, 64:898-902, 1995.
- Namnoum AB, Hutchins GM: Accelerated maturation of the adrenal medulla in anencephaly. Pediatric Pathology 10:895-900, 1990.
- Namnoum AB, Murphy AA, Diagnostic and operative laparoscopy. In Te Linde’s Operative Gynecology. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott-Raven 1996.
- Namnoum AB. Medical Management of Ectopic Pregnancy. Clin Obstet and Gynecol 41(2):382-386, 1998
- Namnoum AB, Carpenter SE. Abnormal uterine bleeding in the adolescent. Adolescent Medicine:State of the Art Reviews 5:157-170, 1994.
- Namnoum AB, Nutrition and maintenance of appropriate weight. In Seltzer VL and Pearse WH (eds ): Women’s Primary Health Care. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, Inc. 1995, 49-57.
- Namnoum AB, Hatcher RA. The menstrual cycle. In Hatcher RA, Trussell J, et al (eds)Contraceptive Technology . Ardent Media, Inc, New York, NY, 1998.
- Namnoum AB. Obesity: A disease worth treating. The Female Patient, 18:33-44.
- Namnoum AB. Transcervical approaches to proximal tubal obstruction. Postgraduate Obstetrics and Gynecology, 12:1-5, 1992.
- Barnes RB, Namnoum AB, Rosenfield RL, Layman, LC. The role of LH and FSH in ovarian androgen secretion and ovarian follicular development: clinical studies in a patient with isolated FSH deficiency and multicystic ovaries. Hum Reprod, 17:88-91, 2002.
- Hickman TN, Namnoum AB, Hinton EL, Zacur HA, Rock JA. Timing of estrogen replacement therapy following hysterectomy with oophorectomy for endometriosis. Obstet Gynecol, 91:673-7, 1998.
- Layman LC, Lee EJ, Peak BS, Namnoum AB et al. Delayed puberty and hypogonadism caused by a compound heterozygous mutation in the follicle stimulating hormone beta-subunit gene. New Engl J Med 337:601-11, 1997.
- Luke B, Feng T, Namnoum AB, Witter F. Gestational age-specific birth weights of twins vs. singletons. ACTA Genet Med. Gemellol 40:69-76, 1991.
- Schieber RA, Namnoum AB, Sugden AE, Orr RA, Shiu GK, Cook DR. Hemodynamic effects of isoflurane in the newborn piglet: Comparison with halothane. Anes Analg, 65:633-638, 1986.
- Schieber RA, Namnoum AB, Sugden AE, Seville AC, Orr RA. Accuracy of expiratory carbon dioxide measurements using the coaxial and circle breathing circuits in small subjects. J Clin. Monit. 1:149-155, 1985.
- Smith YR, Stetten G, Charity L, Isacson C, Gearhart JP, Namnoum AB: Ambiguous genitalia in an elderly woman with mosaic 45,X/46,Xdic(Y)(q11.2) karyotype. Urology, 47:259-262, 1996.
- Smith YR, Isacson, C, Namnoum AB. Ultrasonic surgical aspiration to treat genital condyloma acuminate in children. J Pediatr Adolesc