About Tarita Pakrashi, M.D., M.P.H.
Tarita Pakrashi, M.D., M.P.H., is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist who has a lifelong interest in the mind-body aspect of women’s health.
After graduating from medical school in Mumbai, India, Dr. Pakrashi earned a Master of Public Health degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a focus on Maternal and Child Health. She subsequently trained as an obstetrician and gynecologist at the University of Cincinnati, where she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She stayed on at the University of Cincinnati as faculty in the division of Community Women’s Health, providing OB/GYN care to improve maternal and infant health outcomes in vulnerable populations.
Upon the completion of her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Pakrashi was recruited to stay on as faculty at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, VA. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, including gynecologic endocrine issues, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis, as well as helping patients overcome infertility with third-party reproduction.
Dr. Pakrashi is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). During her career, she has published abstracts and papers on topics such as cryopreserving blastocysts, ovarian stimulation for in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles, and treating women with PCOS.
Dr. Pakrashi sees patients at SGF Jones Institute in Norfolk, Virginia. Working with patients in different settings over the years, she believes there is a pressing need to improve upon the status-quo, focusing on nurturing the person as a whole during their journey to parenthood. She practices passage meditation, and after several years of hot yoga has come to appreciate the therapeutic benefits of Yin Yoga in her life.
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Cincinnati
- Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine/Eastern Virginia Medical School
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- Named ‘Top Doctor’ by Coastal Virginia Magazine, 2018, 2020
- Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010
- Judy Griffis Gynecologic Oncology Resident Award, 2010
- Resident of Excellence Award, 2010
- Robert W. Rebar Award for Excellence in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, 2009
- Inductee, Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2010
- Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- Member, American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a doctor?
A: As a child, I was surrounded by close family members and friends who were physicians. Their meaningful contributions to society reinforced my desire to be a physician very early on. As a medical student, I was intrigued by different specialties, but my interest in women’s health continued to endure.
Q: Where did your interest in reproductive endocrinology come from?
A: As a resident in obstetrics and gynecology, I enjoyed my rotations in reproductive endocrinology and gynecology-oncology the most. As time went on, the idea of working with people as they built their families filled me with a sense of hope and purpose.
Q: What about SGF makes you the proudest?
A: The transparency and commitment to good patient care, above everything else.
Q: Describe a time you were inspired by a patient.
A: I remember learning some valuable life lessons from a terminally ill patient who had previously embarked on building her family via a gestational carrier. Her grit, resilience, and kindness despite the circumstances have stayed with me. There is not a single day when she doesn’t come to my mind as an example of the indomitable human spirit.
Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
A: : I try to put myself in their shoes and give them my undivided attention. I also remind them that their success and wellbeing is of utmost importance to the entire care team and that we will walk this oftentimes uncertain path together.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: Growing up in Mumbai, India, I was familiar with Mahatma Gandhi on a fairly superficial level. However, I have reacquainted myself with his journey and am fascinated by the ability of an ordinary individual to create something extraordinary by working on transforming themselves and thus reaching their highest potential.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: Spending quality time with my family is always a priority. In addition to it, I have an incredible teacher who introduced me to the benefits of Yin-Yoga. Eknath Easwaran’s method of Passage Meditation and reading about some of the philosophical traditions that originated in the Indian subcontinent are some of the other things that have added value to my life.
WHEN: 4/20/2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHO: Current Patients
*For Maryland, Virginia, D.C., and Pennsylvania residents* Shady Grove Fertility is offering a free virtual support group for individuals or couples in the LGBTQ+ community who are trying to get pregnant using third party reproduction. This group offers a safe and comfortable environment to share stories and resources on the journey to pregnancy and during. This ongoing support group provides you the opportunity to meet and connect with others who are also going through fertility treatment as a way to grow a family.