ABOUT Shayne Plosker, M.D.
Shayne M. Plosker, M.D., is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist. He received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, where he also completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Following residency, he completed his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Plosker has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, book chapters, and review articles in many leading scientific journals, and has been invited to present and consult nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of multiple scientific and teaching awards as well as awards for exemplary patient care, such as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Star Award, News and World Report Top 10% of Doctors Nationwide Distinction 2011-2014, Best Doctors in America in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2017-2018, and Tampa Magazine’s Top Infertility Physician in Tampa Bay 2017 as chosen by his physician peers.
Prior to joining Shady Grove Fertility of Tampa Bay, Dr. Plosker was a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa. While at USF, he served as Division Director of USF IVF and Reproductive Endocrinology, and Medical Director of IVF at Tampa General Hospital from 2006-2019.
Dr. Plosker is an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. His interests include assisted reproductive technologies, pre-implantation genetic testing (PGT), fertility preservation, and international infertility care.
Dr. Plosker joined Shady Grove Fertility in 2019 and is seeing new patients at SGF’s Brandon, FL location.
- Medical School: University of Western Ontario
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Western Ontario
- Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, University of California, San Francisco
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- Tampa Magazine Top Infertility Physician in Tampa Bay 2017, 2020
- Tampa Bay Metro Top Doctors 2020
- Best Doctors in America 2017-2018 in Obstetrics and Gynecology
- US News & World Report Top 10% of Doctors Nationwide 2011-2014
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies
- Society of Reproductive Surgeons
- Ingram-Spellacy Society Founding Member
- Florida Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Q & A
Q: WHY DID YOU BECOME A DOCTOR?
A: I was inspired to become a doctor by my parents who encouraged me to become someone who would help people. My uncle also inspired me as he was the first doctor in our family.
I was an OB/GYN resident in Canada in the mid-1980s, when IVF was very new. Three of the attending physicians who were training me at that time, Drs. Yuzpe, Brown, and Casper, started IVF at the University of Western Ontario (now Western University) while I was a resident. Their enthusiasm, “can do” attitude, and success were inspirational. I had motivational role models who were pioneering an exciting new treatment during my training.
Q: WHO INSPIRES YOU?
A: I am inspired and kept grounded every day by my wife and daughter.
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES AND WHY DO YOU ENJOY THEM?
A: I love to travel because visiting other parts of the world is magical. I enjoy working out because training at the gym makes me push myself to the limits. My more relaxing hobbies are boating, kayaking, listening to music, and cooking.
Q: WHAT ABOUT SGF MAKES YOU THE MOST PROUD?
A: I am most proud to be a part of SGF because the practice puts compassion and excellent patient care first. SGF is incredibly innovative and has been a leader rather than a follower in all aspects of reproductive care. The practice respects the needs and contributions of its patients and its team members.
Q: DESCRIBE A TIME WHEN YOU WERE INSPIRED BY A PATIENT.
A: I am constantly inspired by patients. One instance that I recall is of a couple who finally conceived twins after years of trying, and then delivered prematurely. The twins did not survive. At that time I was still practicing some obstetrics, covering the residents, and was on call in the hospital when she came in. I was thankful for this even under the terrible circumstances. A few months later the couple returned to continue care, and I was so inspired by their determination after so much heartache. They finally conceived and delivered.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO HELPING PATIENTS WHO ARE STRUGGLING?
A: I strive to make personal connections with my patients beyond their medical needs because they are fellow human beings who are struggling. We all struggle with our personal challenges at times, and I try to be there as a supportive person in addition to being a physician. IVF has become incredibly successful treatment option in its 40 years of existence, but not everyone achieves their goal, and we must take care of everyone. I try to offer alternative directions to patients who are struggling, and sometimes just be there compassionately to share their struggles with them. I don’t give up.
Q: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
A: I am “type A”, energetic, and enthusiastic. At the same time, I am also calm and analytical. I really enjoy interacting with people.
Q: WHAT IS SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT WOULD SURPRISE MOST PEOPLE?
A: I grew up in Kenora, Ontario, a beautiful northern town nestled among lakes, forest, and granite. I bought a 14 foot boat with a 9 ½ hp Johnson with the money I made from my first summer job to putter around the lakes.
“I was so excited to see that Shady Grove Fertility has expanded to Brandon! After 3 years of trying to get pregnant and no success from 6 IUI’s, I got pregnant with my 1st from SGF. Dr. Plosker is amazing, caring, knows what he is doing and goes out of his way to make sure you’re comfortable and understand everything that is going on. I am happily pregnant with my 2nd SGF baby!”
“Dr. Plosker has been a very kind and understanding professional. He takes the time to fully explain our treatment plan and answer any questions that may arise. When my husband and I first started this process, we did not know where to start or what to ask. He was exceptionally informative while understanding our concerns. We feel that Dr. Plosker always has our best interests in mind.”
“Dr. Plosker has a good bedside manner. Very compassionate and understanding. I never felt like I was being rushed to finish my appointment. He always answered every question I had without a problem. He had a good fertility plan set up for me due to my specific medical background history.”
“Dr. Plosker is very thorough and compassionate. Our experience was overall great even though we didn’t end up with the results we had hoped for. At our meeting with Dr. Plosker to re-group and come up with another game plan to proceed with future IVF cycles he remained very positive that he could still help us be parents. He was very patient to answer all of our questions, and even stated he took our case to his colleagues to help in the event he missed anything.”
“Dr. Plosker is amazing. From day one we felt comfortable in his office. He explained the process every step of the way and at no point did we feel we were just another patient to him. He takes the time to explain the process and also always allowed us to ask questions without feeling like we were a bother to him. I have nothing but amazing things to say about Dr. Plosker. We have been in his care for 3 years and while we have no successfully conceived YET I know we will with our determination and his knowledge.”
“Dr. Plosker always showed compassion and told us how it was without being harsh. He explained in detail what we would be doing and potential risks and outcomes. He is an extremely intelligent doctor and very thorough.”
Jaffe RB, Plosker SM, Marshall S, Martin MC. Neuromodulatory Regulation of Gonadotropin -releasing Hormone Pulsatile Discharge in Women. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 163:1727, 1990.
Plosker SM, Rabinovici J, Jaffe RB. Inhibition of Endogenous Catecholamine Synthesis Augments Early Follicular Phase Luteinizing Hormone Secretion. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 73(3): 549, 1991.
Fujimoto VY, Spencer SJ, Rabinovici J, Plosker S, Jaffe RB. Endogenous Catecholamines Augment the Inhibitory Effect of Opioids on Luteinizing Hormone Secretion During the Midluteal Phase. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 169:1524, 1993.
Plosker SM, Jacobson W, Amato P. Predicting and Optimizing Success in an Intrauterine Insemination Program. Hum. Reprod., 9:2014, 1994.
Plosker SM, Rabinovici J, Montalvo M, Jaffe RB. Endogenous Catecholamines Suppress TSH Secretion During the Early Follicular Phase of the Menstrual Cycle. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 80:2530, 1995.
Frishman GN, Spencer PK, Weitzen S, Plosker S, Shafi F. The use of intrauterine lidocaine to minimize pain during hysterosalpingography: a randomized trial. Obstet Gynecol, 103:1261, 2004.
Silberstein T, Weitzen S, Frankfurter D, Trimarchi JR, Keefe DL, Plosker SM. Cannulation of a resistant internal os with the malleable outer sheath of a coaxial soft embryo transfer catheter does not affect in vitro fertilization – embryo transfer (IVF-ET) outcome. Fertil Steril, 82:1402, 2004.
Silberstein T, Trimarchi JR, Shackelton R, Weitzen S, Frankfurter D, Plosker S. Ultrasound-guided mid-uterine cavity embryo transfer is associated with a decreased incidence of retained embryos in the transfer catheter. Fertil Steril,84:1510 ,2005.
Kessler LM, Craig BM, Plosker SM, Reed DR, Quinn GP. Infertility evaluation and treatment among women in the United States. Fertil Steril, 2013,100:1025.
Schickler RL, Hoffman MS, Plosker SM. Elevated Human Chorionic Gonadotropin and Hyperandrogenemia in a Woman With Mullerian Agenesis. Obstet Gynecol, 2014,123 (2, PART 2):465.
Ying LY, Ying Y, Mayer J, Imudia AN, Plosker SM. Embryo Transfer Catheter Contamination with Intravaginal Progesterone Preparations in a Simulated Embryo Transfer Model Impairs Mouse Embryo Development: Are There Implications for Human Embryo Transfer Technique? Reproductive Sciences, 2014,21:1000.
Wells, K.J., Gordon, J., Su, H.I., Plosker, S., & Quinn, G.P. Ethical considerations for informed consent in infertility research: The use of electronic health records. Advances in Medical Ethics, 2015,2:7.
Mikhail E., Salemi J.L., Salihu, H.M., Plosker, S., Hart, S., Imudia, A.N. National trends of surgical management of ectopic pregnancy. United States 1998-2011. J Minim Invasive Gynecol, 2015, Nov-Dec; 22(6S):S13-S14.
Al Sawah E, Plosker SM, Mikhail E. Laparoscopic Hemi-hysterectomy and Trachelectomy in a Case of Herlyn-Werner-Wunderlich Syndrome. Surgical Technology International, 2016, Jul 29;XXIX. pii: sti29/755. [Epub ahead of print]
Sarkar P, Mikhail E, Schickler R, Plosker S, Imudia AN. Optimal Order of Successive Office Hysteroscopy and Endometrial Biopsy for the Evaluation of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstet Gynecol 2017;130:565-72.
Mikhail E, Salemi JL, Schickler R, Salihu HM, Plosker S, Imudia AN. National Rates, Trends and Determinants of Inpatient Surgical Management of Tubal Ectopic Pregnancy in the United States, 1998-2011. J Obstet Gynaecol Res 2018;44:730-738.
New EP, Sarkar P, Sappenfield E, Mikhail E, Plosker S, Imudia AN. Comparison of patients’ reported pain following office hysteroscopy with and without endometrial biopsy: a prospective study. Minerva Ginecol 2018 May 31. doi: 10.23736/S0026-4784.18.04215-6. [Epub ahead of print]