About Andrea E. Reh, M.D.
Andrea Reh, M.D., FACOG, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in biology. She then received her medical degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. Dr. Reh completed her internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.
During residency, she served as the administrative chief resident and was selected as an outstanding resident in gynecologic endoscopy by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. She completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the NYU Fertility Center with the NYU School of Medicine. She returned to the Washington, D.C. area to practice in 2010 and joined Shady Grove Fertility in 2015.
Dr. Reh has published and spoken nationally on a variety of topics related to infertility, including fertility preservation, in vitro fertilization (IVF) stimulation protocols, donor egg, thyroid autoimmunity, blastocyst transfer, and chromosomal aneuploidy. She was a recipient of the Berlex Foundation Faculty Development Research Award and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine CREST Scholarship. She is an experienced panelist for Inova Life with Cancer®, a cancer survivor support group for individuals and their families, and a speaker for WIAD FM’s Community Focus and Curetalks.com. She has also been featured on WJLA’s Good Morning Washington and Fox 5 DC’s Good Day.
Dr. Reh currently teaches medical students at the University of Virginia and residents in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Inova Fairfax. She was named as one of the Washingtonian’s Top Doctors in 2019 and 2020, and Top Doctors in Northern Virginia Magazine in 2020. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Reh now lives in Vienna, Virginia with her husband, Dr. Randy Stephenson, and their four children.
- Fellowship, Reproductive Endocrinology, New York University, 2010
- Residency, Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, 2007
Awards & Recognition
- Washingtonian’s Top Doctors for Infertility (2019-2020)
- Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top Doctors 2020
- Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
- American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Award
- The Berlex Foundation Faculty Development Workshop Scholarship
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine CREST Scholar
- Georgetown School of Medicine Edward B. Bunn Award
- NYU-HHC Clinical and Translational Science Institute Grant recipient
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?
A: I have always liked science, and I had wanted to become a doctor ever since my first experiences as a candy striper and a home health aide. I went into obstetrics and gynecology because I was fascinated by the incredible physical and emotional journey women endure to have a family. I became a reproductive endocrinologist because I wanted to specifically focus on helping those couples whose journey was especially difficult.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: As a doctor, I am motivated by my patients and colleagues to never stop learning, listening, and caring. As a professional, I respect Sheryl Sandberg and Tina Fey for their leadership, tenacity, and wit. Having a family has enriched my life in unimaginable ways, and has served as a greater inspiration for me to help my patients share in the joy of a family of their own.
Q: What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?
A: After a stressful day, there’s nothing I love more than to go out for a good run with some awesome music. I love to go skiing for a great family getaway, to be surrounded by nature, and for the sheer exhilaration of it too. While I used to be an avid rower and tennis player, admittedly those hobbies have taken a backseat recently. I love the adventure of travel and the ability to experience different cultures firsthand, which is one of the reasons I enjoy living in such a diverse city as Washington.
Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?
A: I am really excited and humbled to become a member of the Shady Grove Fertility team. There is a palpable sense of camaraderie, passion, and integrity. As a former rower, I would say that I’m proud to be in the boat that is leading our field, where everyone is pulling in the same direction to ultimately do what is right for the patient.
Q: Describe a time you were inspired by a patient.
A: As a doctor, there are the patients you help and they are thankful because you helped them, and that’s naturally very rewarding. But, there are also lots of patients who despite your best efforts you haven’t helped, and yet somehow they stick with you and you walk that road together. The longer I am a doctor, the more I appreciate that my greatest inspiration from patients comes from these powerful connections that arise from the toughest of times
Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
A: Infertility is one of the most stressful experiences a patient or a couple can experience, said to be on par with cancer and death. A couple’s marriage, sexual experiences, emotional reserves, and sense of personhood are strained, exacerbated by hormones and costly treatments. Despite these obstacles, I believe there is much hope. I am here to guide my patients with compassion through this difficult process, provide them with accurate information, and enable them to have their best chance for success.
Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: I would say that I am a passionate and energetic extrovert who approaches challenges with the meticulous tenacity of your textbook Type A. My friends and patients have described me as compassionate, disarming, and down-to-earth.
The longer I am a doctor, the more I appreciate that my greatest inspiration from patients comes from these powerful connections that arise from the toughest of times.
“Friendly, professional, and extremely well-informed, she consistently took time to thoroughly answer our questions about what to expect throughout the process and encouraged us through some disappointing steps. Fortunately, we are now pregnant with two babies. Navigating all the steps can be challenging, but absolutely worth it.”
“Dr. Reh helped my wife and I through an unexpectedly challenging pregnancy journey over the past two years, involving four IUI attempts, two miscarriages, three D&Cs, two IVF egg retrievals with PGTA testing, and one successful embryo transfer. The entire team at SGF in Arlington (especially) and Fairfax and Rockville (during specific procedures and weekend hours) were truly remarkable! At each step in our journey, Dr. Reh demonstrated a lot of thought, care, and compassion for our experience. She answered all of my questions and helped us feel truly supported at every stage. Her sincere joy over our successful pregnancy was so touching and we’re just so grateful to her, our nurse Cait, Heather and Anne, Steve, and all the front desk and support staff. When you finally “graduate” from SGF, it’s actually bittersweet because you’re thrilled to have a healthy pregnancy, but you also want to keep celebrating each milestone with the folks who helped make your dream a reality. Thank you!”
“My experience with Dr Reh and Shady Grove was wonderful! Dr Reh was very knowledgeable and compassionate. The office is very well run with flexible hours and the nursing staff is very responsive and attentive to patients needs. I highly recommend Dr Reh and Shady Grove!”
“We had an excellent experience with Dr. Reh and the whole team at Shady Grove Fertility! Dr. Reh was very easy to talk to, thorough, and positive. We are so thankful we were under her care, and that we are now pregnant with our IVF baby!”
“Dr. Reh is professional, empathetic and patient. She is a wealth of knowledge and is up to date on all of the latest research. I felt safe in her hands and trusted her completely with the entire process.”
“Dr. Reh is excellent- she takes the time to understand your health history completely to find the best course of action going forward. She is patient with questions and is a master in her field.”
“Dr. Reh really helped me through the difficult time of infertility with empathy, knowledge and care. She made herself available to my husband and I to answer all our questions. Her knowledge and confidence gave me optimism that pregnancy would happen for me and it did! Dr. Reh took great care of me as a patient and always made me feel comfortable during a physically (and emotionally) uncomfortable time.”
“We loved our experience with Dr. Reh. We had complete faith in her as she is so knowledgeable. Dr. Reh is also a warm, empathetic person with strong communication skills. We never had any questions left unanswered and felt we were well-informed throughout the process. It was also nice to be provided with data/statistics on outcomes so that we could have realistic expectations. It’s a stressful process, and so we were very fortunate to be able to work with such a nice and personable doctor. The staff were also always really nice and accommodating.”
“Dr. Reh and her staff expertly guided us through the entire process of conceiving using an egg donor. This is a difficult science, without precise reasons for failures at times which is hard to deal with, but Dr. Reh was factual and encouraging throughout the process. We had 3 early stage miscarriages but now I’m 10 weeks pregnant and even saw the heartbeat of the baby last week. I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Reh and her team in Arlington.”
“It’s been a long road but thanks to Dr. Reh I am now 10 weeks pregnant. She gave us thorough advice throughout the process and ensured we were fully informed to help make the decisions at every step. I’d certainly recommend Dr Reh and her team.”
“Dr. Andrea Reh has a lot of insight and input on how to help couples with fertility issues. Not only has she helped me in becoming pregnant, but she also familiarized us as a couple with valuable fertility information. My husband and I could not be any happier. Thank you so much Dr. Reh!”
“We so appreciated every interaction we had with Dr. Reh and her team at Shady Grove Fertility. Dr. Reh is practical, direct, concrete, and kind. As someone trying to get pregnant for the first time in my 40s, it was important that we were very clear on our options, fertility chances and how to maximize them, and what steps to take when, without delays. We felt that the initial screenings were really thorough and Dr. Reh provided clear information, options, and pathways for us to try.”
“When my husband and I were having difficulty conceiving, my OB recommended Shady Grove Fertility. I was able to easily make an appointment and was put immediately at ease after meeting with Dr. Reh. She was incredibly professional, kind, and thoughtful with her answers and it truly felt like she and the entire Shady Grove staff were on our team throughout our time with Shady Grove. The entire office is a well-oiled machine and you have never met such kind and considerate staff.”
- Werner M, Reh A, Grifo J, Perle MA. Characteristics of chromosomal abnormalities diagnosed after spontaneous abortions in an infertile population. J Assist Reprod Genetics. 2012;29(8):817-20.
- Mullin D, Fino ME, Reh A, Grifo J, Licciardi F. Symptomatic isolated pleural effusion as an atypical presentation of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2011;2011: Article ID 967849.
- Reh A, Lu L, Weinerman R, Krey L, Noyes N. Quality-of-life assessment at time of fertility preservation counseling in female cancer patients: results of a university-based registry at two years. J Assist Reprod Genetics. 2011;28(7):635-41.
- Reh A, Im S, Chaudhry S, et al. The effect of autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) in the older, euthyroid infertile woman during the first 35 days of an IVF cycle. Fertil Steril. 2011;95(3):1178-81.
- Werner M, Reh A, Labella PA, Noyes N. Laboratory evaluation in oocyte cryopreservation suggests retrieved oocytes are comparable whether frozen for medical indications, deferred reproduction or oocyte donation. J Assist Reprod Genetics. 2010;27(11);613-7.
- Reh A, Amarosa A, Licciardi F, Krey L, Berkeley AS, Kump L. Evaluating the necessity for universal screening of prospective oocyte donors using enhanced genetic and psychologic testing. Hum Reprod. 2010;25(9):2298-304.
- Reh A, Fino E, Krey L, Berkeley AS, Noyes N, Grifo J. Optimizing embryo selection with day 5 transfer. Fertil Steril. 2010 Jan; 93(2): 609-615.
- Reh A, Krey L, Noyes N. Are GnRH Agonists losing popularity? Current trends at a large fertility center. Fertil Steril. 2010 Jan; 93(1):101-8.
- Reh A, Grifo J, Danoff A. What is a normal thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level? Effects of stricter TSH thresholds on pregnancy outcomes after IVF. Fertil Steril. 2010;94(7):2920-2.
- Noyes N, Reh A, McCaffrey C, Tan O, Krey L. Impact of developmental stage at cryopreservation and transfer on clinical outcome of frozen embryo cycles. RBM Online 2009;19 Suppl 3:9-15.
- Reh A, Oktem O, Oktay K. Impact of breast cancer chemotherapy on ovarian reserve: A prospective observational analysis by menstrual history and ovarian reserve markers. Fertil Steril. 2008 Nov; 90(5):1635-9.
- Oktay K, Oktem O, Reh AE, Vahdat L. Measuring the Impact of Chemotherapy on Fertility in Women with Breast Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2006 Aug; 24(24):4044-6.