About Anish A. Shah, M.D., M.H.S
D r. Anish Shah completed his undergraduate degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working in Nicaragua trying to improve the healthcare of women and children, he then earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a 3 year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Duke University, where he also served on the medical staff.
At Duke University, he obtained a Master’s in Health Economics and Clinical Research. His primary focus of research was improving fertility care by reducing miscarriages and improving safety. He studied medical genetics at Duke University to create a more comprehensive approach to reproductive genetic care including comprehensive chromosomal screening (CCS) evaluation of embryos, which reduces miscarriages.
During his almost 10 years at Duke, he trained with some of the nation’s leaders in minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy, robotic surgery, and hysteroscopic surgery). He was awarded multiple teaching awards and as a chief resident was asked to participate in the first single-incision laparoscopic procedure in the southeast.
His research and publications have ranged from understanding how to reduce twining and high-order multiples from IVF to deciding on the optimal number of oocytes (eggs) to obtain from IVF balancing risk and benefits. As a researcher, Dr. Shah has earned many awards including the prestigious investigator award at the Society of Gynecologic Investigation Conference in 2010. In addition, he has authored numerous papers, abstracts, and lectured extensively on topics relating to fertility and reproductive endocrinology.
Dr. Shah believes in patient-centered fertility care and has been named by Richmond Magazine as a “Top Doc” for infertility. OurHealth Richmond Magazine also voted him “Best Bedside Manner.” He credits this achievement to his philosophy that “every patient is like a member of my family.” He is also dedicated to infertility outreach as he is the primary physician liaison for Race for Parenthood – a 5K run designed to raise money for couples in need of assisted reproductive technologies. He has been involved in this event since its inception and for the last 5 years since.
Dr. Shah is a member of American Society for Reproductive Medicine, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FACOG), Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists, Society of Reproductive Surgeons, and Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).
In his spare time, Dr. Shah enjoys hiking, running, scuba diving, and spending time with his wife, son, and daughter.
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University
- Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Duke University
Awards & Recognition
- Richmond Magazine’s Top Doctors for Infertility, 2014-2020
- Voted “Best Bedside Manner” by OurHealth Richmond Magazine, 2015-2018
- Society of Gynecologic Investigation’s Prestigious Investigator Award
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Health Services Research Fellow Award
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FACOG)
- Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART)
- Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists
- Society of Reproductive Surgeons
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a reproductive endocrinologist?
A: My wife and I struggled with infertility and ultimately had two children after our own journey. It is my own personal experience with infertility that inspires me to help couples who are struggling to conceive. I want them to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: Growing up, I was always inspired by astronauts. They worked hard, faced many challenges, and yet, always pushed past what people thought couldn’t be done. They prove that we could do anything. I try to take that same philosophy in medicine. I want each couple to realize the challenges they face will push them as an individual and as a couple, but we can overcome all challenges. We will work together and create a path to success.
Q: What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?
A: I enjoy triathlons. The sport pushes me outside of my comfort zone to face obstacles, both mentally and physically. Most importantly, it puts everything I do into perspective and keeps me grounded.
Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?
A: SGF believes in their patients. The entire team at SGF has one focus–helping people achieve their dream of parenthood. I see this when our nurses stay late in the day speaking to patients or when a front desk staff member helps a patient with her paperwork, realizing this process can be overwhelming. Nothing in life can be done well unless a team is behind you. SGF is that team.
Q: Describe a time you were inspired by a patient.
A: I had the privilege of taking care of a Military spouse not too long ago. Her husband had male factor and they recently had an unsuccessful IVF cycle. Furthermore, the husband was struggling with PTSD, but it was not formally diagnosed. She felt strongly her husband needed help and took it upon herself to find him help. Due to her advocacy, he finally began to get the help he needed. When it was time to begin their next IVF cycle, she fought hard by going to her appointed congressman to get the coverage for IVF that was approved by law. She is currently pregnant with a beautiful girl. Challenge after challenge, she fought to help her family. She taught me to never give up, always do what you believe is right, and to trust your gut.
Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
A: The most frustrating thing about infertility is the unknown. Many patients ask, “why am I here?” Without knowing why, a person feels frustrated not having a sense of control as to what is going on.
When patients come see me, I first want to help give each individual or couple a foundation of knowledge based on their diagnoses. We will review their medical history and order the appropriate tests to get answers. Once we have answers, we can create a personalized treatment plan. It’s important for patients to know that they are part of the process and I will be there for them every step of the journey.
Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: Energetic, enthusiastic, honest, hardworking, supportive, warm.
Q: What is something about you that would surprise most people?
A: I enjoy skydiving!
“Dr. Shah is the BEST! I’ve never had a doctor so attentive, communicative, compassionate and kind – and these attributes are especially important when it comes to a fertility doctor! He is also extremely skilled, knowledgeable and innovative. After several miscarriages and a failed round of IVF, we switched to Dr. Shah and from the get-go, he was incredibly engaged in our case. We could tell he really studied our past history and came up with a plan very SPECIFIC to our needs. We felt like we had a true partner in the process. Not only did he help us understand all the how’s and why’s behind all of his decision making, but he was very communicative throughout – including almost weekly calls and texts! We are thrilled to have graduated with a healthy pregnancy, but will really miss Dr. Shah!”
“Dr. Shah, his nursing team, and all the staff at Shady Grove Fertility are absolutely amazing! I couldn’t imagine better treatment anywhere. I felt respected and listened to from day one. Although everything talked about was new to me and my husband, Dr. Shah and the staff took the time to walk us through everything. His analogies make sense and are very funny! Dr. Shah is personable, positive, and very knowledgeable. Although I usually prefer to see female doctors, Dr. Shah made me feel comfortable and put a lot of my concerns at easy. We are now 10-weeks pregnant and can’t wait to bring our first baby into the world thanks to Dr. Shah and Shady Grove Fertility.”
“I wish I were able to give him more than 5 stars. Dr. Shah is a rare find. Brilliant, thorough, innovative, and caring. We received superior care while at Shady Grove. Their entire team was amazing, from receptionists, to the patient care coordinators, to the nurses. All top notch. If you are having to seek this type of care, it is extremely hard and my heart goes out to you, but Dr. Shah is your guy. I had a rare case/ diagnosis, but he was able to handle it with ease, while ultimately getting us to our end goal! There aren’t enough thank you’s I can give to him and his team for everything they have done for our growing family. Infertility/ fertility issues can rob you from of a lot of the joy most people get to experience, but know if Dr. Shah is on your team, hope and joy will be restored.”
“I was very pleased with Dr. Shah and the entire team at Shady Grove Fertility. Dr. Shah is personable and friendly which makes the experience much easier. He really helps explain everything in a way you can understand. I appreciate how prompt they are. They are extremely organized ALWAYS were on time and even pulled me back early if I happened to get there early. This is very helpful when you’re trying to work in appointments around a work schedule. You will work with different nurses and doctors because they’re open everyday. All of them are a pleasure to work with and I’m very grateful for the entire staff.”
“Just wanted to take a moment and compliment the amazing team members at the Richmond offices. Dr. Shah is one of the best doctors I’ve ever gotten the pleasure to work with. When I had a question, he always answered it the same day. I know I definitely wasn’t his only patient but he made me feel like it. He was always reassuring and comforting and I don’t think I would have been able to continue infertility treatment with any other doctor. He’s the best and I just wanted to express my appreciation. Joan/financial counselor and my nurse Morganne were also amazing as well. Thank you for everything!”
“We could not have asked for a better doctor than Dr. Shah to help us start a family. He makes you feel so comfortable and has a great sense of humor, but he’s also honest with you about your chances and the best course of action. He even gave us his person cell number in case we had questions throughout the process. Dr. Shah helped us get pregnant on the first round of IVF, and he may have been even more excited than we were when we graduated from Shady Grove. He genuinely wanted to help us and you can tell that he loves what he does.”
“Dr. Shah is an amazing doctor and his bedside manner is beyond compare. He has the most optimistic and comforting way about him. From the very first visit, I was confident that I was in good hands, which was such a relief. I could not recommend Dr. Shah more!”
“Dr. Shah and the SGF staff became a very special part of my life. They were there for me through every step of my journey. Dr. Shah always took a great deal of time with me and answered every one of the many questions I had. He was very patient and above all kind, caring, supportive, and funny. My dream finally came true (X2) with the help of Dr. Shah and his staff. The happiness I now feel far surpasses any pain or struggle I had to endure. They still call occasionally and check on us. I still visit them and send them pictures and updates. I have highly recommended them to many people I know. You are not alone. Know that you are in the best hands and hearts possible to help you make your dreams come true. Hope is the one thing you do have when you are in this situation. Never give up hope. I believe in miracles and I believe in Dr. Shah and his wonderful staff.”
“Dr. Shah, thank you so much for our beautiful baby girl! You and your staff were wonderful through our entire infertility journey. We were so impressed with your office and the ability to talk to someone at all times. That was very important to us. Valerie was great in explaining all procedures and medication instructions. She was always available to talk if we had any questions or would call back as soon as she could the same day. Even though we have moved [out-of-town] I have and will be referring people to your wonderful office. I have enclosed some pictures of [our daughter] for you to share on your wall. We can not thank you enough for our beautiful blessing!”
“Dr. Shah is not just a doctor, he feels like part of my family. He is patient and really takes the time to listen to the concerns of the women and families he supports. He makes himself so available to his patients, and is always willing to listen and discuss your thoughts and concerns. He was there with us in the good and the bad, and while I am thrilled to say that we are FINALLY 15 weeks pregnant, I was so sad to know I would not see Dr. Shah for a while. In a very tough time in our life, he was the calm in the storm and the one who made me feel like everything would work out – AND IT DID! Thank you Dr. Shah, you have changed my life!”
“Dr. Shah, words cannot express how grateful we are for everything that you and your staff have done for us, and most importantly for making our dream of becoming parents a reality. We would especially like to thank you and Dr. Tidey and your staff for the encouragement, compassion and support while traveling the road of infertility. We understand how frustrating it can be when treatment doesn’t work the first time, but also know the feeling of joy and excitement when you finally hear the words ‘Congratulations, you’re pregnant! We appreciate all the smiles, the patience and sensitivity each person displayed, and everyone’s overall confidence. Your determination was very evident during the time we were with you. Coming to your office was not a typical doctor’s visit– you all felt like a second family to us and we will truly miss all of you. We are looking forward to the birth of our first child and cannot wait to bring our baby to meet everyone! Thank you for being the perfect doctor for us. Everyone in your office has a special place in our hearts – we highly recommend your practice to anyone experiencing difficulty in conceiving a baby!”
- Yeh JS. Steward RG. Dude AM. Shah AA, Goldfarb JM. Muasher SJ . Pregnancy rates in donor oocytc cycles compared to similar autologous in vitro fertilization cycks: an ana lys is of26.457 fresh cycles from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. Fertil Steril. 2014 May 1 7. pii: S00l5-0282(14)00387-2.
- Yeh .IS, Steward RG, Dude AM, Shah AA, Goldfarb JM, Muashcr SJ. Pregnancy outcomes decline in recipients over age 44: an analysis of 27,959 fresh donor oocytc in vitro fertilization cycles from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. Fertil Steril. 2014 May;10I (5):1331-6. doi:10. JOI 6 / j. fertnstert.20 14.0 1.056. Epub 20 I 4 Mar I I.
- Steward RG, Lan L, Shah AA, Yeh JS, Price TM, Goldfarb JM, Muasher SJ. Oocyte number as a predictor for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and live birth: an analysis of256,381 in vitro fertilization cycles.
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- Brezina PR, Shah AA, Myers ER, Huang A, DeCherney AJ–1. How Obamacare will impact reproductive health. Semin Reprod Med.2013 May;3 I (3):189-97.
- Dai Q, Shah AA, Garde RV, Yonish BA, Zhang L. Medvitz NA, Miller SE, Hansen EL, Dunn CN, Price TM. A truncated progesterone receptor (PR-M) localizes to the mitochondrion and controls cellular respiration. Mo/ Endocrinol. 2013 May;27(5):741-53.
- Croche t JR, Shah AA. Schomberg OW. Price TM. Hyperglycosylated human chorionic gonadotropin does not increase progesterone production by luteinized granulosa cells. .J Cli11 E11docri110/ Metab. 20 I 2 Sept; 97(9): £ 1 7 41-4.
- Steward RG, Saleh OA. James AH, Shah AA, Price TM. Management of gynecologic surgery in the patient with factor XI deficiency: A review of the literature. Ohstet Gynecol Surv. 2012 May;67(5): 291-7.
- Shah AA, Walmer DK. A feasibility study to evaluate pelvic peritoneal anatomy with a saline intraperitoneal sonogram (SlPS). Fertil Steril. 2010 Dec; 94(7): 2766-8.
WHEN: 4/6/2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
WHO: Current Patients
**For Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and D.C. area residents** This virtual donor recipient support group provides support for individuals and couples who are in various stages of treatment such as those contemplating the choice, embarking on and undergoing treatment to conceive as well as for patients who become parents through such means.
WHEN: 4/22/2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHO: Current Patients
**For Maryland residents** This virtual donor recipient support group provides support for individuals and couples who are in various stages of treatment such as those contemplating the choice, embarking on and undergoing treatment to conceive as well as for patients who become parents through such means.