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Eric A.Widra, M.D.

Medical Director

Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
2021 K Street NW
Suite 701
Washington, DC 20006
Sibley Medical Building
5215 Loughboro Road NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20016
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About eric A. widra, M.D.

Eric A. Widra, M.D., is the medical director of Shady Grove Fertility in Metropolitan Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; and Philadelphia, and the associate director of the Combined Federal Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility—a post-graduate training program for future leaders in this subspecialty, operated through the National Institutes of Health, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and Shady Grove Fertility.

Dr. Widra received his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He completed a reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellowship at The George Washington University. Dr. Widra is currently professor and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University Medical Center.

At a national level, Dr. Widra has served as chairman of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART) Practice Committee, a member of the SART Executive Committee, and a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Practice Committee.

In addition to his clinical practice at Shady Grove Fertility, Dr. Widra supervises the extensive research activities and academic ventures of the practice. He has produced numerous publications and presentations in the field of infertility and reproductive technologies. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and a fellow of the American Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

  • Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, The George Washington University
Awards & Recognition
  • Washingtonian's Top Doctors List for Infertility (1994 to present)
  • Washington Consumers CHECKBOOK's Top Doctors (2015)
Professional OrganizationS
  • American Academy of Wilderness Medicine
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Q & A

Q: Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist (REI)?


I went into obstetrics and gynecology because I thought I wanted to be a gynecologic oncologist. Once I started my training and was exposed to REI, the medical, surgical, and ethical challenges and the ability to achieve such an important goal for patients pulled me into this field.

Q: Who inspires you?


I find inspiration in many places—from my patients, from music and literature, and from athletics. Overcoming adversity, whether medical, intellectual, or physical, inspires me the most.

Q: What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?


I’ve been accused of having too many hobbies—I am a serial offender in getting into too many things. I find most satisfaction in enjoying the outdoors—biking, sailing—and in music.

Q: What is something about you that would surprise most people?


I started taking guitar lessons at age 49.

Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?


We combine the most cutting-edge science and medicine with an individualized, patient-centered approach.

Q: What’s on your bucket list?


Trekking the Himalayas. Playing in a rock band.

Q: Describe a time when you were inspired by a patient.


I’m inspired by patients every day. Our patients come fearful and anxious. When we work together as a team and achieve goals from the smallest to the largest—just getting treatment started or having a healthy baby, the satisfaction is immense

Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?


To ask why, listen, and try to offer a solution. Even if that solution is a difficult decision to change course or stop treatment.

Q: How would you describe your personality?


I am open, honest, and data-driven. I can sometimes seem blunt, but I try to combine a transparent review of the facts with compassion for the feelings they create.

I find inspiration in many places—from my patients, from music and literature, and from athletics. Overcoming adversity, whether medical, intellectual, or physical, inspires me the most.


"I started at Shady Grove with Dr. Widra in fall 2013, and continued as his patient until spring 2015, when I had a successful pregnancy (wahoo!). My husband and I are both under 30 and healthy and seemingly would have been an easy couple to help get pregnant. Unfortunately, with every test it seemed that the odds were against us. We did 2 IUIs, 3 IVFs, and got pregnant during our first FET. Throughout our lengthy treatment with Dr. Widra, he was always upfront and honest about our situation, and his opinions on what our next move should be. During each treatment we probably saw Mr. Widra 3 times, once before we started, once during, and once at the end. This is actually great, considering the visits were long visits, he was able to answer any/all questions, we left each feeling knowledgeable about our situation. He was able to keep me focused on the end goal after each failed attempt, and in the end kept us on the right path to achieve a successful pregnancy. He was also able to ease my many fears caused by "over googling" everything related to infertility. That said, ask questions and be your own health advocate. Infertility is a stressful thing to experience, and the treatments can drive you crazy and drain you of hope, but luckily Dr. Widra and his WONDERFUL nurses were able to help us in the game and we ultimately got pregnant. Office reviews: I went to both the Shady Grove and K St. locations regularly. Both are clean and have great staffing. I always knew the nurses, office managers, ultrasound techs, etc. which makes the whole process much more comfortable."

"Dr. Widra was very friendly, comforting and informative."

"The best part of my experience was the clear and objective discussion with Dr. Widra and the explanation behind the options laid out. There is more holistic patient management compared to my experience in other clinics."

"My partner and I LOVE working with Dr. Widra"



  • Luke B, Brown MB, Wantman E, et al. Application of a validated prediction model for in vitro fertilization: comparison of live birth rates and multiple birth rates with 1 embryo transferred over 2 cycles vs. 2 embryos in 1 cycle. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015;212:676 e1-7.
  • Hill MJ, Royster GD, Healy MW, et al. Are good patient and embryo characteristics protective against the negative effect of elevated progesterone level on the day of oocyte maturation? Fertil Steril. 2015;103:1477-84.
  • Devine K, Connell MT, Richter KS, et al. Single vitrified blastocyst transfer maximizes liveborn children per embryo while minimizing preterm birth. Fertil Steril. 2015;103:1454-60.
  • Luke B, Brown MB, Wantman E, et al. A prediction model for live birth and multiple births within the first three cycles of assisted reproductive technology. Fertil Steril. 2014;102:744-52.
  • Wolff EF, Vahidi N, Alford C, Richter K, Widra E. Influences on endometrial development during intrauterine insemination: clinical experience of 2,929 patients with unexplained infertility. Fertil Steril. 2013;100:194-9 e1.
  • Hill MJ, Richter KS, Heitmann RJ, et al. Number of supernumerary vitrified blastocysts is positively correlated with implantation and live birth in single-blastocyst embryo transfers. Fertil Steril. 2013;99:1631-6.
  • Heitmann RJ, Hill MJ, Richter KS, DeCherney AH, Widra EA. The simplified SART embryo scoring system is highly correlated to implantation and live birth in single blastocyst transfers. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2013;30:563-7.
  • Manipalviratn S, Tong ZB, Stegmann B, Widra E, Carter J, DeCherney A. Effect of vitrification and thawing on human oocyte ATP concentration. Fertil Steril. 2011;95:1839-41.
  • Mesen TB, Yu B, Richter KS, Widra E, DeCherney AH, Segars JH. The prevalence of genuine empty follicle syndrome. Fertil Steril. 2011;96:1375-7.
  • Michalakis KG, Mesen TB, Brayboy LM, et al. Subclinical elevations of thyroid-stimulating hormone and assisted reproductive technology outcomes. Fertil Steril. 2011;95:2634-7.

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