As a continuation of their strong partnership and shared goal of helping military families struggling with infertility achieve their dream of parenthood, SGF has assumed operations of Walter Reed’s IVF laboratory.  

Washington, DC – Shady Grove Fertility (SGF) has assumed operations of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s (WRNMMC) in vitro fertilization (IVF) laboratory. Current patients at Walter Reed will see no interruption of care through this transition.  

“With diligent lab protocols and high pregnancy success rates, SGF is proud to bring our expertise to Walter Reed patients and help them achieve their dreams of parenthood,” shares Eric Widra, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at SGF.  

As a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence, SGF has long been partners with WRNMMC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the joint fellowship program, and many SGF physicians received their training through Walter Reed and NIH. 

“I’m inspired by so many of our military’s active-duty service members with whom I’ve had the opportunity to work with and care for over the past 20 years,” shares John Csokmay, M.D., SGF physician and retired Army Colonel who previously served as Chief of WRNMMC OB/GYN department. “These individuals have committed to a cause much greater than themselves and made sacrifices so that others may benefit. They inspire me to strive for that same selfless commitment to help others.” 

Patients at Walter Reed will now benefit from SGF’s rigorous lab protocols. SGF maintains one of the most stringent, long-standing chains of custody protocols in the industry, which was developed and continuously refined over the last 30 years.  

The system uses three unique identifiers along with two embryologists independently confirming the provenance of the sperm, eggs, and embryos in each case. Additionally, chain of custody at SGF is maintained using an electronic witnessing system, RI Witness. Developed by CooperSurgical, RI Witness is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) management system. This technology enables every sperm, egg, embryo, test tube, and petri dish to be electronically connected to the specific patient.  

SGF is proud to support military families in achieving their family-building goals. Active-duty families receive IVF care at SGF with the caveat that they would need to switch to an SGF physician and forego all discounts and benefits associated with receiving care through WRMMC. SGF supports military families by offering a 15% self-pay discount for active U.S. military and reservists, additional discounts for veterans with service-related injuries, medication discount programs, payment plans, and a 100% refund guarantee program for IVF treatment. 

Learn more about SGF’s laboratory procedures, here.  

About Shady Grove Fertility (SGF)
SGF is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence with more than 100,000 babies born from 30+ years of continuous innovation and patient-centered fertility care. With over 50 locations throughout the U.S. and in Santiago, Chile, SGF accepts most insurance plans and makes fertility treatment accessible and affordable through innovative financial solutions, including 100% refund guarantees. SGF is among the founding partner practices of US Fertility, the largest physician-owned and physician-led partnership of top-tier fertility practices nationally. Call 1-888-761-1967 to schedule a new patient appointment or visit for more information.