Alexandra Gannon, M.D. 

Board Certified Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Eligible
Patient Testimonial
10 out of 10 recommend! From the first day we stepped foot in Dr. Shah’s office we could feel the amount of love and care him and his team give to their patients. Our fertility journey wasn’t easy but this clinic went above and beyond to make sure it was successful.

I switched to SGF because of our first visit with Dr. Shah. He has great bedside manner, clear communication, manages expectations, and has a great staff. He is very proactive with your healthcare and makes you feel cared for. 

Dr. Shah embodies the epitome of excellence in IVF treatment. From the moment you step into their clinic, you’re greeted with warmth and empathy, setting the tone for the transformative journey ahead.

During the vulnerable and challenging experience of going through infertility treatment, Dr. O’Hern was caring, honest, and supportive. She listened to our concerns and questions with care. She was approachable while speaking to the research in backing her treatment plan.

Dr. O’Hern, her nurses, and the entire staff at Shady Grove Fertility are the best. Dr. O’Hern provides a wonderful balance of realistic statistical medical advice and compassion in her approach to treatment. She is so supportive and helped me navigate the most important journey of my life so far.

The entire staff at SGF were amazing, but Dr. B was a vital part of why I would choose this clinic again. She was extremely personable, calling with any and all updates & even making sure to be there when we had a scare very early on in my pregnancy.

Biography

Alexandra Gannon, M.D., is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) and board eligible in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI). Dr. Gannon earned her medical degree from University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City. She then completed her residency in OB/GYN at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Drawn to the combination of women’s healthcare, genetics, and cutting-edge research, Dr. Gannon then trained in REI at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. While in fellowship she earned her Masters in Clinical Investigation through Baylor College of Medicine.  

Dr. Gannon has contributed to numerous publications and presentations, focusing on topics such as oncofertility, PCOS, and the effects of stress on fertility treatment, among others. She is a member of several professional societies, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).  

Dr. Gannon provides patient care at SGF’s Fairfax and Fair Oaks, Virginia, locations. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and cooking. 

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Education

  • Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 
  • Fellowship: Reproductive endocrinology and infertility, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas    
  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) 
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 
  • Gannon AL, Chacko SK, Didelija IC, Marini JC, Blesson CS. Evaluation of Hepatic Glucose Production in a Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Mouse Model. J Vis Exp. 2022 Mar 5;(181). doi: 10.3791/62991. PMID: 35312673. 
  • Ghidei L, Gannon A, Schutt A. The impact of COVID-19 on REI fellowship educational experience. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2021 May;38(5):1163-1169. doi: 10.1007/s10815-021-02163-8. Epub 2021 Apr 1. PMID: 33797004; PMCID: PMC8015928. 
  • Gannon A, Woodard T, McKenzie, L. Dose dense chemotherapy protocols for breast cancer result in higher rates of premature ovarian insufficiency compared to conventional dosing regimens. Poster presentation at ASRM Scientific Congress, virtual. October 18, 2020.   
  • Wilson A, Robinson, E. Endosee Cystoscopy: An alternative for evaluating ureteral patency following total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Video presentation at AAGL Global Congress on MIGS in Vancouver, BC. November 11, 2019. 
  • Wilson A, Kelly M, Patel B, Johnston-MacAnanny E. Ovarian Dysgerminoma in a Karyotypically Normal Female with Premature Ovarian Insufficiency: A Case Report. Journal of Reproductive Medicine. 2019, Oct; 64(5):383-385. 
  • Wilson A, Johnston-MacAnanny E. Novel surgical approach for treatment of a cervical ectopic pregnancy. Video presentation at ASRM Scientific Congress and Expo, Denver, CO, October 9, 2018. 
  • Deaton, J.L, Patel, B., Johnston-MacAnanny, E., Yu, J., Whirledge, S., Wilson, A.L., Wininger, J.D., Shu, Y., Taylor, R.N., Berga, S.L.. (2018). Stress and Implantation Failure. In Franasiak, J.M., Scott Jr., R.T. (Ed.), Recurrent Implantation Failure – Etiologies and Clinical Management (pp. 103-124). Manhattan: Springer International Publishing. 
  • Wilson, A.L., Miyazaki, D. (2018, February 20). Dilation and Curettage Simulation. https://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/ACOG-Departments/Simulations-Consortium/Dilation-and-Curettage-Video. 
  • Wilson A, Shu Y, Patel B, Taylor RN, Berga SL, Prokai D, Johnston-MacAnanny E. Cabergoline preserves implantation rates and ongoing rates in high responders to IVF. Poster presentation at ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, San Diego, CA, May 6-9, 2017.   
  • Wilson A, Weedin EA, Carter A, White O’Leary D, Hansen KR, Craig LB. The effects of fertility treatment on depression, anxiety, and marital satisfaction. Austin Journal of Women’s Health. 2014, Nov 1; (1).  

Q&A

I became interested in the specialty in medical school after hearing a talk by a reproductive endocrinologist. I was drawn to the combination of women’s healthcare, genetics, and cutting-edge research. This specialty affords me the opportunity to help people in one of the most impactful ways possible.

It makes me proud to be a part of SGF because the organization not only supports evidence-based and compassionate care to patients, but it also contributes to the field of REI by producing high-quality research.

I try to approach each situation individually. If a patient is particularly struggling, first I want them to know I’m there for them. Secondly, I ask them what they need and do my best to provide that for them. I respect that everyone’s journey is different, and I want to help them along the way.

I’m continually inspired by my patients. The mental fortitude, drive, and sacrifice it takes to walk this journey is humbling. I strive to do my best every day knowing what brought my patients here.   

I would describe my personality as laid-back but goal-oriented and driven. I’m meticulous in detail and hard-working.  

I would love to complete the Camino de Santiago, which is a walk in Spain and France. I encountered one of the stops on my last trip to France and became intrigued. I love hiking, and it seemed like a wonderful opportunity to see a gorgeous part of the world and meet people from all over.

I started to love hiking when I moved to North Carolina for residency. It’s something special that my husband and I shared, and now we do it with our children too. I also love cooking and eating. When I’m going to visit a new city, the first thing I do is look up which restaurants I want to try out.

I spend most of my spare time with my family. I have a son and a daughter who are my world. We love to explore fun things to do in the DMV area!