Steven Gay, M.D. 

Board Certified Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Eligible
Patient Testimonial
Dr. Libby was just amazing. We had a long journey and she was right there with us in the trenches. She was our third fertility doctor. She thought outside the box, was willing to try new things, was open to our questions, and used her team to help us.

I went through IVF with Dr. Humm. I felt heard, comforted, and comfortable the whole way. The support staff were beyond fantastic and turned what would have been a scary experience, into something that my husband and I never felt like we were navigating alone.

Dr. Libby listened to our every concern and communicated with us when we needed it, never making us feel pushed to the side or that she was to busy to be there for us.

From the first consultation until our final appointment Dr. Doyle was empathetic, compassionate, and very easy to talk to. He reviewed my diagnosis and treatments each step of the way and changed our protocols accordingly to result in a positive and viable pregnancy.

I had an ultrasound and an HSG done at the Norfolk office. Every staff member was amazing – so gentle, comforting and supportive. I’m very grateful for that.

Dr. Banks is attentive, kind, and professional. She answered all of our questions.

Biography

Steven Gay, M.D., is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) and board eligible in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI). Dr. Gay earned his medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He then continued his studies at Emory University for his residency in OB/GYN. From there, Dr. Gay trained in REI at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. During this time, Dr. Gay did a component of his fellowship training with SGF, where he admired the compassionate, evidence-based fertility care provided by his colleagues.   

Dr. Gay has been recognized by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) for his excellence in research on in vitro fertilization following a polypectomy. Additional research interests include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), preimplantation genetic diagnosis, and Asherman’s syndrome. Dr. Gay is a member of ASRM and the Society of Reproductive Surgeons.  

Dr. Gay provides patient care at SGF’s Alpharetta, Georgia, location. He prioritizes listening to his patients so he can work with them to find success.  

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Education

  • Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, National Institutes of Health Combined Federal Fellowship, Bethesda, MD
  • ASRM/Society of Reproductive Surgeons, Prize Paper 
  • ASRM/SRS In Training Award for Research 
  • American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)  
  • Society of Reproductive Surgeons 
  • Gay S. Book Chapter: Cosmetic Endocrinology. In: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, Polycystic Ovary Disease. DeCherney A, Eisenberg E, Scott JR, Gabbe S, editors. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Pgs 96-101. 2021  
  • Benor A, Gay S, DeCherney A. An update on stem cell therapy for Asherman syndrome. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2020;37(7):1511-1529.  
  • Gay S, Dolan M. Book Chapter: Female Reproductive Disorders. In: Endocrine Pathophysiology. Felner E, Umpierrez G, editors. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Pgs 253-282. 2014  
  • Webster DM, Teo CF, Sun Y, Wloga D, Gay S, Klonowski KD, Wells L, Dougan ST. O-GlcNAc modifications regulate cell survival and epiboly during zebrafish development. BMC Dev Biol. 2009 Apr 21;9:28.  
  • Gay, S. Conditional inactivation of nodal signaling reveals critical period in eye development. University of Georgia Libraries. 2008 vii, 24. Senior Thesis. 

Q&A

I’ve always been fascinated by the science of early embryology since childhood when my parents gifted us a video microscope to study the fertilized fish eggs from our backyard pond. That and other experiences drove me to study developmental biology and genetics in college. Then in medical school, based on my mom’s example as a neonatal ICU nurse and seeing the love and dedication involved in her patients’ complex care, I knew I wanted to be involved in pregnancy care and in a medical field where powerful treatments could help make my patients’ lives better. Once I learned the amazing impact a reproductive endocrinologist could have, I knew I found my calling. 

I was fortunate enough to do a component of my fellowship training with SGF while at the National Institutes of Health. The joy my colleagues have, their compassion for patients, and their commitment to evidence-based medical advances I saw then and still see everyday makes me proud. 

I’m always inspired by the grit our patients have. I remember one of my first patients in her early 30s who had been struggling with infertility. She had never sought treatment or evaluation because, unfortunately, the timing in her life or finances could not support it. Still limited by this, she sought out evaluation at the large safety-net hospital I trained in because in her words; “Even if I can’t do anything about it, I just need to know why.” Cautioning her that we may not find the answer, she persisted and ultimately, she did learn the reason why she couldn’t conceive. Though ultimately a sad diagnosis, she received a great deal of peace and closure because she persisted. That similar drive and desire I see in my patients every day inspires me to work harder to help them. 

Listening first. The challenges our patients go through are immense. And not every patient’s challenge is the same or even predictable. So I really try to listen first and see how we can work to be successful. I’m laser-focused on helping my patients reach their goals, and by listening first, I find I can help them reach that goal often more effectively.   

My friends would describe me as curious, calm, and friendly. I take my work seriously (but not myself too much)! 

I want to captain and sail around the Caribbean with my wife. She’s afraid of small boats, though, and gets seasick easily, so it won’t be happening anytime soon — but I can dream. 

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