Steven Gay, M.D. 

Board Certified Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Eligible
Patient Testimonial
I have only wonderful things to say about Dr. Gay and his staff at the Alpharetta location. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and professional… I could not have asked for better care.

Biography

Steven Gay, M.D., is an award-winning physician, board certified in obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) and board eligible in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI). Dr. Gay graduated with honors from the University of Georgia with a focus on genetics and cellular biology. He then earned his medical degree and completed his residency training at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Next, Dr. Gay completed fellowship training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, mentoring under several international leaders in the field of reproductive medicine. It was during this time that Dr. Gay did a portion of his fellowship training with SGF, where he admired the compassionate, evidence-based fertility care provided by his colleagues.

Dr. Gay has presented his research at several national and international conferences. Most recently, the Society of Reproductive Surgeons at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) national conference awarded him the top Prize Paper for his work studying in vitro fertilization pregnancy outcomes following operative hysteroscopy. Additional research interests include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), preimplantation genetic testing for monogenic diseases, Asherman’s syndrome, and emerging genetic technologies. Dr. Gay is a member of ASRM, the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI), and the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialists (SREI).

Dr. Gay strongly believes in the power of evidence-based medicine tailored to the individual treatment needs of each patient. To do this, he prioritizes listening to his patients to successfully make impactful and lasting change to meet their fertility and family-building goals.

Supported by a caring and supportive staff, Dr. Gay provides in-person consultations at SGF’s Alpharetta, Georgia, location as well as convenient virtual visits for any patient.

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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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