Mae W. Healy, D.O. 

Board Certified Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
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

Mae W. Healy, D.O., is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI). Dr. Healy completed her residency in OB/GYN at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She completed her fellowship in REI at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  
 
Prior to joining SGF, Dr. Healy retired from the U.S. Navy as a Commander with her most recent position being the Division Director of REI at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Healy has also served as the Director, Assisted Reproductive Technology at Walter Reed. She values training the next generation of physicians, evidenced by her time as the Associate Fellowship Director at the National Institutes of Health for REI. Dr. Healy has been recognized for her excellence in teaching and patient care. As an avid researcher, Dr. Healy has contributed to numerous publications and presentations exploring topics such as access to fertility care for military families, intrauterine inseminations (IUI), and optimizing embryo transfer techniques, among many others.  
 
Dedicated to counseling patients on all the options and working together to decide the best way forward, Dr. Healy provides patient care at SGF’s Annapolis, Maryland, location. In her spare time, Dr. Healy enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time outdoors with her family.  

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Education

  • Residency: Obstetrics and gynecology, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland 
  • Fellowship: Reproductive endocrinology and infertility, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 
  • ACOG National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education, Naval Medical Center San Diego (2023)  
  • Joint Service Achievement Medal – COVID Impact Award (2021)  
  • Joint Commendation Service Medal (2020)  
  • Best Faculty Resident Teaching Award, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, OB/GYN Program (2020)  
  • Associate Master Clinician Award, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (2019)  
  • Joint Service Achievement Medal (2019)  
  • Joint Service Achievement Medal (2017)  
  • General Graves Erskine Award- Most outstanding fellow graduate, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (2017)  
  • Best Fellow Scientific Paper- Armed Forces District Annual Meeting, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2016)  
  • Society of Reproductive Surgeons In-Training Award for Research (2015)  
  • Society of Male Reproduction and Urology Award for Research (2015)  
  • Joint Commendation Service Medal (2014)  
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology (ACOG) 
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 
  • Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI) 
  • Mae Wu DO, Rebecca Chason MD, Melissa Wong MD. Raynaud’s Phenomenon of the Nipple. Obstet Gynecol Green Journal. 2012 Feb;119(2):447-9. 
  • LT Mae Wu, Lt Col Melissa Henne, Col Anthony Propst. Tax Credits, Insurance, and In Vitro Fertilization in the United States Military Healthcare System Military Medicine. Military Medicine, International Journal of AMSUS. 2012 Jun;177 (6): 745-7. 
  • Hill M., Whitcomb B., Lewis T., Wu M., Terry N., Decherney A., Levens E., Propst A. Progesterone luteal support in ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination cycles: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Fertility and Sterility. 2013 Nov;100(5):1373-80. 
  • Zarek S, Hill M, Richter K, Wu M, DeCherney A, Osheroff J, Levens E. Single-donor and double-donor sperm intrauterine insemination cycles: does double intrauterine insemination increase clinical pregnancy rates? Fertility and Sterility. 2014 Sep;102(3):739-43. 
  • Healy M, Hill M, Levens E. Optimal oocyte retrieval and embryo transfer techniques: where we are and how we got here. Seminars in Reproductive Medicine. 2015 Mar;33(2):83-91.    
  • Healy M., Fru K, Armstrong A. Contraception: Unmet Needs, Existing Options, and New Technologies. Obstetrics and Gynecology Advances. 2015 April 1.   
  • Hill M, Royster G, Healy M, Richter K, Levy G, DeCherney A, Levens E, Suthar G, Widra E, Levy M. Do Good Prognosis Patient and Embryo Characteristics Protect from the Negative Effect of Elevated Progesterone on the day of HCG Trigger? Fertility and Sterility. 2015 Jun;103(6):1477-84.   
  • Devine K, Mumford S, Healy MW, DeCherney A, Propst A, Hill M. Diminished Ovarian Reserve in the U.S. ART Population: Diagnostic Trends Among 183,1555 ART Cycles from the SAR CORS Database. Fertility and Sterility. 2015 Sep;104(3):612-9.   
  • Healy M, Patounakis G, Connell M, Devine K, DeCherney AH, Levy MJ, Hill MJ. Does a Frozen Embryo Transfer Ameliorate the Effects of Elevated Progesterone Seen in Fresh Transfer Cycles? Fertility and Sterility. 2016 Jan;105(1):93-99.   
  • Wolfe H, Healy M, Yauger B, Csokmay J. Cobblestone Fallopian Tubes on Hysterosalpingogram followed by Bilateral Tubal Abscesses and Sepsis. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2016 Apr;214(4):544.e1-2.  
  • Connell M, Patounakis G, Healy M, DeCherney A, Devine K, Widra E, Hill MJ. Is The Effect of Premature Elevated Progesterone Augmented by Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin Versus Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Agonist Trigger? Fertility and Sterility. 2016 May;106(3): 584-589.  
  • Healy M, Schexnayder B, Connell M, Terry N, DeCherney A, Csokmay J, Yauger B, Hill MJ. Intrauterine Adhesion Prevention After Hysteroscopy: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2016 Sep;215(3):267-75.   
  • Healy M, Yauger B, James A, Dean R. Seminal Vesicle Harvest to Retrieve Sperm from Wounded Warriors. Fertility and Sterility. 2016 Sep;106(3):579-83.  
  • Hill MJ, Royster GD, Taneja M, Healy M, Zarek SM, Christy AY, DeCherney A, Widra E, Devine K. Does elevated progesterone on the day of oocyte maturation play a role in the racial disparities in IVF outcomes? Reprod BioMed Online. 2017 Feb;34(2):154-61.  
  • Healy M, Yamasaki M, Patounakis G, Richter K, Devine K, DeCherney A, Hill, M. The slow growing embryo and premature progesterone elevation: compounding factors for embryo-endometrial asynchrony.  Human Reproduction. 2017 Jan;32(2):362-7.  
  • Hill MJ, Healy MW, Patounakis G, Devine K, Richter K, Widra E, DeCherney AH, Whitcomb B. Revisiting the Progesterone to Oocyte Ratio. Fertility and Sterility. 2017 Mar;107(3):671-6.  
  • Healy, MW, Patounakis G, Zanelotti A, Devine K, DeCherney A, Levy M, Hill M. Does Elevated Progesterone Increase Spontaneous Abortion Rates? An analysis of Fresh and Frozen Embryo Transfers. Gynecological Endocrinology. 2017 Mar;33(6):472-5.  
  • Green K, Zolton J, Schermerhorn S, Lewis T, Healy MW, Terry N, DeCherney A, Hill M. Progesterone luteal support following ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Fertility and Sterility. 2017 Apr;107(4):924-33.  
  • Hill M, Healy MW. Premature progesterone and freeze all cycles: do we really need randomized controlled trials? Fertility and Sterility. 2017 Feb; https://www.fertsertdialog.com/users/16110-fertility-and-sterility/posts/14992-consider-this-hill.  
  • Evans BM, Healy MW, DeCherney AH, Hill MJ. Adverse effect of prematurely elevated progesterone in IVF cycles: A Literature Review. Biol of Reprod. 50th year special issue. 2018 Jan;99(1):45-51.  
  • Hill MJ, Healy MW, Richter KS, Parikh T, Devine K, DeCherney AH, Levy M, Widra E. Defining thresholds for abnormal premature progesterone levels during ovarian stimulation for in vitro fertilization. Fertility and Sterility. 2018 Sep;110(4):671-679.  
  • Pilgrim J, Healy MW, Yauger BJ, Torrealday S, Csokmay JM, Hill MJ. Assisted Reproductive Technology in the United States Military. Sem Reprod. 2018;36:323-6.  
  • Evans MB, Csokmay JM, Healy MW, Parikh TP, Decherney AH, Hill MJ. Evaluation of ovulation suppression with progestins is cost effective compared to GnRH analogs in assisted reproductive cycles.  Reprod BioMed Online. 2019;38:691-8.  
  • Evans MB, Stentz NC, Richter KS, Schexnayder B, Connell M, Healy MW, Devine K, Widra E, Stillman R, DeCherney AH, Hill MJ.  Mature follicle count and multiple gestation risk based on patient age in intrauterine insemination cycles with ovarian stimulation. Obstet Gynecol. 2020 May;135(5)1005-14.  
  • Martini AE, Dunn A, Wells L, Rollene N, Saunders R, Healy MW, Terry N, DeCherney AH, Hill, MJ. Follicle flushing does not improve live birth and may reduce oocyte yield: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Fertility and Sterility. 2021 Mar.  
  • Healy MW, Dolitsky SN, Villancio-Wolter M, Raghavan M, Tillman AR, Morgan NY, DeCherney AH, Park S, Wolff EF. Creating an Artificial 3-Dimensional Ovarian Follicle Culture System Using a Microfluidic System. Micromachines. 2021 Mar.  

Q&A

I’ve always been fascinated by the human body — how it works, how it can be healed, how every individual’s body is unique. My interest in healthcare grew in college where I worked as a therapist for children with autism and volunteered with the suicide crisis helpline. I became a doctor to have the opportunity to help people, but specifically a reproductive endocrinologist, to have the privilege of helping people achieve their dreams of creating a family.

When I was young, my aunt had breast cancer. I remember hearing about how she struggled through her diagnosis and later, her difficulties having children. My interest in this field started then but was cemented when I learned more about the field and its potential for incredible growth that will help patients ultimately create families of their own.

I am thrilled to join the SGF family! What stands out the most about SGF is the top-notch team that provides the highest quality, evidence-based care to all their patients!

Every patient is unique. I listen to their stories, their concerns and health care goals. I believe in fully counseling patients on all the options and working together to decide the best way forward. Honest and open communication is key to easing a patient through this process.

My mother is the most resilient person I know and my greatest inspiration. As an immigrant, she raised three children in an unfamiliar country, far from her family and friends. Despite the many challenges she faced, she’s always maintained the most positive outlook on life. She worked hard to ensure that her children had every opportunity to be happy and achieve their dreams. I strive to follow her example and raise my children with the same love, strength, and optimism. I take her positive outlook on life and try to incorporate it in all aspects in life, especially when working with my patients.

Many people would describe me as outgoing with a never-ending supply of positiveness. I would like to think of myself as hard-working, resilient, and an advocate for patients.

I would love to camp and hike in all the national parks in the United States!

I love to spend time hiking, kayaking, and spending time outdoors with my family!

During my gynecology-oncology rotation as an OB/GYN resident, I was part of a team that treated a woman for advance cervical cancer. I then started my REI rotation where I coincidentally was a part of the team that helped get her wife pregnant. The incredible courage they showed during this difficult time and the strength with which they fought for each other and their future daughter left a life-changing impression on me. I was lucky enough to deliver their daughter, and I am so honored to have been a part of their story. Their resilience, hope, and strength inspire me to continue to push myself as a physician.