Anne Brawner Namnoum, M.D.

Board Certified Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Patient Testimonial
We cannot thank Dr. Namnoum enough for her care during our fertility journey. She took excellent care of us when we transferred from another practice.

My infertility story began six years ago and I received my diagnosis of stage four endometriosis in 2016. Dr. Namnoum gave me the gift of life and for that I will forever be grateful.

Right at the first visit, Dr. Namnoum was very personable and caring. Our experience at SGF has been great and Dr. Namnoum and her team were wonderful!

From the very first meeting, Dr. Namnoum made my husband and I feel very at ease. I am confident in saying that I wasn’t just ‘another patient.’ She will always have such a special place in my heart.

By the end of it, the Shady Grove Fertility team was like family and I felt a great sense of support as we navigated the twisty, curvy, roller-coaster journey of IVF. Thank you, Dr. Namnoum and team!

Dr. Namnoum helped us achieve our dreams of being parents after years of infertility and a diagnosis of PCOS! Hands down the best doctor ever.

I was able to get pregnant in just 2 IUI cycles with her and I feel it has a lot to do with the positive energy Dr. Namnoum creates in her space.

Biography

Anative of Atlanta, Dr. Namnoum attended The Westminster Schools and received her undergraduate degree from Williams College. She earned her medical degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Johns Hopkins as well. She directed the IVF program at Johns Hopkins before returning to Atlanta, where she practiced at Emory and Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine.

Dr. Namnoum has published research involving genetic aspects of reproductive dysfunction, endometriosis, and other hormonal abnormalities. She has also written articles and textbook chapters on topics such as obesity and ectopic pregnancies, and has given lectures and workshops involving stress and infertility. Her practice interests include infertility and in vitro fertilization.

She has also pursued her strong interest in Integrative Medicine, which combines the best of conventional medicine with complementary approaches and a “whole person” focus, including attention to nutrition, lifestyle, and stress management. Dr. Namnoum is passionate about the lifestyle aspects of health and wellbeing and loves sharing medical and scientific research that can help women take a more active role in their health care and self care. She believes that education, advocacy, and encouragement are important parts of the physician-patient relationship. Dr. Namnoum’s hobbies include hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.

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Education

  • Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Johns Hopkins University
  • Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Johns Hopkins University
  • Atlanta Magazine’s Top Doctors for Infertility (2017-2020)
  • Best Fertility Specialist in Atlanta by Kudzu
  • American Fertility Society/Serono Research Fellowship (1992)
  • Stetler Research Fellowship for Women in Medicine (1992)
  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Namnoum AB, Merriam GR, Moses AM, Levine MA. Reproductive dysfunction in women with Albright’s Hereditary Osteodystrophy. J Clin Endo Metab, 83(3):824-9, 1998.
  • Namnoum AB, Hickman TN, Goodman SB, Gehlbach DL, Rock JA. Incidence of symptom recurrence following hysterectomy for endometriosis. Fertil Steril, 64:898-902, 1995.
  • Namnoum AB, Hutchins GM: Accelerated maturation of the adrenal medulla in anencephaly. Pediatric Pathology 10:895-900, 1990.
  • Namnoum AB, Murphy AA, Diagnostic and operative laparoscopy. In Te Linde’s Operative Gynecology. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott-Raven 1996.
  • Namnoum AB. Medical Management of Ectopic Pregnancy. Clin Obstet and Gynecol 41(2):382-386, 1998
  • Namnoum AB, Carpenter SE. Abnormal uterine bleeding in the adolescent. Adolescent Medicine:State of the Art Reviews 5:157-170, 1994.
  • Namnoum AB, Nutrition and maintenance of appropriate weight. In Seltzer VL and Pearse WH (eds ): Women’s Primary Health Care. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, Inc. 1995, 49-57.
  • Namnoum AB, Hatcher RA. The menstrual cycle. In Hatcher RA, Trussell J, et al (eds)Contraceptive Technology . Ardent Media, Inc, New York, NY, 1998.
  • Namnoum AB. Obesity: A disease worth treating. The Female Patient, 18:33-44.
  • Namnoum AB. Transcervical approaches to proximal tubal obstruction. Postgraduate Obstetrics and Gynecology, 12:1-5, 1992.
  • Barnes RB, Namnoum AB, Rosenfield RL, Layman, LC. The role of LH and FSH in ovarian androgen secretion and ovarian follicular development: clinical studies in a patient with isolated FSH deficiency and multicystic ovaries. Hum Reprod, 17:88-91, 2002.
  • Hickman TN, Namnoum AB, Hinton EL, Zacur HA, Rock JA. Timing of estrogen replacement therapy following hysterectomy with oophorectomy for endometriosis. Obstet Gynecol, 91:673-7, 1998.
  • Layman LC, Lee EJ, Peak BS, Namnoum AB et al. Delayed puberty and hypogonadism caused by a compound heterozygous mutation in the follicle stimulating hormone beta-subunit gene. New Engl J Med 337:601-11, 1997.
  • Luke B, Feng T, Namnoum AB, Witter F. Gestational age-specific birth weights of twins vs. singletons. ACTA Genet Med. Gemellol 40:69-76, 1991.
  • Schieber RA, Namnoum AB, Sugden AE, Orr RA, Shiu GK, Cook DR. Hemodynamic effects of isoflurane in the newborn piglet: Comparison with halothane. Anes Analg, 65:633-638, 1986.
  • Schieber RA, Namnoum AB, Sugden AE, Seville AC, Orr RA. Accuracy of expiratory carbon dioxide measurements using the coaxial and circle breathing circuits in small subjects. J Clin. Monit. 1:149-155, 1985.
  • Smith YR, Stetten G, Charity L, Isacson C, Gearhart JP, Namnoum AB: Ambiguous genitalia in an elderly woman with mosaic 45,X/46,Xdic(Y)(q11.2) karyotype. Urology, 47:259-262, 1996.
  • Smith YR, Isacson, C, Namnoum AB. Ultrasonic surgical aspiration to treat genital condyloma acuminate in children. J Pediatr Adolesc

Q&A

There is nothing more important to me than helping couples and individuals have the families they have been dreaming of. The technical aspects of fertility treatment are exciting, but I especially enjoy spending time with my patients, getting to know them as individuals, and encouraging them and supporting them on their journey toward parenthood.

My patients inspire me. Whether they are just getting started, or have been persevering through the ups and downs of treatment for a while, they demonstrate courage, patience, hope, and resilience. I learn something from every one of my patients, and am honored that they have chosen me to help them on this path.

In my free time I love walking or hiking, and reading. Walking gets me outdoors, restores my energy, and helps me de-stress. Reading has been a lifelong love of mine; I also enjoy passing along books that inspire me to others.

I was a history major in college while I was pre-med, and still belong to a history class that requires me to research and write history papers.

The fact that SGF is both technically excellent and focused on the whole person makes me proud to be part of the SGF team. This “high tech-high touch” approach parallels my interest in providing the most up-to-date treatment in a way that shows patients how much we care.

Walking the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain, an ancient pilgrimage route, is near the top of my bucket list. The entire journey is 500 miles or more, but I might tackle it in shorter pieces!

Some of the most inspiring patients are those who have recently been diagnosed with cancer and decide to go through oocyte cryopreservation to preserve fertility before chemotherapy or radiation. In the midst of the shock and stress of facing a cancer diagnosis, they are taking on more doctor visits, injections, and an egg retrieval procedure to their load. The grace and strength with which they face all of these challenges is truly amazing.

When patients are struggling, I try to listen empathically, and show them that I genuinely care. By sharing information and sometimes recommending other resources, I hope to empower patients to make decisions that fit their individual situations.

Most people would probably describe me as calm, compassionate, empathetic, and friendly. I am responsible, and want my patients to feel heard, understood, and cared for.

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