Jessica Selter, M.D. 

Board Certified Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Eligible
Patient Testimonial
Dr. Morris was thoughtful and caring! She checked in throughout the entire egg retrieval process and responded to all questions. As a person of color, I deliberately sought her to be the lead of this very delicate and important step in my life. She was an outstanding provider!

We could not be more thankful to have had Dr. Katler’s support during our IVF journey. He was extremely thoughtful and attentive to our medical and emotional needs. We are eternally grateful to have found such a great doctor. Highly recommend!

Dr. Quaas is the kindest, most caring doctor. The team is truly the best and they really care about the patients. It’s a new practice, but I truly believe Dr. Quaas and the team understand the research and have great success rates. My husband and I are so grateful!

I highly recommend Dr. Quaas and SGF! He was attentive, thorough, and kind. I also like that I saw him for every ultrasound appointment and he was very involved in my care. They’re an incredible team and I appreciate what they have done for me.

Dr. Amrane is caring and extremely knowledgeable! I am pregnant with baby number 2 all thanks to her and her incredible team!

Dr. Amrane never gave up and always had a plan for the next round.

Biography

Jessica Selter, M.D. earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina as a Neuroscience major. She then became a researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland before earning her medical degree with distinction from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She then went on to complete her residency in OB/GYN at Columbia University Medical Center/NY Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. From there, she returned to Duke University Medical Center to complete her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.  

Dr. Selter is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) and board eligible in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI). She has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility including polycystic ovary syndrome, ovarian aging, and male factor infertility. She also has particular interest in third-party reproduction and elective egg freezing.  

An avid researcher, Dr. Selter has published numerous papers on a variety of topics including fertility preservation, optimizing in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes, age and fertility, and the environment’s impact on fertility, among others. She is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI).  

At the heart of Dr. Selter’s practice is her commitment to delivering patient-centered care by creating an environment that is comforting, supportive, and fosters open communication, allowing her patients to feel genuinely understood and cared for. Dr. Selter provides patient care at SGF’s K-Street, D.C., location. Born and raised in the Washington DC area, she is honored to take care of patients from the DMV. In her spare time, Dr. Selter enjoys being outside with her family immersing herself in all D.C. has to offer.  

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Education

  • Residency: Obstetrics and gynecology, Columbia University Medical Center/NY Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, New York 
  • Fellowship: Reproductive endocrinology and infertility, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 
  • Pacific Coast Reproductive Society Merit Award (2023)
  • Midwest Reproductive Symposium International Award (2021)   
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine Corporate Member Council In Training Award (2019)  
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (2016)  
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Duke University (2010) 
  • Magna Cum Laude, Duke University (2010)  
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)   
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 
  • Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI) 
  • Selter J, Woodward J, Neal S. Survey assessing policies regarding patient age and provision of fertility treatment in the United States. (2023). JARG. 46(4): 1856-1861. 
  • Nguyen T, Selter J, Kuller J, Acharya K. Well-woman Care for the Female Cancer Survivor. (2023). Topics in Ob/Gyn. 43(2): 100-102.  
  • Peipert B, Harris B, Selter J, Ramey-Collier K, Blenden R, Unnithan S, Erkanli A, Price T. Direct-to-consumer Fertility Testing: utilization and perceived utility among fertility patients and reproductive endocrinologists. (2023). Reprod Biomed Online. 46(3):642-650.  
  • Selter J, Price T, Harris B. Fibroids in pregnancy: A growing or shrinking issue. (2022). Fertil and Steril. 118(4):666-667. 
  • Shaia K, Harris B, Selter J, Price T, Harris B. Reproductive Functions of the Mitochondrial Progesterone Receptor (2022). Reprod Sci. 30(5):1443-1452. 
  • Selter J, Huang Y, Williams S, Brady P, Melamed A, Hershman DL, Wright JD. Use of Fertility Preservation Services in Male Reproductive-aged Cancer Patients. (2021). GynOncRep. 10(36):100716.  
  • Selter J. E. Spurlin, Brady P. Gender inequality in leadership and academic rank in academic reproductive endocrinology programs. (2020). JARG. 37(8):1959-1962.  
  • Selter J, Huang Y, Grossman Becht LC, Palmerola K, Williams S, Forman E, Ananth CV, Neugut AI, Hershman DL, Wright JD. Use of Fertility Preservation Services in Female Reproductive-aged Cancer Patients. (2019). AJOG. 221(4): 328-334.  
  • Selter J, Wen T, Palmerola K, Friedman A, Williams S, Forman E. Life-Threatening Complications among Women with Severe Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). (2019). Am J Obstet Gynecol. 220(6): 575-560.  
  • Selter J, Grossman Becht LC, Huang Y, Ananth CV, Neugut AI, Hershman DL, Wright JD. (2018). Utilization of ovarian transposition for fertility preservation among young women with pelvic malignancies who undergo radiotherapy. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 219(4):415-417.  
  • Palmerola KL, Selter J, Gumer A, Zimmermann RC, Lobo RA, Douglas NC. (2018). Do fertility outcomes differ in an underinsured urban predominantly Hispanic population? A single center experience. J Reprod Endocrinol & Infertil. 3(1:4): 1-7. 
  • Wu H, Yin O, Monseur B, Selter J, Lau B, Christianson M. (2017). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Content on Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Websites. Fertil and Steril. 108(1):183-191.  
  • Moran D, Wu A, Connors C, Chappidi MR, Sreedhara SK, Selter J, Padula W. (2017). Cost-benefit analysis of a support program for nursing staff. J Patient Saf. 16(4): e250-e254). 
  • Selter J, Washington C, Christianson M, Resetkova N, and Kolp L. (2016). Hydronephrosis: A rare presentation of uterine didelphys with obstructed hemivagina and ipsilateral renal agenesis. J Pediatric Adolesc Gynecol. 29(3):53-55.  
  • Cordiero C, Christianson M, Selter J, and Segars J. (2016). In vitro Activation (IVA): A New Frontier in Treating Primary Ovarian Insufficiency. Retrod Sci. 23(4): 429-38.  
  • Tuwairqi, K, Selter J, and Sikder S. (2015). Assessment of surgeon fatigue by surgical simulators. Open Acc Surg. 8; 43-50.   
  • Selter J, Turner Z, Doerrer S, and Kossoff E. (2015). Dietary and Medication Adjustments to Improve Seizure Control in Patients Treated with the Ketogenic Diet. J Child Neurology. 30(1): 53-57.  
  • Selter J, Gire A, and Sikder S. (2014). The Relationship Between Graves’ Ophthalmopathy and Dry Eye Syndrome. Clin Ophthalmol. 9:57-62.  
  • Duncan WC, Selter J, Brutsche N, Sarasso S, and Zarate CA. (2013). Baseline Delta Sleep Ratio Predicts Acute Ketamine Mood Response in Major Depressive Disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders. 145; 115-119   
  • Duncan WC, Sarasso S, Ferrarelli F, Selter J, Riedner BA, Hejazi NN, Yuan P, Brutsche N, Husseini MK, Tononi G, and Zarate CA. (2012). Concomitant BDNF and Slow Wave Changes Indicate Ketamine-Induced Plasticity in Major Depressive Disorder. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. 16(2): 301-11  
  • Zarate CA, Brutsche N, Ibrahim L, Chaves JF, Diazgranados N, Cravchik A, Selter J, Marquardt C, Liberty V, and Luckenbaugh D. (2012). Replication of Ketamine’s Antidepressant Efficacy in Bipolar Depression: A Randomized Controlled Add-on Trial. Biological Psychiatry. 71(11):939-46. 

Q&A

From an early age, I was captivated by the intricacies of the human body and how medicine could help heal and transform lives. During medical school, I was drawn to reproductive endocrinology due to its intersection of science and technology, and the chance to be involved in a meaningful way in patients’ lives. The opportunity to guide and support patients through such a significant journey, applying the latest scientific developments to help them achieve their family-building goals, is an extraordinary privilege that continues to inspire and motivate me each day.

The field of REI is very personal for me. My parents struggled with infertility for multiple years and went through many fertility treatments to have me. My mother still talks about the fertility doctor that helped her to complete her family. When I got to medical school, I did a rotation in the field and witnessed firsthand how the interplay of sophisticated science and advanced technology could achieve a transformative impact on patients’ lives. The joy experienced by couples and individuals when they conceived after battling infertility left a lasting impression on me. I was deeply moved by the resilience and determination of these patients, and I was in awe of how reproductive endocrinology could turn their dreams of parenthood into reality. 

I am proud to be part of Shady Grove Fertility because of our commitment to patient-centric care, evidence-based medicine, and pioneering research. Our culture prioritizes each patient’s unique journey, providing compassionate care that truly puts the patient first. We believe in understanding each patient’s individual needs and concerns and providing support and guidance throughout their journey. Being at the forefront of fertility advancements and research allows us to continuously explore innovative treatments, improve patient outcomes, and contribute to the broader scientific community. 

Every patient I encounter on their fertility journey at Shady Grove Fertility inspires me, as it takes immense courage to navigate the complexities and emotional challenges of infertility. The resilience of my patients who face deeply personal struggles, endure physical and emotional trials, and persist despite setbacks, embodies a remarkable strength that continually fuels my passion for my work. 

My approach to helping patients who are struggling centers on empathy, open communication, and personalized care. I strive to truly listen and validate their feelings, recognizing the emotional toll that fertility challenges can bring. I aim to empower patients with knowledge about their treatment options, explaining each step of the process and ensuring they are comfortable with the decisions being made. Throughout their journey, I maintain a supportive presence, encouraging questions and ensuring they know they are not alone. I work closely with Shady Grove Fertility’s emotional support services, understanding the importance of a holistic approach that addresses both physical and emotional wellbeing during this challenging journey. 

I would describe myself as compassionate, patient, and dedicated. I understand the emotional journey tied to fertility treatment and approach each patient’s situation with sensitivity. My patients find me relatable and approachable, always willing to listen, explain procedures or treatment options, and answer questions. I am dedicated to providing the best possible care, continually staying abreast of the latest developments in our field to ensure my patients have access to the most advanced treatment options. My goal is to create a comfortable and supportive environment where patients feel heard, understood, and cared for, every step of the way. 

Travelling is my favorite thing in the world, so my bucket list includes visiting all fifty states and seven continents. 

I love to run, and getting outside to exercise is vital for my wellbeing. I have also played soccer throughout my life and like to play pick-up games in DC. I am an avid foodie and love trying different new restaurants in DC. 

In my spare time, I enjoy being outside with my family, immersing myself in all that the city of DC has to offer! We love to enjoy the city’s parks, trails, and historic neighborhoods. But I also can’t resist a good reality tv or Netflix binge … it’s my guilty pleasure and a fun way to unwind after a busy week!