Anish A. Shah, M.D., M.H.S

Board Certified Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Patient Testimonial
Dr. Shah is the BEST! I’ve never had a doctor so attentive, communicative, compassionate and kind.

Dr. Shah, words cannot express how grateful we are for making our dream of becoming parents a reality.

I felt respected and listened to from day one by Dr. Shah.

I wish I were able to give him more than 5 stars. Dr. Shah is a rare find.

Dr. Shah is personable and friendly which makes the experience much easier.

Dr. Shah is one of the best doctors I’ve ever gotten the pleasure to work with. I know I definitely wasn’t his only patient but he made me feel like it.

We could not have asked for a better doctor than Dr. Shah to help us start a family. He genuinely wanted to help us and you can tell that he loves what he does.

Dr. Shah is an amazing doctor and his bedside manner is beyond compare.

My dream finally came true (X2) with the help of Dr. Shah and his staff. The happiness I now feel far surpasses any pain or struggle I had to endure.

Dr. Shah is not just a doctor, he feels like part of my family.

Biography

Dr. Anish Shah completed his undergraduate degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working in Nicaragua trying to improve the healthcare of women and children, he then earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a 3 year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Duke University, where he also served on the medical staff.

At Duke University, he obtained a Master’s in Health Economics and Clinical Research. His primary focus of research was improving fertility care by reducing miscarriages and improving safety. He studied medical genetics at Duke University to create a more comprehensive approach to reproductive genetic care including comprehensive chromosomal screening (CCS) evaluation of embryos, which reduces miscarriages.

During his almost 10 years at Duke, he trained with some of the nation’s leaders in minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy, robotic surgery, and hysteroscopic surgery). He was awarded multiple teaching awards and as a chief resident was asked to participate in the first single-incision laparoscopic procedure in the southeast.

His research and publications have ranged from understanding how to reduce twining and high-order multiples from IVF to deciding on the optimal number of oocytes (eggs) to obtain from IVF balancing risk and benefits. As a researcher, Dr. Shah has earned many awards including the prestigious investigator award at the Society of Gynecologic Investigation Conference in 2010. In addition, he has authored numerous papers, abstracts, and lectured extensively on topics relating to fertility and reproductive endocrinology.

Dr. Shah believes in patient-centered fertility care and has been named by Richmond Magazine as a “Top Doc” for infertility. OurHealth Richmond Magazine also voted him “Best Bedside Manner.” He credits this achievement to his philosophy that “every patient is like a member of my family.” He is also dedicated to infertility outreach as he is the primary physician liaison for Race for Parenthood – a 5K run designed to raise money for couples in need of assisted reproductive technologies. He has been involved in this event since its inception and for the last 5 years since.

Dr. Shah is a member of American Society for Reproductive Medicine, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FACOG), Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists, Society of Reproductive Surgeons, and Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).

In his spare time, Dr. Shah enjoys hiking, running, scuba diving, and spending time with his wife, son, and daughter.

Dr. Shah sees SGF patients at our Stony Point and Henrico Doctors’ – Forest Ave locations in Richmond, VA.

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Education

  • Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University
  • Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Duke University
  • Richmond Magazine’s Top Doctors for Infertility, 2014-2020, 2022
  • Voted “Best Bedside Manner” by OurHealth Richmond Magazine, 2015-2018
  • Society of Gynecologic Investigation’s Prestigious Investigator Award
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Health Services Research Fellow Award
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FACOG)
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART)
  • Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists
  • Society of Reproductive Surgeons
  • Yeh JS. Steward RG. Dude AM. Shah AAGoldfarb JM. Muasher SJ . Pregnancy rates in donor oocytc cycles compared to similar autologous in vitro fertilization cycks: an ana lys is of26.457 fresh cycles from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. Fertil Steril. 2014 May 1 7. pii: S00l5-0282(14)00387-2.
  • Yeh .IS, Steward RG, Dude AM, Shah AAGoldfarb JM, Muashcr SJ. Pregnancy outcomes decline in recipients over age 44: an analysis of 27,959 fresh donor oocytc in vitro fertilization cycles from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. Fertil Steril. 2014 May;10I (5):1331-6. doi:10. JOI 6 / j. fertnstert.20 14.0 1.056. Epub 20 I 4 Mar I I.
  • Steward RG, Lan L, Shah AA, Yeh JS, Price TM, Goldfarb JM, Muasher SJ. Oocyte number as a predictor for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and live birth: an analysis of256,381 in vitro fertilization cycles.
    FertilSreril. 2014 Apr;l01(4):967-73.
  • Brezina PR, Shah AAMyers ER, Huang A, DeCherney AJ–1. How Obamacare will impact reproductive health. Semin Reprod Med.2013 May;3 I (3):189-97.
  • Dai Q, Shah AAGarde RV, Yonish BA, Zhang L. Medvitz NA, Miller SE, Hansen EL, Dunn CN, Price TM. A truncated progesterone receptor (PR-M) localizes to the mitochondrion and controls cellular respiration. Mo/ Endocrinol. 2013 May;27(5):741-53.
  • Croche t JR, Shah AASchomberg OW. Price TM. Hyperglycosylated human chorionic gonadotropin does not increase progesterone production by luteinized granulosa cells. .J Cli11 E11docri110/ Metab. 20 I 2 Sept; 97(9): £ 1 7 41-4.
  • Steward RG, Saleh OA. James AH, Shah AAPrice TM. Management of gynecologic surgery in the patient with factor XI deficiency: A review of the literature. Ohstet Gynecol Surv. 2012 May;67(5): 291-7.
  • Shah AAWalmer DK. A feasibility study to evaluate pelvic peritoneal anatomy with a saline intraperitoneal sonogram (SlPS). Fertil Steril. 2010 Dec; 94(7): 2766-8.

Q&A

My wife and I struggled with infertility and ultimately had two children after our own journey. It is my own personal experience with infertility that inspires me to help couples who are struggling to conceive. I want them to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Growing up, I was always inspired by astronauts. They worked hard, faced many challenges, and yet, always pushed past what people thought couldn’t be done. They prove that we could do anything. I try to take that same philosophy in medicine. I want each couple to realize the challenges they face will push them as an individual and as a couple, but we can overcome all challenges. We will work together and create a path to success.

I enjoy triathlons. The sport pushes me outside of my comfort zone to face obstacles, both mentally and physically. Most importantly, it puts everything I do into perspective and keeps me grounded.

SGF believes in their patients. The entire team at SGF has one focus–helping people achieve their dream of parenthood. I see this when our nurses stay late in the day speaking to patients or when a front desk staff member helps a patient with her paperwork, realizing this process can be overwhelming. Nothing in life can be done well unless a team is behind you. SGF is that team.

I had the privilege of taking care of a Military spouse not too long ago. Her husband had male factor and they recently had an unsuccessful IVF cycle. Furthermore, the husband was struggling with PTSD, but it was not formally diagnosed. She felt strongly her husband needed help and took it upon herself to find him help. Due to her advocacy, he finally began to get the help he needed. When it was time to begin their next IVF cycle, she fought hard by going to her appointed congressman to get the coverage for IVF that was approved by law. She is currently pregnant with a beautiful girl. Challenge after challenge, she fought to help her family. She taught me to never give up, always do what you believe is right, and to trust your gut.

The most frustrating thing about infertility is the unknown. Many patients ask, “why am I here?” Without knowing why, a person feels frustrated not having a sense of control as to what is going on.

When patients come see me, I first want to help give each individual or couple a foundation of knowledge based on their diagnoses. We will review their medical history and order the appropriate tests to get answers. Once we have answers, we can create a personalized treatment plan. It’s important for patients to know that they are part of the process and I will be there for them every step of the journey.

Energetic, enthusiastic, honest, hardworking, supportive, warm.

I enjoy skydiving!