Eric A. Widra, M.D.

Board Certified Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Patient Testimonial
Dr. Widra was able to keep me focused on the end goal after each failed attempt, and in the end kept us on the right path to achieve a successful pregnancy.

Dr. Widra was very friendly, comforting and informative.

The best part of my experience was the clear and objective discussion with Dr. Widra and the explanation behind the options laid out.

Dr. Widra was excellent throughout our entire infertility journey. He was very clear in his diagnosis, very positive and patient, and answered all our questions.

I’ve been a patient of Dr. Widra for about two years. When we learned we were pregnant, he was there at the end to send us off and it added to the joyous moment.

Biography

Eric A. Widra, M.D., is the medical director of Shady Grove Fertility in Metropolitan Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; and Philadelphia, and the associate director of the Combined Federal Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility—a post-graduate training program for future leaders in this subspecialty, operated through the National Institutes of Health, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and Shady Grove Fertility.

Dr. Widra received his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He completed a reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellowship at The George Washington University. Dr. Widra is currently professor and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University Medical Center.

At a national level, Dr. Widra has served as chairman of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART) Practice Committee, a member of the SART Executive Committee, and a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Practice Committee.

In addition to his clinical practice at Shady Grove Fertility, Dr. Widra supervises the extensive research activities and academic ventures of the practice. He has produced numerous publications and presentations in the field of infertility and reproductive technologies. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and a fellow of the American Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

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I find inspiration in many places—from my patients, from music and literature, and from athletics. Overcoming adversity, whether medical, intellectual, or physical, inspires me the most.

Education

  • Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, The George Washington University
  • Physician Board at American Health Council
  • 2016 Inaugural Physicians Council Member, RESOLVE The Infertility Association
  • Washingtonian’s Top Doctors for Infertility (1994-2019)
  • Northern Virginia Magazine Top Doctors (2020)
  • Washington Consumers CHECKBOOK’s Top Doctors (2015)
  • American Academy of Wilderness Medicine
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  • Luke B, Brown MB, Wantman E, et al. Application of a validated prediction model for in vitro fertilization: comparison of live birth rates and multiple birth rates with 1 embryo transferred over 2 cycles vs. 2 embryos in 1 cycle. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015;212:676 e1-7.
  • Hill MJ, Royster GD, Healy MW, et al. Are good patient and embryo characteristics protective against the negative effect of elevated progesterone level on the day of oocyte maturation? Fertil Steril. 2015;103:1477-84.
  • Devine K, Connell MT, Richter KS, et al. Single vitrified blastocyst transfer maximizes liveborn children per embryo while minimizing preterm birth. Fertil Steril. 2015;103:1454-60.
  • Luke B, Brown MB, Wantman E, et al. A prediction model for live birth and multiple births within the first three cycles of assisted reproductive technology. Fertil Steril. 2014;102:744-52.
  • Wolff EF, Vahidi N, Alford C, Richter K, Widra E. Influences on endometrial development during intrauterine insemination: clinical experience of 2,929 patients with unexplained infertility. Fertil Steril. 2013;100:194-9 e1.
  • Hill MJ, Richter KS, Heitmann RJ, et al. Number of supernumerary vitrified blastocysts is positively correlated with implantation and live birth in single-blastocyst embryo transfers. Fertil Steril. 2013;99:1631-6.
  • Heitmann RJ, Hill MJ, Richter KS, DeCherney AH, Widra EA. The simplified SART embryo scoring system is highly correlated to implantation and live birth in single blastocyst transfers. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2013;30:563-7.
  • Manipalviratn S, Tong ZB, Stegmann B, Widra E, Carter J, DeCherney A. Effect of vitrification and thawing on human oocyte ATP concentration. Fertil Steril. 2011;95:1839-41.
  • Mesen TB, Yu B, Richter KS, Widra E, DeCherney AH, Segars JH. The prevalence of genuine empty follicle syndrome. Fertil Steril. 2011;96:1375-7.
  • Michalakis KG, Mesen TB, Brayboy LM, et al. Subclinical elevations of thyroid-stimulating hormone and assisted reproductive technology outcomes. Fertil Steril. 2011;95:2634-7.

Q&A

I went into obstetrics and gynecology because I thought I wanted to be a gynecologic oncologist. Once I started my training and was exposed to REI, the medical, surgical, and ethical challenges and the ability to achieve such an important goal for patients pulled me into this field.

I find inspiration in many places—from my patients, from music and literature, and from athletics. Overcoming adversity, whether medical, intellectual, or physical, inspires me the most.

I’ve been accused of having too many hobbies—I am a serial offender in getting into too many things. I find most satisfaction in enjoying the outdoors—biking, sailing—and in music.

I started taking guitar lessons at age 49.

We combine the most cutting-edge science and medicine with an individualized, patient-centered approach.

Trekking the Himalayas. Playing in a rock band.

I’m inspired by patients every day. Our patients come fearful and anxious. When we work together as a team and achieve goals from the smallest to the largest—just getting treatment started or having a healthy baby, the satisfaction is immense

To ask why, listen, and try to offer a solution. Even if that solution is a difficult decision to change course or stop treatment.

 I am open, honest, and data-driven. I can sometimes seem blunt, but I try to combine a transparent review of the facts with compassion for the feelings they create.

Public events & seminars

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November 29, 2021

6:30 p.m.

December 2, 2021

Online | 12:00 p.m. ET