A Team of Specially-Trained Fertility Specialists
At Shady Grove Fertility, our physicians' 300 years of highly specialized collective experience offers the power and promise of collective impact. We can see how collective impact happens on a small scale every day in each of our 23 offices throughout the region, as well as on a large scale throughout the nation, the 35 countries around the world from which our patients have traveled, and globally through contributions that have advanced the field as a whole. Our collective experience has refined reproductive techniques, exposed deeper understandings, innovative solutions, and yielded success rates that continue to soar.
Commitment to Research
Improving Success Rates for Patients Safely
The large number of patients we care for enables our physicians to answer important research questions in a relatively short amount of time. Our physicians take this responsibility to give back to their field seriously. The constant methodical review and analysis of our practices and protocols keeps us innovating fertility treatment—not just the treatment of our patients but of those across the country who may never even meet one of our doctors, through our publications and presentations at national meetings.
Over the past several decades, the physicians at Shady Grove Fertility have collectively participated in nearly 100 published research studies. A good example of the impact of our physicians’ research is our extensive studies on the improved safety of ART gained by the practice of single embryo transfer. Several of the studies our physicians conducted demonstrate that in fresh and frozen embryo transfers in appropriately selected candidates, single embryo transfer does not compromise the chance of pregnancy yet decreases the chances of high risk multiples. These findings served as a catalyst for elective single embryo transfer (eSET), which has effectively reduced the chance of high-risk multiples by transferring fewer embryos, thus making pregnancy safer for mother and baby.
Commitment to Advocacy
For the physicians at Shady Grove Fertility, helping patients who are having trouble conceiving extends beyond the exam room. Having the treatment available is one side of the coin, while actually being able to access the care is the other.
To address the concerns of access to care through insurance coverage, many Shady Grove Fertility physicians have testified before local and national lawmakers with the goal to create legislation that will help patients gain the insurance coverage they would need to move forward with treatment. In addition, our physicians speak directly with members of congress to educate and testify on behalf of fertility patients at Advocacy Day, an annual event hosted by RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association.
Commitment to Education
Training the Next Generation of Physicians
Shady Grove Fertility physicians have participated at the highest level of training due to our partnerships with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Walter Reed, and Shady Grove Combined Federal Fellowship Program in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Since 2010, our team of dedicated physicians has mentored NIH fellows in the clinical practice of fertility medicine, as an integral part of their training.
Many of the physicians at Shady Grove Fertility also actively participate in the academic teaching curriculum associated with various obstetrics and gynecology residency programs including the University of Maryland, Georgetown University Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Lankenau Medical Center in Pennsylvania, and Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia, to name a few. In these roles, our physicians are able to participate in training the next generation of obstetrician gynecologists, and reproductive endocrinologists.
Commitment to Leadership
Currently there are three primary organizations overseeing the field of reproductive endocrinology, including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART), and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI). Among many leadership positions, Shady Grove Fertility’s Medical Director, Eric A. Widra, M.D., is a member of the SART Executive Council and Practice Committee Chair, and Eric D. Levens, M.D., currently serves on several committees including as a SART Executive Council Member and the Quality Assurance Committee Chair, the SREI practice committee, and in the AMA House of Delegates for ASRM.
Every year ASRM hosts an annual conference during which the interest parties from around the world gather—representing all facets of reproductive medicine—gather to learn and share the very latest science and technology has to offer. Annually, several of our physicians present abstracts, posters, and oral presentations with the sole intent to share what they have learned with their fellow physicians.
While all of these accolades and efforts are important they pale in comparison to the significance placed on the work each of our physicians does with and for their patients every day. Helping to build families has always been the driving force behind their efforts.