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News Article | May 9, 2017
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Shady Grove Fertility, a respected leader in the fertility community, announced that Sunita Kulshrestha, M.D., FACOG has joined the Shady Grove Fertility team in Waldorf, MD. Dr. Kulshrestha offers patients more than 17 years of experience successfully treating patients with infertility. For the past several years she has been part of the Shady Grove Fertility practice outside of Philadelphia, PA. “This is such a fulfilling and exciting time to be in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility with the tremendous scientific advances and high treatment success rates. I feel privileged to be a Shady Grove Fertility physician and be able to help individuals and couples create life and build their families. I enjoy developing close relationships with my patients and my favorite moment is sharing in their joy when they first see their baby’s heartbeat on a pregnancy ultrasound.” Dr. Kulshrestha graduated with honors from both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and subspecialty board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Her expertise is in diagnosis and treatment of infertility, including in vitro fertilization (IVF), donor egg treatment, and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Dr. Kulshrestha has earned numerous awards and repeated honors including being a Main Line Today ‘Top Doctor’, Northern Virginia Magazine Top Doctor, America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a Washington Post Superdoctor. Dr. Kulshrestha will be providing patients in Waldorf, MD with a full range of state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options for female and male infertility, as well as fertility preservation and elective egg freezing. She is seeing patients in the Shady Grove Fertility Waldorf, MD office. About Shady Grove Fertility Shady Grove Fertility is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence offering patients individualized care, innovative financial options, and pregnancy rates among the highest of all national centers. 2016 commemorated 25 years of Shady Grove Fertility providing medical and service excellence to patients from all 50 states and 35 countries around the world, and over 40,000 babies born—more than any other center in the nation. Today, 39 physicians, supported by a highly specialized team of more than 700 Ph.D. scientists, geneticists, and staff care for patients in 19 full-service offices and six satellite sites throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Shady Grove Fertility physicians actively train residents and reproductive endocrinology fellows and invest in continuous clinical research and education to advance the field of reproductive medicine through numerous academic appointments and partnerships such as Georgetown Medical School, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the University of Maryland, and the National Institutes of Health. More than 1,700 physicians refer their patients to Shady Grove Fertility each year. For more information, call 1-888-761-1967 or visit ShadyGroveFertility.com.


News Article | May 15, 2017
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Shady Grove Fertility has more babies born than any other fertility center in the nation, is the largest IVF program in the United States, and was also the first fertility practice to create an IVF guarantee program known as Shady Grove Fertility’s Shared Risk 100% Refund Program. The program was developed 25 years ago by Shady Grove Fertility Co-founder, Michael J. Levy, M.D., specifically to help patients who are often faced with a difficult dilemma when undergoing fertility treatment—continue with fertility treatment at the risk of being left without a child and no financial savings. This unique program provides patients with the opportunity to pay a flat fee for up to six IVF or donor egg cycles and any subsequent frozen embryo transfers. If the patient does not take home a baby, she receives a full refund. Of the total 15,000 Shared Risk participants, 82 percent take home a baby. In the absence of insurance coverage, the goal of this program is to offer a solution for patients who want to pursue treatment without having to bear the financial burden should treatment not be successful. Patients are not obligated to complete all treatment cycles available in the program, and can stop treatment at any time and receive a 100% refund. Offering such a program is one of the many factors that have led Shady Grove Fertility to become the largest IVF program in the country. Approximately 90% of applicants are accepted into the program. “In the last 25 years, 15,000 patients have enrolled in our Shared Risk Program and about 5,000 (35%) have delivered a baby on their first attempt. Over 1,000 patients who delivered a baby on their first cycle returned for further treatment and selected the Shared Risk program again,” states Dr. Levy. In the past 25 years, the practice has performed over 60,000 IVF cycles and, of those cycles, 25% were Shared Risk. The vast majority of the patients who did not participate in the Shared Risk program had partial or complete insurance coverage. In an analysis of over 8,000 embryo transfers performed in 2016, the practice transferred an average of 1.24 (76% were single embryo transfer, or eSET) embryos per cycle that resulted in a 12% twin rate. “Our rate of single embryo transfer [and subsequently our low multiple pregnancy rate] is higher than the national average, with no difference in the number of embryos transferred in fee for service versus Shared Risk patients,” comments Levy. With advances in technology, eSET has allowed patients to have a healthy singleton pregnancy while significantly lowering the risks associated with multiple pregnancies without comprising chances of success. “Our golden rule is to always do what’s best for the patient. The ‘patient comes first’ is the core of our practice and the reason that we developed financial programs such as Shared Risk—to make treatment affordable and accessible for everyone in the hopes of making people’s dreams of parenthood a reality,” says Levy. About Shady Grove Fertility Shady Grove Fertility is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence offering patients individualized care, innovative financial options, and pregnancy rates among the highest of all national centers. 2016 commemorated 25 years of Shady Grove Fertility providing medical and service excellence to patients from all 50 states and 35 countries around the world, and over 40,000 babies born—more than any other center in the nation. Today, 39 physicians, supported by a highly specialized team of more than 700 Ph.D. scientists, geneticists, and staff care for patients in 19 full-service offices and six satellite sites throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Shady Grove Fertility physicians actively train residents and reproductive endocrinology fellows and invest in continuous clinical research and education to advance the field of reproductive medicine through numerous academic appointments and partnerships such as Georgetown Medical School, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the University of Maryland, and the National Institutes of Health. More than 1,700 physicians refer their patients to Shady Grove Fertility each year. For more information, call 1-888-761-1967 or visit ShadyGroveFertility.com.


News Article | May 17, 2017
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Shady Grove Fertility praises New Jersey for signing into law legislation that provides more inclusive and expansive fertility coverage for New Jersey residents. The new law reduces the waiting period for in vitro fertilization (IVF) coverage from 2 years to 1 year for women under age 35, and from 1 year to 6 months for women over 35. The new law also requires the State Health Benefits Program and School Employees Health Benefit Plan to provide this expanded insurance coverage. The law also now includes single women and women in same-sex relationships. The changes are in line with the definition of infertility as provided by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Previously, the New Jersey law required women to be trying to conceive for 2 years prior to being eligible for coverage. This additional year brings undo financial and emotional burden for couples trying to expand their families. “Seeking proactive help to diagnose and treat infertility provides patients the best opportunity to overcome infertility and build their family,” says J. Ryan Martin, M.D., board-certified reproductive endocrinologist at Shady Grove Fertility in Bala Cynwyd, PA. RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association estimates that at least 400,000 people could benefit from this additional coverage. “We applaud New Jersey for its inclusiveness in infertility coverage, and we continue to work with other states in an effort to expand access to infertility coverage. New Jersey serves as a model for meeting the needs of families today,” says Barbara Collura, President/CEO, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. About Shady Grove Fertility Shady Grove Fertility is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence offering patients individualized care, innovative financial options, and pregnancy rates among the highest of all national centers. 2016 commemorated 25 years of Shady Grove Fertility providing medical and service excellence to patients from all 50 states and 35 countries around the world, and over 40,000 babies born—more than any other center in the nation. Today, 39 physicians, supported by a highly specialized team of more than 700 Ph.D. scientists, geneticists, and staff care for patients in 19 full-service offices and six satellite sites throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Shady Grove Fertility physicians actively train residents and reproductive endocrinology fellows and invest in continuous clinical research and education to advance the field of reproductive medicine through numerous academic appointments and partnerships such as Georgetown Medical School, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the University of Maryland, and the National Institutes of Health. More than 1,700 physicians refer their patients to Shady Grove Fertility each year. For more information, call 1-888-761-1967 or visit ShadyGroveFertility.com.


News Article | May 24, 2017
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Shady Grove Fertility, the largest fertility center in the United States, raised their voice on Capitol Hill and joined infertility advocates from RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association for Advocacy Day on May 18th in Washington, D.C. The collective mission of Advocacy Day is to raise awareness among members of Congress about the prevalence of infertility in this country and the need for increased insurance coverage and benefits that allow for more family building resources. Over 246 advocates from 30 different states including Shady Grove Fertility’s Drs. Gilbert Mottla, Jason Bromer, Arthur Sagoskin, CEO Mark Segal and many others met with members of Congress to discuss the need to provide patients greater access to fertility care. “Whenever I visit Capitol Hill I feel the strength of our democracy and get just a bit of a chill walking between buildings in front of our Supreme Court and Library of Congress,” said Gilbert Mottla, M.D., of Shady Grove Fertility’s Annapolis, MD office. “At Shady Grove Fertility we support our patients by speaking up and making our voices heard. Having a family is a basic human right and Shady Grove Fertility continues to make parenthood possible for couples all over the world.” One of the bills discussed was the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act, which provides wounded veterans in the line of duty with access to reproductive treatments and adoption assistance. The original bill, which was passed after the efforts of 2016 Advocacy Day, provides IVF coverage for 2 years, but it’s Shady Grove Fertility’s mission to advocate for making this coverage permanent. Dr. Jason Bromer, of SGF’s Frederick, MD and Hagerstown, MD offices, shared the story of his patients, injured war veteran, Kevin Jaye and his wife Lauren, who went through two rounds of infertility treatment in order to have a baby. With the help of Dr. Bromer, the Jayes grew their family and made their story known by advocating for coverage for all veterans injured during service. As a Visionary Partner of RESOLVE and a sponsor of Advocacy Day, Shady Grove Fertility asked members of Congress to support three important issues this year that affect the infertility community, including: •Support: The Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act that allows veterans to obtain IVF, adoption assistance, and other family-building benefits. •Support: The Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act, which restores refundability so that families who need the credit the most will receive it. •Oppose: The Personhood Bill, which, if passed, could hurt the safe and effective practice of IVF, infertility research, and fertility treatment. This was the first year RESOLVE added opposition of the Personhood Bill to the Advocacy Day agenda. Shady Grove Fertility is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence offering patients individualized care, innovative financial options, and pregnancy rates among the highest of all national centers. 2016 commemorated 25 years of Shady Grove Fertility providing medical and service excellence to patients from all 50 states and 35 countries around the world, and over 40,000 babies born—more than any other center in the nation. Today, 39 physicians, supported by a highly specialized team of more than 700 Ph.D. scientists, geneticists, and staff care for patients in 19 full-service offices and six satellite sites throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Shady Grove Fertility physicians actively train residents and reproductive endocrinology fellows and invest in continuous clinical research and education to advance the field of reproductive medicine through numerous academic appointments and partnerships such as Georgetown Medical School, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the University of Maryland, and the National Institutes of Health. More than 1,700 physicians refer their patients to Shady Grove Fertility each year. For more information, call 1-888-761-1967 or visit ShadyGroveFertility.com.


News Article | April 25, 2017
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This year’s theme, “Listen Up!” aligns well with Shady Grove Fertility and RESOLVE’s mission to raise awareness about infertility and encourage those affected to take action.(PRWeb April 25, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/ShadyGroveFertility/2017NIAW/prweb14272280.htm


News Article | June 22, 2017
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Shady Grove Fertility physician, Dr. Eric Levens, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine lead efforts to have the American Medical Association House of Delegates adopt a resolution to designate infertility as a disease. Experts from leading health organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) have designated infertility a disease, and as of the recent 2017 AMA Annual Meeting, the American Medical Association (AMA) agrees. Infertility impacts 15 percent of couples of childbearing age from conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term. Eric D. Levens, M.D., of Shady Grove Fertility’s Annandale, VA location, sees patients every day who suffer through the often invisible pains of infertility. This motivated him to write the resolution, gain support from co-sponsors including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and American Urology Association (AUA), and testify on behalf of ASRM before the AMA House of Delegates. It is expected this new designation will have a wide-reaching impact on a patient’s ability to receive the medical care needed to treat infertility as well as receive insurance coverage for that care. Currently only fifteen states–including Maryland and New Jersey–mandate insurance coverage for infertility treatment, but the scope of coverage can vary greatly based on state, insurance company, and individual plans. “My hope is that with greater access to the necessary health care, patients are able to make better decisions regarding their medical treatment and do not take on additional risks such as multiple embryo transfers,” explains Levens. “We applaud the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for their work in sponsoring a resolution that was adopted by the American Medical Association, finally designating infertility as a disease,” says Barb Collura, President and CEO, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “This is a critically important step in getting insurance coverage for infertility as we know this type of AMA designation paved the way for other diseases to be accepted as medically necessary and covered by insurance. We have a great deal of work to do but having the AMA designation will help our efforts to ensure everyone has access to the care they need and deserve to build their family.” About Shady Grove Fertility Shady Grove Fertility is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence offering patients individualized care, innovative financial options, and pregnancy rates among the highest of all national centers. 2016 commemorated 25 years of Shady Grove Fertility providing medical and service excellence to patients from all 50 states and 35 countries around the world, and over 40,000 babies born—more than any other center in the nation. Today, 35+ physicians, supported by a highly specialized team of more than 700 Ph.D. scientists, geneticists, and staff care for patients in 19 full-service offices and six satellite sites throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Shady Grove Fertility physicians actively train residents and reproductive endocrinology fellows and invest in continuous clinical research and education to advance the field of reproductive medicine through numerous academic appointments and partnerships such as Georgetown Medical School, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the University of Maryland, and the National Institutes of Health. More than 1,700 physicians refer their patients to Shady Grove Fertility each year. For more information, call 1-888-761-1967 or visit ShadyGroveFertility.com.


News Article | June 14, 2017
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Shady Grove Fertility, the largest fertility center in the United States, with more babies born than any other center in the nation, is hosting an educational seminar in London, England to discuss its International Donor Egg Program. The event will take place on 25 June 2017, at 15:00 GMT +1, at the Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, Park Lane, London W1K 7TN. Registration for this event is free. Donor egg treatment in the U.K. is made available through Shady Grove Fertility, the largest donor egg program in the United States. To date, more than 500 babies have been born through SGF’s International Donor Egg Program. This streamlined program allows patients to work locally with multiple centers in London, with just two visits to the U.S., while gaining access to SGF’s ready to cycle donors through their extensive donor registry. Through this unique program, couples and individuals have the ability to choose a medically, genetically, and psychologically prescreened donor. And because Shady Grove Fertility has the largest database of fresh and frozen prescreened donor eggs, there is no wait for a donor. Co-Founder and Director of the UK International Donor Egg Program at Shady Grove Fertility, Michael J. Levy, M.D. will outline the process and discuss specifics about Shady Grove Fertility’s International Donor Egg Program and accessing treatment in the United States. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about success rates, traveling abroad for treatment, and what’s involved in choosing a donor. Shady Grove Fertility’s Donor Egg Program provides patients with a highly effective treatment to overcome infertility, with 82 percent of patients who take advantage of the Shared Risk 100% Refund Program taking home a baby, which is among the many reasons why donor egg patients from the UK choose Shady Grove Fertility over other centers. Affording care is simplified by two exclusive financial programs designed to make treatment less stressful and more successful. Patients can qualify for Shady Grove Fertility’s Shared Donor Egg and Shared Risk 100% Refund Programs. Combined, these programs offer patients up to six donor egg cycles for one flat fee. If the patient does not take home a baby or chooses to opt out of the program before they reach six cycles, they will receive a full refund. To register for the Donor Egg Treatment in America Seminar in London, England, visit the practice’s events page for more information. About Shady Grove Fertility Shady Grove Fertility is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence offering patients individualized care, innovative financial options, and pregnancy rates among the highest of all national centers. 2016 commemorated 25 years of Shady Grove Fertility providing medical and service excellence to patients from all 50 states and 35 countries around the world, and over 40,000 babies born—more than any other center in the nation. Today, 35+ physicians, supported by a highly specialized team of more than 700 Ph.D. scientists, geneticists, and staff care for patients in 19 full-service offices and six satellite sites throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Shady Grove Fertility physicians actively train residents and reproductive endocrinology fellows and invest in continuous clinical research and education to advance the field of reproductive medicine through numerous academic appointments and partnerships such as Georgetown Medical School, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the University of Maryland, and the National Institutes of Health. More than 1,700 physicians refer their patients to Shady Grove Fertility each year. For more information, call 1-888-761-1967 or visit ShadyGroveFertility.com.


News Article | June 12, 2017
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Shady Grove Fertility, the largest fertility center in the United States, with more babies born than any other fertility center in the nation, continues their mission to educate the community about infertility by providing access to resources and information to help individuals and couples overcome infertility. In addition to the 13 events already on the practice’s June educational events calendar, SGF has added two additional webinars on common topics of concern for those who are trying to conceive: PCOS, the most common ovulatory disorder that affects the ability to conceive, and getting started. “When first considering or starting fertility treatment, many questions abound. What type of treatment is best, will it work, how will I afford it, how can I fit treatment info my life? Our Getting Started webinar is intended to address some of these common patient questions and concerns and help to set minds at ease about taking that first step in seeking help from a fertility specialist,” says Eugene Katz, M.D., of Shady Grove Fertility’s Towson, MD office. Dr. Katz will be hosting the Getting Started webinar on Thursday, June 22 at 12:00 p.m. Accounting for nearly one-third of all infertility diagnoses in women, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common ovulatory disorder in women of reproductive age. “While PCOS has visible signs and symptoms, there is no one size fits all, which is why women with irregular or absent menstrual cycles should seek help from a fertility specialist sooner if they are having trouble conceiving than what is typically recommended for an initial evaluation, says Naveed Khan, M.D., of Shady Grove Fertility’s Leesburg, VA and Dulles-Aldie, VA offices. Dr. Khan will be hosting the PCOS webinar on Wednesday, June 28 at 12:00 p.m. Among the benefits of attending an SGF educational event is direct access to the practice’s physician experts. Attendees have the opportunity, in person or virtually, to ask the physician questions at the conclusion of each event. While all SGF events are complementary, interested parties must register to attend by visiting the Shady Grove Fertility calendar of events. Remaining June Webinars: June 14 | Webinar | Out-of-State Donor Egg Treatment | Dr. Jason Bromer June 15 | Webinar | Become an Egg Donor | Egg Donor Team June 20 | Webinar | What Your Menstrual Cycle Says about Your Fertility | Dr. Andrea Reh June 21 | Webinar | Financial Options | Patient Financial Team June 22 | Webinar | Getting Started | Dr. Eugene Katz June 27 | Webinar | I need to see a fertility specialist. Now what? | Dr. Ricardo Yazigi June 28 | Webinar | PCOS | Dr. Naveed Khan June 29 | Webinar | Egg Freezing | Dr. Kate Devine About Shady Grove Fertility Shady Grove Fertility is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence offering patients individualized care, innovative financial options, and pregnancy rates among the highest of all national centers. 2016 commemorated 25 years of Shady Grove Fertility providing medical and service excellence to patients from all 50 states and 35 countries around the world, and over 40,000 babies born—more than any other center in the nation. Today, 35+ physicians, supported by a highly specialized team of more than 700 Ph.D. scientists, geneticists, and staff care for patients in 19 full-service offices and six satellite sites throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Shady Grove Fertility physicians actively train residents and reproductive endocrinology fellows and invest in continuous clinical research and education to advance the field of reproductive medicine through numerous academic appointments and partnerships such as Georgetown Medical School, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the University of Maryland, and the National Institutes of Health. More than 1,700 physicians refer their patients to Shady Grove Fertility each year. For more information, call 1-888-761-1967 or visit ShadyGroveFertility.com.


News Article | June 27, 2017
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Shady Grove Fertility hosted the Cade Foundation’s Annual Maryland Race for the Family on Saturday, June 10, 2017, raising $80,000 to provide Family Building Grants that will help families afford the costs of fertility treatment or domestic adoption. The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation is a non-profit organization that serves the needs of families battling infertility through education, outreach, and grants. In the past decade, through events like the Race for the Family, Shady Grove Fertility and the Cade Foundation have raised over $760,570 for the infertility community. To date, the raised funds have been used to provide 74 Family Building Grants, from which 55 babies have been born. Over 800 people attended the 2017 Maryland Race for the Family—the largest number of attendees to date—which was held at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to the 5k run and 5k walk, there was a 1 mile Family Fun Run and a playground with activities for children. “I was thrilled and humbled by the number of families who came out to the event to OVERCOME infertility. This year’s event was our largest and most successful to date,” said Dr. Camille Hammond, chief executive officer, Tinina Q. Cade Foundation. “Shady Grove Fertility has been a strong partner to the Cade Foundation and a strong resource for families struggling with—but OVERCOMING—infertility.” By partnering with the Cade Foundation, Shady Grove Fertility is able to give back to the patient community via fundraising efforts and a yearly raffle to win $10,000 towards fertility treatment at one of the practice’s 25 locations. A Shady Grove Fertility patient from the Chesterbrook, PA, office won this year’s raffle. “Being involved with the Cade Foundation and the Maryland Race for the Family is extremely important to me—it’s about more than family building, it’s about community building. This event supports and helps connect the entire infertility community,” said Jason Bromer, M.D., of Shady Grove Fertility’s Frederick, MD, office. About Shady Grove Fertility Shady Grove Fertility is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence offering patients individualized care, innovative financial options, and pregnancy rates among the highest of all national centers. 2016 commemorated 25 years of Shady Grove Fertility providing medical and service excellence to patients from all 50 states and 35 countries around the world, and over 40,000 babies born—more than any other center in the nation. Today, 39 physicians, supported by a highly specialized team of more than 700 Ph.D. scientists, geneticists, and staff care for patients in 19 full-service offices and six satellite sites throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Shady Grove Fertility physicians actively train residents and reproductive endocrinology fellows and invest in continuous clinical research and education to advance the field of reproductive medicine through numerous academic appointments and partnerships such as Georgetown Medical School, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the University of Maryland, and the National Institutes of Health. More than 1,700 physicians refer their patients to Shady Grove Fertility each year. For more information, call 1-888-761-1967 or visit ShadyGroveFertility.com.


Shady Grove Fertility, the largest, privately-owned fertility practice in the nation, was founded in 1991 by Michael. J. Levy, M.D., and Arthur Sagoskin, M.D. Today, the practice, under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer, Mark Segal, offers evidence-based fertility solutions that have resulted in more than 40,000 babies and counting. The practice is amidst its 26th year of continued growth with new opportunities and expansion on the horizon. Georgia Reproductive Specialists, the third largest IVF practice in the Greater Atlanta region, was founded in 2000 by Mark Perloe, M.D., and provides high quality reproductive healthcare that focuses on the patient as a partner. GRS provides advanced, innovative, high value infertility care in a nurturing environment. The practice stands behind its high success rates with an approach to care that complements well the model followed by SGF. "Among the reasons we're excited about this collaboration is because it connects practices and providers who share similar values and goals. SGF has been at the forefront of many advances and services that have helped patients access care. A practice of this size offers a unique advantage and current and new GRS patients will benefit from a range of financial packages pioneered by SGF. Among them, SGF's signature Shared Risk 100% Refund Program for IVF and Donor Egg that will bring a new affordable guarantee option to the patients of Greater Atlanta," remarks Dr. Perloe. Uniting the two brands seemed like an easy decision, especially as the two practices already share a unique talent in the form of internationally renowned Scientific Director of IVF and Embryology Laboratories, Dr. Michael Tucker, one of the world's top scientists in early human reproduction, widely known for his breakthrough achievements in assisted reproductive technology. "I have long admired being among the remarkably dedicated physicians, embryologists, and specialty staff of both practices. Each share the same patient-centric care model, and this merger synergistically combines the unique skills of each practice and provides a tremendous advantage to patients. While patients at GRS will benefit from interacting with the same staff they've come to know and trust, new benefits include a full range of affordable treatment packages and electronic medical records that make for seamless communication, among others," adds Dr. Tucker. "We are thrilled at the prospect of joining forces with SGF. We recognize the position they have earned among the nation's leaders in reproductive medicine. Their clinical expertise and cutting-edge technology have led to more successful pregnancies than any other center in the nation. That makes for a practice we are proud to align ourselves with," shares Desireé McCarthy-Keith, M.D., MPH, of GRS. Shady Grove Fertility provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment options to help heterosexual and same-sex individuals and couples achieve their family building goals, as well as elective and oncofertility egg freezing. "The face of infertility looks very different today than it did even a few years ago. Each member of the GRS medical team is highly trained and brings equal parts clinical expertise and human compassion to their role in helping to build families. Drs. McCarthy-Keith, Perloe, and Namnoum are among the most accomplished in our field, showing a demonstrated commitment to advancing science, education and advocacy—all tenets we find necessary in leading a reputable practice," remarks SGF's Medical Director, Eric A. Widra, M.D. "I have known Dr. Tucker for decades, and over the last few months have come to know the other members of the clinical and management teams. We have developed a mutual admiration and respect for one another. We share much of the same business, medical, scientific, and operational values and culture. The true success of this merger will be measured by the growing numbers of individuals and couples who achieve their dreams of parenthood, which we firmly believe will happen. We are delighted by this new partnership," adds Segal. Shady Grove Fertility is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence offering patients individualized care, innovative financial options, and pregnancy rates among the highest of all national centers. 2016 commemorated 25 years of Shady Grove Fertility providing medical and service excellence to patients from all 50 states and 35 countries around the world, and over 40,000 babies born -- more than any other center in the nation. Today, 38 physicians, supported by a highly specialized team of more than 700 Ph.D. scientists, geneticists, and staff care for patients in 25 locations throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Shady Grove Fertility physicians actively train residents and reproductive endocrinology fellows and invest in continuous clinical research and education to advance the field of reproductive medicine through numerous academic appointments and partnerships such as Georgetown Medical School, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the University of Maryland, and the National Institutes of Health. More than 1,700 physicians refer their patients to Shady Grove Fertility each year. For more information, call 1-888-761-1967 or visit ShadyGroveFertility.com. GRS offers a full range of reproductive medicine and fertility treatments, including diagnostic testing and treatment options from simple drug therapy and surgical procedures to assisted reproductive technologies (ART), for both men and women. The board certified physicians of GRS offer more than 50 years of combined experience in reproductive medicine and infertility treatment and are experts in female and male reproductive disorders. The staff of over 40 includes skilled and experienced clinical and technical professionals, embryologists, counselors, and administrators who care for patients in Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, and Buckhead, GA. In addition, the renowned clinical laboratory staff of scientists is credited with developing cutting-edge techniques used by infertility specialists around the world. The GRS on-site diagnostic laboratory is fully accredited and features the most advanced technology used in in vitro fertilization, thorough semen and hormone analysis, sperm preparation, and the assisted reproductive technologies. A personalized medical team, led by a board certified reproductive endocrinologist, ensures that patients receive the highest possible medical care, specialized support programs, educational resources, and financial management options. For more information, call 404-843-2229 or visit IVF.com.

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