August 8, 2016
Heather Hipp, MD, is joining our Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility division as an assistant professor. She will be based at the Emory Reproductive Center at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
Dr. Hipp is a true Emory doctor - she attended Emory University School of Medicine, and then stayed to complete her residency in our department. During residency, she received numerous awards for her teaching, research, and clinical skills, as well as the Dr. Luella Klein Award, honoring leadership and professional responsibility; she also served as Chief Resident. She then completed her REI fellowship at Emory. Her research during fellowship included investigation of Fragile X and premature ovarian insufficiency and genetic modifiers of ovarian aging.
1. Why did you want to become a doctor?
Physicians can have such a significant positive impact on people's lives in bringing good health. I love working with and getting to know patients and then being able to bring an individualized approach to their care. Medicine is an incredible practical application of the sciences with a close connection between new discoveries and improvement in people's lives.
2. Why did you pursue Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI)?
REI is one of the most well-rounded disciplines in medicine, despite its unique niche. Many parts of medicine succeed by healing what is broken or preventing illness, while we are able to immeasurably improve the lives of our patients with infertility by helping them conceive a child. I love that we get to form very close relationships with our patients in a clinical setting, but excellent care also requires staying abreast of new research that forms the foundation of the reproductive endocrine field.
3. You've trained at Emory for medical school, residency, and fellowship. What do you think is special about Emory, and why are you excited to begin your career here?
I am originally from Atlanta and grew up hearing the name of Emory spoken about with much respect and trust; the University and the Hospital are both Atlanta institutions. My parents met as undergraduates at Emory in the 70s and then fell in love with the city of Atlanta (and each other!). Every time the chance came for me to leave (for residency or fellowship), I found more reasons to stay. Training in the Emory hospital system gave me a very well rounded and diverse education that would have been difficult to find elsewhere. Being close to my family has always been important to me, and I am excited for the opportunity to help others build their own families.
4. What do you enjoy most about working with patients?
Working with patients is such an amazing privilege. As physicians, we get to form such personal close relationships with our patients and be with them through some of the most difficult and also happiest moments of their lives. Seeing patients come back with their babies whom we've seen from (literally) the very beginning of their lives is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had.
5. Hobbies outside of work? Fun facts about yourself?
Hobbies: Spending time with my family and our 'zoo' of a house with two cats, one 70 lb dog and a toddler. Swimming, hiking, running. Reading the NY Times paper version on Sundays.
A fun fact: I have a terrible voice and can only whistle tunelessly, but know all the words to most oldies songs.
Learn more about Dr. Hipp by visiting her online bio. To make an appointment, please call 404-778-3401.