September 2015 Newsletter

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Emory Reproductive Center’s IVF Success Rates Exceed National Average for 10th Year in a Row

This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted the 2013 ART Fertility Success Rates, revealing that the Emory Reproductive Center has exceeded the national average for the 10th year in a row.

Please note that a comparison of clinic success rates may not be meaningful because patient medical characteristics, and treatment approaches may vary from clinic to clinic. Since the CDC calculates live birth rates, success rates take two years to become available.

“I’m extremely proud that the Emory Reproductive Center’s success rates have exceeded the national average for the last decade,” said Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc, Medical Director of the Emory Reproductive Center and Assistant Professor, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. “These numbers represent the many families we’ve been privileged to help over the years.”

In addition to Dr. Spencer, the Emory Reproductive Center is staffed by department faculty members Meaghan Bowling, MD, who serves as IVF Director; Jennifer Kawwass, MD, who serves as Third Party Reproduction Director; and Weirong Shang, PhD, HCLD, who serves as director of the Andrology and Embryology Laboratory. Akanksha Mehta, MD, Assistant Professor in Emory's Department of Urology, provides on-site male infertility treatment as well.

Marking a decade of exceptional success rates is only one of the honors that the Emory Reproductive Center has received recently. In August, the Emory Reproductive Center became one of Aetna’s Institutes of Excellence™ for Infertility Services. Criteria for this designation include demonstrated success in infertility care, a commitment to continuous improvement, and exceptional value for Aetna members.

Additionally, when Emory’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics received Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence (SCOPE) for Women’s Health from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Emory Reproductive Center became the first SCOPE-certified reproductive center in the country.

For more information on the Emory Reproductive Center, please visit

Flowers Named One of Atlanta's Top Latino Physicians

Mundo Hispánico, Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino print and digital media company named Lisa Flowers, MD, one of Atlanta’s Top Latino Physicians.

Dr. Flowers was one of thirteen Atlanta-area physicians honored with this title. “For me, it is very important to work with the Latino community,” Dr. Flowers told the publication, noting that women in the Latino community have the highest incidence of cervical cancer. Her nonprofit work is focused on raising awareness of HPV and the importance of early testing and detection. Read the article from Mundo Hispánico.

Welcome to Dr. Suzanne Griffith

Our department is pleased to welcome Suzanne Griffith, MD, to the general ob/gyn division. Dr. Griffith completed her medical degree and her residency at State University of New York Upstate Medical University. Following completion of her residency, Dr. Griffith was a clinical assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Griffith is currently seeing patients at our Emory University Hospital Midtown location.

Hill and Lathrop Recognized by Atlanta Parent Magazine

Congratulations to Cherie Hill, MD, and Eva Lathrop, MD, MPH, who were named Mom-Approved Doctors by the readers of Atlanta Parent magazine. Here are some words from patients who nominated our providers:

“Dr. Eva Lathrop has been practical, up-front, non-judgmental, and balanced with her recommendations. She treats my daughter with dignity.”

“Dr. Cherie Hill is the best ob/gyn ever! I refuse to move from Georgia because of her. I am so grateful I found her.”

Staff Spotlight: Khristi Jackson

Khristi Jackson pursued a career in health care so that she could help take care of people. In her role as administrative assistant for the generalist division and our department's Chief of Service at Emory University Hospital Midtown, she ensures that our patients are taken care of by taking care of our doctors. Learn more about how she supports our department: Meet Khristi.

Upcoming Events

Grand Rounds - Delayed Cord Clamping
Presented by Suzanne Griffith, MD, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine
Wednesday, September 30, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Emory Reproductive Center - Fertility and IVF Seminar
Saturday, October 3, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown
To register, please call 404-778-7777

Grand Rounds - Optimizing the Management of Ovarian Germ Cell Tumors
Presented by Jane Meisel, MD, Department of Medicine, Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Wednesday, October 7, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Emory Reproductive Center at Atlanta Pride Festival
Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 11, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Piedmont Park

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