Jennifer Kawwass, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Medical Director

Emory Reproductive Center

Clinical Director

Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology

Guest Researcher

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Office: Emory Reproductive Center, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Medical Office Tower, 18th Floor

Phone: 404-778-3401

Biography

Education and Training

Medical Education: University of Virginia School of Medicine, MD, 2007 
Residency: Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2011
Fellowship: Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, 2014


Certifications

•  American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2013
•  American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, 2016


Areas of Interest

• Infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF), fertility preservation (egg and embryo cryopreservation), donor egg IVF
• Stress-induced amenorrhea, premature ovarian failure, polycystic ovarian disease, fertility treatment for same sex couples
• Laparoscopic and hysteroscopic reproductive surgery


Awards and Honors

•  Excellence in Teaching: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, 2016
•  CREST Scholar, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Duke University, American Society of Reproductive Medicine, 2015-2016
•  Outstanding Research by a Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine, 2014
•  Outstanding Research Proposal by a Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine, 2012
•  Special Resident in Minimally Invasive Gynecology awarded by Emory University School of Medicine, sponsored by AAGL, 2011
•  Chief Administrative Resident, Emory University School of Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2010-2011 
•  Apple Teaching Award, Emory University School of Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2008-2012
•  3rd place, Resident Research Day, Emory University School of Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2008
•  Medical Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award, University of Virginia School of Medicine, 2007


Media and Publicity

•  February 2019: Health Day, V103 1-hour long interview regarding infertility and miscarriage
•  August 2018: Health Day, Atlanta Journal Constitution
•  July 2018: Health Day
•  October 2017: CNN
•  August 2017: Today’s Dietician
•  July 2017: US News and World Reports
•  June 2017: Interview with TheBody.com, HealthDaily.com
•  December 2016: Interviewed regarding research on embryo donation by MedicalResearch.com.
•  April 2016: Interviewed regarding how advances in IVF have contributed to decreasing rates of triplet births by HealthDay.
•  March 2016: Interviewed regarding egg freezing by SELF Magazine.
•  October 2015: Interviewed regarding app that claims it promotes conception by Wired.
•  May 2015: Interviewed regarding first-author JAMA paper on safety of assisted reproductive technologies in the United States by Ivanhoe Broadcast News. Video | Full interview
•  January 2015: Interviewed regarding first-author JAMA paper on safety of assisted reproductive technologies in the United States by the Associated Press and Reuters; stories published on more than 200 online news sources. 
•  May 2014: Interviewed regarding study examining long-term maternal mental health by Medscape
•  December 2013: Interviewed regarding study showing that fertility drugs, rather than IVF cycles, are responsible for multiple births by CNN, Medscape, First Report Managed Care
•  November 2013: Interviewed regarding first-author JAMA paper on donor egg cycles and outcomes as well as the egg donation process by Women’s Health Magazine
•  October 2013: Interviewed regarding first-author JAMA paper on donor egg cycles and outcomes by CNN, Medscape, Associated Press, Reuters Health, MedicalResearch.com, USA Today, ABC News, Two Minute Medicine, Fertaid.com, Health Day. The story was published on over 90 news sources including ABC News, Fox News, CBS News, The Washington Post, NPR, NY Daily News, Time Magazine, and several international news sources.

 

Society and Professional Memberships

•  American Society for Reproductive Medicine 
•  American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
•  American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
•  American College of Physicians
•  Association of Women Surgeons
•  American Medical Association

Research

Original Research


Boulet, S, J.Kawwass, D. Session, D. Jamieson, D. Kissin, S. Grosse.  Impact of US state-level insurance mandates on health plan expenditures on infertility treatments. Matern Child Health. Jan 2019.

C. Barrera, J.Kawwass, S. Boulet, J. Nelson, C. Perrine.  Use of Fertility Treatment and Breastfeeding Practices. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dec 2018.

Kawwass, J. and M. Badell. “Maternal and Perinatal Risks associated with Assisted Reproductive Technology.” Review. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2018 Sep; 132 (3): 763-772.

Kawwass, J., L. Haddad, J. Anderson, D. Jamieson. Current Commentary: A Historical Perspective: Access to Fertility Treatment, when indicated, for mixed status HIV couples desiring conception. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2018 May; 131 (5): 875-878.

Kawwass, J, J.Chang, S. Boulet, A. Nangia, A. Mehta, D. Kissin. “Surgically Acquired Sperm Use for Assisted Reproductive Technology: Trends and Perinatal Outcomes, United States, 2004-2015.” Journal of Reproduction and Genetics. 2018 Jul; 35 (7); 1229 – 1237.

Khan, D. Patil, V. Zholudev, J.Kawwass, A. Mehta. “Surgical Sterilization Use in Contemporary a Contemporary Cohort of US Men and Women.” Contraception. 2018 Sep; 98 (3) 247-251.  

Gerkowicz, S., S.Crawford, H. Hipp, D. Kissin, J.Kawwass. “ART with Donor Sperm: National Trends and Perinatal Outcomes.” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2018 Apr; 218 (4): 421. E1-421.e10.


Sanders, K., J.Kawwass, T. Loucks, S. Berga. “Heightened Cortisol response to Exercise Challenge in Women with Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhea.” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2018 Feb; 218 (2): 230.e1-230.


Boulet, S., S. Crawford, M. Davies, J.Kawwass, D.Kissin.  “Preterm birth and small for gestational age in singleton IVF births using donor oocytes.” American Journal of Epidemiology. 2018 Mar.


Capelouto, S, Archer, S, Morris, J, J.Kawwass, H.Hipp.  Sex Selection for non-medical indications: a survey of current pre-implantation genetic screening practices among U.S. ART clinics.  Journal of Reproduction and Genetics.2018 Mar; 35 (3): 409-416.


Brooks, J., J.Kawwass, D Smith, D Kissin, M Lampe, L Haddad, S Boulet, D Jamieson. Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy to Prevent HIV Transmission to Women in Couples Attempting Conception When the Man Has HIV Infection.  MMWR. 2017 Aug 18; 66 (32): 859-860.


Kawwass, J. D.Smith, D. Kissin, L. Haddad, S. Boulet, S. Sunderam, D. Jamieson. Strategies for Preventing HIV Infection among HIV-Uninfected Women Attempting Conception with Infected Men.  MMWR.  2017 Jun 2; 66 (21): 554-557.


Hipp, H., S. Crawford, J.Kawwass, S. Boulet, D.Kissin, D. Jamieson. National Trends and Predictors of Outcomes of Autologous In Vitro Fertilization Cycles among Women Ages 40 and Older.  Journal of Reproduction and Genetics. 2017 Jul; 34 (7): 885-894.

Kawwass, J., K. Sanders, T. Loucks, L. Rohan, S. Berga. Increased Cerobrospinal Fluid Levels of GABA, Testosterone, and Estradiol in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.  Human Reprod. 2017 Jul 1; 32 (7) : 1450-1456.

Martin, A., J.Chang, Y. XHang, J.Kawwass, S. Boulet, P. McKane, D. Benson, D. Kissin, D. Jamieson.  Perinatal Outcomes among singletons after assisted reproductive technology with single embryo or double-embryo transfer versus no assisted reproductive technology.  Fertil Steril. 2017 Apr; 107 (4): 954-960.

Kawwass, J. S. Crawford, H.Hipp, S. Boulet, D. Jamieson.  Embryo Donation: National Trends and Outcomes, 2000-2013.  2016 Dec. Am J Obstet Gynecol.  215 (6): 747.e1-747.e5.

Crawford, S., S. Boulet, J.Kawwass, D. Jamieson, D. Kissin.  Cryopreserved oocyte versus fresh oocyte assisted reproductive technology cycles, United States, 2013.  2017 Jan. Fertil Steril. 107 (1): 110-118.

Kawwass, J., A.Kulkarni, H.Hipp, D.Kissin, S.Crawford, D.Jamieson.  Obstetric Outcomes among Under- and Over- weight women using Assisted Reproductive Technology.  2016 Dec. Fertil Steril. 106 (7):1742-1750.

Petersen EE, Polen KN, Meaney-Delman D, … J.Kawwass, et al. Update: Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Women of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure — United States, 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 25 March 2016. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6512e2er

Hipp, H. S.Crawford, J.Kawwass,  D.Kissin, J.Chang, D. Jamieson.  First Trimester Pregnancy Loss Following Fresh and Frozen IVF Cycles. Fertil Steril.2016 March.  105 (3): 722-8.

Martin, A., M.Monsour, J.Kawwass, S.Boulet, D.Kissin, D.Jamieson. Risk of preeclampsia in pregnancies after assisted reproductive technology and ovarian stimulation. Matern Child Health J. 2016 Oct. 20 (10): 2050.

Kawwass, J. S. Boulet, H. Hipp, D. Session, D.Kissin, D.Jamieson.  “Severe Diminished Ovarian Reserve: National Outcomes by Age 2004-2012. March 2017. Journal of Reproductive Medicine.  

Kawwass, J, S. Crawford, D. Session, D.Kissin, D. Jamieson.  “Endometriosis and Assisted Reproductive Technology: United States Trends and Outcomes 2000-2011. Fertil Steril.  2015 June. 103 (6): 1537-43.

S.Boulet, A. Mehta, D.Kissin, L.Warner, J.Kawwass, D.Jamieson. “Trends in the Use of Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection: Indications and Outcomes, United States 1996-2012. JAMA. 2015. 313 (3): 255-263.

Kawwass, J, A. Kulkarni, A. Creanga, D. Kissin, D. Session, W. Callaghan, D. Jamieson. “Safety of Assisted Reproductive Technology in the United States, 2000-2011.” JAMA. 2015. 313(1):88-90.

Kissin, D, J. Kawwass, M. Monsour, S. Boulet, D. Session, D. Jamieson. “Assisted Hatching: Trends and Pregnancy Outcomes: 2000-2010.” Fertil Steril. 2014. Sep 102 (3): 795-801.

Kanter, J., S. Boulet, J.Kawwass, D.Jamieson, D.Kissin. “Trends and Correlates of Monozygotic Twinning after Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).” Obstet Gynecol. 2015. 125(1):111-7.

Grow, D., J.Kawwass, A.Kulkarni, T. Durant, D. Jamieson, M. Macaluso. “GnRH-agonist versus antagonist ovarian stimulation protocols: a comparison of outcomes among good prognosis patients using national surveillance data.”  Reprod Biomed Online. 2014 Sep. 29 (3): 299-304.

Kawwass, J., M. Monsour, S. Crawford, A. Kulkarni, D. Session, D. Kissin, D Jamieson. “Donor oocyte: trends and predictors of good perinatal outcome.” JAMA, 2013. 310 (22): 2426-34.

Kawwass, J., D. Kissin, S. Boulet, D.Session. “In Reply: Tubal factor infertility and perinatal risk after assisted reproductive technology, Letter to the Editor.”  Obstet Gynecol. 2013. 122 (4): 909-910.

Kawwass, J., S Crawford, D Kissin, D Session, S Boulet, D Jamieson. “Tubal factor infertility and perinatal risk after assisted reproductive technology.” Obstet Gynecol. 2013. 121 (6): 1263-71.

Kawwass, J., T. Loucks, and S. Berga.  An algorithm for treatment of infertile women with polycystic ovary syndrome. 2010. Middle East Fertility Society Journal. 2010. 15 (4); 231-239.

 

Review Articles

 

Schirmer, D and J.Kawwass. “Epidemiology, Virology, and Pathogenesis of the Zika Virus: From Neglected Tropical Disease to a Focal Point of International Attention.” Semin Reprod Med.  2016. 34 (5).

Kawwass, J, R. Sumner, C.Kallen. “Direct Effects of Leptin and Adiponectin on Peripheral Human Reproductive Tissues: A Critical Review.”  Mol Hum Reprod. 2015 Aug. 21 (8): 617-32.

Satpathy, H., J. Kawwass, and M. Lindsay.  Novel H1N1 virus infection and pregnancy.  Postgraduate Medicine. 2009; 121 (6): 106-112.

 

NON-PEER REVIEWED

Review Articles / Case Reports:

Lindsay, Michael K, S. Weiss, S. Daudi, S, J. Kawwass.  Cranial hemorrhage in late pregnancy. Gynecology and Obstetrics Case Studies: Emory Healthcare Periodical.  September 2009.

 

Book Chapters:

Kawwass, J. and C. Roberts.  Leiomyomatous uteri and myomectomy.” TeLinde’s Operative Gynecology.  Wolters Kluwer Health. 2013.

Session, D and J. Kawwass. “Ultrasound guided operative procedures.”  Ultrasound Imaging in Reproductive Medicine: Advances in Infertility Work-up, Treatment and ART. Springer. 2014.

Kawwass, J. “Ch 39 - The risks associated with multiple gestation” Avoiding Common Obstetrics and Gynecology Errors. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Philadelphia, PA. 2011.

Kawwass, J.  “Ch 40 – I am pregnant with triplets: what are my options?” Avoiding Common Obstetrics and Gynecology Errors. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Philadelphia, PA. 2011.

Kawwass, J. ed. Emory Intern Survival Guide. 2nd ed, Handbook residents, off-service rotators. July 2010.

Kawwass, J. Obstetrics and Gynecology Chapter. ICU Recall 3rd Ed, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2008.


Poster Presentations and Oral Presentations

Schwartz, K., S. Boulet, J. Kawwass, D. Kissin.  “National perinatal outcomes among young donor oocyte recipients.” Accepted, Poster. ACOG Annual Meeting. Nashville, 2019.

 

Khan, D*. Patil, V. Zholudev, J.Kawwass, A. Mehta. “Surgical Sterilization Use in Contemporary a Contemporary Cohort of US Men and Women.” (Oral). American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, Boston 2018.

 

V. Alexander, J.Kawwass, H. Hipp, J. Spencer, L. McKenzie.  Random start versus conventional start controlled ovarian stimulation in women with cancer: Comparing oocyte yield among fertility preservation cycles.  Accepted, Poster. ASRM Denver 2018.

 

 L. Shandley, L. McKenzie, H.Hipp, J. Anderson-Bialis, D. Anderson-Bialis, J.Kawwass.Patient-centered care: Factors associated with Reporting a Positive Experience at U.S. Fertility Clinics. Accepted. Oral. Awarded ASRM In-Training Travel Grant, ASRM Denver 2018.

 

 T. Kim, M. Neblett, L. Shandley, J. Kawwass. National Mosaic Embryo Transfer Practices: A Survey.  Accepted, ASRM. Poster. Denver 2018.

 

M. Sunderaam, S. Boulet, J.Kawwass, D.Kissin. Comparing Fertilization Rates with ICSI to IVF in Women >38 years with no Male Factor Infertility: A Meta-analysis.  Accepted. Poster, ASRM.Denver 2018.

 

D. Kissin, A. Kulkarni, A. Dieke, J.Kawwass, L. Warner.  S. Boulet. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Ovulation Induction and Ovarian Stimulation without IVF: Healthcare Provider Survey. Accepted. Poster. ASRM.  Denver 2018.

 

K. Schwartz, C. Martin, L. Haddad, M. Kottke, H. Hipp, J.Kawwass. Reproductive Health of Practicing Ob/Gyns in Georgia. ACOG Annual Meeting. Poster. Austin, TX. April 2018.

 

C. Barrera, J.Kawwass, S. Boulet, J. Nelson, C. Perrine.  Use of Fertility Treatment and Breastfeeding Practices: PRAMS 2012-2014. Submitted. SPER. Baltimore, June 2018.

 

Kawwass, J, J.Chang, S. Boulet, A. Nangia, A. Mehta, D. Kissin. “Surgically Acquired Sperm Use for Assisted Reproductive Technology: Trends and Perinatal Outcomes, United States, 2004-2015.” San Francisco.  Accepted. Oral. American Urological Society national meeting.

 

Kawwass, J and J. Brooks. “Fertility Options for Men with HIV Desiring Conception with an Uninfected Partner: A review of recent CDC Publications.”  ASRM Interactive Session for CME Credit.  San Antonio. ASRM. October 2017.

 

S. Gerkowicz, S. Crawford, H. Hipp, D. Kissin, J.Kawwass. “ART withDonor Sperm: National Trends and Perinatal Outcomes.” San Antonio. Accepted. ASRM. Oral. October 2017.

 

D. Schirmer., A. Kulkarni, J.Kawwass, S. Boulet, D. Kissin. “Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome after ART: Trends, Predictors, and Pregnancy Outcomes. San Antonio. Accepted. ASRM. Oral. October 2017.

 

A. Khan, D. Patil, V. Zholudev, J.Kawwass, A. Mehta. “Surgical Sterilization Use in Contemporary a Contemporary Cohort of US Men and Women.” San Antonio. Accepted. ASRM. Oral. October 2017.

 

Boulet, S., S. Crawford, J.Kawwass, M. Davies, D.Kissin. Preterm birth and small-for-gestational age in singleton in vitro fertilization births using donor oocytes. Poster. Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER). Seattle June 2017.

 

C. Martin, H. Hipp, L.Haddad, M. Kottke, J.Kawwass. Fertility, Pregnancy, and Postparum: A Survey of Practicing Georgia Obstetrician Gynecologists. Poster. GOGS. August 2017.

 

Kawwass, J., S. Crawford, H.Hipp, S. Boulet, D. Jamieson.  Embryo Donation: National Trends and Outcomes, 2000-2013.  Poster. Accepted. ASRM October 2016. Park City.

 

Kawwass, J., A.Kulkarni, H.Hipp, D.Kissin, S.Crawford, D.Jamieson.  Obstetric Outcomes among Under- and Overweight women using Assisted Reproductive Technology.  Oral. ASRM October 2016. Park City.

 

Hipp, H., S. Crawford, J.Kawwass, S. Boulet, D.Kissin, D. Jamieson. National Trends and Predictors of Outcomes of Autologous In Vitro Fertilization Cycles among Women Ages 40 and Older. Poster. Accepted ASRM October 2016. Park City.

 

Kawwass, J., S. Boulet, H. Hipp, D. Session, D.Kissin, D.Jamieson.  “Severe Diminished Ovarian Reserve: National Outcomes by Age 2004-2012.  Poster. ASRM October 2015. Baltimore.

 

Hipp, H. S.Crawford, J.Kawwass,  D.Kissin, J.Change, D. Jamieson.  First Trimester Pregnancy Loss Following Fresh and Frozen IVF Cycles. Oral. ASRM October 2015. Baltimore.

 

Kawwass, J. S. Crawford. D. Session. D. Kissin, D. Jamieson.  Endometriosis National ART Trends and Outcomes, 2000-2011. Poster. Society of Reproductive Investigation Annual Scientific Meeting.  San Francisco. March 2015.

 

Martin, A., M. Monsour. S. Boulet, J.Kawwass, D.Kissin, D. Jamieson. Risk of preeclampsia in pregnancies after assisted reproductive technology and ovarian stimulation. Poster. Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Conference. February 2015. San Diego.

 

S.Boulet, A. Mehta, D.Kissin, L.Warner, J.Kawwass, D.Jamieson. “Trends in the Use of Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection: Indications and Outcomes, United States 1996-2012. Oral. October 2014. ASRM. Honolulu.

 

Kissin, D, J. Kawwass, M. Monsour, S. Boulet, D. Session, D. Jamieson. “Assisted Hatching: Trends and Perinatal Outcomes.” In Prep. Accepted. ESHRE. Poster. Munich. June 2014.

 

Kanter, J., S. Boulet, J.Kawwass, D.Jamieson, D.Kissin. “Trends and Correlates of Monozygotic Twinning after Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).” Oral Presentation.  ACOG Annual Clinical Meeting. April 2014. Chicago.

 

Kawwass, J., M. Monsour, S. Crawford, A. Kulkarni, D. Session, D.Kissin, D Jamieson. “Donor oocyte: trends and predictors of good perinatal outcome.”  Poster presented ASRM. October 2013. Boston.

 

Kawwass, J., S Crawford, D Kissin, D Session, S Boulet, D Jamieson. “Tubal factor infertility and perinatal risk after in vitro fertilization.”Accepted Obstetrics and Gynecology March 2013. Poster presented at ESHRE. July 7-10. London. Awarded Clinical Science Award.

 

Kawwass, J. , T. Loucks, and S. Berga. “Do Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Have Increased Aromatase Activity?”  Society of Gynecologic Investigation.  March 2011.  Poster presented.

 

Kawwass, J. “Incorporating Management of Early Pregnancy Failure into an Obstetric and Gynecologic Residency Program.”  Emory School of Medicine. Science of GME Poster Presentation. Atlanta, GA 2011.

 

Publications