Julie S. Rhee, MD, FACOG

Reproductive Endocrinologist & Infertility Specialist

Dr. Julie Rhee is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist and founding physician of Vios Fertility Institute. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Washington University in St. Louis. At Wash U she was selected as a recipient of the prestigious National Institute of Health T32 research award, under which she studied the effects of diet-induced obesity on the endometrium and implantation. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. During her residency, she won multiple awards, including the outstanding resident research award and the American Academy of Gynecologic Laparoscopy award, recognizing her for her skills in laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery.

 

Dr. Rhee has authored numerous publications and has presented at national meetings on topics related to women’s health and infertility. Through her experiences in practice, Dr. Rhee has developed a keen interest in integrative approaches to fertility care and believes that each patient deserves a personalized plan to optimize care, specific to an individual’s needs and concerns. Dr. Rhee’s passion for patient care and her evidence-based approach to clinical medicine make her an ideal partner for those who wish to grow a family. She uses the most up-to-date approaches in advanced reproductive technology and minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of endocrine and fertility disorders.

 

Dr. Rhee treats the entire patient spectrum for infertility issues and diagnoses. Her particular areas of interest include general infertility, IVF, oocyte cryopreservation, fertility preservation, recurrent pregnancy loss, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and minimally invasive surgery.

Julie S. Rhee, MD, FACOG Q & A

What do you like best about being a physician in reproductive medicine?

I love everything about it, but mostly I enjoy building personal relationships with my patients during some of the most difficult times in their lives. Whether that is through helping build families or treating an underlying fertility or endocrine disorder, I find it a privilege to be trusted with some of the hardest and most personal decisions one can make. Every patient has a unique story and I truly love individualizing each and every patient's care.

Why did you choose to work in the field of reproductive medicine?

Being a parent has been by far the most difficult, yet rewarding experience for me, and I truly believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to become a parent, should they choose. I also find the complex, intricate nature of the reproductive system fascinating, and I have always been drawn to it. There is so much more to conception than just eggs and sperm. The ability to help orchestrate some of the most complex endocrine pathways in the body is both exciting and interesting to me. But what means the most to me are the personal relationships I build with my patients while they are going through a difficult time.

What’s the most memorable experience you have had as an REI?

There are too many to name just one! For couples that have endured multiple pregnancy losses or unsuccessful pregnancy attempts, it is always very special to finally meet their beautiful baby. After a patient is diagnosed with cancer, the look of hope in their eyes when they learn that with our help, they will still have the chance to have a healthy child. Helping a patient overcome a personal obstacle to achieve their goal is both very gratifying and humbling.

What does it feel like when you have helped a couple to become a family?

It is one of the most special connections one can have as a doctor with a patient. I believe everyone should be given the opportunity to become a parent. Being able to help patients achieve that goal makes my work so special to me.

What is something most patients don’t know about you?

Before medical school I worked for People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly working on the layout and production of the magazine- I was an English major in college while doing my premedical coursework and I wanted to experience something different before embarking on my medical journey, as I always knew I eventually wanted to become a doctor. Living in New York City while working in publishing was definitely unique and worth it!

Another fun fact is that my father is a marathon runner and has run in over 140 marathons. His enthusiasm for the sport got me to run the Boston Marathon on one of the hottest days in marathon history as well as complete the New York Marathon.

What do you do in your spare time?

I love to spend time with my husband and three children. Together we try out different restaurants and cuisines (some of our personal local family favorites include Pastaria and Sugarfire BBQ). My husband and I also love wine and love to travel. One of my passions is non-profit work, particularly for underserved women and children. When time allows, I try to foster this passion. During medical school, I started an organization called Patches of Love which was built on the mission of delivering handmade quilts and medical supplies to international orphanages - we traveled to South Korea, India, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

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