Shady Grove Fertility Patient Wins Ferring Pharmaceuticals 2013 Heart to Heart Contest

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Dodge Family Receives $15,000 Educational Scholarship for Child Conceived Through Fertility Treatment

Alison June Dodge

Despite the increasing success of fertility treatment, studies show that almost 50% of the people who experience infertility aren’t accessing treatments that could aid conception.

Shady Grove Fertility patients Aren and Jeff Dodge were the winners of Ferring Pharmaceuticals Heart to Heart contest. Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a major manufacturer of the medications used in the treatment of infertility. Their annual Heart to Heart campaign is designed to raise awareness about infertility including the challenges of battling infertility as well as the joy of parenthood when treatment succeeds.

The Dodges shared their fertility story through a moving video that documented the emotional rollercoaster they experienced, multiple treatments and even a miscarriage, before conceiving their baby, daughter Alison. All of the Heart to Heart video submissions were voted on by thousands of online viewers. As the winners, the Dodges will receive a $15,000 educational scholarship from Ferring.

Aren Dodge recently told their hometown paper, the Faquier Times that she and her husband chose to share their story with the hopes that as more people discuss infertility issues some of the societal stigmas will dissipate. “Infertility can be an isolating experience. Most people don’t understand that infertility is a disorder caused by a breakdown in some part of the male and female reproductive system.”

The Dodges’ physician at Shady Grove Fertility, in Fairfax, Virginia, Stephen J. Greenhouse, MD, comments, “Despite the increasing success of fertility treatment, studies show that almost 50% of the people who experience infertility aren’t accessing treatments that could aid conception.” Dr. Greenhouse continues, “We applaud the courage displayed by the Dodge family and the other contestants. Sharing knowledge is powerful antidote to a challenging problem.”

The Dodges' story can be viewed at


About Dr. Stephen J. Greenhouse: Stephen J. Greenhouse, MD received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a two-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility at the George Washington University. Dr. Greenhouse is a Clinical Instructor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University. Dr. Greenhouse is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology.

In 2012, Dr. Greenhouse was once again named in the Washingtonian's "Top Doctors" as well as Northern Virginia's "Top-Rated Doctors" list for Infertility.

About Shady Grove Fertility: Shady Grove Fertility Center is America’s largest and most progressive fertility center performing over 6,000 IVF cycles, including over 1,000 egg donation cycles, and an equal number of ovulation induction and IUI cycles annually. 29 reproductive endocrinologists as well as PhD scientists, geneticists and 480 highly specialized staff care for patients in 17 full-service offices and four satellite locations throughout the Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC metropolitan areas. We offer a comprehensive range of fertility treatment options including ovulation induction, IUI, IVF, and donor egg as well as resources to comprehensively address patients' needs - medical, emotional, and financial. For patient convenience, IVF retrievals and transfers are now performed in our Chesterbrook, PA, Rockville, MD and Towson, MD locations.

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