At Reproductive Medicine Institute, every patient who visits us is just as unique and special as the team of doctors, nurses, embryologists, and staff caring for them.
With five offices across Chicagoland including Oak Brook where our IVF lab is based, we offer hopeful patients multiple convenient locations and compassionate people like Amanda Schwartz MD, at Reproductive Medicine Institute. Dr. Schwartz is the newest member to our team, so we wanted to learn a little more about her.
Q: Why did you become a doctor?
AS: As a little girl I was always fascinated by science and each step of academics, and ultimately medical school and training, further affirmed this passion. The field of medicine combines both my intellectual interest with the ability to strive each day to improve the health and lives of patients. My love for medicine is personal and my life’s calling.
Q: Who inspires you?
AS: My family and my patients. I believe that there is no pursuit more gratifying than helping patients to plan for and build their families. The dedication of my patients inspires me every day. It is a true privilege to be a part of the reproductive journey of my patients both during challenging times and in celebration of successes.
Q: What is something about you that would surprise most people?
AS: My first ever concert was Jimmy Buffett.
Q: Where did your interest in being a doctor, specifically a reproductive endocrinologist, come from?
AS: As I rotated through reproductive endocrinology during my obstetrics and gynecology residency at Duke, I realized that my eventual career had found me. I felt an immediate connection to the patients facing reproductive challenges and witnessing their resolve inspired me to further my training in the field.
Q: What drew you to RMI?
AS: I was born and raised in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. My Dad grew up in the same town and I have a lot of family in Chicago and the Western suburbs. I had the amazing opportunity to train in other areas of the country, but I always wanted to return home to start my career. I interviewed with many groups in the Chicagoland area and RMI stood out as the obvious choice for me. The mission of RMI to provide the best reproductive care personalized for each individual patient and their unique needs resonates with my goals as a reproductive endocrinologist.
Q: What do you consider your special areas of interest in reproductive medicine and why?
AS: I welcome all patients at Reproductive Medicine Institute. I aim to treat the full spectrum of reproductive endocrinology and infertility patients throughout one’s lifetime. Among the field I have particular interest in LGBTQ+ family building, third party reproduction, diminished ovarian reserve, elective oocyte cryopreservation and individuals with previously unsuccessful fertility treatments. In my practice I want to empower patients to make informed decisions regarding their reproductive options. I strive to provide unbiased open-minded care to affirm the reproductive rights of my patients and partner with them to obtain their reproductive goals. My specific research interests include the impact of gender-affirming hormones on reproductive potential, disparities in access to fertility care and diminished ovarian reserve.
Q: What do you like most about what you do?
AS: I love building partnerships with my patients during their reproductive journey. It is a unique honor to connect with patients during the both hardships and victories in this field.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
AS: I love to spend time with my family, play golf and tennis, try new restaurants and root on the Chicago Cubs.
Q: What are your favorite books or movies?
AS: I like a variety of genres and just joined a new book club since moving back! I gravitate towards historical fiction and my favorite book is The Power of One.
My favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption
Q: If you could pick one place on your bucket list to travel, where would it be?
AS: The top of my current travel bucket list is Barcelona.
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