Dr. Serena Dovey

Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology

Clinical Location

Denver IVF & Fertility Center
3055 Roslyn Street
Denver, CO 80238

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About Dr. Dovey

Dr. Serena Dovey completed her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard University in Boston.

She went on to complete a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, as well as a certificate degree in clinical research at the University of Pittsburgh. After fellowship, Dr. Dovey joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where she acted as the Clinical Director of the Fertility Preservation Program and as the fertility preservation liaison for the premenopausal breast cancer program.

Dr. Dovey joined the University of Colorado faculty in 2013. Her clinical interests include infertility, assisted reproductive technology, fertility preservation and amenorrhea.

Dr. Dovey is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She recently published a review about egg freezing in Minerva Ginecologica, which has become one of the top ten most requested papers published in the journal.

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Certifications and Licensure

  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • 2008 Pennsylvania State Board of Licensure
  • 2009 Board Certified in General Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • 2010 Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • 2013 Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • 2013 Colorado State Board of Licensure

Education and Training

Undergraduate

  • The College of William and Mary – Williamsburg, VA – BS, Summa Cum Laude

Graduate

  • University of Virginia School of Medicine – Charlottesville, VA – MD
  • Certificate degree in Clinical Research – University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, PA

Postgraduate Training                  

  • Residency training – Obstetrics and Gynecology – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard University – Boston, MA
  • Fellowship training – Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center / Magee-Womens Hospital – Pittsburgh, PA


Did you know?

In her free time, Dr. Dovey enjoys jogging, yoga, cooking and traveling.
 

Appointments and Positions

  • Assistant Professor, July 2013-currect - University of Colorado School of Medicine - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • Assistant Professor, October 2011 – June 2013 - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine - Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC -Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences - Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh / UPMC - Division of Adolescent Medicine
  • Clinical Director of the Fertility Preservation Program in Pittsburgh

Professional and Scientific Societies

  • Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • American Society of Reproductive Medicine
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Society for the Study of Reproduction
  • American Medical Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa of Virginia
  • Fertility Preservation in Pittsburgh committee (multidisciplinary group established to develop and promote fertility preservation research and therapy; currently providing fast-track IVF, oocyte cryopreservation, ovarian tissue cryopreservation, and testicular tissue cryopreservation)
  • Center for Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology at Magee-Womens Hospital Ethics Committee
  • Magee-Womens Hospital Premenopausal Breast Cancer Program Workgroup (multidisciplinary program highlighting issues related to diagnosis and survivorship, including fertility preservation)

 Honors and Awards

  • 2nd Prize for Oral Presentation - International Society for Fertility Preservation Meeting -Miami, FL.  December 2011
  • Magee-Womens Research Institute Young Investigator Award - Title: Investigation of culture conditions during in vitro maturation of human primordial follicles to improve the primary to secondary follicle transition -$4,000 direct cost -January 2010 – December 2010
  • Contraceptive and Infertility Research Loan Repayment Program Recipient, 2009 – 2011, NICHD, NIH
  • Resident Reporter for ASRM, Oct 2006
  • Raven Honor Society, 2002 – present - University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • President, Women in Medicine Club, June 2001 – June 2002 - University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Treasurer, American Medical Association UVA Chapter, June 2001 – June 2002 -University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1999 – present - College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • Highest honors in Biology - College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • Summa Cum Laude graduate - College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Publications and Presentations

Dovey SL, Valli H, Sukhwani M, Peters KA, Donohue J, Castro CA, Chu, T, Marshall GR, Orwig KE. Fluorescence- and magnetic-activated cell sorting strategies to isolate and enrich human spermatogonial stem cells. Fertil Steril. 2014.

Dovey SL, Valli H, Hermann BP, Sukhwani M, Donohue J, Castro CA, Chu T, Sanfilippo JS, Orwig KE.  Eliminating malignant contamination from therapeutic spermatogonial stem cells.  J Clin Invest 2013, 123(4):  1833-43.

Dovey S, Krishnamurti L, Sanfilippo J, Gunawardena S, McLendon P, Campbell M, Alway S, Efymow B, Gracia C.  Oocyte cryopreservation in a patient with sickle cell disease prior to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation:  first report.  J Assist Reprod Genet 2012; 29(3): 265-9.

Dovey S, McIntyre K, Jacobson D, Catov J, Wakim A.  Is premature LH rise in the absence of increased progesterone detrimental to pregnancy outcome in GnRH antagonist IVF/ICSI cycles?  Fertil Steril 2011; 96(3):  585-9.

Dovey S, Sneeringer RM, Penzias A.  Clomiphene citrate and intrauterine insemination:  analysis of more than 4100 cycles.  Fertil Steril 2008; 90(6):  2281-6.

Solenski NJ, Kostecki VK, Dovey S, Periasamy A.  Nitric oxide-induced depolarization of neuronal mitochondria.  Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience 2003; 24(4):  1151-69.

Dovey S.  Oocyte cryopreservation:  advances and drawbacks.  Minerva Ginocol 2012; 64(6):  485-500.

Dovey S, Sanfilippo J.  Emergency contraception:  current options, challenges, and future directions.  Open Access Journal of Contraception 2011; 2:  107-17.  DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/OAJC.S7803

Dovey S, Sanfilippo J.  Endometriosis and the Adolescent.  Clinical  Obstet Gynec 2010; 53(2):  420-8

Dovey SL, Valli H, Hermann BP, Sukhwani M, Orwig K.  Differential antigen expression allows removal of malignant cells from therapeutic spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) via fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS).  International Society of Fertility Preservation, December 2011.  Miami, FL (oral presentation)

Dovey SL, Valli H, Hermann BP, Sukhwani M, Orwig K.  Feasibility and safety of spermatogonial stem cell transplantation for cancer survivors.  UPMC/Magee-Womens Hospital Resident Research Day, May 2011.  Pittsburgh, PA (oral presentation)

Lakshmanan K, Dovey SL, Sanfilippo JS, Gunawardena S, Mclendon P, Campbell M, Always S, Efymow B, Gracia C.  Oocyte cryopreservation as a means for fertility preservation prior to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation:  First report in a patient with sickle cell disease.  Florida Sickle Cell Disease Symposium and Scientific Meeting, February 2011. Hollywood, FL (poster presentation)

Dovey SL, Valli H, Hermann B, Orwig K.  Fluorescence-activated cell sorting may allow separation of malignant leukemic cells from a testicular cell suspension.  American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting, October 2010.  Denver, CO (oral presentation)

Dovey S, Valli H, Hermann B, Sukwani M, Orwig K.  Exploiting cell surface antigens to remove malignant cells from spermatogonial stem cells:  implications for treating male infertility.  Oncofertility Consortium Annual Meeting, September, 2010.  Chicago, IL.  (poster presentation)

Valli H, Dovey SL, Hansel MC, Orwig, KE.  Immunophenotyping of undifferentiated spermatogonia in human testes.  Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Annual Meeting, June 2010.  Milwaukee, WI.   (poster presentation)

Dovey SL, McIntyre K, Wakim AN.  Does premature luteinization hormone (LH) elevation in the absence of elevated progesterone influence outcome in antagonist in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles?  American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting, October 2009.  Atlanta, GA.  (poster presentation)

Dovey SL, McIntyre K, Wakim A.  Does premature LH rise in the absence of elevated progesterone influence outcome in antagonist IVF cycles?  UPMC/Magee-Womens Hospital Resident Research Day, May 2009.  Pittsburgh, PA (oral presentation)

Dovey SL, Malizia BA, Witmyer J, Penzias AS.  Should embryos destined for cryopreservation be grown to blastocyst?  American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting, October 2007.  Washington, DC.  (poster presentation)

Dovey S, Sneeringer RM, Penzias A.  Clomiphine citrate and intrauterine insemination:  analysis of more than 4100 cycles.  Society for Gynecologic Investigation Annual Meeting, March 2007.  Reno, NV.  (poster presentation)

Dovey S, Malizia BA, Adini A, Von Wald T, Zimon AE, Usheva A.  Angiogenesis factors in human ovarian follicular development:  The presence of vascular endothelial growth factor and placental growth factor in follicular fluid.  American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting, October 2006.  New Orleans, LA.  (oral presentation)

Malizia BA, Wang S, VonWald T, Adini A, Dovey S, Usheva A.  Human oocytes maturing in an inflammatory environment:  Cytokines in follicular fluid and their correlation with in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcome measures.  American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting, October 2006.  New Orleans, LA.  (oral presentation)

Teaching

Formal teaching UPMC / Magee-Womens Hospital/ University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine:

1) Medical student teaching in Reproductive and Developmental Biology course:

  1. Small group session leader –Androgens / Puberty (2/10/12, 2/12/13)
  2. Formal lecture – “Drugs used for fertility therapy and PCOS”  (2/14/12, 2/11/13)

2) Pediatric resident lecturer (UPMC / Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh)

  1. “Adolescent pregnancy” (2/8/12)
  2. “Fertility in childhood cancer survivors” (4/18/12)

3) REI fellowship weekly educational session – chapter reviews and board preparation (2011-present)

4) REI conference

  1. “Thyroid function and reproduction:  current controversies” (4/2011)
  2. “Endometriosis and ART” (5/2012)

5) Breast surgery fellowship lecture series (Magee-Womens Hospital)

  1. “Fertility preservation in breast cancer patients” (4/5/12)

6) University of Pittsburgh medical student problem based learning mentor (OB/GYN rotation 10/2012)

Formal teaching University of Colorado Denver / Anschutz Medical Campus

1) CHA/PA Women’s Health Lecture (Physician assistants)

  1. “Endometriosis, PCOS and Infertility” (9/30/2013) 

Seminars and invited lectureships:

1) University of Pittsburgh Medical Ethics Conference 4/2012 “Ethical Issues Surrounding Reproductive Technology in the Field of Fertility Preservation.”

2) University of Pittsburgh Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Symposium 4/2012 “Fertility Preservation Options for AYA Patients.”

3) University of Pittsburgh Medical Endocrine Grand Rounds 4/2012 “Beating the biological clock:  Can ovarian aging be predicted?  Can it be halted?”

4) UPMC  Innovations in Minimally-Invasive Surgery:  Hysterectomy and Beyond Conference 6/2012 “Fertility considerations in endometriosis surgery.”

5) UPMC Clinical Oncology and Hematology Grand Rounds 10/3/2012 “Fertility preservation options for cancer patients.”

6) UPMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds 10/9/2012 “Beating the biological clock:  Can ovarian aging be predicted?  Can it be halted?”

7) UPMC Women’s Health Lecture Series 11/5/2012 “Beating the biological clock:  Can ovarian aging be predicted?  Can it be halted?”

8) UPMC  Adolescent Medicine Division Educational conference 1/10/2013 “Fertility in childhood cancer survivors”

Research

Clinical studies:

1) Principal Investigator for IRB-approved study (2011-2013): “Oocyte cryopreservation for fertility preservation.” PRO 09120113 (UPMC)

2) Co-Investigator for IRB-approved study (2010 -2013):  “Ovarian tissue cryopreservation for fertility preservation in patients facing infertility-causing diseases or treatment regimens.”  PRO08050491 (UPMC)

3) Co-Investigator for IRB-approved study (2010-2013):  “Testicular tissue cryopreservation for fertility preservation in patients facing infertility-causing diseases or treatment regimens.”  PRO09120485 (2013)

4) Co-Investigator for IRB-approved study (2010-2013):  “Genetic basis for female fertility and premature ovarian failure.” PRO09080427 (UPMC)

5) Co-Investigator for IRB-approved study (2011-2013):  “Genetic basis of mullerian anomalies.” PRO10080001 (UPMC)

6) Co-Investigator for IRB-approved study (2012 –2013):  “Center for Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology Research Registry.” PRO12020492 (UPMC)

7) Co-Investigator for IRB-approved study (2011-2013):  “An assessment of the adequacy of residency training in pediatric and adolescent gynecology.”  PRO10100403 (2013)

Manuscript reviewer:
  • Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology 2009 -present
  • Fertility and Sterility 2011 -present
  • Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics 2011-present