Our team of physicians, RNs, fellows and support staff collaborate to provide you comprehensive fertility services that meet the highest standards of excellence.
Our fertility specialists have advanced training and are board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
- Phone: 314-362-8200
Please call 314-362-8200 for an appointment with Dr. Johnson.
Ali Ahmady, Ph.D. (he, his, him), is an Associate Professor and Lab Director at the Fertility Reproductive Medicine Center (FRMC) for the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Washington University Medical School St Louis. He has been involved in the field of ART as an embryologist since the late 1980s. Throughout his career, he has directed nine IVF, Andrology/Endocrinology laboratories, and constructed five ART laboratories.
Dr. Ahmady received his Ph.D. in Embryology from the National University of Singapore. His post-graduate research focused on male infertility. He did a systematic study of the fertilization ability of dead sperm (at the cellular and molecular level, especially DNA damage) to unravel the process of life, concluding that the integrity of sperm DNA is the most determining factor. He developed the Single Sperm Curling Test for selecting viable sperm in ICSI procedure. He also developed a hamster ICSI assay for evaluating the fertilization ability of severe male factor patient sperm. He produced the first ICSI live birth in the mouse. Dr. Ahmady is an author of a book and co-author of a chapter in Atlas of Embryology. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers. Several pioneers in the field have quoted his work on DNA damage.
He is a certified High Complexity Lab Director (HCLD) from the American Board of Bioanalysis. He also holds a certificate of qualification as a Lab Director in Andrology and Endocrinology from the New York State Department of Health. He is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), current chair (2022) Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Biology Special Interest Group (RMSCBSIG), and a member coding committee. He also is a member of the American Association of Bioanalysis (AAB) and the College of Reproductive Biology (CRB).
Our fellows are physicians who have completed a post-graduate residency in obstetrics and gynecology and are pursuing additional, specialized training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Fellowship training is essential to our commitment to developing expertise in the next generation of leaders in our field.
3rd year Fellow
Kelsey (she/her/hers) was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She left her hometown to obtain her BA at Vanderbilt University and returned to St. Louis to attend Saint Louis University School of Medicine for her medical degree. Her Reproductive Endocrinology Away Rotation at Washington University made her fall in love with WashU and with REI – she went on to complete her OB/GYN residency at WashU and was overjoyed to be able to stay for fellowship. Her research interests include subchorionic hemorrhage in IVF pregnancies and investigating factors which impact IVF discontinuation. Her passion for reproductive endocrinology stems from it being an innovative, progressive and creative field unlike any other. She enjoys working with patients to help them on their endocrinology or fertility journey, and there is no better team than WashU to share in that journey. She has great St. Louis pride and, outside of work, she enjoys going to STL sporting events, exploring her new neighborhood University City, and listening to live music.
2nd year fellow
Emily (she/her/hers) was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Wake Forest University. She then worked for a year as a clinical research coordinator at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD assisting in HIV and HCV clinical research. Returning home, she completed her medical degree at the University of South Alabama. After developing a distinct interest in women’s health, she traveled to New York City to train in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University. Emily is ecstatic to be continuing her training in the exciting and innovative field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Washington University in St. Louis. Her favorite part of her job is the relationships she builds with patients. Fertility journeys are can be extremely difficult and helping individuals navigate this process and build their desired family is rewarding.
1st year Fellow
Courtney (she/her/hers) was born in Toronto, Canada, and completed her undergraduate degree at University of Western Ontario. She went on to go to medical school at Trinity College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland). After, she competed her OBGYN residency at University of Toledo (Toledo, OH).
When asked about her goals for WashU during her fellowship, she said,
“I hope to acquire the tools I need to provide high-quality, evidence-based care to my patients, in addition to building on my surgical skills. I hope to continue educating learners along the way and being an advocate for reproductive health.”
Clinical Genetic Counselor
Marisa’s (she/her/hers) passion for genetic counseling comes from her belief that genetic testing can improve patients’ lives and their medical care. The field of medical genetics is continuously evolving so it is crucial to provide patients with accurate and balanced information on how genetic testing may be relevant for their individual case. She is honored to play a role in empowering patients and supporting their decision-making through risk assessment, genetics education, and counseling. At the end of the day, it is about making the tool of genetic testing work for the patients to achieve their goals.