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Obstetrics and Gynecology / Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Valerie S. Ratts, MD

Current Position
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology

Specialty Areas
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Gynecology - Pediatric and Adolescent

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Visit:  Washington University Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Patients Seen At
Center for Women's Wellness
3023 North Ballas Rd, Building D, Suite 450, Fourth Floor
St. Louis, MO  63131
Fax:   314-286-2455
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Infertility and Reproductive Medicine Center
4444 Forest Park Avenue, Suite 3100
St. Louis, MO  63108
Fax:   314-286-2455
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
660 S. Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8513
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Reproductive endocrinology, ART, general infertility, in vitro fertilization, IVF, anovulation, ovulation induction, recurrent miscarriage, ob/gyn, uterine fibroid tumors, polycystic ovarian syndrome, PCOS, mullerian anomalies, women's health, endometriosis, amenorrhea, laparoscopic surgery, insulin resistance, hirsutism, pediatric gynecology, adolescent gynecology, adolescent menstrual disorders, uterine artery embolization, myomectomy, UAE, myolysis.

Board Certification
Obstetrics and Gynecology -- Certified
Reproductive Endocrinology -- Certified

Medical Education
B.S.: Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, 1983
Medical Degree: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1987
Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1991
Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1993
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Missouri Baptist Medical Center
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2002-2013 (Best Doctors, Inc.)
Listed in America's Top Doctors, 2002-2012 (Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.)

Disclosure of Financial Interests with Industry
Washington University and its physicians are committed to ensuring integrity and objectivity in medical decision-making. Some of our physicians work collaboratively with pharmaceutical or medical device companies to develop innovative ideas and products that can improve health care delivery and clinical outcomes for patients. In some instances, our faculty physicians are paid by these commercial companies to provide advice on product design or to speak about the use of medications, devices, equipment or procedures. These payments may include: a) compensation for consulting and speaking engagements, b) equity, and/or c) royalties for products invented by our faculty. Any payments to Washington University physicians must be based on tangible services and may not exceed fair market value for their work. In addition to disclosure on this web site, physicians earning more than $10,000 per year must disclose their corporate financial relationship in writing to patients when prescribing or using that company's products.

Dr. Valerie S. Ratts reported the following earned financial interests during calendar year 2013. Move your mouse over a header for more info.
Royalties: When a faculty member invents or conceives a new or improved process or product, the company that manufactures the product will make royalty payments to the faculty member. Royalty payments usually are a small percentage of the company’s revenue related to that product.
Consulting &
Advisory Boards
Consulting and Advisory Boards: Faculty may be paid to provide expertise to a company by being their consultant, or by serving on an advisory board.
Speaker Fees
Speaker Fees: Companies may pay faculty to speak to professional audiences about their products.
Merck  $10,001-$25,000  
To learn more about Washington University's policies on collaborations with industry, click here.

Editorial Responsibilities

Ad Hoc Reviewer
Fertility and Sterility

Selected or Recent Journal Articles
Cooper AR, O'Neill KE, Allsworth JE, Jungheim ES, Odibo AO, Gray DL, Ratts VS, Moley KH, Odem RR. "Smaller fetal size in singletons after infertility therapies: the influence of technology and the underlying infertility." Fertil Steril. 2011 Nov;96(5):1100-6.

Jungheim ES, Macones GA, Odem RR, Patterson BW, Lanzendorf SE, Ratts VS, Moley KH. "Associations between free fatty acids, cumulus oocyte complex morphology and ovarian function during in vitro fertilization." Fertil Steril. 2011 May;95(6):1970-4.

Marquard KL, Stephens SM, Jungheim ES, Ratts VS, Odem RR, Lanzendorf S, Moley KH. "Polycystic ovary syndrome and maternal obesity affect oocyte size in in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection cycles." Fertil Steril. 2011 May;95(6):2146-9, 2149.e1.

Hagemann AR, Lanzendorf SE, Jungheim ES, Chang AS, Ratts VS, Odem RR. "A prospective, randomized, double-blinded study of assisted hatching in women younger than 38 years undergoing in vitro fertilization." Fertil Steril. 2010 Feb;93(2):586-91.

Jungheim ES, Lanzendorf SE, Odem RR, Moley KH, Chang AS, Ratts VS. "Morbid obesity is associated with lower clinical pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization in women with polycystic ovary syndrome." Fertil Steril. 2009 Jul;92(1):256-61.

Jungheim ES, Ratts VS, Chang AS, Moley KH, Lanzendorf SE, Odem RR. "Encouraging patient-driven single-embryo transfer." Fertil Steril. 2008 Oct;90(4):1266-8.

Ratts VS, Pauls RN, Pinto AB, Kraja A, Williams DB, Odem RR. "Risk of multiple gestation after ovulation induction in polycystic ovary syndrome." J Reprod Med. 2007 Oct;52(10): 896-900.

Lanzendorf SE, Ratts VS, Moley KH, Goldstein JS, Dahan MH, Odem RR. "A randomized, prospective study comparing laser-assisted hatching and assisted hatching using acidified medium." Fertil Steril. 2007 Jun;87(6):1450-7.

Hovsepian DM, Ratts VS, Rodriguez M, Huang JS, Aubuchon MG, Pilgram TK. "A prospective comparison of the impact of uterine artery embolization, myomectomy, and hysterectomy on ovarian function." J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2006 Jul;17(7):1111-5.

Goldstein JS, Ratts VS, Philpott T, Dahan MH. "Risk of surgery after use of potassium chloride for treatment of tubal heterotopic pregnancy." Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Feb;107(2 Pt 2):506-8.

Kim SY, Chang AS, Ratts VS. "Radiographic and hysteroscopic findings of a placental site nodule." Fertil Steril. 2005 Jan;83(1):213-5.

Chang AS, Siegel CL, Moley KH, Ratts VS, Odem RR. "Septate uterus with cervical duplication and longitudinal vaginal septum: a report of five new cases." Fertil Steril. 2004 Apr;81(4):1133-6.

Auyeung A, Klein ME, Ratts VS, Odem RR, Williams DB. "Fertility treatment in the forty and older woman." J Assist Reprod Genet. 2001 Dec;18(12):638-43.

Pinto AB, Ratts VS, Williams DB, Keller SL, Odem RR. "Reduction of ovarian torsion 1 week after embryo transfer in a patient with bilateral hyperstimulated ovaries." Fertil Steril. 2001 Aug;76(2):403-6.

Ratts VS, Tao XJ, Webster CB, Swanson PE, Smith SD, Brownbill P, Krajewski S, Reed JC, Tilly JL, Nelson DM. "Expression of BCL-2, BAX and BAK in the trophoblast layer of the term human placenta: a unique model of apoptosis within a syncytium." Placenta. 2000 May;21(4):361-6.

For more articles and abstracts, take this off-site link to the National Library of Medicine Pub Med page for Dr. Valerie S. Ratts

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