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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
314-286-2400
Fax:   314-286-2455
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Infertility and Reproductive Medicine Center
4444 Forest Park Avenue, Suite 3100
St. Louis, MO  63108
314-286-2400
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, 2002-2014 (Best Doctors, Inc.)

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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