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Valerie S. Ratts, MD

Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology

Specialty Areas

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Gynecology - Pediatric and Adolescent

Board Certifications

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Reproductive Endocrinology

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Missouri Baptist Medical Center
St. Louis Children's Hospital

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.

  • Maps & Directions
  • Education
  • Publication & Research

Maps & Directions

Maps & Directions

Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center

4444 Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108

Suite: Suite 3100
Office Phone: 314-286-2400
Fax: 314-286-2455

Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Building D

3023 N. Ballas Road
Fourth Floor, Suite 450
St. Louis, MO 63131

Office Phone: 314-286-2400
Fax: 314-286-2455

Education

Education

Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 1993
Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 1991
Medical Degree: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 1987
B.S.: Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 1983

Publication & Research

Publication & Research

Variability in the practice of fertility preservation for patients with cancer.
Reynolds KA, Grindler NM, Rhee JS, Cooper AR, Ratts VS, Carson KR, Jungheim ES
PLoS One. 2015; 10(5)e0127335. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127335.

PMID:
    26010087
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Antral follicle count is increased in obese women placed on oral contraceptive pills.
Parker AK, Grindler NM, Jungheim ES, Odem RR, Ratts VS, Cooper AR
J Reprod Med. 2015 Mar-Apr; 60(3-4)155-9.

PMID:
    25898479
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome in patients with autoimmune disorders: a report of two cases.
Kilpatrick CR, Ratts VS, Simckes E, McGill JB
J Reprod Med. 2014 Nov-Dec; 59(11-12)591-5.

PMID:
    25552133
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Sperm banking for fertility preservation: a 20-year experience.
Johnson MD, Cooper AR, Jungheim ES, Lanzendorf SE, Odem RR, Ratts VS
Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2013 Sep; 170(1)177-82. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2013.06.021.

PMID:
    23870186
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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A retrospective cross-sectional study: fresh cycle endometrial thickness is a sensitive predictor of inadequate endometrial thickness in frozen embryo transfer cycles.
Jimenez PT, Schon SB, Odem RR, Ratts VS, Jungheim ES
Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2013 May 10; 1135. doi: 10.1186/1477-7827-11-35.

PMID:
    23663223
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The auto-amputated adnexa: a review of findings in a pediatric population.
Focseneanu MA, Omurtag K, Ratts VS, Merritt DF
J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2013 Dec; 26(6)305-13. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2012.08.012.

PMID:
    23287601
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Smaller fetal size in singletons after infertility therapies: the influence of technology and the underlying infertility.
Cooper AR, O'Neill KE, Allsworth JE, Jungheim ES, Odibo AO, Gray DL, Ratts VS, Moley KH, Odem RR
Fertil Steril. 2011 Nov; 96(5)1100-6. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2011.08.038.

PMID:
    21944928
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Associations between free fatty acids, cumulus oocyte complex morphology and ovarian function during in vitro fertilization.
Jungheim ES, Macones GA, Odem RR, Patterson BW, Lanzendorf SE, Ratts VS, Moley KH
Fertil Steril. 2011 May; 95(6)1970-4. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2011.01.154.

PMID:
    21353671
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Polycystic ovary syndrome and maternal obesity affect oocyte size in in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection cycles.
Marquard KL, Stephens SM, Jungheim ES, Ratts VS, Odem RR, Lanzendorf S, Moley KH
Fertil Steril. 2011 May; 95(6)2146-9, 2149.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2010.10.026.

PMID:
    21071018
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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A prospective, randomized, double-blinded study of assisted hatching in women younger than 38 years undergoing in vitro fertilization.
Hagemann AR, Lanzendorf SE, Jungheim ES, Chang AS, Ratts VS, Odem RR
Fertil Steril. 2010 Feb; 93(2)586-91. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2009.01.116.

PMID:
    19268926
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Morbid obesity is associated with lower clinical pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
Jungheim ES, Lanzendorf SE, Odem RR, Moley KH, Chang AS, Ratts VS
Fertil Steril. 2009 Jul; 92(1)256-61. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2008.04.063.

PMID:
    18692801
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Encouraging patient-driven single-embryo transfer.
Jungheim ES, Ratts VS, Chang AS, Moley KH, Lanzendorf SE, Odem RR
Fertil Steril. 2008 Oct; 90(4)1266-8. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2007.10.062.

PMID:
    18249367
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Risk of multiple gestation after ovulation induction in polycystic ovary syndrome.
Ratts VS, Pauls RN, Pinto AB, Kraja A, Williams DB, Odem RR
J Reprod Med. 2007 Oct; 52(10)896-900.

PMID:
    17977162
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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A randomized, prospective study comparing laser-assisted hatching and assisted hatching using acidified medium.
Lanzendorf SE, Ratts VS, Moley KH, Goldstein JS, Dahan MH, Odem RR
Fertil Steril. 2007 Jun; 87(6)1450-7.

PMID:
    17207801
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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A prospective comparison of the impact of uterine artery embolization, myomectomy, and hysterectomy on ovarian function.
Hovsepian DM, Ratts VS, Rodriguez M, Huang JS, Aubuchon MG, Pilgram TK
J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2006 Jul; 17(7)1111-5.

PMID:
    16868163
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Risk of surgery after use of potassium chloride for treatment of tubal heterotopic pregnancy.
Goldstein JS, Ratts VS, Philpott T, Dahan MH
Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Feb; 107(2 Pt 2)506-8.

PMID:
    16449166
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Radiographic and hysteroscopic findings of a placental site nodule.
Kim SY, Chang AS, Ratts VS
Fertil Steril. 2005 Jan; 83(1)213-5.

PMID:
    15652913
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Septate uterus with cervical duplication and longitudinal vaginal septum: a report of five new cases.
Chang AS, Siegel CL, Moley KH, Ratts VS, Odem RR
Fertil Steril. 2004 Apr; 81(4)1133-6.

PMID:
    15066477
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Fertility treatment in the forty and older woman.
Auyeung A, Klein ME, Ratts VS, Odem RR, Williams DB
J Assist Reprod Genet. 2001 Dec; 18(12)638-43.

PMID:
    11808844
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Reduction of ovarian torsion 1 week after embryo transfer in a patient with bilateral hyperstimulated ovaries.
Pinto AB, Ratts VS, Williams DB, Keller SL, Odem RR
Fertil Steril. 2001 Aug; 76(2)403-6.

PMID:
    11476798
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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