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Fertility Doctor of the Month: Kenneth K. Moghadam, MD
Kenneth K. Moghadam, MD. Austin Fertility Institute
Dr. Kenneth K. Moghadam is the Founder and Medical Director of the Austin Fertility Institute in Austin, Texas. He launched the single-doctor practice three years ago, five years into his career. He believes the hallmarks of the Austin Fertility Institute are one-on-one physician care, excellent access to patient information and physician and nursing availability. “It’s a cliché that there’s a family or personal atmosphere at a practice, but I think that’s really what we try to cultivate.” FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize Dr. Moghadam as Doctor of the Month.
A Doctor-Patient Partnership
Dr. Moghadam’s approach to patient care is collaborative. While he always recommends a medical plan for his patients, he works in partnership with them. He recognizes that there is often more than one option when it comes to fertility treatment. He also recognizes that fertility patients are savvy, and often bring good information to the table based on research they’ve done or questions they’ve asked. “We really try to make sure they’re being heard, and if they want to, they are involved in their own decision making process,” he says.
Advances in Fertility Care
With the advances in IVF – from vitrification to improved culture mediums to genetic testing, physicians are able to give patients more information than they’ve ever been able to give them before. “I think the accuracy of that information is improving by leaps and bounds and we’re getting to the point now where we actually have more clear pathways on how to apply that information to their care,” he says.
Moghadam believes, as do many of his colleagues, that there will be a trend to doing fewer fresh IVF cycles and more frozen cycles, with equally high success rates. He also believes that he will be doing more genetic testing, particularly if it becomes more cost effective. “And I think we’ll be able to accentuate success rates in historically poor prognosis patients: women who have recurrent miscarriage; women over 35 or 40,” he says. But, he adds, “You still have to be cautious who you implement it in.” He is a proponent of applying the technology on a case-by-case basis, rather than in a brush-stroke manner.
When asked if there’s an area that he’s particularly interested in, he names PCOS. While PCOS is generally an organic disorder, there are some patients who are in a PCOS-like state due to obesity, he explains. A practice he formerly worked in had a PCOS fitness and nutrition program that consisted of weekly exercise, working with a nutritionist, lectures by cardiovascular nurse on PCOS-related metabolic illnesses beyond your reproductive years and a psychologist who talked about stress and emotional overeating. He’s interested, 5 to 10 years down the road, in helping patients with this disorder have a healthier lifestyle beyond their reproductive years.
Outside of his clinical practice, Moghadam is proud to be involved with The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). The society is evolving, Moghadam says, and its goal is to be the number one resource on reproductive health - not just fertility - for patients, clinicians, and scientists alike. He is a member of the New Initiatives Advisory Group and the Fund Development Committee and attended the last Strategic Planning Retreat. In addition, he was Chair of First Annual ASRM Run for Reproductive Health 5K in 2010. He proposed the run at the Strategic Planning Retreat, envisioning it as something fun that would add value to the Annual Meeting, and it’s now in its third year.
For the married father of four sons, it seems there aren't enough hours in the day. But Moghadam takes it in stride, even conducting this interview on the way into the center to see patients early on a Saturday morning.
FertilityAuthority congratulates Dr. Moghadam on being recognized as Doctor of the Month.