Shady Grove Fertility (SGF) Maintains Highest Standards in Laboratory Accreditation Established by the Joint Commission

SGF, home to the largest freestanding in vitro fertilization (IVF) lab in North America at its headquarters location in Rockville, MD, along with eight other world-class laboratories, continues to meet and exceed quality standards when it comes to patient care and operations, evidenced by their recent re-accreditation by the Joint Commission.

At a time when more and more people are turning to assisted reproductive technologies (ART) to start or grow their families, the importance of choosing a fertility center that maintains the highest quality, safety, and security standards cannot be understated.

The Joint Commission Lab Accreditation mirrors SGF’s commitment to excellence, professionalism, and quality, which is the core of the practice—a practice with more than 85,000 babies born. The Accreditation symbolizes a culture of excellence evidenced by a continued investment in the latest technology to improve clinical outcomes and a continued drive for innovation.

SGF’s nine embryology, andrology and endocrine labs in Rockville, MD; Towson, MD; Chesterbrook, PA; Fairfax, VA; Richmond, VA; Atlanta, GA; Tampa, FL; New York, NY (opening this Fall); and Santiago, Chile are all equipped with the very latest technology to give patients every advantage on their journey to parenthood. The SGF labs operate under the distinct leadership of nationally and internationally known Michael J. Tucker, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Director of SGF’s IVF and Embryology Laboratories.

“The labs at SGF have reached national and international distinction for offering highly sophisticated laboratory procedures. One of the most important aspects of well-run laboratories is quality control, and at SGF we demonstrate exceptional performance when it comes to this. Our protocols ensure the upmost quality with virtually zero margin for error,” remarks Dr. Tucker.

SGF has redundant safeguards and quality control protocols in place at every step of the IVF process. With heated work stations that simulate the in vivo (Latin for “within the living”) environment, to anti-vibration tables that prevent harm to specimens should the table be disturbed, “SGF never compromises when it comes to maintaining the highest quality and safety standards,” adds Tucker.

“I would like to congratulate our stellar embryology and clinical staff on this achievement. The fact that these reviews are routinely favorable is a testament to the hard work and focus on patient outcomes and safety that make our practice such a special place,” said Eric A. Widra, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, who sees patients in SGF’s K Street and Sibley Campus, Washington, D.C. locations.

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization whose accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting or exceeding certain performance standards.


“The outstanding training processes put in place by SGF lab supervisors is reflected in our patients’ positive outcomes, as we attribute our remarkable success rates to both the technology and the talented team of laboratory specialists who run them,” remarks Desireé McCarthy-Keith, M.D., M.P.H., SGF Atlanta Medical Director, who sees patients in SGF’s Alpharetta and Atlanta-Northside, GA, locations.

The dedicated professionals who work within SGF’s labs partner with SGF clinicians in the completion of over 14,000 initiated in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles (based on preliminary 2017 data), and a near equal number of ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycles annually.

“This achievement and the relentless focus it represents is impressive. I think at times we take this standard of quality for granted, but our outstanding andrology, endocrine, and embryology labs are the foundation of our practice,” remarks Eugene Katz, M.D., Medical Director, SGF Laboratory, Towson, MD, who also sees patients in SGF’s Towson, MD, location.

To schedule an appointment with an SGF reproductive endocrinologist, please call the SGF New Patient Center at 1-888-761-1967 or submit this brief form.

About Shady Grove Fertility (SGF) 
SGF is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence with more than 85,000 babies born and counting. With 36 locations throughout FL, GA, MD, NY, PA, VA, D.C., and Santiago, Chile, we offer patients individualized care, accept most insurance plans, and make treatment affordable through innovative financial options, including treatment guarantees. More physicians refer their patients to SGF than any other center. Call 1-888-761-1967 or visit

Shady Grove Fertility Laboratory

The Joint Commission Lab Accreditation mirrors SGF’s commitment to excellence, professionalism, and quality, which is the core of the practice—a practice with more than 85,000 babies born.