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Physician Spotlight: Dr. Rafat A. Abbasi

Spend a little time with Dr. Rafat Abbasi and you’ll understand why patients love her and why her peers have repeatedly voted her one of Washingtonian magazine’s Top Doctors.

She brings a unique combination of compassion, empathy and an experienced, analytical approach to patient care. Dr. Abbasi specializes in the most challenging infertility cases. She loves being the one to help patients find success after multiple unsuccessful attempts at getting pregnant.

Dr. Abbasi earned her medical degree at the Liaquat University of Health Sciences in Pakistan, completed her residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Towson, MD, and completed her fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital and the pregnancy research branch at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Abbasi has served on active duty in the U.S. Army at Fort Belvoir, VA, and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX.

She is currently a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital.

Get to know Dr. Abbasi better in our latest Physician Spotlight Q&A …

How long have you been with Columbia Fertility Associates?
Since 2005.

What are your areas of specialty?
Reproductive Immunology, recurrent implantation failure and repeat pregnancy loss, third-party reproduction and fertility reservation.

What are the most important things you want to share with patients the first time you meet them?
How I admire their strength and resilience in the face of the odds they have to overcome. And how I will try my best to help them although we may not always be successful.

What do you find most fulfilling about your work?
When patients that have complex issues with repeat failures get pregnant.

Can you describe an example of a patient you’ve helped that represented a really special case for you?
Absolutely. The patient who has tried multiple attempts (including at other clinics) who finally gets pregnant because I tweaked their protocols. I treat patient individually with different protocols.

What makes Columbia Fertility Associates stand out among other fertility clinics?
We listen to the patient.

What is something unique about you outside of work? Or what do you most enjoy doing in your personal time?
Travel, read murder mysteries and spend time with my granddaughters.