Dr. Feinberg is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI). Dr. Feinberg serves as the Medical Director for FCI’s Center for Fertility Preservation. Dr. Feinberg completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University and went on to complete a three-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Feinberg is an editor for Fertility and Sterility. She sits on the Practice Committee of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, and is on the Membership Committee for the Society for Reproductive Endocrinologists and Infertility Specialists. She has received numerous patient care and research awards for excellence in her work. Dr. Feinberg is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine at The University of Chicago and has lectured on topics such as egg quality, fertility for cancer survivors, and endometriosis.
Dr. Feinberg has published over a dozen research papers in peer-reviewed journals, has written book chapters and is a frequent media resource on the topics of infertility and fertility preservation.
Absolutely wonderful as an individual, and very mindful, professional, responsive, and empathetic as a doctor. Dr. Feinberg also makes you feel like you are the only patient she has. -J.Y.
Q & A with Dr. Feinberg:
What is your approach to medicine?
I am a detective. I look for clues, I search for answers, and I stop at nothing.
What do you like most about what you do?
I have always had a deep desire to help other people and have always craved intellectual challenge. Becoming a reproductive endocrinologist was the ideal combination of science and humanity. I’ve never regretted the decision to pursue this area of medicine. I love being able to help others in such a fundamental way and it is a privilege that people put their trust in me.
In practice what are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the patients who persevere and ultimately achieve their dreams of becoming parents. Fertility treatments can be an extremely challenging path and one that brings the core element of a person’s being to the surface. I am inspired by the women (and men) who endure treatments with grace and strength.
Why did you choose to work in the field of reproductive medicine?
It is a responsibility that I take seriously and I dedicate much of my life to my practice. I also love the humanistic aspect of reproductive medicine. You need to be able to combine very technical and difficult science with a large element of caring for others on a deeply personal element. It’s not about numbers, statistics, or graphs. It is about connecting with another person and using your knowledge and expertise to really help them.
What do you consider your special areas of interest in reproductive medicine and why?
I have always been interested in the concept of fertility preservation. Perhaps because I was unable to consider having a child before the age of 30 due to my medical training; I had always thought it would be fantastic to capture one’s fertility potential at a younger age and utilize this later on. The application of fertility preservation for cancer patients as well as single and professional women is an exciting area of reproductive medicine.
Share something unique that most people don’t know about you.
I spent 6 weeks on a bicycle with a backpack and cycled 1,000 miles through Europe when I was 21.
What do you do for fun in your spare time?
I like spending time with my husband and our three kids. Nothing beats that, and it makes me appreciate what I am trying to help others accomplish. I am also a runner and really enjoy the clarity that running brings to other areas of my life.
Doctor of Medicine: Rush Medical College, 1996-2000
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University, 2000-2004
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, National Institutes of Health, 2004-2007
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Evanston Hospital (NorthShore)
Glenbrook Hospital (NorthShore)
Highland Park Hospital (NorthShore)
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Skokie Hospital (NorthShore)
St. Alexius Medical Center
Patients’ Choice Award — 2008-2012
Best Doctors Award —2009-2012
Bailey K. Ashford Award in Clinical Research
Finalist, Most Outstanding Female Surgical Resident,
Association of Women Surgeons —2004
Ralph Reis Resident Research Award — 2004
President, McGaw Resident and Fellow Forum — 2004
Goldberg Family Trust Award — 2003
Top Performance on CREOG Examination — 2003
First Place Winner, TAP Pharmaceutical Debate — 2002
Teaching Fellow, Rush Medical College Dean’s Office — 1999
Phi Sigma National Biological Sciences Honor Society — 1996
Dean’s List, Emory University — 1992 – 1996