Dr. Elie L. Hobeika sees patients at these Fertility Centers of Illinois locations: Tinley Park and Lindenhurst

Dr. Elie L. Hobeika strives to deliver the highest level of compassionate, individualized, and evidence-based care to all of his patients. Dr. Hobeika is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and earned his medical degree at the Université Saint Joseph in Beirut before going on to complete his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital. He then completed a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His advanced research in the field of ovarian physiology and the use of stem cells in reproduction has familiarized him with the complex disorders in women with infertility. Moreover, Dr. Hobeika has been trained by world experts in the field of recurrent pregnancy loss and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), offering him clinical expertise in these areas. His research has been extensively published and presented in national meetings, and he has won several awards that recognize his accomplishments in research, teaching, and patient care during residency and fellowship. In addition to speaking English, Dr. Hobeika is also fluent in Français and عربى.

Q & A with Dr. Hobeika:

What do you like most about what you do?
I have always been in awe of the process of creation of life. Being able to accompany couples along their path to parenthood has been my most rewarding experience in medicine. It is a continuous drive for me to be there for those who haven’t been able to attain this goal yet.

In practice, what are you most proud of?
In our field, we practice at the forefront of medicine. I am proud to incorporate state of the art technologies and approaches with the goal of optimizing treatment outcomes for our patients. This is a continuous, never-ending process that seeks constant improvement in clinical and pregnancy outcomes. I am so proud to be a part of such an impactful, rapidly evolving field.

Why did you choose to work in the field of reproductive medicine?
Ever since my early years of medical school, I realized that my passion revolved around the gift of life. This was later reinforced during my reproductive endocrinology and infertility rotation as a resident in obstetrics and gynecology. The impact that we can have on patients’ lives is tremendous which reflects a feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment.

What do you consider your special areas of interest in reproductive medicine and why?
My research experience in the field of ovarian physiology and the role of stem cell therapy in reproduction has attracted my interest to women with PCOS and diminished ovarian reserve. These two groups are very challenging and little progress has been made to bring about significant changes in outcomes over the past few years. I hope that through my continuous collaborations with scientists and research groups, novel approaches will be available for women who are currently struggling with either of these diagnoses.

What is your approach to medicine?
Regardless of the advances in technology and the multiplicity of clinical parameters in our field, my approach to medicine involves considering the individual as a whole and individualizing care. I carefully assess the family building needs of individuals and couples, counsel them on the different approaches, and assist them in making the best choice for them.

Share something unique people don’t know about you.
I used to be a musician and a proficient piano player. I stopped my music classes when I started medical school, but I still play the piano occasionally… and hope to get back to it in the future!

What do you do for fun in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
I enjoy skiing, hiking, playing basketball, and trying new restaurants.

Languages
English, French, Arabic

Medical School
Doctor of Medicine, Université Saint Joseph, 2004-2011

Internship in General Surgery
Hotel Dieu de France University Hospital, 2011-2012

Residency
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital, 2012-2016

Fellowship
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, 2016-2019

Hospital Privileges
Advocate Condell Medical Center
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Northshore Evanston Hospital
Northshore Highland Park Hospital
Northwest Community Hospital

Awards and Accreditations
1st Prize Paper Award, Chicago Gynecological Society – 2019
First Prize Poster Award, American Society of Reproductive Medicine – 2019
Corporate Member In-council Training Grant, American Society of Reproductive Medicine – 2018
Travel Grant, The Scientific Advisory Board of Prelude Fertility – 2018
Outstanding Abstract Award, Endocrine Society – 2018
William Weinstein Research Award, Northwell Health at Staten Island University Hospital-2016
3rd Prize in Oral Presentation Contest, North Shore LIJ at Staten Island Institutional Research Day – 2015
Iffath Abbasi Hoskins, MD, Junior Fellow Research Day Oral Presentation Contest, ACOG District II Meeting – 2014
Resident Achievement Award, The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons – 2014
Excellence in Student Teaching Award, North Shore LIJ at Staten Island – 2013

Published Articles/Abstracts
Oocyte-Secreted Factors Synergize With FSH to Promote Aromatase Expression in Primary Human Cumulus Cells

Initial maternal serum human chorionic gonadotropin levels in pregnancies achieved after assisted reproductive technology are higher after preimplantation genetic screening and after frozen embryo transfer: a retrospective cohort.

Hobeika E*, Stocco C, Al-Hendy A, El Andaloussi A. Human Bone Marrow Mesebchymal Stem Cell Secretome Stimulates Proliferation and Steroidogenesis in Human Unluteinized Granulosa Cells. Oral presentation at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine annual meeting, October 2018

Hobeika E*,Armouti M, FierroMA, Winston NJ, ZamahMA, ScocciaB, and Stocco C. Gonadotropins and Oocyte Secreted Factors Coordinated Regulation of DDIT4 and CYR61 in Primary Human Cumulus Granulosa Cells. 1stprize poster presentation at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine annual meeting, October 2018

HobeikaE*, ConsidineRV, ActonAJ and GonzálezF. Paradoxical Inflammatory Responses Involving Lipopolysaccharide in Mononuclear Cells of Lean versus Obese Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are Linked to Hyperandrogenism. Oral presentation at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine annual meeting, October 2017

Hobeika E*, Convissar SM, Armouti M, FierroMA, Winston NJ, ZamahMA, ScocciaB, and StoccoC. Regulation of Anti-Mullerian Hormone by Oocyte Specific Growth Factors in Human Cumulus Granulosa Cells. Poster presentation at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine annual meeting, October 2017