Dr. Juan P. Alvarez sees patients at these Fertility Centers of Illinois locations: Chicago/River North and Tinley Park

Dr. Juan P. Alvarez is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and completed his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Alvarez completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine and received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. A native of Colombia and fluent in Spanish, Dr. Alvarez feels a special connection to Latino/Hispanic patients. He is committed to helping, treating, and advocating for the reproductive health of the LGBTQ community with a specific interest in egg donation, sperm donation, and surrogacy. Dr. Alvarez’s published research has centered around topics such as PCOS, miscarriage, the impact obesity has on egg quality, ovarian function, and fertility potential.

Q & A with Dr. Alvarez:

What do you like most about what you do?
I love seeing all the success stories of my patients and knowing that I have impacted their lives in such a positive way.

In practice, what are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of being able to connect to my patients on a deeper level to understand the challenges, struggles and emotions that it takes to go through fertility treatment.

Why did you choose to work in the field of reproductive medicine?
My career path to becoming an REI started at Fertility Centers of Illinois as a medical student. I was fortunate enough to rotate through the FCI clinic and witness firsthand the remarkable impact that REI doctors have on patient’s lives as well as the outstanding medical advances that are made everyday in our field. I knew from this experience I wanted to be part of that.

What do you consider your special areas of interest in reproductive medicine and why?
There are reproductive medicine topics that I am passionate about. As a member of the LGBTQ community, I want to help, treat, and advocate for the reproductive health of the LGBTQ with a specific interest in egg donation, sperm donation and surrogacy. Also, as a minority, I take joy in taking care of Latino/Hispanic patients. As a native of Colombia, I am fluent in Spanish and I can relate to Latino patients on a personal level. Lastly, as a continuation of my research, I am also interested in the impact of obesity on fertility.

What is your approach to medicine?
I always strive to provide evidence-based medicine to all my patients, but also understand that there are subtle differences between patients and not everyone falls into a statistic. I use this individual approach to help me mold, guide, and construct treatment options for each one of my patients.

Share something unique people don’t know about you.
My grandfather was a very famous baseball commentator and news radio personality in Colombia.

What do you do for fun in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
Biking, Crossfit, binge watching a good series on TV, and trying new restaurants.

Medical School
Doctor of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, 2007-2010

Internship & Residency
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine, 2010-2014

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2014-2017

Hospital Privileges
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Advocate Christ Medical Center

Awards & Accreditations
Published research articles and book chapter
Pacific Coast Reproductive Society 64th Annual Meeting Traveling Scholarship – 2016
Vivere Scientific American Society for Reproductive Medicine Travel Grant – 2015
American Society for Reproductive Medicine Resident Reporter Award – 2013
North American Menopause Society/Pfizer Medical Resident & Fellow Reporter award – 2012
Outstanding Clinical Service in Gynecologic Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine – 2012
American Cancer Society Summer Research Grant – 2004

 Episode 12: LGBTQ Family Formation Options

December 11, 2017 | Dr. Juan Alvarez discusses surrogacy, egg and sperm donation, and fertility treatment options for hopeful LGBTQ parents.