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Conditions We Treat: Endometriosis

Endometriosis can lead to infertility by causing scar tissue formation in or around the fallopian tubes or cysts in the ovaries that can harm egg quality, making it more difficult to conceive. 

Endometriosis | Q&A with Dr. Patzkowsky

Dr. Kristin Patzkowsky, a minimally invasive surgeon from the department of Gynecology and Obstetrics answers your common questions asked about endometriosis.

Endometriosis Treatment: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

  • When you receive care at the Johns Hopkins Fertility Center, you may also be treated by specialists at the Johns Hopkins Endometriosis Center. The experts at the Endometriosis Center use extensive research and continued advancements in technology to find cutting-edge solutions to endometriosis care, including minimally invasive and robotic surgery techniques to remove endometrial lesions while maintaining fertility.
  • Our fertility specialists will draw on their extensive experience with endometriosis management and fertility treatment to develop a tailored treatment program to help you achieve pregnancy.

Endometriosis Treatment: What to Expect

At your initial consultation, you will meet with a fertility specialist and discuss your personal health history, experience attempting to conceive and goals for fertility treatment. We will perform diagnostic tests to determine the extent that endometriosis is impacting your fertility — and rule out other potential causes.

Depending on the severity of your endometriosis and symptoms, we may recommend surgery before beginning fertility treatments. We will work closely with the highly experienced surgical team at the Endometriosis Center to determine the best course of action for managing your endometriosis while maintaining your fertility goals.

When the condition has been properly managed and you are ready to begin your fertility treatment, your team at the Fertility Center will review the treatment options available to you and begin the process of infertility treatment.

Our Team of Endometriosis and Fertility Specialists

Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help you manage endometriosis and your fertility.

Fertility Experts

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Baker, Valerie Lynn, M.D.

Professor (PAR) of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
TeLinde-Wallach Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
 
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Christianson, Mindy Sue, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Fertility Center
Director, Third Party Reproduction
Director, Fertility Preservation
Director, IVF Program Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
 
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Cross, Chantel Ianthe, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Associate Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowships
Director, Patient Education
 
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Garcia, Jairo E, M.D.

Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Practice Director
Active Staff, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Courtesy Staff, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Advisory Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine International
 
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Zacur, Howard A, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowships
 

Endometriosis Center Experts

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Patzkowsky, Kristin E., M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Assistant Program Director, GYN/OB Residency Program, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Associate Fellowship Director, AAGL Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
 
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Simpson, Khara Michelle, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
 
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Wang, Karen Chiu, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Fellowship Director, AAGL Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
 
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