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Jennifer Kawwass, MD ’07

Jennifer Kawwass, MD ’07

September 1, 2022 – The UVA Medical Alumni Association is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2022 MD Early Achievement Award: Jennifer Kawwass, MD ’07.

Kawwass is an associate professor, director of the Emory Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division, and medical director of the Emory Reproductive Center. A native of Virginia Beach, she is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Virginia Medical School. Kawwass moved to Atlanta in 2007 for residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University, during which time she was elected by faculty and peers as an administrative chief resident.

As a reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellow at Emory, Kawwass initiated a collaboration with the Assisted Reproductive Technology Team at the CDC, where she remains a guest researcher. During her tenure as the medical director of the Emory Reproductive Center, in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes have been consistently above the national average, IVF volume has steadily increased, and patient satisfaction has remained high.

Kawwass is actively involved in the field of reproductive medicine on a national level. She served as a clinical director of the Executive Council of the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and is currently serving as a member of the SART Research and Registry Committees. She is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Ethics Committee and the COVID-19 Task Force, as well as the academic director at large of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI).

Kawwass has published over 70 peer-reviewed publications, the majority of which are as first or final author. A few of her recent contributions to the literature include publications in Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fertility and Sterility, and JAMA. She is also an author of several Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report MMWR CDC publications regarding the Zika virus in reproductive-aged individuals and male positive HIV discordant couples desiring conception. Her publications have received national press. She is among a handful of physicians chosen nationally by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine to participate in the CREST Scholars Program.

Congratulations to Dr. Kawwass on this well-deserved recognition.