New Doctor Q&A: Shruthi Mahalingaiah, MD
Irene Dimitriadis, MD, recently finished her fellowship training in the Fertility Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. During her fellowship, Dr. Dimitriadis conducted research examining how certain chemicals affect fertility and reproductive health. She also participated in the EARTH Study.
The Fertility Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Dimitriadis back to our team.
Q: Where did you complete your training?
A: I completed my residency in obstetrics and gynecology across town at Tufts Medical Center and my fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility here at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Q: How did you choose fertility as your specialty?
A: I have always been fascinated by the endocrinology of the reproductive system. That, along with the opportunity to foster a significant emotional bond with my patients through one of the most important transitions of their lives, made it inevitable that I would fall in love with this field.
Q: What are your areas of clinical interest and specialty?
A: I am passionate about all aspects of the diagnosis and management of reproductive health issues. I am committed to providing an evidence-based and personalized approach to fertility treatment. My team and I will make every effort to help each patient understand all the available options for their specific situation and family-building goals, whether this is through optimizing natural conception or using assisted reproductive technologies. It is a privilege to be a part of my patients’ reproductive care, from their counseling sessions to their surgical procedures and medical treatments.
In my research, I am interested in understanding how environmental factors can affect the reproductive system. In addition, I love teaching our medical students, residents and fellows and believe it is imperative in moving the field forward.
Q: What is your care philosophy?
A: I believe in a team-based approach to patient care—and the patient is a critical member of this team. It is essential to me that care is individualized for each patient in order to help them meet their goals.
Q: What do you wish your patients knew before coming to see you?
A: Building the family you have imagined may not have gone as planned, but my team and I will be by your side every step of the way. Every family has their own story, and we are thankful that you have chosen us at Mass General to be a part of yours.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the opportunity it gives me to foster a trusting relationship with my patients and support them through the unexpected, and sometimes overwhelming, challenges of this journey. Yes, I love the medicine behind it all, but the connection I have with each patient that sits in my office—that, I wouldn’t change for the world.
Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: I love to spend my free time hosting family and friends, which gives me the opportunity to tap into my creative side by cooking various cuisines.
About the Fertility Center at Mass General
The Mass General Fertility Center provides expert care using innovative technologies tailored to each patient's individual needs. We offer a wide range of infertility treatments, with appointments available at our main campus in Boston, in Danvers and Waltham and at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.