New Doctor Q&A: Irene Dimitriadis, MD
Shruthi Mahalingaiah, MD, MS, was previously a resident in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. After training, Dr. Mahalingaiah spent eight years as a researcher, physician and educator at the Boston University School of Medicine and is now returning to Mass General to join our team of fertility specialists.
The Fertility Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Mahalingaiah to our team.
Q: Where did you complete your training?
A: I attended Harvard Medical School, then did my residency in the Brigham and Women's/Mass General Hospital Combined Residency Program in OB/GYN here in Boston. After residency, I continued my training at Brigham and Women's Hospital with a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
I also completed a master's degree in epidemiology, specializing in reproductive epidemiology, at Boston University School of Public Health.
Q: How did you choose fertility as your specialty?
A: Helping individuals and couples complete their families is extremely gratifying for me. There is no joy greater than having a baby and growing a family. There are many strains on individuals and couples today who are attempting conception, and I’m grateful to be able to help them.
Q: What are your areas of clinical interest and specialty?
A: My work is focused on ovulation disorders, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, and infertility.
My research focuses on the impact of environmental factors on reproductive health in women throughout their lives. I am currently investigating how ovulation disorders and infertility might be used as markers of long-term health risks such as diabetes, obesity, abnormal cholesterol profiles and cardiovascular disease. I hope that by doing this, I can better understand how reproductive health is related to a person’s environment in order to ultimately reduce risk and improve health for all people across their lives.
Q: What is your care philosophy?
A: My care philosophy is to partner with my patients and educate them on the infertility treatment process, including the diagnostic testing, diagnosis and treatment options, so they can choose the best options for them.
My goal is to partner with the entire care team—including all members of the Fertility Center at Mass General, from the phlebotomist and front desk staff, to the medical assistants and nurses—to provide seamless care for my patients.
Q: What do you wish your patients knew before coming to see you?
A: The process of seeking reproductive care can be hard. My team and I are here to help.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love engaging with my patients to make a difference in their lives. I know my patients will have to face difficult diagnoses and difficult decisions related to their care, but the part I like is giving them the information they need to make those choices.
Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: I enjoy outdoor activities with friends and family.
Dr. Mahalingaiah is available now for appointments on our Boston main campus location.
Contact us to make an appointment.
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.