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Banks, Nicole, MD

Specialty

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Locations

Stony Point 9109
9109 Stony Point Drive
Richmond, VA 23235

Department

OB/GYN

Education

Medical School

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Residency

OB-GYN, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Residency

Genetics, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Fellowship

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Biography

How reproductive endocrinology can ‘change the course of a person’s life’

There are few challenges in medicine more rewarding than helping a couple with infertility issues conceive and build a family. That is the driving force behind the work of Dr. Nicole Banks, an acclaimed reproductive endocrinologist whose work at VCU Health is advancing an already innovative field.

“The first IVF (in vitro fertilization) baby was just born in 1978 and we have already come such a long way since then,” says Dr. Banks, alluding particularly to the rapid evolution of technologies that have improved success rates and decreased treatment risks. A lifelong learner, Dr. Banks is well-suited to such a rapidly evolving field and to the emotional impact it has for patients. “I feel very lucky to play a part in building families for couples suffering from infertility. There are few things that can change the course of a person’s life in quite the same way.”

Dr. Banks’ specialty in treating infertility gets the lion’s share of attention, but infertility is only one dimension in what she calls the “fascinating field” of reproductive endocrinology. Other areas in which she provides expert treatment include fertility preservation (either elective or medically necessary), recurrent pregnancy loss, family building for same-sex couples and helping counsel couples at risk of passing on a genetic disease. Much of her work helps women address reproductive system disorders that are independent of fertility challenges, like uterine anomalies or hormonal imbalances — and that’s one reason she’s proud of her role at VCU Health: “Many infertility clinics focus solely on treating infertility, but as an academic institution, we are able to see patients with reproductive endocrine conditions even when the goal is not family building, but disease treatment and management,” she says. “Treating the whole person and improving their life is incredibly rewarding.”

Outside of the clinic, the Dale City native enjoys spending time with family and friends, hosting family gatherings, cooking and cake decorating.

Research interests

Dr. Banks’ primary research interest focuses on sex chromosome aneuploidy, a common group of chromosome disorders characterized by the loss or gain of one or more sex chromosomes. She is also interested in general research into best practices for treatment of infertility. She has received numerous awards and research support, including the Gold Humanism Honor Society, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility resident award, ASRM Corporate Member Council In-training Travel Award, and prestigious U01 Grant funding from the NIH for her collaborative research in sex chromosome aneuploidy. Her work has been featured in numerous peer-reviewed publications and presented at national meetings. She is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. 

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9109 Stony Point Drive
Richmond, VA 23235

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