Rashmi Kudesia is a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialist, currently practicing at CCRM Houston-Houston IVF, with affiliations to Houston Methodist and Memorial-Hermann health systems. After completing her Baccalaureate degree in Biology & Medicine magna cum laude from Brown University, Dr. Kudesia received her M.D. with honors from the Duke University School of Medicine, where she was selected into a clinical research training program co-sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Her residency training in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the New York Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center was followed by subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center, alongside a Masters’ of Science degree in Clinical Research Methods. She subsequently served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, as well as the Research Rotational Director for the REI fellowship, and Medical Director of the Brooklyn office of the Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York. During her time practicing in New York City, she was named a “New York Super Doctors Rising Star” in 2016 and 2017.
Dr. Kudesia’s path to a career in reproductive medicine started in her freshman year of college, when she developed a passion for not only the science of embryology, but also a curiosity for the social impact of technological innovations such as in vitro fertilization, which has radically re-conceptualized “reproduction”. During college and medical school, she worked to develop a multi-disciplinary framework, incorporating aspects of feminist, sociological and anthropological theory, to situate reproductive technologies in our society. As a Visiting Scholar, Dr. Kudesia’s primary study question will be “Expanding Reproductive Options for Women: Advancing Feminism or Entrenching Societal Norms of Motherhood?”. This work would investigate how the advent of egg freezing, the ongoing improvement of IVF success rates, and the expanded marketing and normalization of family-building among lesbian, gay and transgender individuals have changed societal expectations of fertility, and whether and how these changes have impacted women in the U.S. The expanding capitalistic nature of the fertility industry and its interaction with these trends would also be explored.
Dr. Kudesia is an active national leader in organized medicine, has presented her scientific research at national and international conferences, and has received multiple awards and grants for her work. She has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including in leading journals such as Fertility & Sterility and the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, as well as editing a theme issue on reproductive medicine for the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics. Her current areas of focus include improving in vitro fertilization cycle prognosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, LGBT fertility, and fertility awareness, counseling, and access to care. She actively promotes women’s health and wellness on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.