Born in Nigeria where she spent some of her formative years, Dr. Ekpo witnessed the alienation and harsh treatment of infertile women – a reality for thousands of women in a society where the inability to have a child makes one “less of a woman”. She graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering with highest honors and from the University of Michigan with a degree in medicine.
As a medical student, Dr. Ekpo spent 2 months in Accra, Ghana conducting research on prevention of HIV transmission from infected pregnant women to their infants. This experience sparked her interest in women’s health and she went on to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN), training at Northwestern Memorial/Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago. Still, her early exposure to the social constructs of infertility fueled her decision to pursue a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
We live in a world that may take fertility for granted. Conversations flow freely about baby showers, nannies and kids after‐school activities; but very few talk about the heartache and disappointment that can be associated with the challenges to conceive and start a family. Dr. Geraldine Ekpo, a reproductive endocrinology and fertility specialist at Laurel Fertility Care in San Francisco, is passionate about changing the conversation and increasing awareness of infertility, especially in minority communities.
Her passion is undeniably raising awareness and improving access to fertility treatment options. During her fellowship at UCSF, Dr. Ekpo was awarded a grant to intern at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Switzerland, where she co‐authored a bulletin on the global estimates of infertility and lack of access to treatment. As a result of this, she was honored to speak at a symposium on “How to Facilitate Access to Reproductive Care Worldwide” at the 2015 American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Scientific Meeting.
Believing in the common vision to provide patient‐focused and personalized care to optimize outcomes, Dr. Ekpo joined Laurel Fertility Care in September 2015. At Laurel Fertility Care, patients are offered a variety of treatments options to help in creating families including ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, and use of donor oocytes and surrogates. Structural factors such as uterine fibroids and endometriosis, which may reduce the chance to conceive, can also be treated. The physicians at Laurel Fertility Care work with male fertility specialists to assist men without sperm in their ejaculate to identify and possibly freeze sperm. For patients wanting to preserve their fertility, Dr. Ekpo and other providers at Laurel Fertility offer egg and embryo freezing.
Dr. Ekpo is also a clinical instructor at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where she teaches UCSF OB/GYN residents. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is an elected member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society, an organization that recognizes excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine.