03 Aug Dr. Colleen McNally Joins Fertility Specialists Medical Group in San Diego
FSMG (Fertility Specialists Medical Group) is delighted to announce that Dr. Colleen McNally has joined our female led, physician team, in Southern California.
Dr. McNally brings her expertise and advanced skills to the leading fertility clinic in Southern California. Dr. McNally will partner with Dr. Arlene Morales and Dr. Wendy Shelly to bring personalized, patient-centered care for all patients.
This week, we sat down with Dr. Colleen McNally for an exclusive one-on-one interview.
What Inspired You to Become a Board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist?
During my 3rd year of medical school, I rotated through the OB GYN department and literally fell in love with OB GYN: I found it invigorating to provide care for women through the life span and I was attracted to the opportunity to form long term relationships with patients. I feel OB GYN encompasses many specialties in medicine: surgery, obstetrics, endocrinology, infectious disease, and psychiatry. From the beginning, caring for women became and still is my passion.
Can You Explain What is Involved with both Obstetrics and Gynecology?
Obstetrics involves providing care for pregnant patients from preconception, through pregnancy and delivery and post-partum. The gynecologic aspect of our specialty involves well woman care, screening and treatment for cancer and hormone disorders, family planning, fertility, PMS, and menopause. We provide both non-surgical and surgical options for heavy or irregular bleeding, and abnormalities of the vulva, vagina, uterus, and ovaries. Some OB GYNs specialize in specific fields: Reproductive endocrinology and infertility, cancer, high risk OB, urologic and pelvic support disorders, family planning. pediatric gynecology and family planning.
What Did You Learn from Your Time at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns?
As Chief Medical Officer, in addition to my private practice in OB GYN, I was able to focus on patient outcomes, quality and safety, satisfaction and best practices for all the providers at SMBHWN. Prior to my role as CMO, I chaired the Ethics committee and this role taught me valuable skills in communication and mediation. I established a team to meet both the patient and provider needs within an ethical framework that focused on support and mediation. It was my privilege to pass the torch as Sharp Ethics chairperson over 15 years ago to Dr. Morales. She has expanded the role of the Ethics team and they are a vital consultation service for Sharp Memorial. I have used my position and specialty to be a voice for health care parity, access, and insurance coverage for women. I have lobbied on behalf of women’s health on both the state and federal levels.
What Motivated You to Work with the team at FSMG?
After 30 plus years of obstetrics, I was looking for opportunities in my field that would allow me to use my clinical skills and continue to care for patients without having to be up all night! I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Morales and Dr. Shelly for decades and we share the same values regarding patient care and support and evidenced based medicine. It is a fantastic opportunity to join such a remarkable team that couples individualized care with state-of-the-art fertility treatments to help create families. I have admired Dr. Morales and Dr. Shelly and been grateful for the care they provided my patients over the years. To join them and assist them in practice is a dream come true!
What is the Best Part of Your Job and the Most Challenging Part of Your Job?
I love our patients and staff! Reproductive endocrinology and fertility are fast moving fields and I enjoy the intellectual stimulation coupled with patient care. In all fields of medicine, the most challenging aspect is when we do not achieve the outcomes our patients hope to see. I care about my patients and the challenges they face.
In Your Opinion, What Are Some of The Biggest Changes to the World of IVF in Your 30+ Year Career?
In the last several decades there have been tremendous advancements in genetic testing for patients and embryos, cryobanking of embryos and oocytes, increased success rates for IVF. It has been very exciting to see increased access for ALL persons and families for fertility treatment.
What Do You Do in Your Free Time Outside of FSMG?
I love to travel, exercise, and hike. Between two book clubs, and spending time with friends and family, I keep very busy!
Where Do You See Reproductive Medicine being in 10 years?
In addition to continued advancements in IVF and other fertility treatments, I look forward to more access and reduced costs and better insurance coverage for all persons to be able to use fertility treatments to build families. I am excited to think that research may find a way to preserve female fertility as we age, especially as we delay pregnancy to achieve other goals in our lives.