2018 Top Doctor: Shane T. Lipskind

Written by Editorial Staff Category: Profiles Issue: April 2018
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Fertility
Med School/Year Graduated: University of Arizona, 2006    
Years in Practice: 5

2018 Top Doctor: Shane T. Lipskind

How did you become interested in studying infertility and endocrinology?
My mom gets credit for putting it on my radar. I get to apply clinical medicine, surgery and laboratory science toward building families. I’m in awe of the process, and I’m honored to serve my patients in such a meaningful and deeply personal endeavor.
 
Are you seeing an increase in infertility or pregnancy complications in patients as women are waiting longer to have children?
Yes, it feels like we are in a constant race against age-related subfertility because every woman’s number and quality of eggs will decrease over time. Once women achieve a healthy ongoing pregnancy, however, they generally do quite well at any age.  

Pop culture has promoted the idea of women being proactive in their younger years at prolonging fertility, with concepts such as freezing eggs playing out in TV and the movies. Is there a common misconception you’re frustrated at seeing?
No, being proactive is ideal.  Women should talk to a reproductive specialist if they are thinking of waiting until their 30s or later to start their family. Freezing eggs while still fertile could be the difference between having children or not.  

Do you have children of your own? If so, how has your experience impacted your interactions with patients? If not, do you have plans laid out in case you experience infertility?
We are working on it! My wife and I are in our late 30s and have been dealing with the monthly ups and downs of hoping and waiting for our own miracle for over a year. We’re turning to IVF because we are ready, and we’re not getting any younger…
    
Many cultures have folkloric approaches to infertility. Is there one that you find particularly interesting or meaningful?
I can’t speak to folklore, but from a historical perspective, the idea that we would be able to combine sperm and eggs outside of the body to achieve the birth of a healthy living and breathing baby probably seemed pretty mythical until Louise Brown [the first person conceived by in vitro fertilization] was born in 1978.   

You went to medical school at the UofA. Any recommendations for fun things to do or eat on weekend trips to the Old Pueblo?
I loved hiking the Sabino and Ventana Canyon trails, brunch at Hacienda del Sol, live music and salsa dancing at El Charro, and the funkiness of Fourth Avenue.  

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be...”
A high school or graduate level teacher/professor. I get excited about exchanging knowledge and ideas. We need to fuel those young minds. They are the future of our society.