2022 Top Doctor: John Couvaras, M.D.

Editorial StaffMarch 3, 2022
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Photography by Steve Craft
Photography by Steve Craft

Fertility

Med School/Year Graduated: University of Texas at San Antonio, 1992

Years in Practice: 30

Have any of your patients ever named their baby after you for helping them conceive it?
I am honored and humbled to say, yes.
What are the biggest misconceptions about in vitro fertilization (IVF)?

That infertility is a disease and [that it’s] just a female issue. The male factor is on the rise and currently accounts for 30 to 40 percent of reasons why IVF is indicated. IVF is a tremendous tool, but it is still not a 100 percent guarantee to having a baby.

Under what circumstances would you recommend a woman freeze her eggs? 

I’ve not yet met a woman who regrets making this decision to freeze her younger eggs to allow for the potential to increase her reproductive choices later in life. Some of the reasons include career choices or [where] extended professional training are priorities; she hasn’t met her partner yet; a history of family cancer or recent diagnosis; or the couple is unsure if they even want children but recognize they may feel differently down the road.

Where do you see science taking the field of fertility in the coming decades? What’s a science-fiction scenario that intrigues you?

Artificial intelligence will dramatically shift best practices that are currently subjective. Ultimately, this will allow for the highest possible success for patients while reducing costs [and] treatment time and increasing success rates.

Will fertility specialists of the future work with geneticists? Do you think the fields will merge?

We are already working closely together… to identify genetic abnormalities.

What are your hobbies and interests outside medicine?

Cooking with my wife, Rhoda. Traveling and riding our e-bikes every weekend is something we enjoy with family and friends.

What are you watching on Netflix these days?

Ozark and Yellowstone.

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”

A doctor. I would not change this path for anything else!

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