Metro Women's Leadership Summit

Shefali Mavani Shastri, MD

Shefali Mavani Shastri, MD

Shefali Mavani Shastri, MD was initially inspired to pursue a career in women's health and reproductive medicine by her mother, who practiced as an OBGYN for over 30 years. Ultimately it was the cutting edge science and technology coupled with the powerful physician-patient relationship that compelled her to pursue a career in Reproductive Endocrine and Infertility.

Dr. Shastri is a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, as well as Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She joined RMANJ in 2009 and leads the Somerset and Springfield offices. Dr. Shastri holds a Masters in Physiology from Georgetown University and earned her medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She completed both her residency and fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists and member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Dr. Shastri has been recognized with numerous awards for teaching and mentorship, including the "Volunteer Faculty and Mentoring Award" from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson, "In Recognition of Excellence in Teaching" Award from Saint Peter's University Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program, "Chair's Excellence in Teaching" Award from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. During her medical training, She was awarded the "Outstanding House Staff Award" by the Cornell Alumni Association for excellence in clinical care and surgical expertise and "the Berlex Best Teaching Resident" Award by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NY Presbyterian Hospital. She was most recently named to New Jersey Monthly Magazine Top Docs and the Castle Connolly Top Doctors List. Dr. Shastri is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and abstracts.

She has extensive experience in the field of in vitro fertilization and has a particular interest and expertise in genetic disorders, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, diminished ovarian reserve, fertility preservation and egg freezing.

Dr. Shastri is blessed to be a mother of three boys and appreciates how powerful an individual's innate desire to start or complete their family can be.

"Through my own experience of pursuing my career before starting my own family, I understand the challenges of trying to get pregnant and empathize with what my patients go through to realize their dream of becoming parents. It's a privilege to be part of a patient's journey to parenthood and I find it truly humbling to be able to help a couple at such a significant time in their lives."

Dr. Shastri is passionate about women's health and is a strong advocate for women to take control of their reproductive health and be proactive about when and how they grow their families. She understands that times have changed and women are planning to start their families at varying time frames. Fortunately, medical technology and the opportunities for women to preserve their fertility through treatments such as egg freezing have also advanced. She believes in empowering women to make the right family planning decisions for them and expanding the opportunities available to help develop a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Breakout Session

December 31, 6:00pm-6:00pm
The Impact of Infertility on Employers and Their Workforce
With the US unemployment rate at record lows, employers are searching for innovative ways to attract, recruit, and retain top talent. Providing a fertility and family-building benefit can send a strong cultural message to employees and show the public that the company recognizes the importance of its female workforce. Unfortunately, only one in four employers provide any fertility coverage to their employees. In our presentation, we will cover why fertility is a growing issue and how employing an effective fertility benefits program can help save on employer healthcare costs, improve employee productivity, retention and morale, and enable a company to provide its employees the opportunity to build their family.