Welcome to the #FeatureFriday where we are

SHINING LIGHT

on some of the amazing women in our world!

We started our #FeatureFriday series to highlight some of the amazing women we are honored to know and want the world to know about them too!  Our feature this week is Dr. Eve Feinberg, Medical Director of Northwestern Medicine Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Services.  Eve is an inspiring powerhouse!!  I don’t know how she does it all, but she’s wonderwoman!  She is a mom to her 3 kiddos, women’s health guru, running stud, and founder of her own non profit which provides education and funding to women during their fertility journey!

I am so excited for you all to meet Eve and learn more about her and her passion for women’s health!

Meet Eve 🙂

Tell us a little about yourself.

1. What was the moment you knew you wanted to be a reproductive endocrinologist?

I was a third year medical student doing my ob/gyn rotation in the inner city of Chicago. Once a week, I was able to spend the morning in the Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility clinic.  I witnessed amazing couples who really wanted to be parents struggle with the medical and emotional aspects of infertility.  In those same afternoons, I spent time time on Labor and Delivery and I saw too many babies born to patients who did not care to become parents.  The inequity of these contrasting situations resonated deeply.  During difficult moments in my training I often thought that I would put my hard work and struggles to help those that had the strongest desire to become parents. That is ultimately is what guided me to choose reproductive medicine as my field.

2. What one post/project/moment are you the most proud of and why?

I am most proud of being the Founder and Director of the Kevin J. Lederer Life Foundation.  The Life Foundation is a collaborative effort among Chicago infertility practices to provide education and financial assistance to individuals and couples for family building through fertility treatment or adoption.  To date we have awarded 38 grants and we have had over a dozen babies born so far with several more on the way.

3. How would you describe a typical day? What’s your morning to evening routine?

In one word – insane.  My day usually starts at 5AM when I wake up.  I exercise 5 days a week, either a 5 mile run, a yoga class, a spin class or Shred415.  I work out of two offices, Highland Park and Chicago, so my workout (and my day) varies depending on the day and the office.  I generally see patients from 8AM-12PM or 1PM – 5PM and some days I see patients both AM and PMs.  On the days where I see patients just 8AM-12PM I spend the afternoons catching up on charting, patient calls, in research or department meetings or in mentoring sessions with the medical students, residents or fellows.  I am generally home by 6PM where I spend the next few hours with my kids and husband cooking dinner, doing homework and then reading either to them (my 8-year-old twins) or alongside them (my 12 year old daughter).  Kids are asleep by 9 at which point I usually either do more work or take some time to relax and catch up on reading (medical journals, the New Yorker, or my monthly book club book).  I try to go to sleep by 11PM.

4. Describe yourself in 3 words?

Compassionate, straightforward and fierce

5. What individuals, celebrities, entrepreneurs, public figures inspire you?

I find inspiration in the human spirit and the patients I care for every day.

6. If you weren’t in the fertility world…and could be anything else…what would it be?

I would be a sommelier or food critic.

7. You have a free hour, what do you do with your time?

Go for a run!

8. What’s on your music playlist? What inspires you?  

Grateful Dead, Jason Mraz, Indigo Girls, Coldplay.  I like music that tells a story.

9. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Garrett’s popcorn Chicago mix.  The combination of sweet and salty is amazing.

10. Favorite local coffee shop?

Dollop.  I love the coffee but also really love the environment.

11. Food you can’t live without?

Sushi

12. Wine, beer or cocktail?

Yes, please

13. Favorite motivational quote?

“Better is possible. It does not take genius. It takes diligence. It takes moral clarity. It takes ingenuity. And above all, it takes a willingness to try.” Atul Gawande

14. If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you go?

I love Hawaii!

15. What’s next for you?

My career is thriving and my kids are at a terrific age.  I actually wish I could freeze time and stay right where I am at.

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If you want to learn more about Dr. Eve Feinberg and Northwestern or the Life Foundation , visit www.fertility.nm.org and www.lifefindsaway.org.