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Southeastern Center for Fertility & Reproductive Surgery
865.777.0088     Jeffrey A. Keenan, MD, HCLD, Director

Dr. Keenan and staff - Scott and I wanted to thank you and your staff again for helping us bring our baby into the world. We really appreciate your aggressiveness and your willingness to answer all of our questions - goodness knows we had plenty. Thank you once more.

K.H., Knoxville, Tennessee

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The Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery offers this site as an information resource for couples coping with the difficulties of infertility. Just as our center provides the most advanced treatment for our patients, this site provides the most recent and accurate medical information concerning infertility and reproductive surgery.

Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, the center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of male and female infertility problems. Under the direction of Jeffrey A. Keenan MD, HCLD, our patients receive the highest quality medical care available in the region. Dr. Keenan is one of the most experienced and respected specialists in infertility and reproductive medicine and surgery.

We provide updates on this site to ensure you are receiving the latest information. If you wish to schedule an appointment with us or have questions, please call us at (865) 777-0088 or click here to use our appointment request form.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Keenan


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Winter Update 2015

The staff at the Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery hopes that each and every one of you had a very Merry Christmas and wishes you a prosperous and blessed New Year! Although the weather has been crazy in East Tennessee, we've been as busy as ever! We've had numerous pregnancies lately, and we always look forward to receiving baby pictures with the Christmas cards from former patients! If you're struggling with infertility, call today for an appointment, and maybe we can add your baby's picture to our baby board in the near future…

Welcome, Lynda!

As many of you know, our former IVF nurse coordinator, Venissa Ebel, has rejoined the world of school nursing. We'd like you to join in welcoming our new IVF nurse coordinator, Lynda McCollum. Lynda's background is in hospital-based medical oncology. She has a compassionate heart and has been working hard to learn the field of nursing that is about as far from oncology as possible! Lynda is always welcoming and would be happy to answer any of your questions with a smile. Give her a call today!

SEFC in the News!

Our very own Dr. Jeffrey Keenan and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Autumn Galbraith spoke with Robin Wilhoit of Channel 10 News regarding egg freezing and our new "Fertility Check-Up."
Click here to view the WBIR video.

National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) in the News!

The NEDC was recently featured in Health Magazine in an article entitled 5 Things You Should Know About Embryo Donations. The authors consult Dr. Keenan's professional opinion on the matter.
Click here to read the article.

Also, Carol Sommerfelt, the NEDC's embryologist, speaks during an interview with Channel 10 News regarding embryo adoption and Facebook.
Click here to see the Channel 10 interview.

Lastly, the NEDC was featured on Channel 6 News recently and will soon be featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine, so be on the lookout for the article. Unfortunately, the interview is no longer on Channel 6's website for your viewing pleasure.

Fertility Check-Up

So, you, or someone you know, are in your late 20s. You've finished school and landed the perfect career and are climbing the corporate ladder. You haven't met Mr. Right yet, or you have and you're enjoying spending the Newlywed stage with just the two of you. You know you want kids someday, but just not today. Is it okay to wait? Let our Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Autumn Galbraith, determine your fertility score so you'll have a better idea if it's safe to wait to have those kids you've always dreamed about and to discuss what options you have. She'll evaluate your egg supply, determine if your weight is a factor, and use historical and physical infertility factors to determine your relative fertility score. This is the only service of its kind in East Tennessee. Call (865)777-0088 to schedule an appointment!

More on Egg Freezing and the Fertility Check-Up

Click here to read Dr. Keenan's commentary on "Egg Freezing Parties" that appears on Christian Medical and Dental Doctors Association's (CMDA) website. After reading Dr. Keenan's comments, you may want to read the article by clicking here.

2011 Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Statistics

  • In 2011, a total of 151,923 ART procedures performed in 451 U.S. fertility clinics were reported to the CDC (out of 481 that performed ART procedures). These procedures resulted in 47,818 live-birth deliveries and 61,610 infants.
  • Overall, ART contributed to 1.5% of U.S. births (range: 0.2% in Puerto Rico to 4.5% in Massachusetts).
  • Nationally, infants conceived with ART comprised 5.7% of all low birth weight, and ART-conceived infants comprised 4.6% of all infants born preterm (<2,500 grams) infants (but as noted ART babies are only 1.5% of all births…).
  • Overall, among infants conceived with ART, 36.2% were born preterm compared with 11.8% among all infants born in the general population 6.7% of ART infants were born very preterm, compared with 1.9% among all infants born in the general population, i.e. 3 times more likely to have preterm delivery with ARTs.
  • Overall, 37.0% (47,818 of 129,355) of ART procedures that progressed to the transfer stage resulted in a pregnancy, resulted in a live-birth delivery.

Winter Observances

  • January 4th-10th is National Folic Acid Awareness Week
  • January is Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • January is Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • January is Thyroid Awareness Month
  • February 6th is National Wear Red Day
  • February is American Heart Month
  • March 30th is National Doctor's Day
  • March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month

Literature Review

Heart Attack: A man's problem, right?!!?

Contrary to popular belief, heart disease is not just a man's problem. Heart disease is THE leading cause of death in women.

February is American Heart Month, and February 6th is National Wear Red Day. Be sure to wear your red to raise awareness of women's number 1 killer! Here are a few heart disease statistics from the CDC:

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women.
  • Only 54% of women recognize heart disease as their number 1 killer.
  • 64% of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.
  • Symptoms range from no symptoms to angina, pain in the neck/jaw/throat, or pain in the upper abdomen or back.
  • Risk factors include: high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking.
  • To reduce your risk: know your blood pressure, get checked for diabetes, quit smoking, check your cholesterol, make healthy food choices, limit alcohol intake to one drink per day, and lower your stress level.

If you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) you are more at risk for Metabolic Syndrome, which has serious cardiovascular complications. If you have PCOS and haven't been screened for Metabolic Syndrome, schedule an appointment today!

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Ovulation Induction

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine studied 750 women with PCOS and found that letrozole (Femara) resulted in higher live-birth and ovulation rates over clomiphene citrate (Clomid). There were no significant differences between the two groups in regards to pregnancy loss or twin pregnancies.

The Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery has been using Femara for quite some time in our PCOS patients. Clomid is the previous first-line infertility treatment in women with PCOS; however, it now appears that Femara is preferable for many/most women with this condition.

If you are a PCOS patient had have been unable to conceive with Clomid, we may be able to help! Call today for an appointment or click here!