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

Autumn - I could tell that you were sincere, and as you spoke to us, I knew it was hard for you to deliver such sad news. Your honest, sincere way of telling us such horrible news really meant a lot to us. I know you are a young practitioner and that you may have to tell many other couples to expect a miscarriage in the future. It is my hope for you that you won't let it become routine and loose the heart you had with us that day. The kind and compassionate way you handled our situation has not been forgotten.


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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



Fall Update 2014

Hello Fall! The cooler temperatures are a nice reprieve from the hotter days of August. Now that the busy days of summer are winding down, take time to schedule your annual exam, or let us help you to have the baby you been wanting. Call today to schedule an appointment! (865)777-0088.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month! According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women with 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Behind heart disease, breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death among women. According to the National Cancer Institute, when breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%. The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. Create your Early Detection Plan to receive reminders to do breast self-exams, and schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history. You can create your plan here: Or, give us a call to schedule your breast exam and allow us to explain current recommendations to you!

Vitals Top 10 Doctor

Please, join us in congratulating Dr. Keenan on being recognized as a Vitals Top 10 Doctor!

Every year, hundreds of thousands of patients provide online feedback about their doctor visits. Patients write about their experience and rate their doctor on several components of care, including bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, and degree of follow-up. Patients also provide an overall rating.

Vitals has analyzed these patient-provided ratings to identify those physicians within a certain specialty and location who are rated the highest by their patients and stand out for their extraordinary care.

Of the nation's 870,000 active doctors, Dr. Keenan is among the top 1% who has received this honor from his patients.

Let's all give him a round of applause!

Marine Mud Run

Our very own nurse practitioner, Autumn Galbraith, got muddy in the Marine Mud Run and placed very well. There were 1800 competitors. Over 1,000 new toys were collected and $1,500 was donated to "Toys for Tots."

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 Knoxville. Call (865)777-0088 to schedule an appointment!

Cheaper Tubal Reversals!

Do you regret having your tubes tied? Are you looking into a tubal reversal but have felt that the procedure is just too expensive? Well, then we have good news for you! The Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery is pleased to announce that, along with Turkey Creek Medical Center, we have reduced our tubal reversal fees by more than 25%! The total cost is now $6,000 for patients of normal weight. This means that we are on par with the most cost effective providers/practices in the country. If you would like more information regarding reversal of sterilization, visit our tubal reversal website at

Insurance FAQs

Our Practice Manager, Juliana Stanley, will soon be providing you with frequently asked questions pertaining to insurance. This will better prepare you to navigate the confusing health insurance maze. Look for these to arrive on the website soon!

IVF Financial Assistance

We are currently in the process of developing a contract to provide IVF patients with more financial assistance. Stay tuned…

Fall Observances

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • October is SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
  • October is World Menopause Month.
  • October 13th is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
  • October 15th is National Pregnancy Loss and Infant Awareness Day.
  • October 18th is World Menopause Day.
  • October 27th - November 2nd is National Infertility Awareness Week.
  • November is National Sexual Health Month.
  • November is Prematurity Awareness Month.

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Literature Review

To Supplement Calcium or Not to Supplement

Healthcare providers have continually recommended increased calcium intake for protection against osteoporosis, or brittle bones, especially after menopause. Most menopausal women were taking a calcium supplement, until a few years ago, when reports came out that calcium supplements increase the risk of heart attack. Much like the discontinuation of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after the Women's Health Initiative reports were published, many women "jumped ship" in regards to taking their calcium supplements. Recommendations were changed to forego calcium supplements and get adequate calcium intake from diet. Of course, for the average American who doesn't eat they way she should, this is difficult.

Fortunately, newer studies show that calcium supplements actually do not increase the risk for heart attack. In a study of more than 74,000 women at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, it was found that calcium supplements are safe in terms of heart health. In a 24-year follow up, there was no increased risk of heart attack or stroke in women taking calcium supplements.

So, what's the take-away point? Women need 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day and the majority of that calcium should come from diet. Foods rich in calcium include dairy products such as low-fat milk, cheese and yogurt, green, leafy vegetables, sardines and salmon, and calcium-enriched foods such as cereals and fruit juices. Also, staying active and incorporating weight-bearing exercise will help to protect both the bones and the heart.

Click here to see a table to see if you're getting enough calcium in your diet.