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Rashmi Kudesia

Rashmi Kudesia

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I'm a board-certified fertility specialist and women's health advocate in Houston, TX. My professional passion is helping women and men preserve their fertility potential and build the families of their dreams. Part of the #reproductiveempowerment goal is helping women understand their reproductive health from a young age, debunking myths and destigmatizing infertility and miscarriage.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

More and more women are opening up about their fertility journeys, and to me, being a women's health advocate means amplifying those stories. I love women's networking spaces because I so often meet women who have questions they were afraid to ask or stories they are dying to share. I count every time that happens as a success story!

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

Working in reproductive health, particularly with women who have experienced infertility or miscarriage, requires creating a space where your patient can be vulnerable and share their inner fears. I believe that to be successful, you have to be genuine, a good listener and an empathetic advisor on how to make progress on the fertility journey. I treat people from every demographic and walk of life, so being non-judgmental is another absolute must! And of course staying on top of the cutting-edge science and having intellectual curiosity is critical to offering my patients the best chances of success!

What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?

As a physician with a M.Sc. in Clinical Research, I am also dedicated to publishing scientific research and disseminating information within the academic world. I was absolutely thrilled when one of my papers, partly sponsored by a grant I was awarded by the American Medical Association, was not only accepted in the premier U.S.-based journal in my specialty, but also featured with an accompanying guest editorial. The topic was gaps in fertility knowledge in the general population and among medical trainees, and it was an extremely proud moment for me to find this project be seen as so notable and newsworthy!

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Hands down, the positive pregnancy tests and graduation days! With our laboratory's current success rates, I feel so fortunate to be able to help the vast majority of my patients find success in family-building - and the days we take those last steps toward the goal of establishing a healthy pregnancy are so joyous!

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

I hope to leave behind a legacy of women and families I've helped build, full of love, happiness and people who make the world a better place. I dream that I can contribute meaningfully to the development of a society that supports women's health without imposing judgment or stigma on our reproductive choices.

What is your morning ritual?

I am perennially over-optimistic about how much time I have to get things done. For now, I wake up around 5:30am to snuggle time with my puppy, getting myself ready for work, puppy's morning walk, and then usually I realize I'm starting to run behind schedule, and the routine escalates into a frantic dash to brew my iced latte, grab my breakfast to go, and run out the door into Houston's morning rush hour!

What is your favorite social media site? Why?

Instagram has transitioned into my favorite social media site, because it feels the most positive and empowering. I am fortunate to be part of a community of largely women physicians who are incredibly supportive of each other and our patients, and committed to spreading scientific, credible medical information far and wide!

What does success look like to you?

Success to me looks like crafting a job that adds to your joy and personal fulfillment, that can be challenging but is also characterized by the little (and big!) wins that prevent burnout. Success is also figuring out how to fit that career into the context of a personal life that prioritizes health, happiness and loved ones!

Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?

Work-life balance is certainly a problem for me. The downside of loving your job, and having your career represent a true passion, is that it's sometimes hard to turn that part of your mind off or to say no to yet another opportunity that takes time away from family. Lately, I've gotten into protecting my non-call weekends by simply saying no when asked to take a business call on a Saturday, by checking my work inbox less frequently and giving myself full permission to simply enjoy my personal life. It sounds easy but after more than a decade of education and training, absolving myself of guilt over taking "me time" was a tough challenge!

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