Erica Bove (Mahany), MD - Boston IVF Central New York

Erica Bove (Mahany), MD

Erica Bove (Mahany), MD

Reproductive Endocrinologist

Dr. Erica Bove Mahany is double board-certified in Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility and Obstetrics and Gynecology. She specializes in all aspects of fertility care.

Dr. Bove Mahany comes to us from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she was affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including the University of Michigan Hospitals. Dr. Bove Mahany was an assistant professor in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility division of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, completed her residency in Ob/Ggyn at New York Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia, and completed her subspecialty fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Michigan Medicine.

Dr. Bove Mahany is a 2017 recipient of the Endocrine Society Outstanding Abstract Award, received the Best Fellow Oral Presentation Prize at the 2016 Michigan State American Society for Obstetricians and Gynecologists Junior Fellow Research Day, and won the first place award in Endocrine Innovators: Oral Presentations in Women’s Health at the 2016 Endocrine Society Annual Meeting.

Dr. Bove Mahany’s research focuses on the intersection of metabolism and reproduction, including obesity, translational research, hypothalamic amenorrhea, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

1. Why did you choose to become a fertility expert?
I chose to become a fertility expert because I love helping people build their families. I appreciate not only the joyful moments, but also walking with my patients through difficult times, knowing that there is always a reason for hope.

2. What about working at Boston IVF makes you the proudest?
I am most proud of the incredible team of experts who provide evidence-based, compassionate, thoughtful care with patients at the center. I would not hesitate to send my own family members to our team, since Boston IVF is so successful at helping people achieve their dreams.

3. What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
First and foremost, I listen. I believe that an approach tailored to each individual patient or couple works best. Once I understand what is going on, then we discuss an action plan. I see patients in the larger context of their lives, and work to restore wholeness. I collaborate with fertility counselors for additional support if needed, and suggest strategies to connect people with each other, as infertility can be very isolating. I give my best recommendation for next steps, and then reassure patients that we are always here for them.

4. Have there been any patients that have truly inspired you?
All of my patients inspire me, however one particular couple does come to mind– a couple that had every fertility diagnosis in the book. They came to me desiring a child, after already having suffered losses. Their road was not easy, but after 3 IVF cycles, they became pregnant, and just delivered a beautiful baby girl. What struck me was how we worked together and developed trust, so that when important decisions needed to be made, we could navigate them together. They were persistent and always grateful, and now their hearts are full.

5. How do you spend your free time? Any hobbies?
In my free time, I like to spend time outdoors (in all seasons), go running, and practice yoga. I also love to read. Fun fact about me—I don’t watch TV!

6. Where is the one place in the world that you would want to travel?
South America. I am hoping that my Peruvian sister-in-law can help me with this.

7. Which music/artists do you enjoy listening to?
Indigo Girls are my favorite. I also love Broadway songs, classical music, and jazz.

8. How would you describe your personality?
I describe myself as a cautious optimist. I tend to connect well with others. I have a strong work ethic, and I am persistent. I care deeply about my patients.

9. What’s the most recent book you’ve read?
Judith Orlaff is my favorite author currently–I’ve read most of her books lately, and I can’t say enough good things about them.