Dr. Susan Trout
Dr. Susan Trout recognized a love of science at a very young age. She remembers her mother, then a graduate student in nursing at Columbia University, teaching her how to use a stethoscope to listen to her heart and lungs. For Dr. Trout it was clear, even at age twelve, she would become the best physician she could. She has never looked back.
“My mom is a nurse, and when I was in sixth grade she went back to school to get her bachelor’s and then her masters’ in nursing. She would take me along to her classes, when I had vacation days or half days off of school,” Trout said. “I think she’s a huge influence on how I ended up being a doctor.”
After receiving her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Trout went on to graduate with a doctorate of medicine from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. From 1990 through 1994, she completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She then completed a reproductive endocrinology fellowship at the same school before joining the faculty full-time to see patients, teach, and do research. She remained part of the UMDNJ faculty until 2001, when she joined a large private practice called RMA of New Jersey.
Desiring the more intimate one-on-one patient experience offered by a smaller medical practice, Dr. Trout left her job at RMA of New Jersey in 2002 and moved to Denver to join the staff at Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology.
Dr. Trout says that her personal struggle with infertility has made her a better doctor and has brought her a unique understanding of what her patients are experiencing.
“I think it made me a much better doctor having gone through all of that,” she said. “I knew what it was like to be on the other side of the exam table. I really can identify with patients and often times help them through it.”
It is this personal knowledge that Dr. Trout uses with every patient. She believes in giving couples the information and guidance they need to choose a treatment plan that is right for their needs and desires. She works hard to avoid unnecessary treatments or tests, and tries to give an honest account of what someone is likely to experience with a particular procedure or medication.
“I have really tried hard to keep my humanity and not see this like a business or think of a patient as just a number or a diagnosis, but to really try to connect with each patient and treat them like I would want to be treated. I get frustrated when I can’t help a particular patient, and I wonder how patients are doing after they are pregnant and have gone to their obstetricians,” she said.
Dr. Trout is board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, as well as obstetrics and gynecology. In addition to writing research papers, Dr. Trout has at times been a regular contributor to Fertility and Sterility, the journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Trout’s areas of expertise include, but are not limited to general infertility, ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization, transvaginal oocyte retrieval, embryo transfer, intrauterine insemination, minimally invasive and robotic surgical treatments along with the treatment of female and male infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, abnormal menstrual cycles and polycystic ovarian syndrome.