Dr. Jeffrey Thorne, who recently completed his Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) fellowship at The University of Connecticut School of Medicine, has joined RMA Philadelphia, seeing patients in Willow Grove, PA.
Dr. Thorne’s clinical and research background has led to his authoring and co-authoring many published studies and lecturing on such topics as fertility, endometriosis, and oocyte development, among other health conditions.
In addition to his interest in advancing the field of REI through research, Dr. Thorne brings a lot of heart to his care of patients, which he considers a true vocation.
“I felt like I could have stayed in fellowship forever, which is a testament to the fact that I picked the right specialty,” Dr. Thorne said recently about the fertility field. “We have this amazing job – we get to give this great gift of parenthood to our patients. And I love the science behind it.”
Dr. Thorne takes pride in the personal relationships he forms with his patients and is passionate about helping them achieve their individualized fertility goals.
In his personal life, Dr. Thorne and his wife recently welcomed their second daughter, and he enjoys spending free time with his family exploring the Philadelphia area.
Education and Honors
A native of Simsbury, Connecticut, Dr. Thorne received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. As an undergraduate, he was honored with a Howard Hughes Research Fellowship and studied abroad at the University of Regensburg in Germany. After graduation, he remained at Wesleyan to pursue a master’s degree in developmental and stem cell biology.
Dr. Thorne went on to receive his medical school training at The University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. While in med school, something happened that would change the direction of his career.
“My first year of med school, my sister went through IVF, and I was very drawn to the emotional and medical side of it,” Dr. Thorne said. “The discipline was always in the back of my mind after that.”
After completing medical school, Dr. Thorne stayed on at The UConn School of Medicine to receive his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. During this period, he conducted research with Dr. James Segar at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and was honored with the Dr. James Egan Outstanding Resident Research Award, among other awards and recognitions.
Having made the decision to specialize in REI, Dr. Thorne remained at Uconn for his REI fellowship training. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he continued his research pursuits and gained further accolades, including having an award-winning presentation at the ASRM Scientific Congress and achieving a master’s in clinical and translational research. He also gained a passion for teaching and enjoys working with students during their medical training.
The Road to RMA
During his fellowship and throughout his career in women’s health, Dr. Thorne kept hearing about RMA Philadelphia.
“Fertility doctors are part of a close medical community, so I knew a lot of the physicians at RMA Philadelphia,” Dr. Thorne said about Drs. Freedman, Castelbaum, Gutmann, Schlaff, and Lange at RMA Philadelphia.
“They are very professional, a really well run group, with such a history of research and innovation. To have good people who care about their patients working for a practice that is so dedicated to research and discovery is rare – but it’s the real deal here.”
“I’m so honored to be a part of that.”