Director of Infertility and Oocyte Cryopreservation
Obstetrics and Gynecology
A native Houstonian, Dr. Reem Sabouni completed her undergraduate studies at Rice University. She attended medical school at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston, the sixth largest medical school in the country, where she served as class president of her medical school class during all four years.
Following her passion for women’s health, Dr. Sabouni pursued residency in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine at the University of Texas Memorial Hermann Hospital, located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the legendary Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia, the birthplace of IVF in America.
Dr. Sabouni is dedicated to empowering women and couples, particularly through education and understanding of options. She is published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and textbooks, as well as presented at international meetings on topics including: minimally invasive surgery, decreasing opioid use in infertility clinics, medical education and decreasing unscheduled bleeding associated with contraception use.
Dr. Sabouni is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and board eligible in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Q: What inspired you to become a physician?
A: I have always known I wanted to become a physician: ever since I was a little girl. And as I got older, I learned more about the profession, with the significant impact it has on people and the leading role physicians take in improving lives. With that it became even clearer that it is the role for me. I believe that there is no profession better than one that services humanity, and this for me, is it.
Q: What is your favorite job from the past?
A: My favorite role was Soccer Coach for a club girls team. Soccer plays a big role in my family. I loved having the opportunity to help and motivate young girls through exercise, help build their self-confidence and teach them to work as a team. It made for a very rewarding job, in addition to it being a lot of fun.
Q: What are you most passionate about professionally?
A: I strongly believe that it is an important part of my responsibility to empower patients in understanding their options and choices. To achieve that, I am passionate about building a relationship built on trust and communication. That way, the individualized treatments plans are developed together with my patients, ensuring they feel in control of the process as much as possible.
Q: What do you and your family like to do for fun?
A: We are fortunate to live in Houston, a city with so many cultural, culinary and natural treasures. So, whenever we can, we venture out and discover new ones: brunches and high teas are my absolute favorites and there are so many our city has to offer. We also like to travel, and spend weekends in cities or nature, on and off the beaten path. When we are not out and about, we enjoy watching the latest movie releases or the classics together during our infamous movie nights.
Q: What are you passionate about outside of work?
A: I truly enjoy an active life. I passionately attend group fitness classes and going on outdoor adventures in the many parks and beaches that the greater Houston area has to offer. And I am sure to take my dog, Lady, with me. I also volunteer in the community I operate in: I am an active member of the Junior League of Houston, and I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends, with food, travelling and movies.
Q: What most excites you about your work and the contribution you can make?
A: Family is very important to me, and having the opportunity to help people have theirs is immensely gratifying. I have the opportunity to educate my patients and empower them throughout the entire process.
Q: What special awards or recognition are you most proud of?
A: I was honored to be elected class president of my medical school class for all four years. I have also been awarded multiple grants funding my medical research.
Q: If you could tell potential patients one thing about you, what would it be?
A: Every visit, each plan and every form of communication I base on Empathy, on an understanding of what it means to you and your family, to be involved in a process like this. What it means to have so many choices and options, and not being able to understand the effects and consequences. When I say that I want to empower my patients, it comes from this understanding and the drive to make sure you feel understood and heard. I am a firm believer in the power of hope and positivity, and I will ensure I meet those sentiments wherever possible.