Michael R. Drews
“The miracle of life has never lost its wonder for me.”
A board-certified reproductive endocrinologist, obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Michael Drews is an associate clinical professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, NY, and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at Mount Sinai Medical School (now the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai).
Now more than 25 years into his career, he says studying the origin of life continues to prove both humbling and awe-inspiring. “It’s never lost its wonder for me, from the very first embryo I looked at under a microscope to today,” he says. “It’s inherently fascinating.” The constant introduction of new information and the innovative breakthroughs help keep this field stimulating for him. Dr. Drews says the shared vision of the RMANJ team is to be at the cutting edge of this innovation to offer the couples they treat the best options for realizing their dream. “For us, the entire field changes every five to 10 years,” he says. “We want to be not just one, but two steps ahead of the game. We never, ever want to use yesterday’s technology, so we dedicate ourselves to developing tomorrow’s. That commitment directly translates into more successful outcomes for our patients.” Dr. Drew says that, after a difficult experience, many couple come to RMANJ slightly damaged and having all but lost hope. The goal is to turn the odds to their favor, tapping the experience and dedication of the entire RMANJ staff. “There is an entire team behind our lab whom patients will never meet, yet who have a tremendous impact on what we do and who have played an integral role in creating that pregnancy.” Dr. Drews was born and raised in the farming communities of eastern Long Island, and remains an avid fisherman and horticulturist. “I would probably have been a farmer or a Peconic bayman if biology and medicine had not captured my attention.” Dr. Drews is the recipient of the Purdue Frederick Award of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and of the Member Prize Paper Award of the American Fertility Society. In recognition of his outstanding work with patients, he received the highest honor from RESOLVE of New Jersey, the 2002 Zenith Award, and he received the American Fertility Association’s Family Building Award in 2004.