News and Current Events

The “News and Current Events” page provides links to important fertility topics including articles written by our physicians, videos, and practice “happenings.”

May 15, 2016


What is Zika Virus?

  • Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.
  • In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.

I am pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Should I travel to a country where cases of Zika have been reported?

  • According to the CDC, pregnant women in any trimester should postpone travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women who do travel to one of these areas should strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.
  • Women trying to become pregnant or who are thinking about becoming pregnant are being advised to avoid travel to these areas.  If travel is unavoidable, strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip. 

I am pregnant. How will Zika virus affect me or my unborn baby?

  • There have been reports in Brazil of microcephaly (small head size with abnormal brain development) and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant. However, additional studies are needed to further characterize this relationship. More studies are planned to learn more about the risks of Zika virus infection during pregnancy.

I think I have been exposed to Zika virus.

Our physicians advise you to schedule an appointment with your primary Obstetrician to discuss testing for Zika virus and the monitoring which will be necessary during pregnancy.


January 14, 2016

Eggs donors help many couples realize their dreams of having children. There is currently a shortage of egg donors in the Charlottesville area. See the article from NBC29.

December, 2014

June, 2013

Optum has designated Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia as an Optum Center of Excellence for the treatment of infertility. Optum is a recognized leader in the infertility market within the insurance and employer community. To qualify as a Center of Excellence, an infertility program must have strong clinical outcomes and a stable, appropriate administrative organization. The outcome criteria include implantation rate, pregnancy rate per transfer, and rate of twin births. The administrative criteria include comprehensive reproductive services, physician credentials, and facility operations and staffing.

January, 2013

libertyChampion© reports on first baby of the year year conceived with help from Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia.

Fertility patients have first baby born in Lynchburgh in 2013. See video 1. See video 2.

February, 2012

Dr. Williams at the Virginia Senate advocating for the rights of infertile couples.

January, 2011

For couples struggling with infertility issues, starting a family can become an intense emotional experience, including battles with loneliness and depression. Chris Williams, MD quoted in “Our Health” provides an in depth review of advances in infertility treatment and the common causes of and treatments for infertility.

August, 2010

Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia welcomes to our practice Dr. Laura Smith. A Charlottesville native, Dr. Smith went to Boston to complete a 3 year Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and is board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. The region is very fortunate that she has returned to Charlottesville to join Dr. Williams and Bateman. She is the only female board certified Fertility Specialist in the region and welcomes new patients. Please see her complete biography.

July, 2010

Martha Jefferson Hospital Newsroom presents an article by Christopher Williams, MD concerning the advanced reproductive technology, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). This is an in depth article discussing all aspects of PGD which is used to screen embryos for certain genetic disorders.

May, 2010

A tubal reversal video performed and narrated by Christopher Williams, MD is added to the Web. This video of an actual tubal reversal procedure is an excellent educational tool for patients considering tubal reversal surgery.

Fall, 2007

Martha Jefferson Hospital Newsletter, “Clinical Front” – Dr. Christopher Williams discusses In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). The Martha Jefferson Hospital Newsroom presents many articles and videos across all therapy areas. Excellent patient information for users to browse.

Video Library

Several educational videos are shown on our "Videos" page.