Mark Payson, MD
Dr. Mark Payson joined Dominion Fertility in 2008 on a part time basis, and started full time with us in 2012. Previously he was an active duty Navy Commander, director of the military’s largest IVF program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda.
Education and Training
Dr. Mark Payson received his M.D. degree through a combined program with Dartmouth Medical School and Brown University School of Medicine. His residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology was undertaken at the National Naval Medical Center, and his fellowship training at the National Institutes of Health. He is the former director of the military’s IVF program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
In his life before medicine, Dr. Payson graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Film and Literature, while also pursuing research in astrophysics. He then worked overseas in Italy and the Czech Republic for several years, before returning to the states where he completed premedical training at Columbia University. He has since published multiple research papers in the field of infertility and presented at national meetings. He is particularly interested in the psychological stress of infertility therapy, and seeks to make the process as straightforward and stress free as possible.
Affiliations and Privileges
Dr. Payson is a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the VCU College of Medicine. As a professor, he has lectured to medical students and residents at Virginia Hospital Center and Inova Fairfax Hospital. He maintains hospital privileges at the Virginia Hospital Center, Inova Fairfax, Fair Oaks and Alexandria. Dr. Payson currently sees patients in the Arlington office, Fair Oaks office, and Thursdays in the Bethesda office.
Always loving both the arts and sciences I took a roundabout route to finding my calling as a physician. In college I initially majored in astrophysics and would spend nights working at an observatory. I later turned my attention to Film and Literature and received a special degree in those fields. Following college I worked overseas for several years, living in Italy and Czechoslovakia. When I realized I was not going to be Hemingway, and after the birth of my first son; I returned to the US to pursue medical studies. Unfortunately I had not fulfilled premedical requirements so had to return to college level work for 2 years while working as a research assistant for pediatric HIV at Harlem Hospital in New York City.
Coming from a Navy background (both my grandfathers commanded warships in WWII), I joined the Navy to fund medical school; there I first fell in love with Obstetrics (there is little so great as delivering a baby) and later in my training with the science, challenge, and joy of overcoming obstacles in infertility and helping couples achieve parenthood.
I have been fortunate to work with, and ultimately lead a great group of physicians, nurses, and embryologists at the premier military hospital. Having met Drs. Gordon & DiMattina at local and national meetings, and attended lectures of Dr. Gordon's as a resident, I was excited to get the opportunity to work with them on a part time basis, and am excited to become part of the practice full time - in a place where my philosophy of individualized care and attention to the patient is the standard.
Undergrad School: Harvard University
Bachelor's Degree: B.A. in Film and Literature
Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School and Brown University School of Medicine
Residency: National Naval Medical Center
Residency Program: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Place of Fellowship: National Institutes of Health, Bethesda Maryland