Dr. Grace Couchman – Retired Founder of Carolina Conceptions
Dr. Couchman received her M.D. from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1985. She completed an OB/GYN residency at Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina in 1989. She was a member of the general OB/GYN practice at Duke for two years before entering advanced training in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship Program at Duke from1991-94. During her fellowship, Dr. Couchman spent one year at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) as a visiting researcher. She is one of only several board certified females in both OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) in the Triangle.
Until co-founding Carolina Conceptions in 2006, she served as director of Duke’s IVF Program. While at Duke, she developed special expertise in several aspects of infertility treatment including: in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), ovulation induction, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and minimally invasive reproductive surgery. She developed the ICSI program at Duke which assists couples who suffer from male factor infertility. Dr. Couchman has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” every year since 2007.
Dr. Couchman is an active volunteer and fundraiser for Durham Habitat for Humanity and serves on the Family Selection Committee. She enjoys exercising and spending time with her husband and cat, Ollie. She has three daughers in their 20’s who live in Atlanta, Chapel Hill and San Francisco and considers parenting and helping women conceive to be the greatest joys in her life.
After a career of helping thousands of patients achieve their dreams of parenthood, Dr. Couchman retired from Carolina Conceptions on 12/31/20.