Dr. Lee Hickok

*Dr. Hickok retired in June 2016 and is no longer seeing patients, but as a founding partner he remains an integral part of the spirit of PNWF.

  • In clinical practice at Swedish Medical since 1991
  • Board Certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at University of Washington
  • Subspecialty Training in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at Oregon Health Sciences Center
  • Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Washington
  • Board Member of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society
  • Top Doctor Honors by Seattle magazine and Seattle Metropolitan magazine

I first became interested in reproductive medicine following the birth of Louise Brown, born in England in 1978, who was the first IVF baby born in the world. At that time I was applying to medical school and was excited by the many directions my career might lead me. My interest in reproductive sciences only grew during my training in obstetrics and gynecology and I subsequently completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in 1991, at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. I have been fortunate to have many inspirational mentors during my training, including Dr. Leon Speroff who authored the classic textbook in our field (with whom I still fly fish yearly) and eventually had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Robert Edwards, the English physiologist responsible for the success of Louise Brown and eventual Nobel Prize winner.

After my fellowship I returned to Seattle where I had previously completed medical school and residency at the University of Washington and have been in practice at Swedish Medical Center for 25 years. In 2005, Dr. Lorna Marshall and I combined our programs and opened Pacific Northwest Fertility and IVF Specialists, to form a comprehensive, state of the art facility.

Our goal has been to care for patients in the same manner we too would wish to be cared for as patients.

My philosophy has been to treat my patients as unique individuals or couples, to be inclusive, supportive of their reproductive rights and provide them with a comprehensive plan grounded on my years of experience and understanding of the science. I appreciate that all of our patients are grieving in one way or another, how important it is that their pain be recognized while at the same time providing them with the support they need to survive the challenges of treatment. I am reminded daily about how fortunate I’ve been and what an amazing job I have. It’s been an incredible honor and privilege to be allowed into the lives of my patients over the past 25+ years and for the trust they’ve given me during their struggles to create families.

Board Certification

Board Certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology Board Eligible in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility National Board of Medical Examiners


Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon


Obstetrics & Gynecology at University of Washington

Medical School

University of Washington, Seattle Washington

  • Infertility diagnosis and treatment
  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS)/Chromosomal screening – Genetic screening of embryos before pregnancy
  • Surrogacy
  • Donor egg options, including Donor Egg Bank In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Elective fertility preservation
  • Hysteroscopic surgery
  • Uterine anomalies
  • Fertility preservation (Egg and Embryo freezing) in the setting of a cancer diagnosis
  • Infertility at an advanced age and/or with diminished ovarian reserve
  • Donor sperm
  • Diplomat, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Fellow American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • American Society of Reproductive Medicine
  • Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (Current President Elect)
  • Washington State Obstetrical Society
  • King County Medical Society
  • Seattle Gynecological Society
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Society of Reproductive Surgeons
  • Pacific Northwest Obstetrics and Gynecological Association
  • Pacific Coast Obstetrical and Gynecological Society
  • Who's Who, Millennium Edition - 2000-2001
  • Best Doctors in America - 2000-2012
  • King 5's "Top Doc" - 2000
  • Who's Who in Science and Engineering - 1997-1998
  • Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare - 2002-2003
  • Who’s Who in Education - 2002-2005
  • Who’s Who - 2004-2005
  • University of Washington, School of Medicine, Residency Program, Dept of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Community Teaching Award - 2007-2008 Excellence in Resident Education Award - 2007-2008 Pacific NW Obstetrical and Gynecological - 2008-2013
  • Association Honorary Membership Best Doctors – Washington Magazine - Selected by peers
  • Seattle’s Top Doctors - Seattle Magazine - Selected by peers
  • Seattle Top Doctor Award, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine - Selected by peers
  • US News Top Doctor Award, US News - Selected by peers

The following documents can be found on PubMed.gov:

The diagnosis and reproductive outcome after surgical treatment of the complete septate uterus, duplicated cervix and vaginal septum. Patton PE, Novy MJ, Lee DM,Hickok LR.Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Jun;190(6):1669-75; discussion 1675-8. PMID: 15284765 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Related citations

Hysteroscopic treatment of the uterine septum: a clinician's experience.Hickok LR.Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2000 Jun;182(6):1414-20. PMID: 10871457 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Related citations

Psychiatric diagnoses and sexual victimization in women with chronic pelvic pain. Walker EA, Katon WJ, Hansom J, Harrop-Griffiths J, Holm L, Jones ML,Hickok LR, Russo J. Psychosomatics. 1995 Nov-Dec;36(6):531-40. PMID: 7501783 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Related citations

A comparison of esterified estrogens with and without methyltestosterone: effects on endometrial histology and serum lipoproteins in postmenopausal women. Hickok LR, Toomey C, Speroff L. Obstet Gynecol. 1993 Dec;82(6):919-24. PMID: 8233265[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Related citations

Pregnancy after fimbriectomy reversal: results of microsurgery augmented by gamete intrafallopian tube transfer and embryo transfer. Novy MJ,Hickok LR, Patton PE, Craemer MJ, Wolf DP. Fertil Steril. 1991 Dec;56(6):1166-8. PMID: 1743339 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Related citations

Medical treatment of endometriosis: a comparison of the suppressive effects of danazol and nafarelin on reproductive hormones. Hickok LR, Burry KA, Cohen NL, Moore DE, Dahl KD, Soules MR. Fertil Steril. 1991 Oct;56(4):622-7. PMID: 1833245 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Related citations

Successful hysteroscopic cannulation and tubal transfer of cryopreserved embryos. Patton PE,Hickok LR, Wolf DP. Fertil Steril. 1991 Mar;55(3):640-1. PMID: 2001766 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Related citations

Therapeutic insemination by donor. Hickok LR. West J Med. 1990 Apr;152(4):411-2. No abstract available. PMID: 18750728 [PubMed]Free PMC Article. Related citations

Relationship of chronic pelvic pain to psychiatric diagnoses and childhood sexual abuse. Walker E, Katon W, Harrop-Griffiths J, Holm L, Russo J,Hickok LR. Am J Psychiatry. 1988 Jan;145(1):75-80. PMID: 3337296 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Related citations

Medical and psychiatric symptoms in women with childhood sexual abuse.Walker EA, Katon WJ, Hansom J, Harrop-Griffiths J, Holm L, Jones ML,Hickok L, Jemelka RP. Psychosom Med. 1992 Nov-Dec;54(6):658-64. PMID: 1454959 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Free Article.Related citations

The association between chronic pelvic pain, psychiatric diagnoses, and childhood sexual abuse. Harrop-Griffiths J, Katon W, Walker E, Holm L, Russo J,Hickok L. Obstet Gynecol. 1988 Apr;71(4):589-94. PMID: 2965326 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Related citations

She weighed 8lbs 7oz and is the most beautiful being I have ever laid eyes on. We were instantly in love, and I'd do it a thousand times again for her. It was painful, heartbreaking, and scary but the moment I laid eyes on my baby girl, it all melted away. I still will look at her, and can't believe she's mine. That it actually worked. She's my everything, and we're so lucky, and finally a family.

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