Heber E. Dunaway, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

 
 

Why I’m here for you

“I enjoy my interaction with my patients. I treat them like my family. My approach to care is to be honest and straight forward. Be optimistic and have a clear plan of treatment. Be a good listener.”
 
 

Specialties

  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • Robotic Surgery (especially for endometriosis, uterine fibroids, pelvic adhesions and tubal disease)
  • Corrective Reproductive Surgery (for uterine anomalies)
  • Diminished Ovarian Reserve
  • PCOS

Teaching the REIs of tomorrow

  • Faculty/teacher: Clinical Associate Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, OB-GYN Residency (Baton Rouge), LSU Health School of Medicine New Orleans

Fertility training

  • Education: M.D., Louisiana State University Medical School
  • Residency: OB-GYN, Louisiana State University Medical School
  • Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston
 

About Dr. Heber Dunaway

Dr. Dunaway is board certified in obstetrics & gynecology and has been a reproductive endocrinologist for 37 years.

As the director and founder of Reproductive Services for Lakeside Hospital, Dr. Dunaway was an innovator in the reproductive endocrinology field early in his career. He initially went to medical school to be an orthopedic surgeon. But after his first baby delivery during medical training, he fell in love with OB-GYN.

Dr. Dunaway treats all aspects of infertility, including diminished ovarian reserve, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). He specializes in treatment option ranging from ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination (IUI), to in vitro fertilization (IVF) with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Dr. Dunaway has special interests in robotic surgery for endometriosis, uterine fibroids, pelvic adhesions and tubal disease, as well as corrective surgery for uterine anomalies. He has a keen interest in the refinement of the surgical treatment of endometriosis by robotics as well as the treatment of uterine fibroids.

Approach to treatment

Dr. Dunaway takes an individualized, aggressive treatment approach that aligns with the patient’s wishes.

“It’s important to me to treat patients as I would my wife or daughter.”

His love of the practice of reproductive medicine is evident, and he is deeply moved by those patients who fail to become pregnant, but who send letters and cards thanking him and his staff for trying their best.

FINO firsts

  • Performed the first successful gamete fallopian transfer in Louisiana.
  • The first operative hysteroscopic uterine septoplasty.
  • First successful donor embryo transfer.
  • He was also a forerunner of direct oocyte sperm transfer (DOST) by being one of the first few individuals to achieve pregnancy by this method.

More FINO firsts

On a personal note

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Dr. Dunaway grew up in New Orleans and moved to Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina to open a full-service fertility center as a backup for FINO’s NOLA location in case of hurricane disruptions.

Mardis Gras Mask

He enjoys Mardi Gras and has been in various organizations for 40 years. For the past 20 years, he’s been a member of the Krewe of Hermes.

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During his spare time Dr. Dunaway loves to cook and play a little golf.

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He relishes in family time with his six children and three grandchildren.

Medical societies, honors & awards

Medical Societies

  • Charter Member, Society of Reproductive Surgeons.
  • Charter Member, Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologists.
  • Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Gynecoradiology Society.
  • American Fertility Society.
  • Louisiana State Medical Society.
  • Orleans Medical Society.
  • Southern Medical Association.

Honors

  • Tri Beta Biological Honor Society.
  • Chief Administrative Resident, Louisiana State University, Obstetrics and Gynecology, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1982.

Awards

  • Vitals’ Patients’ Choice Award (2008 – 2012, 2014).
  • Patients’ Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2012).
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition Award (2011).

Publications, abstracts & clinical trials

Publications

  1. Hutchens, T.W., Dunaway, H.E. and Besch, P.K.: High Performance Chromato focusing of Steroid Receptor Proteins in the Presence and Absence of Steroid. An Investigation of Steroid-Dependent Alterations in Surface Charge Heterogeneity. Submitted to J. Chromatogr.
  2. Dunaway, HE, Hutchens, T.W. and Besch, P.K.: Isolation of Unliganded Steroid Receptor Proteins by High Performance Size Exclusion Chromatography. An Investigation of Steroid-Dependent Alterations. Submitted to J. Chromatogr.
  3. Dunaway, H.E. and Gibbons, W.E.: Evaluation of the Infertile Couple. The Gynecologist’s Perspective. In Seminars in Urology, Vaughan, E.D. (ed.), Grune and Stratton, Vol. II, 1984, pp.131-33.
  4. Bordson B.L., Ricci E, Dickey R.P., Dunaway H.E., Taylor S.N., Curole D.N.: “Comparison of fecundability with fresh and frozen semen in therapeutic donor insemination”, Fertil Steril 1986;46:466.
  5. Dickey RP, Lu PY, Sartor BM, Dunaway HE, Pyrzak R, Klumpp AM. Hurricane Katrina – Steps taken to protect and later rescue cryopreserved embryos are described. Fertil Steril. 2006;86:732-4.

Abstracts

  1. Dickey R.P., Bordson B.L., Taylor S.N., Curole D.N., Dunaway H.D.: “Menotropin Dose and Embryo Quality”, Abstracts of the Scientific Paper, presented at the 41st Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 1985, published by the American Fertility Society, p. 54.
  2. Dickey R.P., Taylor S.N., Curole D.N., Dunaway H.E., Bordson B.L.: Adjuvant Medications Pre and Post Embryo Transfer in IVF”, Abstracts of the Scientific Paper, presented at the 41st Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 1985, published by the American Fertility Society, p. 11.
  3. Dickey R.P., Taylor S.N., Curole D.N., Dunaway H.E., Bordson B.L.: “Effect of 200mg Danazol Every 12 Hours on Serum Estradiol Levels in Endometriosis”, Abstracts of the Scientific Paper, presented at the 41st Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 1985, published by the American Fertility Society, and Poster Sessions, p. 111.
  4. Bordson B.L., Wheeler D.G., Dickey R.P., Taylor S.N., Curole D.N., Dunaway H.E.: “Use of Semen Characteristics to Predict the Ability of Human Sperm to Penetrate Zona-Free Hamster Eggs”, Abstracts of the Scientific Paper, presented at the 41st Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 1985, published by the American Fertility Society, p. 112.
  5. Dickey R.P., Bordson B.L., Taylor S.N., Curole D.N., Dunaway H.E.: “Clomiphene Citrate Delays the Spontaneous LH Surge in Menotropin Stimulated IVF Cycles”, Abstracts of the Scientific Paper and Poster Session, The American Fertility Society, pp. 97, 1986.
  6. Dickey R.P., Bordson B.L., Taylor S.N., Curole D.N., Dunaway H.E.: “Micronized Oral Progesterone for Luteal Phase Support in IVF”, Abstracts of the Scientific Paper and Poster Session, The American Fertility Society, p. 53, 1986.
  7. Dickey R.P., Bordson B.L., Taylor S.N., Curole D.N., Dunaway H.E.: “Effect of Spontaneous LH Surge on Continuing Pregnancy Rates in IVF”, Abstracts of the Scientific Paper and Poster Sessions, American Fertility Society, p.52., 1986
  8. Bordson B.L., Dickey R.P., Taylor S.N., Curole D.N., Dunaway H.E.: “Effect of Embryo Quality in Culture and at Transfer on Outcome Following IVF and ET”, Abstracts of the Scientific Paper and Poster Sessions, The American Fertility Society, p. 74, 1986.
  9. Bordson B.L., Ricci E.C., Dickey R.P., Dunaway H.E., Taylor S.N., Curole D.N.: “Comparison of Fecundability with Fresh and Frozen Semen in Therapeutic Donor Insemination”, Fertil. and Steril., Vol. 46, p. 466, 1986.
  10. Dickey R.P., Dunaway H.E., Bordson B.L., Curole D.N., Taylor S.N.: “Successful IVF Pregnancy in a Patient with Unicornuate Uterus After Enovid E Treatment to Increase Endometrial Cavity Volume”, published in Book of Abstracts by the American Fertility Society, 1987.
  11. Bordson B.L., Dickey R.P., Taylor S.N., Curole D.N., Dunaway H.E.: “Effect of Embryo Quality in Culture and at Transfer On Outcome Following IVF and ET”, presented at the 5th World Congress, In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer, Norfolk, VA, April 5-10, 1987.
  12. Bordson B.L., Dickey R.P., Dunaway H.E., Taylor S.N., Curole D.N.: “Correlation of Pregnancy Following In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Embryo Transfer (ET) with Normal Blastulation of Sibling Embryos Remaining in Culture”, presented at the 5th World Congress, In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer, Norfolk, VA, April 5-10, 1987.
  13. Dickey R.P., Taylor S.N., Curole D.N., Dunaway H.E., Bordson, B.L.: “Comparison of In Vitro Fertilization and Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer”, Abstracts of Oral and Poster Presentation, 35th Annual Meeting, Program Supplement, published in Pacific Coast Fertility Society, Oral Presentation #12.
  14. Dickey R.P., Taylor S.N., Curole D.N., Dunaway H.E., Bordson B.L.: “Effects of Cancelled First IVF Cycle on Pregnancy Rate”, Abstracts of Oral and Poster Presentations, 35th Annual Meeting, Program Supplement, published in Pacific Coast Fertility Society, Poster Presentation No. 64.
  15. Curole D.N., Dickey R.P., Taylor S.N., Dunaway H.E., Bordson B.L.: “Correlation of Pregnancy Following Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT) with Fertilization and Cleavage of Sibling Oocytes, Abstracts of the Scientific Paper and Poster Sessions, published in 43rd Annual Meeting of The American Fertility Society, 1987, p.4.
  16. Dickey R.P., Taylor S.N., Curole D.N., Dunaway H.E.: “Effects of Cancelled First IVF Cycle on Pregnancy Rates in the Second Cycle”, Abstracts of the Scientific Paper and Poster Sessions, published in the 43rd Annual Meeting of The American Fertility Society, 1987, p.4.
  17. Dickey R.P., Taylor S.N., Curole D.N., Dunaway H.E.: “Comparison of In Vitro Fertilization and Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer”, Abstracts of the Scientific Paper and Poster Session, published in the 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Fertility Society, 1987, p. 57.
  18. Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Lu PY, Sartor BM, Dunaway HE. Can the number of antral follicles before the start of gonadotropin stimulation predict the number of preovulation follicles and total oocytes in IVF cycles? Accepted for poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Denver, CO, 2010.

Clinical Trials

  1. Efficacy of Hormone Supplementation in Clomiphene Citrate for Infertility – 2009
  2. Purified Urofollitropin for Injection – 1994
  3. Depot Lupron for Endometriosis – 1992
  4. Depot Lupron for Fibroids – 1989