Dr. Alli Giles was raised on a farm in a sleepy town in western Maryland. She had a wonderful childhood spent riding horses, listening to country music, and bossing around her two brothers. Her mother, an ophthalmologist, was the inspiration behind Dr. Giles’s desire to become a doctor; the joy she derived from treating and getting to know her patients was palpable, and she set an example of how to pursue—and succeed in—a fulfilling career. At 18, Dr. Giles left the quiet life in Maryland to attend Northwestern University, just north of Chicago.
At Northwestern, Dr. Giles majored in Spanish language with a focus in Latin American Literature. She studied abroad in Mendoza, Argentina, where, in addition to cultivating a taste for good wine, she became fluent in Spanish. While her interests in Spanish language and Hispanic culture were strong, they were no match for her passion for medicine. Upon graduating, she applied to medical school.
Dr. Giles attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine where she was elected president of the school’s chapter of the Sigma Sigma Phi Honor Society, and was the recipient of the Student Leadership Award, given each year to one graduating student. While Dr. Giles was initially interested in critical care medicine, her mother told her she would be far happier in a surgical specialty. As usual, her mother was right and Dr. Giles found her true passion as a 3rd year medical student, working on Labor and Delivery and in the gynecology operating rooms.
After graduating from medical school, Dr. Giles moved to Washington, D.C., where she completed her Ob/Gyn residency at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center. There, she developed special interests in multiple areas of gynecologic care including the management of fibroids, abnormal bleeding, and contraception. As for obstetrics, Dr. Giles enjoys taking care of pregnancies affected by diabetes and high blood pressure.
Dr. Giles is married to the world’s best husband, who has moved from city to city supporting his wife’s career path. He also cooks! They enjoy scuba diving together and have traveled all over the Caribbean seeing some of the most beautiful underwater sights. The couple is delighted to be moving to Richmond where they are eager to start and raise their family and to become part of this great community.
Special Professional Interests
Management of uterine fibroids
Abnormal uterine bleeding
Hypertension in pregnancy
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Degree: BA in Spanish Language and Literature
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie Pennsylvania
Medstar Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC
Memberships / Societies
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
International Academy of Pelvic Surgery
Sigma Sigma Phi Osteopathic Honor Society
American Medical Association
American Osteopathic Association
Honors & Distinctions
Luis Sanz Excellence in Gynecologic Surgery—2016
Georgetown University Hospital Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology—2016
Georgetown University Hospital Excellence in Gynecologic Oncology—2016
If you are new to Richmond: What are you most looking forward to about living here?
My husband and I are relocating to Richmond from Washington DC because we want to be closer to a part of the family we don’t get to see often enough. Additionally – we love Richmond! What an interesting place, full of delicious unique food, outdoor activities, and a strong sense of community. We most look forward to becoming a part of the community, while starting and raising our family.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy going to the movies (movie theaters with reclining seats and full menus are the BEST), trying new restaurants, going on day-trips around the DC/Virginia area, and traveling with friends.
What are some things you never leave home without?
Chapstick! I can survive a whole day without my cellphone, wallet, and probably even keys. Without chapstick, however, the day is pretty much ruined.
How do your patients describe you?
My patients describe me as genuine in all aspects of their care—from truly listening to their problems, to creating a treatment plan customized to their specific needs, to being respectful of their time.
Why did you choose to practice medicine, and/or your field?
I always knew that I was going to be a doctor because I grew up watching my mother love her job as a physician. I figured if I could have a career that was as fulfilling as hers, it was worth the work to achieve it. I chose OB/Gyn because I knew I wanted to be a surgeon, but I also wanted to be an ongoing part of my patients’ lives. Ob/Gyn, I believe, is one of the most rewarding specialties because it affords you the privilege of helping women during some of the most important moments in their lives, thereby cementing a meaningful relationship that is only enriched over years of continued care.
What was your favorite subject in school?
Spanish – I was a Spanish major in college, which gave me the opportunity to study abroad in Argentina. I loved learning about the culture and I am grateful every day that I learned to speak Spanish as I use it all the time.
If you hadn’t become a doctor, what profession would you have chosen?
I’d definitely be a teacher. I have always been interested in lifelong learning and in teaching others. Luckily, my career as a physician fulfills both of those interests on a daily basis.
What would you like to learn more about?
I would love to know more about scuba diving. There are all kinds of advanced courses to take and I’m slowly working them off of a list. I am especially interested in wreck-diving and night-diving. Up next is an advanced open water diver course.
What’s your favorite thing to eat in a restaurant?
Share 3 words to describe yourself.
Genuine, interested, hard-working.
When you’re craving a snack, what do you reach for?
When no one is looking? Chocolate chip anything. When in public? Hummus and veggies.
Which women’s health issue(s) are you particularly passionate about, and why?
I am particularly interested in abnormal uterine bleeding (irregular or heavy periods), and fibroids (benign growths in the uterus causing heavy bleeding and/or discomfort). These issues interest me because there are so many different ways to approach each of them. My favorite part of Ob/Gyn is getting to know a patient well enough to help them make the right decision for their treatment. For some patients, minimally invasive surgery will be the best decision for them, while for others, medical treatment will be preferable. I feel lucky to be able to offer my patients such a wide range of treatment options, and I find it very rewarding when I can help a patient make an informed decision about the right approach for her treatment.
Name something on your “bucket” list.
Going scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef.
What inspires you?
The desire to constantly improve in both my personal and my professional life, and the drive to perform at my best at all times.
What hobby/activity do you most enjoy, and why?
Scuba diving! Scuba diving is a great hobby because it takes you to the most beautiful places in the world and gives you an activity to do while you’re there! I have been diving in Honduras, St. Croix, Curacao, and Belize and my next trip will be to Bonaire this summer. I have seen all kinds of underwater creatures—from tiny bioluminescent plankton lighting up the water at night, to big blacktip sharks patrolling the reef. Scuba diving is a relaxing escape from dry land.
If you could add 1 hour to your day, what would you do with it?
Spend it deciding what to do! Either reading more fiction, going for a run, or catching up on a TV show.
What music is on your playlist right now?
A wide range of artists: Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, Maroon 5, Kenny Loggins, Eric Church, Elvis Presley, Toby Keith, Jason Derulo, Ricky Skaggs, Keane, Twenty One Pilots, and, of course, Beyonce.
What was your first job, and how old were you at the time?
I was 16 and I worked as a patient navigator at a pediatric center, helping to shuttle the patients where they needed to go and assisting the doctors as needed.
What’s your favorite movie or TV show?
Favorite TV show: Friday Night Lights. Favorite Movie: Jaws.
Do you have a personal or professional motto? If so, what is it?
“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!” (See previous question)