I created this Web site to provide information about my subspecialty of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) so that patients and non-patients can be better informed about my practice. You can learn about my professional background (see “About” and “Bio“); browse an update of recent medical articles of interest or commentaries; and read about topics of interest (see “Educate me!“). As a gynecologist, I see patients for routine examinations as well as common gynecological problems (e.g. abnormal bleeding, infections, pelvic pain, endometriosis, contraception). As a Reproductive Endocrinologist, I help patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), puberty or menopause issues (including hormone replacement therapy), abnormal ovulation, birth defects of the vagina or uterus, abnormal sexual development, hirsutism (excess hair), endometriosis, and menstrual disorders. As an infertility specialist, I diagnose the causes of infertility and provide simple or complex treatment such as education, artificial insemination with husband or donor sperm, in vitro fertilization (IVF), ovulation induction with oral or injectable medications (including clomiphene, letrozole, metformin, gonadotropins). I also perform reproductive surgery via laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, and laparotomy.
Below is a video introduction to my practice:
The other day, another physician asked me if I had to start all over again, would I still become a physician and would I still choose Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as my subspecialty. I answered with a resounding “yes”. I feel very fortunate to get up every morning looking forward to going to work. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to help people every day, that is every day, including weekends and holidays. All my patients have my pager number, and this pager is on 24 hours a day. I simply love my job and don’t plan to retire!
I graduated from medical school in 1984. After finishing an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency in 1988, I took a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. In 1990, I joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and became the director of the assisted reproductive technology there. In 1995, I moved my practice to the private sector, to INTEGRIS Medical Center, where I became the medical director of the Bennett Fertility Institute. I still maintain an appointment at OUHSC as a Clinical Associate Professor, although most of my time is spent in direct patient care in my private practice. I am board-certified in both general Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
My background is different than most. I grew up in Israel and immigrated to the United States in 1976. I did 3 years of military service in Israel and started college 4 years later than my peers. I had the opportunity to travel extensively prior to college, and to work as a sheet metal worker, fruit picker, waiter, orderly, gardener and pool cleaner before practicing medicine. Clearly, I gave myself enough time to select a suitable career and also to learn what not to take for granted. I don’t play golf but I am very involved in community activities, charity, and medical politics. Most importantly, I love my profession and I hope that it shows!
Here is a general description of my practice and the type of medical problems that I evaluate and treat:
Surgery and assisted reproductive technology (ART):