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Christos Coutifaris, MD, PhD

Christos Coutifaris, MD, PhD Physician

Chief, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Nancy and Richard Wolfson Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages spoken:

  • French
  • Greek

Dr. Coutifaris is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. C Coutifaris

Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2012

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014

Clinical Specialties


  • Obstetrics & Gynecology

Programs & Services:

  • Fertility

Board Certification:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology - Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility, 1991
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1988

Conditions & Treatments:

  • donor egg

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Fellow, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Examiner, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (general and subspecialty oral examinations), Hellenic Medical Society of Greater Philadelphia, Member, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Board of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), NIH, Ad Hoc Member, Population Research Committee (1995) (Special Review Committee of Population Research Council), NIH, Ad Hoc Member, Reproductive Endocrinology (REN) Study Section (1998, 1999), NIH, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Special Review Committee, Epidemiology Study Section (1998), NIH, Special Review Committee (T32 Grants Review; 1995), NIH, Standing Member, Reproductive Endocrinology (REN) Study Section (1999-2003), NIH, Subcommittee of Reproductive Endocrinology Study Section for review of phase I and phase II SBIR and STTR grants, (ad hoc member, 1996, 1999), Philadelphia Area Reproductive Endocrinology Society, Philadelphia Obstetrical Society, Scientific Program Committee, member, Society for Gynecologic Investigation Annual Meetings 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, Society for Gynecologic Investigation, Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Society for the Study of Reproduction, Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies, The Endocrine Society,


Dr. Coutifaris is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Loret de Mola JR., Barnhart K., Kopf, GS., Heyner, S., Garside, W., Coutifaris, C: Comparison of two culture systems for the in-vitro growth and maturation of mouse pre-antral follicles Clin Exp Obstet & Gyn 31:15-19 : 2004.

Myers ER, Silva S, Barnhart K, Groben PM, Richardson MS, Robboy SJ and Coutifaris C: for the National Cooperative Reproductive Medicine Network: Inter- and Intraobserver Variability in the Histologic Dating of the Endometrium in Fertile and Infertile Women Fertil Steril : 2004.

Coutifaris C, ER. Myers ER, Guzick DS, Diamond MP, Carson SA, Legro RS, McGovern PG, Schlaff WD,.Carr BR, Steinkampf MP, Silva S, Vogel DL and Leppert PC: for the National Cooperative Reproductive Medicine Network: Histological Dating of Timed Endometrial Biopsy Tissue Is Not Related to Fertility Status. Fertil Steril : 2004.

Esposito, M., Coutifaris, C, Barnhart, KT.: Moderately elevated day 3 FSH concentration has limited predictive value, especially in younger women Human Reprod 17 : 118-123,2002.

Barnhart KT., Dunsmoor, R., Coutifaris, C: Endometriosis and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: A meta analysis Fertil Steril 77 : 1148-1155,2002.

Esposito, M.A., Barnhart, K.T., Coutifaris, C., Patrizio, P.: The role of peri-ovulatory LH concentrations during ART cycles stimulated exclusively with recombinant FSH Fertil.Steril 75 : 519-524,2001.

Makrigiannakis, A., Zoumakis, E., Kalantaridou, S., Coutifaris, C., Margioris, A.N., Coukos, G., Rice, K.C., Gravanis, A., Chroussos, G.P.: Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone promotes blastocyst implantation and early maternal tolerance Nature Immunol 2 : 1018-1024,2001.

Guzick, D.S., Overstreet, J.W., Factor-Litvack, P Brazil, C.K., Nakajima, Coutifaris, C., S.T, Carson, S.A., Cisneros, P., Steinkampf, M.P., Hill, J.A., Dong Xu M., Vogel,D.L.: Sperm morphology, motility and concentration in fertile and infertile men N.Engl. J. Med 345 : 1388-1393,2001.

Makrigiannakis, A., Coukos, G., Tilly, J., Coutifaris, C.: Expression of Wilm’s Tumor Antigen –1 (WT-1) in human ovary and its role in apoptosis J Clin Endocrinol and Metab 85 : 449-459,2000.

Neilson, L., Andalibi, A., Kang, D., Coutifaris, C., Strauss, J.F., III., Stanton, J.L., Green, D.P: Molecular phenotype of the human oocyte by PCR-SAGE Gemp,ocs 63 : 13-24,2000.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, 106 Dulles

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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