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Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D.

Board Certified Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Dr. Hirshfeld is an expert in the fertility field with great bedside manner, honesty, and compassion. I highly recommend Dr. Hirshfeld.


Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) and has been practicing medicine since 2004. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the University of Chicago, and then completed her three-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Northwestern.

Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron’s professional interests include fertility preservation, which involves preserving fertility for women facing diseases of which treatment could impair ovarian function, as well as women choosing to delay fertility for social or personal reasons. Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron is well-published in the areas of fertility preservation and cost analysis of fertility therapies.

Her personal practice philosophy stems not only from her clinical expertise but from her experience as a woman and a mother. She understands the importance of individualized, comprehensive infertility care.

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  • Medical School: University of Minnesota
  • Internship: University of Chicago
  • Residency: University of Chicago
  • Fellowship: Northwestern University
  • Advocate Christ Medical Center
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Advocate Lutheran General
  • Ambulatory SurgiCenter Downers Grove
  • Northshore Evanston Hospital
  • Northshore Glenbrook Hospital
  • Northshore Highland Park Hospital
  • Northshore Skokie Hospital
  • 900 North Michigan Surgery Center
  • Reproductive Endocrinology Award, PCRS Meeting — 2010
  • Resident mentee received a travel scholarship based on her work at ASRM in 2012.
  • Doris Duke Research Fellowship — 2008-2011
  • Masters in Clinical Research and Investigation, Northwestern — 2011
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2024
  • Jennifer B. Bakkensen, M.D., Elise Heisler, M.D., Katherine Bolten, M.D., Bahar Yilmaz, M.D., Jill Smiley, M.PH.,c Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., and Eve C. Feinberg, M.D. Validation of Prognosis-based In Vitro Fertilization Grant Selection Criteria, September 2023: 296-291. Fertility Sterility Vol. 4, No. 3.
  • Jawaria Amir, MD, Sara Twiehaus, DO, Monica Dholakia, BS, Maria Amir, BS, Sloane L. York, MD MPH, Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron, MD. Opinions of Transgender, Gender nonconforming, and Non-binary People on Value of Fertility Preservation: A Cross-Sectional Survey, October 2022. ASRM Congress & Scientific Expo.
  • Jawaria Amir, MD, Sonali Gupta, MD, Amalia Namath, M.D., Channing Burks, MD, Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron, MD. The Impact of COVID-19 on Burnout in Healthcare Workers: A Cross-Sectional Survey, October 2022. ASRM Congress & Scientific Expo.
  • Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., Tingen C, TK Woodruff. Fertility Preservation in Patients with Endometrioma, 2012:Chapter 57. Endometriosis: Science and Practice.
  • Sona Jasani, Beth Heller, Sue Jasulaitis, Marie Davidson, Ph. D., and Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D. Impact of a Structured Yoga Program on Anxiety in Infertility Patients: A Feasibility Study, 2016: 4: 183. Journal of Fertilization: In Vitro – IVF-Worldwide, Reproductive Medicine, Genetics & Stem Cell Biology.
  • Lawson AK, Klock SC, Pavone ME, Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., Smith KN, Kazer RR. Psychological Counseling of Female Fertility Preservation Patients, 2015: 333-353. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.
  • Pavone ME, Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D. Fertility Preservation Outcomes May Differ by Cancer Diagnosis, 2014: 111-118. Journal of Human Reproductive Scien=ces.
  • Lawson AK, Klock SC, Pavone ME, Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., Smith KN, Kazer RR.. A Prospective Study of Depression and Anxiety in Female Fertility Preservation and Infertility Patients., 2014: 1377-1384. Fertility Sterility.
  • Pavone ME, Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., Tingen C, Thomas C, Thomas J, Lowe MP, Schink JC, Woodruff TK. Human Ovarian Tissue Cortex Surrounding Benign and Malignant Lesions, 2014: 582-589. Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences.
  • Hershberger P, L Finnegan, S Altfeld, S Lake and Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D. Toward Theoretical Understanding of the Fertility Preservation Decision-Making Process: Examining Information Processing Among Young Woman with Cancer, 2013: 27(4): 257-275. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice.
  • Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D. and J Winter. Laparoscopic Tubal Reanastomosis versus In Vitro Fertilization: Cost-Based Decision Analysis, 2013: 209(1):56.e1-6. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
  • Zhou P, Baumgarten SC, Wu Y, Bennett J, Winston N, Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., Stocco C. IGF-I Signaling is Essential for FSH Stimulation of AKT and Steroidogenic Genes in Granulosa Cells, 2013: 27(3):511-23.
  • T Perry and Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D. Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine to Achieve Fertility in Uninsured Patients, 2013: 68(4):305-11. Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey.
  • Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D. Cost Implications to Society of Delaying Childbearing, 2013: 8 (1):9-14. Expert Review of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
  • Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., van Loendersloot LL, Mol BW, Goddijn M, Grobman WA, Moolenaar LM, Milad MP. Cost-Effective Analysis of Oocyte Cryopreservation: Stunning Similarities But Differences Remain, 2012: 27(12):3639. Human Reproduction.
  • Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., WA Grobman, MP Milad. Fertility Preservation for Social Indications: A Cost-Based Decision Analysis, 2012: 97(3):665-70. Fertility Sterility.KN Goldman, Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., ME Pavone, AP Thomas, RL Vogelzang, MP Milad. Uterine Artery Embolization Immediately Preceding Laparoscopic Myomectomy, 2012: 116(2):105-8. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics.
  • Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., M Sugiura-Ogasawara, MD Stephenson. Management of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Associated with a Parental Carrier of a Reciprocal Translocation: A Systematic Review, 2011: 29(6):470-481. Seminars in Reproductive Medicine.
  • Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., FE Duncan, M Xu, JK Jozefik, LD Shea, TK Woodruff. Animal Age, Weight, and Estrus Cycle Stage Impact the Quality of In Vitro Grown Follicles, 2011: 26(9):2473-2485. Human Reproduction.
  • Pavone ME, Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., Tingen C, Thomas C, Thomas J, Lowe MP, Schink JC, Woodruff TK.. Cost Implications to Society of Delaying Childbearing, 2013: 8 (1):9-14. Expert Review of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
  • Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., C Gracia, TK Woodruff. Non-malignant Diseases and Treatments Associated with Primary Ovarian Failure: An Expanded Role for Fertility Preservation, 2011: 20(10):1467-77. Journal of Women’s Health.
  • ME Pavone, J Innes, Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., R Kazer, J Zhang. Comparing Thaw Survival, Implantation and Live Birth Rates from Cryopreserved Zygotes, Embryos, and Blastocysts, 2011: 4(1):23-8. Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences.
  • Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., ME Pavone, RR Kazer. The Progressive Simplification of the Infertility Evaluation, 2011: 66(1):31-41. Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey.
  • F Jahangiri, Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., K Goldman, ME Pavone, S Gerber, S Klock. Correlation Between Depression, Anxiety and Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy in IVF Population – A Pilot Study, 2011: 32(3):113-118. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology.
  • FE Duncan, JK Jozefik, AM Kim, Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., TK Woodruff. The Gynecologist has a Unique Role in Providing Oncofertilty Care to Young Cancer Patients, 2011: (1):24-34. US Obstetrics & Gynecology (Volume 5).
  • C Lim, Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., C McCarthy, Z-M Chen, and M Milad. A Unique Pathology Associated with Pelvic Pain and Adnexal Mass, 2011: 95(7):2432.e9-11. Fertility Sterility.
  • E Cardozo E, ME Pavone ME, Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D. Metabolic Syndrome and Oocyte Quality, 2011: 22(3):103-109. Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism.
  • M Xu, AT Fazleabas, A Shikanov, E Jackson E, SL Barrett, Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D., SE Kiesewetter, LD Shea, TK Woodruff. In Vitro Oocyte Maturation and Preantral Follicle Culture from the Luteal Phase Baboon Ovary Produce Mature Oocytes., 2013: 84(4):689-697. Biology of Reproduction.
  • More than 100 presentations at national meetings
  • Over 30 manuscripts published
  • Published more than 20 articles
  • Co-PI Yoga study


I love getting to know a couple during such a difficult, but often a very exciting time.

I am most proud of my ability to really listen to patients and help them feel they are an active member of the decision-making process.

I like helping couples learn about the very exciting technologies and treatments that are available. I love being in a field that is constantly evolving.

I have a special interest in fertility preservation, recurrent pregnancy loss, and cost-based decision analysis.

I strive to provide personalized excellence in care.

I had a humor column in my high school newspaper.

I love to do yoga, run, see movies, and spend time with friends and family. The BRAVO network is my newest hobby!

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