Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility 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.
Q & A with Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron
What do you like most about what you do?
I love getting to know a couple during such a difficult, but often a very exciting time.
In your practice, what are you most proud of?
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.
Why did you choose to work in the field of reproductive medicine?
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.
What do you consider your special areas of interest in reproductive medicine?
I have a special interest in fertility preservation, recurrent pregnancy loss, and cost-based decision analysis.
What is your approach to medicine?
I strive to provide personalized excellence in care.
Share something unique that most people don’t know about you.
I had a humor column in my high school newspaper.
What do you do for fun in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
I love to do yoga, run, see movies, and spend time with friends and family. The BRAVO network is my newest hobby!
Doctor of Medicine, University of MN, 1999-2004
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago, 2004-2005
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago, 2005-2008
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Northwestern University, 2008-2011
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
Awards and Accreditations
Vice President of the Chicago Coalition for Family Building
More than 100 presentations at national meetings
Co-PI Yoga study
Over 30 manuscripts published
Published more than 20 articles
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
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Media Appearances & Articles
March 14, 2021 | Chicago Health Online: Cancer & Fertility
March 4, 2021 | The Chicago Tribune: Doctors work to dispel COVID-19 vaccine misinformation: ‘There is no evidence that the vaccine can lead to loss of fertility’
February 22, 2021 | Verywell Family: The Latest Answers to Your Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccines
January 11, 2021 | Insider: The best prenatal vitamins for women and how to take them to boost your fertility
October 27, 2020 | Journal of Human Reproductive Services: Parent Perspective on Childhood Development after Assisted Reproductive Technology: A National Survey
April 23, 2020 | Romper: Does Female Masturbation Affect Implantation? The Experts Explain
March 12, 2020 | Talking Fertility: What Infertility Patients Need To Know About The Coronavirus
March 4, 2020 | Romper: Can UTIs Affect Ovulation? The Answer Is Surprisingly Complicated
December 3, 2019 | SheKnows: Is Endometriosis Genetic?
November 9, 2019 | Living Healthy Chicago: How IVF Works
November 7, 2018 | The Jam: 25-Yr-Old Breast Cancer Survivor Froze Her Eggs
October 22, 2018 | Talking Fertility: Breast Cancer Patients Can Preserve Fertility
April 5, 2018 | SELF: Chrissy Teigen Says It Was ‘Devastating’ When Her First IVF Round Didn’t Work
February 12, 2018 | CBS News: Made In Chicago: The Life Foundation
January 24, 2018 | Romper: Do Antibiotics Interfere with Fertility Medications or Treatments?
December 21, 2017 | SELF: How Much Does a Man's Age Matter for His Fertility?
July 11, 2016 | Redbook: You Don't Know Anything About Baby Bumps
February 24, 2016 | Momtastic: What to Eat When You're Trying to Conceive