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Isaac Schiff, MD

Chief, MGH Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Phone: 617-726-3001
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Clinical Interests
Infertility - male and female
Reproductive Medicine
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, McGill University
Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Residency, Montreal General Hospital
Residency, Tufts Medical Center
Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board Certifications
Reproductive Endocrinology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Dr. Schiff did his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Boston Hospital for Women [now Brigham and Women's Hospital] and a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the same institution. He was the Director of Reproductive Endocrinology at Brigham and Women's Hospital before being selected to head the Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1988. He also became the Joe Vincent Meigs Professor of Gynecology at Harvard Medical School at the same time. He is Past President of the North American Menopause Society and Editor-in-Chief of its journal, Menopause. In addition, he chairs the Medical Advisory Board for Pause, the consumer magazine for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

HRT for Symptom Relief vs. Breast Cancer Risks U.S. News & World Report


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Schiff I, Tulchinsky D, Ryan KJ.  Vaginal absorption of estrone and 17?-estradiol.  Fertil Steril 28(10):1063-1066, 1977. 

Schiff I, Regestein Q, Tulchinsky D, Ryan KJ.  Effects of estrogens on sleep and psychological state of hypogonadal women.  JAMA 242(22): 2405-2407, 1979. 

Schiff I, Ryan KJ.  Benefits of estrogen replacement.  Obstet Gynecol Surv. 35(6):400-411, 1980. 

Schiff I, Tulchinsky D, Cramer D, Ryan KJ.  Oral medroxyprogesterone in the treatment of postmenopausal symptoms.  JAMA 244(13):1443-1445, 1980. 

Schiff I, Sela HK, Cramer D, Tulchinsky D, Ryan KJ.  Endometrial hyperplasia in women on cyclic or continuous estrogen regimens.  Fertil Steril. 37(1):79-82, 1982. 

Frisch RE, Wyshak G, Albright TE, Albright NL, Schiff I.  Lower prevalence of diabetes in female former college athletes compared with nonathletes.  Diabetes 35(10):1101-1105, 1986. 

Schiff I.  Summing up the risk:benefit equation.  Menopause 3(2):61-64, 1996.

Schiff I. Executive Summary. Hormone Therapy.  Obstet Gynecol 104(4) Supplement: 1S-4S, 2004.

Schiff I.  The pill and the Pendulum.  Editorial.  Obstet Gynecol 110(2, part1), pp. 228-229, August 2007. 

Shifren JL, and Schiff I.  The role of hormone therapy in the management of menopause.  Obstet Gynecol, 115(5): 839-854, 2010.  

Promoting the benefits of Pap smears

MGH Hotline 12.04.09 The inspiration for creating the CBS Cares public service Pap smears web campaign – featuring MGH Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Chief Isaac Schiff, MD, and gynecologic surgeon Marcela G. del Carmen, MD, MPH – began when a CBS Cares producer overheard a conversation between two women while dining at an Italian restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village.

Inaugural Linda Kelly Nursing Lecture held

MGH Hotline 05.14.10 "Linda makes every patient feel at home -- she's wonderful to work with and an incredible role model for other nurses," said Isaac Schiff, MD, chief of MGH Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology, as he welcomed guests to the inaugural Linda Kelly Nursing Lecture.

MGH and CBS care

MGH Hotline 02.04.11 To promote awareness about the disease and the importance of self-exams, the MGH and CBS Cares are collaborating on a fun, informative public service announcement (PSA).

A model mentor

Isaac Schiff, MD, chief of MGH Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, was presented with the 2013 John T. Potts Jr., MD, Faculty Mentoring Award during a Feb. 12 celebration in the Trustees Room.

Massachusetts General Hospital and CBS Cares collaborate to encourage safe sex among sexually active senior citizens.

As STD rates for seniors soar, a new PSA campaign encourages children and grandchildren to discuss safe sex with their single parents and grandparents.

Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Service
55 Fruit Street
Founders Building
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-3001
Fax: 617-726-7548

Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Service
55 Fruit Street
Founders Building
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-3001
Fax: 617-726-7548

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