Obstetrics & Gynecology

Clinical Interests
  • Infertility - male and female
  • Menopause
  • Reproductive Medicine
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
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group

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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

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Research & Publications


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.  

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News & Events

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.


Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Service
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-3001
Fax: 617-726-7548

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