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Cigdem (Cori) Tanrikut, MD

Director, Male Reproductive Medicine

Cigdem (Cori) Tanrikut, MD, is a board-certified urologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Urology. She is fellowship-trained in Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery and is a staff member of the MGH Fertility Center.

  • Phone: 617-643-0044
Department of Urology
Clinical Interests
Infertility - male
Vasectomy reversal
No-scalpel vasectomy
Erectile dysfunction
Penile and testicular prostheses
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Danvers: The Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
Medical Education
MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell
Board Certifications
Urology, American Board of Urology
Patient Gateway
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Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Dr. Cigdem ("Cori") Tanrikut completed a Fellowship in Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery at the Cornell Institute for Reproductive Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urology and Reproductive Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Tanrikut received her medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her Urology residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School before moving to New York to pursue fellowship training in male infertility. She returned to Massachusetts General Hospital to join the Department of Urology faculty and works closely with the team of physicians and nurses of the MGH Fertility Center.


Dr. Tanrikut's research interests include varicocele effects on male hormone production and the impact of drugs and environmental exposures on sperm production. While at Cornell, she published several research articles with Drs. Marc Goldstein and Peter Schlegel and has produced numerous scholarly videos in conjunction with Dr. Philip Li. In her role as a post-graduate research fellow at the Population Council, Center for Biomedical Research in New York, she also collaborated closely with Dr. Matthew Hardy on basic science laboratory projects assessing Leydig cell function. Current projects include laboratory efforts to develop novel sperm freezing strategies and clinical studies to explore the relationship between obesity and male fertility.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Selected articles:

Tanrikut C, Feldman AS, et al. Adverse effect of paroxetine on sperm. Fertil Steril 2010; 94:1021.

Tanrikut C, Goldstein M. Varicocele repair for treatment of androgen deficiency. Curr Opin Urol 2010; 20:500.

Tanrikut C, Goldstein M. Obstructive azoospermia: a microsurgical success story. Semin Reprod Med 2009; 27:159.

Tanrikut C, Goldstein M. Varicocele: size does matter. J Urol 2006; 176:1912.

Goldstein M, Tanrikut C. Microsurgical management of male infertility. Nat Clin Pract Urol 2006; 3:3

Cystectomy: A patient education video

What to expect during admission for a cystectomy procedure. A cystectomy is a surgical procedure to removal all or part of the urinary bladder.

Nephrectomy: A patient education video

What to expect during admission for a nephrectomy procedure. A nephrectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the kidney. Surgery may involve one or both kidneys.

Prostatectomy: A patient education video

What to expect during admission for a prostatectomy procedure. A prostatectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the prostate gland.

Same day surgery procedures: A patient education video

What to expect during admission for ambulatory procedures with short recovery time, allowing discharge that day.

Depression Medications May Reduce Male Fertility

As many as half of all men taking the antidepressant medication paroxetine (trade names Seroxat, Paxil) may have increased sperm DNA fragmentation — a predictor of compromised fertility. The study also found that the changes are reversible with normal levels of sperm returning after discontinuation of the drug.

MGH Fertility Center
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-643-0044
Fax: 617-724-8882

Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA 01923-3623

Phone: 978-882-6800
Fax: 978-882-6813