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Tanrikut, Cigdem, 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.



Clinical Interests
  • Infertility - male
  • Vasectomy reversal
  • No-scalpel vasectomy
  • Varicocele
  • Hypogonadism
  • Oncofertility
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Penile and testicular prostheses
Medical Education
  • MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell
Board Certifications
  • Urology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Danvers: The Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
Patient Gateway
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Insurances Accepted
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Railroad Medicare

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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.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

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

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News & Events

  • Environmental Factors and Sperm Quality Indicators

    A trio of studies published in 2014 and 2015, co-authored by Cigdem Tanrikut, MD, director of male reproductive medicine and urologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Urology, shows the impacts of diet and modes of exercise on sperm quality indicators and reproductive ability

  • 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.



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