About Isaac Schiff, MD

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 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.

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) News

In the New:  HRT for Symptom Relief vs. Breast Cancer Risks, U.S. News & World Report

Clinical Interests:



Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital

Mass General Fertility Center
55 Fruit St.
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Suite 10A
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-8868

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Medical Education

  • MD, McGill University
  • MD, McGill University Faculty of Medicine
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Residency, Montreal General Hospital
  • Residency, Montreal General Hospital
  • Residency, New Eng. Medical Ctr
  • Residency, Tufts Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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  • 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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