Dr. Zaher Merhi, MD, FACOG

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN IVF TECHNOLOGIES
Board Certified, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Merhi is an internationally recognized fertility doctor, guest lecturer and grant reviewer. With a strong background in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, his research focuses on “needle-free IVF”. The purpose of needle-free IVF is to use oral medications instead of the daily injections and also to measure hormones in the urine and saliva rather than in the blood. His research also focuses on obesity-related infertility, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Minimal Stimulation IVF (Mini IVF), and Natural IVF for women with low ovarian reserve.

Dr. Merhi attained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York after which he did a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. Subsequently, he completed a three-year Clinical Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.

Board-certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Merhi is an Assistant Professor in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. As an active researcher and honoree of many awards, Dr. Merhi has published over 60 manuscripts in respected medical journals such as Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Fertility and Sterility, and Human Reproduction, as well as many book chapters. He continues to present his research at national and international scientific conferences. Various media outlets have reported on his research including ABC News, Medscape, and dietsinreview.com.

Dr. Merhi serves as a Chair, Moderator, Reviewer, and Member on several committees such as American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), New England Fertility Society, Society for Reproductive Investigation, and Endocrine Society. He has also served as a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Health (NIH). He evaluates, edits, and reviews manuscripts for over 60 scientific journals. Dr. Merhi uses his extensive research background to provide the most up-to-date medical advances in infertility treatments.

Dr. Merhi Speaks English, Arabic, French and Spanish.
Message from Dr. Merhi

“I look to form a personal relationship with patients to establish confidence and provide superior fertility and endocrinology care.”

AWARDS & SPECIAL RECOGNITION

  • 2014 Internal Grant Program Award, University of Vermont College of medicine, Burlington VT
  • 2014 Ferring Pharmaceuticals Grant Award Recipient, Investigator Initiated Trial
  • 2013 ASRM Grant Recipient
  • 2013 Teaching Award (twice) for Medical Students, University of Vermont College of medicine, Burlington VT
  • 2012 Young Research Investigator Award, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yeshiva University, Bronx NY
  • 2012 Henry L. Moses Prize recipient, Basic Science category, Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
  • 2010 Ferring Pharmaceuticals Grant Award Recipient, New England Fertility Society, Tewksbury, MA
  • 2007 T32 recipient for The Aging Institute at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yeshiva University, Bronx NY
  • 2007 Grant recipient from Resnick Gerontology Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yeshiva University, Bronx NY
  • 2007 Clinical Investigator Workshop recipient, Endocrine Society, San Francisco, CA
  • 2007 The Ralph Wynn Award; Teaching Resident Award. Department of OB/GYN, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn NY
  • 2007 Grant recipient from Maimonides Research and Development Foundation, Brooklyn NY
  • 2007 The Brooklyn Gynecological Society of Brooklyn and Staten Island. Participant Award, Residents’ Night, April 18
  • 2007 New York Obstetrical Society Resident and Fellow Research Night Award for outstanding resident paper, April 10
  • 2006 Grant recipient from Maimonides Research and Development Foundation, Brooklyn NY
  • 2005 Teaching Resident Award. Department of OBGYN, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn NY

PUBLICATIONS

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Zhang JJ, Yang M, Merhi Z. Reproductive potential of mature oocytes after conventional ovarian hyperstimulation for in vitro fertilization. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2016 Jan 15

Merhi Z, Thornton K, Bonney E, Cipolla MJ, Charron MJ, Buyuk E. Ovarian kisspeptin expression is related to age and to monocyte chemoattractant protein-1. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2016 Feb 15

Hessol NA, Holman S, Minkoff H, Cohen MH, Golub ET, Kassaye S, Karim R, Sosanya O, Shaheen C, Merhi Z. Menstrual cycle phase and single tablet antiretroviral medication adherence in women with HIV. AIDS Care. 2016;28:11-21

Zhang JJ, Merhi Z, Yang M, Bodri D, Chavez-Badiola A, Repping S, van Wely M. Minimal stimulation IVF vs conventional IVF: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016;214:96.e1-8

Sciaranghella G, Wang C, Hu H, Anastos K, Merhi Z, Nowicki M, Stanczyk FZ, Greenblatt RM, Cohen M, Golub ET, Watts DH, Alter G, Young MA, Tsibris AM. CCR5 Expression Levels in HIV-Uninfected Women Receiving Hormonal Contraception. J Infect Dis. 2015;212:1397-401

Zhang JJ, Feret M, Chang L, Yang M, Merhi Z. Obesity adversely impacts the number and maturity of oocytes in conventional IVF not in minimal stimulation IVF. Gynecol Endocrinol. 2015;31:409-13.

Merhi Z, Polotsky AJ, Bradford AP, Buyuk E, Chosich J, Phang T, Jindal S, Santoro N. Adiposity Alters Genes Important in Inflammation and Cell Cycle Division in Human Cumulus Granulosa Cell. Reprod Sci. 2015;22:1220-8

Merhi Z, Doswell A, Marilyn Cipolla M. Vitamin D Alters Genes Involved in Follicular Development and Steroidogenesis in Human Cumulus Granulosa Cells. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014;99:1137-45.

Merhi Z, Irani M, Doswell AD, Ambroggio J. Follicular Fluid Soluble Receptor for Advanced Glycation End-Products (sRAGE): A Potential Indicator of Ovarian Reserve. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014;99:E226-33

Merhi Z. Advanced Glycation End-Products: Pathway of Potentially Significant Pathophysiological and Therapeutic Relevance for Metabolic Syndrome in Menopausal Women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014;99:1146-8.

Irani, Minkoff H, Seifer DB, Merhi Z. Vitamin D Increases Serum Levels of the Soluble Receptor for Advanced Glycation End Products in Women with PCOS. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014;99:886-90

12. Merhi Z. Advanced Glycation End-Products and their Relevance in Female Reproduction. Hum Reprod. 2014;29:135-45.

Berger DS, Zapantis A, Merhi Z, Younger J, Polotsky AJ, Jindal SK. Embryo quality but not pronuclear score is associated with clinical pregnancy following IVF. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2014;31:279-83

Merhi Z, Buyuk E, Berger D, Zapantis A, Israel D, Chua Jr S, Jindal S. Leptin Suppresses Anti-Mullerian Hormone Gene Expression through JAK2/STAT3 Pathway in Luteinized Granulosa Cells of Women Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization. Hum Reprod. 2013;28:1661-9

Merhi Z, Zapantis A, Berger DS, Jindal SK. Determining an anti-mullerian hormone cutoff level to predict clinical pregnancy following in vitro fertilization in women with severely diminished ovarian reserve. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2013;30:1361-5.

Berger DS, Merhi Z, Hogge WA, Ferrell RE. Mannose binding lectin genotypes are not associated with increased risk of unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2013;30:723-7

Merhi Z, Keltz J, Zapantis A, Younger J, Berger D, Lieman H, Jindal S, Polotsky A. Male Adiposity Impairs Clinical Pregnancy Rate by In Vitro Fertilization without Affecting Day 3 Embryo Quality. Obesity. 2013;21:1608-12

Merhi Z, Pollack SE. Pituitary origin of persistently elevated human chorionic gonadotropin in a patient with gonadal failure. Fertil Steril. 2013;99:293-6

Merhi Z, Seifer D.B.,Weedon J, Adeyemi O., Holman S., Anastos K., Golub E., Young M., Karim R., Greenblatt R., Minkoff H. Circulating Vitamin D Correlates with Serum Anti-Mullerian Hormone Levels in Late Reproductive-Aged Women: Women’s Interagency HIV Study. Fertil Steril. 2012;98:228-34.

Aslam M, Merhi Z, Ahmed S, Kuzbari O, Seifer D, Minkoff H. Changes in plasma müllerian-inhibiting substance and brain-derived neurotrophic factor after chemotherapy in premenopausal women. Fertil Steril. 2011;95:1790-3.

Aslam M., Vemareddy K., Merhi Z., Minkoff H. Unusual case of postpartum hepatitis due to hereditary haemochromatosis. BJOG. 2010;117:620-2.

Todd B*, Merhi Z*, Shu J, Etgen A, Neal-Perry G. Hypothalamic insulin-like growth factor-I receptors are necessary for hormone-dependent luteinizing hormone surges: implications for female reproductive aging. Endocrinology. 2010;151:1356-66. *both are first authors

Lederman M, Lebesgue D, Gonzalez V, Shu J, Merhi Z, Etgen A, Neal-Perry G. Age-related LH surge dysfunction correlates with reduced responsiveness of hypothalamic anteroventral periventricular nucleus kisspeptin neurons to estradiol positive feedback in middle-aged rats. Neuropharmacology. 2010;58:314-20.

Mahmoud M., Merhi Z. Computed tomography-assisted laparoscopic removal of intraabdominally migrated levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine systems. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2010;281:627-30.

Haberman S, Feldman J, Merhi Z, Markenson G, Cohen W, Minkoff H. Effect of clinical-decision support on documentation compliance in an electronic medical record. Obstet Gynecol. 2009;114:311-7.

Mahmoud M., Fridman D., Merhi Z. Subserosal Misplacement of Essure Device Manifested by Late Onset Acute Pelvic Pain. Fertil Steril. 2009;92:2038.e1-3.

Merhi Z., Minkoff H, Messerlian G, Macura, Feldman J and Seifer D. Plasma Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor in Women after Bariatric Surgery. Fertil Steril. 2009;91:1544-8.

Merhi Z., Durkin H, Feldman J, Macura J, Rodriguez C and Minkoff H. The Effect of Bariatric Surgery on Peripheral Blood Lymphocyte Subsets in Women. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2009;5:165-71.

Merhi Z., Messerlian G, Minkoff H, Eklund E, Macura J, Feldman J, Rodriguez C, Seifer D. Comparison of Serum and Plasma Measurements of Mullerian Inhibiting Substance. Fertil Steril. 2008;89:1836-7.

Merhi Z., Minkoff H, Macura J, Feldman J, Rodriguez C, Seifer D. Relationship of Bariatric Surgery to Mullerian-Inhibiting Substance Levels. Fertil Steril. 2008;90:221-4.

Arora R., Merhi Z., Khulpateea N., Roth D. and Minkoff H. Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome Following a Molar Pregnancy Evacuation. Fertil Steril. 2008;90:1197.e5-7.

Merhi Z., Haberman S. Syncopal Episode as the Presenting Symptom of Jugular Vein Thrombosis in Pregnancy. J Reprod Med. 2007;52:535-6.

Mahmoud M, Merhi Z. Complete Hydatiform Mole with Surviving Coexistent Twin in a Patient with Sickle Cell Disease. J Reprod Med. 2007;52:567-9.

Merhi Z. And Santoro N. Postmenopausal Virilization after Spousal Use of Topical Androgens. Fertil Steril. 2007;87:976.e13-5.

Awonuga A., Merhi Z., Awonuga M., Samuels T., Waller J., Pring D. Anthropometric Measurements In the Diagnosis of Pelvic Size: An Analysis of Maternal Height and Shoe Size and Computed Tomography Pelvimetric Data. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2007;276:523-8.

Hammoud A., Merhi Z., Diamond M., Baumann P. Recurrent Pregnancy Loss and Obstetric Outcome. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2007;96:28-9.

Awonuga A., Merhi Z., Khulpateea K. An Abdominal Packing Procedure for Intractable Obstetrical and Gynecologic Hemorrhage. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2006;93:160-3.

Merhi Z., Awonuga A. Acute Abdominal Pain as the Presenting Symptom of Isolated Iliac Vein Thrombosis in Pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2006;107:468-470.

Rotas M, Haberman S, Merhi Z., Morcos M. Prenatal Diagnosis of Giant Fetal Truncal Hemangioma Using Two and Three- Dimensional Ultrasound With Magnetic Resonance Imaging. J Ultrasound Med. 2006;25:527-31.

Merhi Z., Roberts J, Awonuga A. A Case of 46,X,der(X)t(X;X)(q22.1;p11) Xq22.1?Xqter in a 12 Year Old Girl with Premature Ovarian Failure. Gynecol Obstet Invest. 2006;63:137-139.

Awonuga A, Greenbaum L., Merhi Z., Levgur M., Minkoff H. Vesicovaginal Fistula Associated With Cytomegalovirus Infection In An HIV-infected Patient. Gynecol Obstet Invest. 2006;63:143-145.

Merhi Z., Haberman S, Roberts J, Sobol-Benin G. Prenatal Diagnosis of Palatal Teratoma by 3-Dimensional Sonography and Color Doppler Imaging. J Ultrasound Med. 2005;24:1317-20.