Zitao Liu, MD, PhD

Board Certified Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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Dr. Zitao Liu is world-renowned fertility doctor with a deep understanding of the field of Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART). His focus is on the development and implementation of individualized patient protocols in order to maximize a patient’s chance of conception. He received his medical degree from the Norman Bethune University of Medical Sciences in China, then went on to earn his PhD from Wayne State University, studying pre-implantation embryonic development and completed his post-doctoral research on uterine responses to embryo implantation at Vanderbilt University. He completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, an affiliate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and, before joining New Hope Fertility Center in New York City, he practiced academic medicine as an attending physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts Medical Center.

Dr. Liu has received many teaching awards from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Tufts University School of Medicine, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Years of clinical practice and academic research have shown Dr. Liu the limitations of conventional IVF. He is not only a strong advocate of minimal stimulation IVF protocols (Natural IVF and Mini-IVF™) for indicated patients, but is an accomplished surgeon for minimally invasive procedures as well.

Dr. Liu still actively continues his clinical research in embryo implantation and trophoblast differentiation. At the same time, he is constantly pursuing the development of new medical devices, novel medications, and advanced diagnostic approaches.

Dr. Liu Speaks English and Chinese.

Message from Dr. Zitao Liu

“I would like to integrate the results of the cutting-edge research into clinical practice and find the best protocol for each individual woman I work with.”

Awards & Special Recognition


Awards & Special Recognition

1989 — 1990
British Medical Research Council research Grant
1993 — 1997
China-Cornell Fellowship sponsored by Rockefeller Foundation, USA
Winner of the General Prize Paper, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting; title: In vitro maturation of human preovulatory oocytes following germinal vesicle transfer
Winner of the first place poster, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting, 1997; title: Electrical activation and in vitro development of Human oocytes which failed fertilization following intracytoplasmic sperm injection (JCSJ)
Winner of the best resident research project, Department of OB/Gyn, New York University Medical Center
2002 — 2004
ASRM/Organon Research Award to study on “Mitochondrial DNA segregations following nuclear transfer in mouse oocytes”; $50,000 for two years TOP 10 of New York
Resolve Hope Award for Achievement
2015 — 2017
Top Fertility Clinic
Nature’s Ten- Ten people that mattered in 2016”
Busiest IVF Clinics- Forbes
2016 Foreign Policy- Global Thinkers Award Nominee


Liu Z, Yang M, Zhang J. (2015) The role of preimplantation genetics screening in oocyte donor IVF cycles. Annual Meeting of ASRM

Shu C, Liu Z, Cui L, Tang J, Sperling R, Wei C Cui M, Lian G, Li W, Jiang J, Zhang W, Zhang D, He J, Ye F. (2014) Protein profile in human preeclampsia placenta. PLoS One. 9(11):e112890.

Fenton A, Frank B, Liu Z (2014) Hysteroscopically and laparoscopically removal of Essure microinsert 320 days post-Essure placement. 43rd Annual Meeting of AAGL

Shou C, Li J, Liu Z (2011) Complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. Chin J Integr Med 17 (12): 883-888

Liu Z, Kuokkanen S, Pal L (2010) Profile of steroid receptors expression in endometrial polyp. Repro Sciences 17(4):377-383

Armant D, Xie H, Wang H, Liu Z, Chiang P, Petkova P, Das S. (2008) Maternal HBEGF Deficiency Restricts Placentation in Mice. 41st SSR Annual Meeting

Liu Z, Niklaus A, Pollack S, Santoro N, Pollard J, Pal L (2007) Genetic Heterogeneity Underlies Pathogenic Mechanisms In Endometrial Polyps. 63rd Annual Meeting of ASRM

Liu Z, Kilburn B, Leach R, Romero R, Paria BC, Armant DR. (2004) Histamine enhances cytotrophoblast invasion by inducing intracellular calcium transients through the histamine type-1 receptor. Mol Reprod Dev 68:345-53.

Liu Z, Armant DR. Histamine enhances cytotrophoblast invasion by inducing intracellular calcium transients through the histamine type-1 receptor. Oral presentation and Poster in 2003 Annual Meeting of Society of Gynecologic Investigation

Liu Z, Armant DR. (2004) Lysophosphatidic acid regulates murine blastocyst development by transactivation of embryonic heparin-binding EGF-Like growth factor (HB-EGF). Exp Cell Res 296:317-26.

Leach R., Kilburn B, Wang J, Liu Z, Romero R, Armant R. (2004) Heparin-binding EGF-like growth factor regulates human extravillous cytotrophoblast development during conversion to the invasive phenotype. Dev Bio 266:223-37.

Liu Z, Armant DR. (2003) Lysophophatidic acid accelerates murine embryonic development by transactivating c-erb B4 receptor. Oral presentation and Poster in 36th Annual Meeting of Society for the Study of Reproduction

Liu Z, Armant DR. (2001) Histamine induces intracellular calcium transients via H1 receptor. Oral Presentation and Poster in 34th Annual Meeting of Society for the Study of Reproduction

Armant DR, Wang J, Liu Z. (2000) Intracellular signaling in the developing blastocyst as a consequence of the maternal-embryonic dialogue. Semin Reprod Med 18: 273-87.

Liu Z, Li L, Wang J, Yang Y (1998) Effects of ureaplasma urealyticum intrauteral infection in uterus on the birth weight of newborns. Acdamic J N Bethune Univ Med Sci 24:482-483

Yang Y, Liu Z (1998) A study on the relationships between Ureaplasma urealyticum infection and premature rupture of membrane. Chin J Birth Health Heredity 6:21-26

Yue Y, Liu Z, Zhang L (1997) The perinatal vertical transmission of hepatitis delta virus infection between gravida and fetus. J Newborn 12:208-209

Yue Y, Liu Z, Yue J (1997) The relationship between level of trace elements and newborns birth weight. Trace Element Health 14: 25-26

Han M, Yiao M, Zhang S, Zhu X, Liu Z (1994) Effect of the delayed neuronal death on immune function. Clinic Neuro 2:71-74

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