Avner Hershlag, author of MISCONCEPTION


The author is an Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn at NYU and Hofstra University. He is a fertility specialist at the North Shore-LIJ Health System in Long Island, New York, where he is Medical Director of the IVF Program and the Fertility Laboratory, Director of the Donor Egg Program and of Preimplantation Genetic diagnosis (PGD).

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, he completed his medical education at the Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem. His MD thesis was on "Growth and Development of School Children in Israel".

 While in medical school he represented the medical student body at the International Federation of Medical School Association (IFMSA).  At IFMSA he was elected a Board member and Director of the Standing Committee on Medical Education.

 Following medical school, he served as a medical officer in the Israel army for almost five years and completed his service a Captain.  Upon completion of his military service, he went through three years General Surgery residency at the Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus.

 In 1984 he moved with his family moved to the United States where he started an OB/GYN residency at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  In his third year of residency, Dr. Hershlag was awarded the Golden Apple teaching award given to the best teacher at the Medical School.  In his last year of residency, he was awarded a research grant.

 Between 1988 and 1990, Dr. Hershlag spent two years of Fellowship in reproductive endocrinology under the mentorship of Alan DeCherney, MD at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. This was an especially productive period in his career, with multiple research projects. 

 He is the author of over 60 original research papers and over 25 book chapters, among them a chapter in Novak's Textbook of Gynecology. He served as a section editor for the online textbook Up-To-Date.

 A collaborator on several NIH research grants,  voted one of America's top Obstetricians and Gynecologists, he is the recipient of multiple research and teaching awards, including the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) and the Family Building Award by the American Infertility Association (AIA).

 He lives with his wife in Long Island, New York.