Alex Polotsky, MD
Visiting Clinical Professor, Ob/Gyn-Advanced Repro Med

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Medical School:
  • MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (2000)
Graduate School :
  • MSc, Albert Einstein College Of Medicine (2007)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of Maryland–College Park (1993)
Internship:
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) Program (2001)
Residency:
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) Program, Obstetrics and Gynecology (2004)
Fellowships:
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Montefiore) Program, Reproductive Endocrinology / Infertility (2007)
Languages: Russian, English
Department: Ob/Gyn-Advanced Repro Med

Recognition & Awards

  • A NATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM IN REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2007)
    Division of Equity in Women's & Perinatal Medicine
  • Travel grant , Endocrine Society (2005)
    Endocrine Society workshop for trainees travel grant
  • NATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM IN REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE Recipient, NIH/Society for Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility (2005)

Research Interests

Management of body weight and reproduction/fertility

Teaching

  • Assistant Professor (2010)
    School of Medicine, Ob/Gyn
    Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Weight and Reproduction

Publications

  • Rushing JS, Appiah L, Polotsky AJ, Murray S, Foust E, Hassell K, Roeca C. Ovarian stimulation for fertility preservation in an oncology patient with etonogestrel implant in place. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2021 Jan 6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33409752
  • Eaton JL, Truong T, Li YJ, Polotsky AJ. Prevalence of a Good Perinatal Outcome With Cryopreserved Compared With Fresh Donor Oocytes. Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Feb 6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32028490
  • Gilbert SB, Alvero RJ, Roth L, Polotsky AJ. Direct Methotrexate Injection into the Gestational Sac for Nontubal Ectopic Pregnancy: A Review of Efficacy and Outcomes from a Single Institution. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2020 Jan;27(1):166-172. PubMed PMID: 30930212
  • Roeca C, Johnson RL, Truong T, Carlson NE, Polotsky AJ. Birth outcomes are superior after transfer of fresh versus frozen embryos for donor oocyte recipients. Hum Reprod. 2020 Dec 1;35(12):2850-2859. PubMed PMID: 33190157
  • Roeca C, Johnson R, Carlson N, Polotsky AJ. Preimplantation genetic testing and chances of a healthy live birth amongst recipients of fresh donor oocytes in the United States. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2020 Sep;37(9):2283-2292. PubMed PMID: 32617730
  • Wright CJ, Cari EL, Sandoval J, Bales E, Sam PK, Zarate MA, Polotsky AJ, Kallen AN, Johnson J. Control of Murine Primordial Follicle Growth Activation by I?B/NF?B Signaling. Reprod Sci. 2020 Nov;27(11):2063-2074. PubMed PMID: 32542534
  • Jones K, Ryan S, Carlson NE, Chosich J, Bradford AP, Santoro N, Polotsky AJ. Aromatase Inhibition Ameliorates Decreased LH Output Found in Obese Women. Reprod Sci. 2020 Apr;27(4):1018-1023. PubMed PMID: 32046430
  • Eaton JL, Truong T, Li YJ, Polotsky AJ. Prevalence of a Good Perinatal Outcome With Cryopreserved Compared With Fresh Donor Oocytes. Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Mar;135(3):709-716. PubMed PMID: 32028490
  • Vitek W, Sun F, Baker VL, Styer AK, Christianson MS, Stern JE, Zhang H, Polotsky AJ. Lower antimüllerian hormone is associated with lower oocyte yield but not live-birth rate among women with obesity. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Apr;222(4):363.e1-363.e7. PubMed PMID: 31589862
  • Gilbert SB, Alvero RJ, Roth L, Polotsky AJ. Direct Methotrexate Injection into the Gestational Sac for Nontubal Ectopic Pregnancy: A Review of Efficacy and Outcomes from a Single Institution. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2020 Jan;27(1):166-172. PubMed PMID: 30930212
  • Vitek W, Sun F, Baker VL, Styer AK, Christianson MS, Stern JE, Zhang H, Polotsky AJ. Lower Anti-Mullerian Hormone is Associated with Lower Oocyte Yield but not Live-Birth Rate among Women with Obesity. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31589862
  • Roeca C, Dovey S, Polotsky AJ. Recommendations for assessing ovarian health and fertility potential in survivors of childhood cancer. Maturitas. 2019 Apr;122:57-59. PubMed PMID: 30797531
  • Bauer JL, Kuhn K, Bradford AP, Al-Safi ZA, Harris MA, Eckel RH, Robledo CY, Malkhasyan A, Johnson J, Gee NR, Polotsky AJ. Reduction in FSH Throughout the Menstrual Cycle After Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation in Young Normal Weight but not Obese Women. Reprod Sci. 2019 Aug;26(8):1025-1033. PubMed PMID: 30773100
  • Babcock Gilbert S, Polotsky AJ. Vaginal culture for IVF allows two mothers to carry the same pregnancy: Is more always better?. Case Rep Womens Health. 2019 Jan;21:e00099. PubMed PMID: 30733926
  • Liu H, Polotsky AJ, Grunwald GK, Carlson NE. Bayesian analysis improves pulse secretion characterization in reproductive hormones. Syst Biol Reprod Med. 2018 Feb;64(1):80-91. PubMed PMID: 29287490
  • Christianson MS, Legro RS, Jin S, Eisenberg E, Diamond MP, Hansen KR, Vitek W, Styer AK, Casson P, Coutifaris C, Christman GM, Alvero R, Puscheck EE, Christy AY, Sun F, Zhang H, Polotsky AJ, Santoro N. Comparison of sonohysterography to hysterosalpingogram for tubal patency assessment in a multicenter fertility treatment trial among women with polycystic ovary syndrome. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2018 Dec;35(12):2173-2180. PubMed PMID: 30194618
  • Hamlin A, Bauer JL, Polotsky AJ, Murray SC. Ruptured ectopic pregnancy following a cycle of freeze-all in vitro fertilization: A case report. Case Rep Womens Health. 2018 Jul;19:e00067. PubMed PMID: 30094195
  • Grindler NM, Allshouse AA, Jungheim E, Powell TL, Jansson T, Polotsky AJ. OBGYN screening for environmental exposures: A call for action. PLoS One. 2018;13(5):e0195375. PubMed PMID: 29768418
  • Grindler NM, Vanderlinden L, Karthikraj R, Kannan K, Teal S, Polotsky AJ, Powell TL, Yang IV, Jansson T. Exposure to Phthalate, an Endocrine Disrupting Chemical, Alters the First Trimester Placental Methylome and Transcriptome in Women. Sci Rep. 2018 Apr 17;8(1):6086. PubMed PMID: 29666409
  • Parks JC, McCallie BR, Patton AL, Al-Safi ZA, Polotsky AJ, Griffin DK, Schoolcraft WB, Katz-Jaffe MG. The impact of infertility diagnosis on embryo-endometrial dialogue. Reproduction. 2018 Jun;155(6):543-552. PubMed PMID: 29636406
  • Kallen A, Polotsky AJ, Johnson J. Untapped Reserves: Controlling Primordial Follicle Growth Activation. Trends Mol Med. 2018 Mar;24(3):319-331. PubMed PMID: 29452791
  • Liu H, Polotsky AJ, Grunwald GK, Carlson NE. Bayesian analysis improves pulse secretion characterization in reproductive hormones. Syst Biol Reprod Med. 2018 Feb;64(1):80-91. PubMed PMID: 29287490
  • Roeca C, Polotsky AJ. Influenza vaccination in early pregnancy. Vaccine. 2018 Apr 19;36(17):2229. PubMed PMID: 29275989
  • Liu H, Carlson NE, Grunwald GK, Polotsky AJ. Modeling associations between latent event processes governing time series of pulsing hormones. Biometrics. 2018 Jun;74(2):714-724. PubMed PMID: 29088494
  • Al-Safi ZA, Polotsky A, Chosich J, Roth L, Allshouse AA, Bradford AP, Santoro N. Evidence for disruption of normal circadian cortisol rhythm in women with obesity. Gynecol Endocrinol. 2018 Apr;34(4):336-340. PubMed PMID: 29068243
  • Roeca C, Polotsky AJ. Influenza vaccination in early pregnancy. Vaccine. 2017 Dec 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29275989
  • Liu H, Carlson NE, Grunwald GK, Polotsky AJ. Modeling associations between latent event processes governing time series of pulsing hormones. Biometrics. 2017 Oct 31. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29088494
  • Al-Safi ZA, Polotsky A, Chosich J, Roth L, Allshouse AA, Bradford AP, Santoro N. Evidence for disruption of normal circadian cortisol rhythm in women with obesity. Gynecol Endocrinol. 2017 Oct 25;:1-5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29068243
  • Aly JM, Polotsky AJ. Paternal Diet and Obesity: Effects on Reproduction. Semin Reprod Med. 2017 Jul;35(4):313-317. PubMed PMID: 29036738
  • Horton KW, Carlson NE, Grunwald GK, Mulvahill MJ, Polotsky AJ. A population-based approach to analyzing pulses in time series of hormone data. Stat Med. 2017 Jul 20;36(16):2576-2589. PubMed PMID: 28393373
  • Engmann L, Jin S, Sun F, Legro RS, Polotsky AJ, Hansen KR, Coutifaris C, Diamond MP, Eisenberg E, Zhang H, Santoro N. Racial and ethnic differences in the polycystic ovary syndrome metabolic phenotype. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 May;216(5):493.e1-493.e13. PubMed PMID: 28104402
  • Styer AK, Jin S, Liu D, Wang B, Polotsky AJ, Christianson MS, Vitek W, Engmann L, Hansen K, Wild R, Legro RS, Coutifaris C, Alvero R, Robinson RD, Casson P, Christman GM, Christy A, Diamond MP, Eisenberg E, Zhang H, Santoro N. Association of uterine fibroids and pregnancy outcomes after ovarian stimulation-intrauterine insemination for unexplained infertility. Fertil Steril. 2017 Mar;107(3):756-762.e3. PubMed PMID: 28089575
  • 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 Feb 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25676576
  • Al-Safi ZA, Polotsky AJ. Obesity and Menopause. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2014 Dec 23. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25579233
  • Skaznik-Wikiel ME, Polotsky AJ. The health pros and cons of continuous versus intermittent calorie restriction: more questions than answers. Maturitas. 2014 Nov;79(3):275-8. PubMed PMID: 25216760
  • Ryan A, Wang S, Alvero R, Polotsky AJ. Prolonged gonadotropin stimulation for assisted reproductive technology cycles is associated with decreased pregnancy rates for all women except for women with polycystic ovary syndrome. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2014 Jul;31(7):837-42. PubMed PMID: 24865669
  • Trussell JC, Ohl DA, Krawetz SA, Snyder PJ, Polotsky AJ, Patrizio P, Christman GM, Reproductive Medicine Network. We need a prospective varicocelectomy trial. Fertil Steril. 2014 Jun;101(6):1563-4.e1. PubMed PMID: 24726225
  • Roth LW, Bradshaw-Pierce EL, Allshouse AA, Lesh J, Chosich J, Bradford AP, Polotsky AJ, Santoro N. Evidence of GnRH antagonist escape in obese women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014 May;99(5):E871-5. PubMed PMID: 24650013
  • Roth LW, Allshouse AA, Bradshaw-Pierce EL, Lesh J, Chosich J, Kohrt W, Bradford AP, Polotsky AJ, Santoro N. Luteal phase dynamics of follicle-stimulating and luteinizing hormones in obese and normal weight women. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2014 Sep;81(3):418-25. PubMed PMID: 24576183
  • Polotsky AJ, Allshouse AA, Crawford SL, Harlow SD, Khalil N, Kazlauskaite R, Santoro N, Legro RS. Hyperandrogenic oligomenorrhea and metabolic risks across menopausal transition. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Jun;99(6):2120-7. PubMed PMID: 24517154
  • Ross LA, Polotsky AJ, Kucherov A, Bradford AP, Lesh J, Chosich J, Gee N, Santoro N. Profound reduction of ovarian estrogen by aromatase inhibition in obese women. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014 Jun;22(6):1464-9. PubMed PMID: 24482405
  • 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 Mar;31(3):279-83. PubMed PMID: 24390678
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Professional Memberships

  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Member
  • Endocrine Society, Member
  • Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Member
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Fellow
  • Society for Gynecologic Investigation, Member

Practice Locations

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology, Board Certification (2007, 2010)
  • Reproductive Endocrinology / Infertility, Board Certification (2009, 2010)
Clinical Interests
IVF, fertility, management of diet and body weight and reproductive options

Personal Interests
In my spare time, I enjoy skiing, biking and hiking with my wife and 5 children

Volunteer Activities
Institutional Review Board (COMIRB) Clinical Translational Research Advisory Committee (CTRAC), University of Colorado

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (2000)
Graduate Schools:
  • MSc, Albert Einstein College Of Medicine (2007)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of Maryland–College Park (1993)
Internships:
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) Program (2001)
Residency Programs:
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) Program, Obstetrics and Gynecology (2004)
Fellowships:
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Montefiore) Program, Reproductive Endocrinology / Infertility (2007)
Languages: Russian, English
Department: Ob/Gyn-Advanced Repro Med
Contact Us
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Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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