About Robert Setton, M.D.
Robert Setton, M.D., is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and board eligible in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Setton is passionate about working with patients to overcome infertility, particularly with his extensive knowledge on diminished ovarian reserve, male infertility, and endometriosis.
Dr. Setton earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Weill Cornell Medical Center, during which he was appointed co-administrative chief resident and awarded the Jerome Seiler Memorial Award for Excellence in Pelvic Surgery. Dr. Setton stayed in New York City to complete his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Weill Cornell Medical Center.
He is also a member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association (AMA), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI), and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
An accomplished researcher, Dr. Setton has contributed to more than 20 presentations across the globe on topics including frozen embryo transfer (FET) and donor egg transfer. He has also served as a peer-reviewer for several medical journals including the American Journal for Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG). Additionally, he has published research with great expertise on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, and in vitro fertilization.
A genuine family man, Dr. Setton decided to pivot his focus from cardiology to reproductive endocrinology the moment he heard his son’s heartbeat for the first time. Dr. Setton joins the SGF New York team of physicians. He is now accepting new patient virtual appointments out of the Manhattan office and will be seeing patients in SGF’s brand new Brooklyn location, opening Spring 2021.
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center
- Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine – Weill Cornell Medical Center
Awards & Recognition
- Jerome Seiler Memorial Award for Excellence in Pelvic Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, NYP – Weill Cornell Medicine
- New York Presbyterian Queens Lang Research Resident and Fellows Research Day Award
- American Medical Association
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?
A: When I heard my son’s heartbeat for the first time, I knew that I wanted to become a reproductive endocrinologist. My wife and I had struggled with infertility for several years and went through multiple fertility treatments and many failures before reaching that moment. I knew I had to bring that feeling of hope and happiness to others.
I originally went into medical school thinking I wanted to be a cardiologist. But when I did my OB/GYN rotation and learned about reproductive physiology and pregnancy, I was just completely blown away. I then thought I could blend my inclination for both of those fields by becoming a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and manage pregnant women with cardiovascular disease or other medical conditions. But later on when my wife and I started our family-building journey and unexpectedly found ourselves turning to assisted reproductive technology, I decided to pivot and instead decided to become a reproductive endocrinologist.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: My wife. She went through an immeasurable amount of suffering and disappointment, but she always found a way to pick herself back up and keep fighting to build our family. She never wanted to give up even though the odds were stacked against her. She’s the reason I’m doing what I do today.
Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?
A: SGF is truly a patient-centered practice. The mantra that guides any decision that needs to be made is “what would be best for the patient?” The practice was built on that principle and its been its guiding light. Many of the employees have had personal struggles with family building themselves, and I think when they see how that patient-first mentality is embedded within the culture of SGF, they gravitate towards it and want to be a part of it. When every employee is focused on the patient experience, it creates a culture that’s full of positivity and excitement and support.
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
A: I want to sleep in a tent on a safari and see each of my kids have children of their own.
Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
A: I know that nobody wants to be turning to doctors and science to help them build a family and I remind myself of that every time I interact with a patient. Everyone’s fertility story is deeply personal and unique and both I and everyone on our team is sensitive to that. I listen to a patient’s concerns and I put myself in their shoes. I remember that I’ve sat on that side of the table and have felt that vulnerability. After the evaluation, I work in partnership with the patient to solidify a plan that makes them comfortable and brings them to their desired goal as efficiently as possible.
Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: I’m often described as cool, calm, and collected. I’m warm, sensitive, personable, and just plain nice. I think I’m funny too, but my family says I just have “doctor humor”.
“We were blown away by Dr Setton’s care. He treats his patients like they are family. We felt so confident at every step of the way because he is so patient, caring, and empathetic while so knowledgeable at the same time. What a difference from our previous experiences. We’re so happy we found a Dr who uses his expertise to treat his patients on such an individualized basis with top notch care.”
“I can’t tell you enough good things about Dr. Robert Setton! You will never meet another doctor with this kind of compassion, honesty, and love for what he does and the caring and utmost well being of his patients. He was so helpful to me and my family. He’s the type of person that you meet and feel like you have known your entire life and trust immediately. He is also so humble and down to earth. He is a true gem in this field and my vote will always be for Dr. Setton!!!!”
“Dr. Setton was great! He was calm, patient and understanding of my anxieties. Thanks to him I am running after my twins all day long.”