About Ricardo A. Yazigi, M.D.
Ricardo A. Yazigi, M.D., received his medical degree from the University of Chile (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago), graduating magna cum laude in 1978. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology/infertility and has more than 25 years of clinical experience. He did his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Sótero del Río Hospital, Chile, and at State University of New York at Nassau County Medical Center, NY. He pursued a research fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, CT, and a clinical fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.
Dr. Yazigi was the head of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Temple University School of Medicine, PA, from 1991 to 1997 and joined the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Fertility Center in Baltimore, MD, in 1997. He is currently assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Yazigi has published numerous scientific papers and has lectured both in the United States and abroad.
He has received a number of national and international research awards and is a member of national and international medical specialty societies. Dr. Yazigi has served as ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fertility and Sterility, the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and the Journal of Pelvic Surgery. He is trained in robotic surgery (da Vinci laparoscopy) for fertility surgical procedures.
Languages: English, Spanish.
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sótero del Río Hospital (Chile) and at State University of New York at Nassau County Medical Center
- Fellowships: Clinical Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Research Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Yale University
Awards & Recognition
- Vitals Patients Choice Award (2016)
- American Registry’s Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2011-2012)
- PatientsChoice.org’s Patient’s Choice Award (2010-2012)
- Vitals.com’s Top Ten Doctors (2012)
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- Baltimore-Washington Area Reproductive Endocrinology Society
- Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?
A: Since I was a kid I’ve had a love for medicine and for babies. I also believe that family is what is most important in life. So the specialty of infertility was an obvious choice. Getting birth announcements from my patients puts a smile on my face and makes it all worth it.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: Although my initial inspiration came from other doctors in the family, I have found that my strongest inspiration comes from my patients, from their fertility journeys and from their hope
Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?
A: That it allows me to spend my professional life surrounded by the most skilled, the most caring, and the most committed people when it comes to helping patients to build a family
Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
A: I believe in the importance of tailoring medical and emotional treatment to each patient’s needs, respecting their desires and expectations. A nice relaxed attitude is also always helpful.
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
A: I would like to sail around the world with my most trusted skipper and companion, my wife.
Q: What about you would most surprise people?
A: As a teenager, I played guitar in a rock band, sported an Afro hairstyle, and wore shiny polyester bell-bottoms.
Q: What is your pearl of wisdom?
A: Do the right thing.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Boating, sailing, skiing, and playing the electric guitar.
Since I was a kid I’ve had a love for medicine and for babies. I also believe that family is what is most important in life. So the specialty of infertility was an obvious choice.
“Dr. Yazigi was very understanding and welcoming since my husband and I were new to Shady Grove Fertility and the entire IVF process. In fact all of the staff at SGF were so friendly, so much so that I wish I could have stayed with them throughout my pregnancy and did not have to leave them at 10 weeks!”
“I cannot say enough about Dr. Yazigi! He has been so wonderful from the very start of our journey which began a few of years ago. Tragically, we lost our precious baby girl (our IVF miracle) at 9 weeks old due to an unknown genetic condition. Dr. Yazigi has been extremely empathetic and supportive through this horrific tragedy. He has spent countless hours of his own time researching and trying to find answers for us when Hopkins couldn’t find the answers. He has been holding my hand and helping me to move forward. I wish there were more doctors like Dr. Yazigi in this world. He is a wonderful doctor, man, and has truly become like family to me.”
“We came to Dr. Yazigi for a second opinion in our fertility journey and he was far more informative and helpful then our previous doctor. He explained the process in greater detail and told us why we needed to go this direction. We are very happy with Dr. Yazigi and are so glad we decided to get a second opinion.”
“Dr. Yazigi made me feel so comfortable when I was a nervous wreck about getting my HSG after all of the horror stories I read online. He was wonderful.”
“We were so thrilled with the excellent communication that Dr. Yazigi provided. It was a very comfortable environment. He was so open to any questions we had and was very thorough. We found this experience to be drastically better than the previous fertility clinic we attended.”
“Dr Yazigi is a wonderful, and kind physician. He has excellent manners. It has been an honor and a privilege to have him as our fertility physician. Thanks to him I have two beautiful girls. It has been a pleasure to know and work with him. There are no words to thank him.”
“I cannot thank Dr. Yazigi enough for his kind and compassionate care. With him I felt a sense of hope that I had not previously felt such that no matter what our outcome, I knew we were in the right hands. The nurses, staff, ACS center staff should be commended for the exceptional job they do. I do not have enough words to express my appreciation. I truly feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be a patient of Shady Grove Fertility’s in one of life’s most stressful circumstances. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“Dr. Yazigi has helped my husband and I achieve pregnancy twice. We are blessed with a 3.5 year old daughter and 7 week old son. My experience with Shady Grove Fertility has been absolutely wonderful. From the moment I called to make my first appointment in 2012, I was in great hands and always had a plan. That was the best thing about Dr. Yazigi – he made sure our plan of action was the best way to achieve pregnancy. He made me feel very important like I was his only patient. Returning in 2015 as a hopeful second time mom, he knew exactly where to begin treatment and I got pregnant within the first month of returning to Shady Grove Fertility. He is wonderful Doctor who I would highly recommend to anyone struggling to achieve their dreams of becoming pregnant.”
- Yazigi R and Quintero C. Disorders of prolactin secretion in the female: biological and clinical considerations. BioMedicina. 1999;2:135-40.
- Liu J, Zheng X, Baramki T, Yazigi R, Compton G, Katz E. Ultrarapid detection of sex chromosomes with the use of fluorescence in situ hybridization with direct label DNA probes in single human blastomeres, spermatozoa, amniocytes, and lymphocytes. Fertil Steril.1998;70:927-32.
- Liu J, Tsai Y, Zheng X, Yazigi R, Baramki T, Compton G, Katz E. Feasibility study of repeated fluorescent in-situ hybridization in the same human blastomeres for preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Mol Hum Reprod. 1998;4:972-77.
- Liu J, Tsai Y, Zheng X, Baramki T, Yazigi R, Katz E. Potential use of repeated fluorescence in situ hybridization in the same human blastomeres for preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Fertil Steril. 1998;70:729-733.
- Yazigi R, Quintero C, Salameh W. Prolactin disorders. Fertil Steril. 1997;67:215-25.
- Yazigi R, Quintero C. The effects of recreational drugs on male fertility. In Badalotti M, Teloken C, Petracco A, eds. Esterilidade e Infertilidade Humana. Porto Alegre, Brazil: Medsi; 1997.
- Schlaff W, Yazigi R, Olive D, Williams D, Steinkampf M, Odem R. The empiric use of gonadotropin therapy and intrauterine insemination. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1995;172:778-82.
- Yazigi R, Quintero C, Scherzer W. Didelphic uterus, double vagina, unilateral vaginal obstruction with hematocolpos, and ipsilateral renal agenesis: the coexistence of endometriosis. A report of three cases. J Pelvic Surg. 1995;3:171-6.
- Yazigi R, Chi M, Mastrogiannis D, Strickler R, Yang V, Lowry O. Enzyme activities and maturation in unstimulated and exogenous gonadotropin-stimulated human oocytes. Am J Physiol: Cell Physiol. 1993;264:C951-55.
- Yazigi R, Odem R, Polakoski K. Demonstration of specific binding of cocaine to human spermatozoa. JAMA. 1991;266:1956-9.