George Patounakis, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical Director at RMA of Florida

RMA Florida

George Patounakis, M.D., Ph.D.


Dr. George Patounakis, MD, PhD, FACOG is an attending physician at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Florida where he serves as medical director and Assistant Professor at University of Central Florida in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with highest honors from Rutgers University’s College of Engineering. He then earned his Masters of Philosophy and Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University before receiving his doctorate in Electrical Engineering with Distinction. His doctoral thesis work was on low-cost integrated DNA microarray platforms, which resulted in a U.S. patent.

Dr. Patounakis received his M.D. from Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and earned numerous academic excellence awards in addition to the Stanley S. Bergen Medal of Excellence, which was the school’s highest student honor. He completed his internship and residency in OB/GYN at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he served as Administrative Chief Resident. Dr. Patounakis pursued his fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. While at the NIH, his research focused on cholesterol transport in steroidogenic cells using live-cell microscopy, IVF outcome predictors, and genetic influences on infertility.
Dr. Patounakis has authored and contributed to numerous peer reviewed publications in both the fields of engineering and medicine. He serves as an Ad Hoc Reviewer for the Journal of Assisted Reproduction Genetics and Fertility & Sterility. He has also authored the chapter on gonadal dysfunction and fertility preservation in the widely used oncology textbook DeVita, Hellman, and Rosenberg’s Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology. His research interests include statistical modeling of IVF cycles, diminished ovarian reserve, and fertility preservation.

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BS Rutgers University – College of Engineering (2000)
MS Columbia University (2001)
MPhil Columbia University (2003)
PhD Columbia University (2005)
Residency Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (2013)
Fellowship National Institutes of Health (2016)

Honores y reconocimientos

Best New Investigator Poster Award – Society of Reproductive Investigation 2016
Howard Lees Kent Memorial Prize 2013
Resident Research Award 2013
Dr. B. Frank Lovett Memorial Fund Award 2012
Stanley S. Bergen Medal of Excellence 2009
Academic Achievement Award 2009
Academic Excellence Award in OB/GYN 2009
Academic Excellence Award in Pathology 2009
Academic Excellence Award in Pharmacology 2009
Academic Excellence Award in Biochemistry 2009
Ph.D. awarded with departmental distinction 2005
Intel PhD Fellowship 2004
Low Power Design Contest Award 2003
Columbia School of Engineering Presidential Fellowship 2000
James J. Slade Scholar 2000


  • Revisiting the progesterone oocyte ratio.
    Hill MJ, Healy MW, Richter KS, Widra E, Levens ED, DeCherney AH, Patounakis G, Whitcomb BW.
    Fertil Steril, 107:671-6. 2017.

  • Does premature elevated progesterone on the day of trigger increase spontaneous abortion rates in fresh and subsequent frozen embryo transfers?
    Healy M, Patounakis G, Zanelotti A, Devine K, DeCherney A, Levy M, Hill MJ.
    Gynecol Endrocrinol, 33:472-5. 2017.

  • The slow growing embryo and premature progesterone elevation: compounding factors for embryo-endometrial asynchrony.
    Healy MW, Yamasaki M, Patounakis G, Richter KS, Devin K, DeCherney AH, Hill MJ.
    Hum Reprod, 32:362-7. 2017.

  • Why abandoning sustained implantation rate may be throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
    Forman EJ, Franasiak JM, Patounakis G, Scott RT.
    Hum Reprod, 31:1926-7. 2016.

  • The impact of a prior Cesarean delivery on embryo transfer: a prospective study.
    Patounakis G, Ozcan MC, Chason RJ, Norian JM, Payson M, DeCherney AH, Yauger BJ.
    Fertil Steril, 106:311-6. 2016.

  • Is the effect of premature elevated progesterone augmented by human chorionic gonadotropin versus gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist trigger?
    Connell MT, Patounakis G, Healy MW, DeCherney AH, Devine K, Widra E, Levy MJ, Hill MJ.
    Fertil Steril, 106:584-9. 2016.

  • Is FMR1 CGG repeat length a predictor of in vitro fertilization stimulation response or outcome?
    Banks N, Patounakis G, Devine K, DeCherney AH, Widra EA, Levens ED, Whitcomb BW, Hill MJ.
    Fertil Steril, 105:1537-46. 2016.

  • Multiple thrombophilic single nucleotide polymorphisms lack a significant effect on outcomes in fresh IVF cycles: an analysis of 1717 patients.
    Patounakis G, Bergh E, Forman EJ, Tao X, Lonczak A, Franasiak JM, Treff N, Scott RT.
    J Assist Reprod Genet, 33:67-73. 2016.

  • Does a frozen embryo transfer ameliorate the effect of elevated progesterone seen in fresh transfer cycles?
    Healy MW, Patounakis G, Connell MT, Devine K, DeCherney AH, Levy MJ, Hill MJ.
    Fertil Steril, 105:93-9. 2016.

  • Genetic associations with diminished ovarian reserve: a systematic review of the literature.
    Greene AD, Patounakis G, Segars JH.
    J Assist Reprod Genet, 31:935-46. 2014.

  • Development of pelvic abscess during pregnancy following transvaginal oocyte retrieval and in vitro fertilization.
    Patounakis G, Krauss K, Nicholas S, Baxter JK, Rosenblum NG, Berghella V.
    Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol., 164:116-7. 2012.

  • The p53 codon 72 single nucleotide polymorphism lacks a significant effect on implantation rate in fresh in vitro fertilization cycles: an analysis of 1,056 patients.
    Patounakis G, Treff N, Tao X, Lonczak A, Scott RT, Frattarelli JL.
    Fertil Steril, 92:1290-6. 2009.

  • Active CMOS array sensor for time-resolved fluorescence detection.
    Patounakis G, Shepard KL, Levicky R.
    IEEE J Solid-State Circuits, 41:2521-30. 2006.

  • Pulse current-mode signalling for nearly speed-of-light intrachip communcations.
    Jose AP, Patounakis G, Shepard KL.
    IEEE J Solid-State Circuits, 41:772-80. 2006.

  • Active CMOS Biochip for Time-Resolved Fluorescence Detection.
    Patounakis G, Shepard KL, Levicky R.
    2005 Symposium on VLSI Circuits, 68-71. 2005.

  • Near Speed-of-Light On-Chip Interconnects Using Pulsed Current-Mode Signaling.
    Jose AP, Patounakis G, Shepard KL.
    2005 Symposium on VLSI Circuits, 108-11. 2005.

  • High-throughput asynchronous datapath with software-controlled voltage scaling.
    Li YW, Patounakis G, Shepard KL, Nowick SM.
    IEEE J Solid-State Circuits, 39:704-8. 2004.

  • A Fully Integrated On-Chip DC-DC Conversion and Power Management System.
    Patounakis G, Li YW, Shepard KL.
    IEEE J Solid-State Circuits, 39:443-51. 2004.

  • High-throughput asynchronous datapath with software-controlled voltage scaling.
    Li YW, Patounakis G, Shepard KL.
    2003 Symposium on VLSI Circuits, 49-52. 2003.

  • Asynchronous datapath with software-controlled on-chip adaptive voltage scaling for multirate signal processing applications.
    Li YW, Patounakis G, Jose AP, Shepard KL.
    2003 IEEE International Symposium on Asynchronous Circuits and Systems, 216-25. 2003.

  • Analysis of SAW properties of epitaxial ZnO films grown on R-Al2O3 substrates.
    Emanetoglu NW, Patounakis G, Liang S, Gorla CR, Wittstruck R, Lu Y.
    IEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control, 48:1389-94. 2001.

  • Two-step metalorganic chemical vapor deposition growth of piezoelectric ZnO thin film on SiO2/Si substrate.
    Muthukumar S, Emanetoglu NW, Patounakis G, Gorla CR, Liang S, Lu Y.
    J Vac Sci Technol A, 19:1850-3. 2001.

  • Analysis of temperature compensated SAW modes in ZnO/SiO2/Si multilayer structures.
    Emanetoglu NW, Patounakis G, Muthukumar S, Lu Y.
    2000 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, 1:325-8. 2000.

  • Virtual Reality-Based Training for the Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer.
    Burdea G, Patounakis G, Popescu V, Weiss RE.
    IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, 46:1253-60. 1999.

  • Virtual Reality Training for the Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer.
    Burdea G, Patounakis G, Popescu V, Weiss RE
    VRAIS '98 Proceedings of the Virtual Reality Annual International Symposium, 190-7. 1998.

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