Fertility Researchers


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

Medical Director at RMA of Florida
RMA Florida


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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Education and Training

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)

Honors and recognition

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


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