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Rakesh Sharma

Dr. Sharma received his Masters of Science in 1983 and his Ph.D. degree in 1992 from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. He completed his postdoctoral training at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is the recipient of the American Foundation for Urologic Disease (AFUD) Fellowship from 1999-2001. Rakesh is currently an Associate Professor in Surgery in the Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University. He also serves as the Coordinator and QA in-charge of the Andrology Center and manages the American Center for Reproductive Medicine as its Research Coordinator.

Dr. Sharma has published over 227 scientific papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, authored 54 book chapters, edited 2 books, and presented about 400 abstracts at both national and international scientific meetings. He is a member of several professional societies, including: American Society of Reproductive Medicine, American Society of Andrology, and the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction. Dr. Sharma is an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Andrology, Human Reproduction, Fertility & Sterility, Urology, Journal of Urology, Reproductive BioMedicine Online, Biology of Reproduction, Asian Journal of Andrology. Rakesh has served as the reviewer of the Israel Science Foundation, National Research Foundation, Medical Research Council, South Africa, Wellcome Trust, UK and NIH-Specialized Cooperative Centers Program in Reproduction and Infertility.

Rakesh is an investigator on 60 research grants. He is the recipient of several awards such as Merlyn F. Bumpus Junior Investigator Award, Research Excellence Award, Fellow of the Year, Mentor Recognition award, Scientist of the Year Award, Excellence in Male Infertility Research award, Cleveland Clinic Innovations award, Scholarship in Teaching (SIT) Awards for Summer Internship (2012-2013) and ART Training (2013), and the Star Award from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (2012-2016).

His current research interests include the role of free radicals in the pathophysiology of male and female infertility, apoptosis and semen quality, fertility preservation, DNA damage, oxidative stress and embryo quality, endometriosis associated infertility, and proteomics in infertility and cancer.



Certificate of Recognition
ASRM Meeting, San Antonio, TX, October 29, 2017

Updated October 30, 2017


Sajal Gupta

Dr. Gupta is an Assistant Professor in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Since 2006, she serves as the Assistant Coordinator of Research at the Center for Reproductive Medicine, and since 2008, she is working as the Technical Supervisor of the Andrology Center and Reproductive Tissue Bank. Dr. Gupta obtained her MBBS degree from the Lady Harding Medical College, University of Delhi, India. After finishing her residency training in Ob-Gyn from the University of Delhi in 1994, she went on to complete two Fellowships in Reproductive Medicine: a WHO Fellowship in 1999, followed by a Research Fellowship at the Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM) from 2004 through 2007. During her tenure at ACRM, she has earned several awards, including the Award for Highest Productivity in Female Infertility Research, an NIH Travel Award (2006), Research Fellow of the Year (2007), the 2010 Tommaso Falcone Award for Excellence in Female Infertility Research, Scholarship in Teaching Award by Case Western Reserve Medical School (2011 and 2013) and 2012 Innovator Award.

Dr. Gupta has published over 85 reviews and research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, authored a dozen book chapters. She has presented about 65 abstracts at both national and international scientific meetings, and has given talks at EMD Serono, Reproductive Medicine symposia and Postgraduate CME courses in Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Gupta is an ad-hoc reviewer for several journals such as Fertility and Sterility, Human Reproduction, Urology and Reproductive Biomedicine Online. Dr. Gupta is a co-editor of a book on “Andrological Evaluation of Male Infertility: A Laboratory Guide” which has been published by Springer Publishing House.

Dr. Gupta is also an investigator on 30 research grants. Her current research interests include the role of free radicals in male & female infertility, proteomics in female infertility & assisted reproductive technology, endometriosis-associated infertility, and gamete cryobiology.


2006 Fellow of the Year

2006-07: Highest Productivity in Female Infertility Research

Certificate of Recognition
ASRM Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, October 12th, 2013

Updated October 30, 2017


Sarah Vij

Dr. Sarah Vij is an associate staff physician in the Center for Male Infertility at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Vij graduated from Amherst College with a Bachelor of Arts and then went on to receive her medical degree from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. She then completed her urology residency at the Cleveland Clinic. After finishing residency, she completed a fellowship in male infertility and andrology at the Cleveland Clinic. She then joined the professional staff in 2018.

Dr. Vij is now the Program Director for the Male Infertility and Microsurgery Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. Her surgical interests include microsurgical reconstruction of the male reproductive tract and advanced sperm harvest techniques. Her research interests include the impact of systemic illness on male fertility, cryopreservation for cancer patients and varicocele. Dr. Vij has published more than 20 scientific articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks.