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Anuja Dokras, MD, PhD

Anuja Dokras, MD, PhD Physician

Director, Penn Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Center Director, Penn Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Program Medical Director, Reproductive Surgical Facility Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Dokras is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Anuja Dokras

I direct a multidisciplinary program for women with PCOS with access to nutritional, dermatological, weight management and psychological services.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology - Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility, 2003
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2000

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adrenal Hyperplasia
  • Amenorrhea
  • Androgen Excess
  • Anovulation
  • Anovulatory Bleeding
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
  • Asthenospermia
  • Diminished Ovarian Reserve
  • Egg Donation
  • Egg Retrieval
  • Embryo Transfer
  • Endometrioma
  • Endometriosis
  • Female Acanthosis Nigricans
  • Female Hirsutism
  • Fertility Preservation
  • Fertility Problem
  • Gonadotropin Treatment
  • Hysteroscopic Myomectomy
  • Hysteroscopy
  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Infertility
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
  • Irregular Menstruation
  • Leiomyoma
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Oligomenorrhea
  • Ovarian Dysfunction
  • Ovarian Failure
  • Ovulation Induction
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Premature Menopause (Premature Ovarian Insufficiency)
  • Primary Ovarian Insufficiency
  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
  • Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Secondary Amenorrhea
  • Semen Analysis
  • Sperm Cryopreservation (Sperm Banking)
  • Tubal Diseases
  • Tubal Factor Infertility
  • Unexplained Infertility
  • Uterine Bleeding
  • Uterine Infertility
  • Uterine Polyps (Endometrial Polyps)
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Mumbai (formerly Bombay)
Residency: University of Mumbai, Seth G.S. Medical College
Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital
Fellowship: Yale-New Haven Hospital


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, National American Society for Reproductive Medicine, International Androgen Excess and PCOS Society, International Endocrine Society, International PCOS Challenge, patient support group, International Society of reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, American Society of Reproductive Medicine, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Dokras is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Research Interests: Dr Dokras directs the Penn Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) trans disciplinary research program.

Keywords: PCOS, androgens, metabolic risk, mood disorders, HRQOL

Research Details:PCOS is the commonest endocrine disorder in reproductive age women with a prevalence of 8-15%. It is associated with significant gynecological, dermatologic, metabolic and psychiatric co-morbidities. Our research program has two main interests; understanding long term cardiovascular morbidity and risk of depression and anxiety disorders in PCOS. Both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mood disorders are associated with significantly physical and emotional morbidity and add significantly to the financial burden of the healthcare system.

Our studies have shown that young women with PCOS have an increased risk of obesity, dyslipidemia, metabolic syndrome and subclinical atherosclerosis compared to age matched controls. We are currently interested in understanding the determinants of CVD risk by performing studies at both cellular level (lipid phenotyping, HDL function) and population levels (impact of steroid hormones on lipids, studying role of androgens in subclinical atherosclerosis). Some of these studies are conducted in collaboration with Dr Dan Rader.

Our second area of interest is to better understand the risk of lowered health related quality of life (HRQOL), and increased risk of anxiety and mood disorders in PCOS. We were among the first groups to comprehensively demonstrate a fourfold increased risk of depression and anxiety in PCOS. We are interested in understanding the impact of interventions such as lifestyle change, hormonal contraception, CBT on HRQOL, mood and anxiety disorders.

Selected Publications:

Alur-Gupta Snigdha, Chemerinski Anat, Liu Chang, Lipson Jenna, Allison Kelly, Sammel Mary D, Dokras Anuja: Body-image distress is increased in women with polycystic ovary syndrome and mediates depression and anxiety. Fertility and sterility : 2019.

Penn CA, Chan J, Mesaros C, Snyder NW, Rader DJ, Sammel MD, Dokras A.: Association of serum androgens and coronary artery calcium scores in women. Fertil Steril : 2019.

Alur-Gupta S, Dokras A.: Polycystic ovary syndrome: is the cardiometabolic risk increased after menopause? Menopause 26 (3): 331-333,2019.

Dokras A.: Does body weight affect cardiometabolic risk in women with polycystic ovary syndrome? Fertil Steril. 111 (1): 56-57,2019.

Teede Helena J, Misso Marie L, Boyle Jacqueline A, Garad Rhonda M, McAllister Veryan, Downes Linda, Gibson-Helm Melanie, Hart Roger J, Rombauts Luk, Moran Lisa, Dokras Anuja, Laven Joop, Piltonen Terhi, Rodgers Raymond J, Thondan Mala, Costello Michael F, Norman Robert J: Translation and implementation of the Australian-led PCOS guideline: clinical summary and translation resources from the International Evidence-based Guideline for the Assessment and Management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. The Medical journal of Australia 209 Suppl 7 : S3-S8,2018.

Cooney LG, Dokras A.: Beyond fertility: polycystic ovary syndrome and long-term health. Fertil Steril. 110 (5): 2018.

Dokras, Anuja: Improving care for women with polycystic ovary syndrome Fertil Steril 110 (1): 50-51,2018.

Teede HJ, Misso ML, Costello MF, Dokras A, Laven J, Moran L, Piltonen T, Norman RJ; International PCOS Network: Recommendations from the international evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome. Fertil Steril. : 2018.

Dokras A, Stener-Victorin E, Yildiz BO, Li R, Ottey S, Shah D, Epperson N, Teede H.: Androgen Excess-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Society: position statement on depression, anxiety, quality of life, and eating disorders in polycystic ovary syndrome. Fertility and Sterility 109 (5): 888-899,2018.

Copp T, Jansen J, Doust J, Mol BW, Dokras A, McCaffery K: Are expanding disease definitions unnecessarily labeling women with polycystic ovary syndrome? BMJ 358 : j3694,2017.

Tessa Copp1, Jesse Jansen1, Jenny Doust, Ben W. J. Mol, Anuja Dokras, Kirsten McCaffery1: Polycystic ovary syndrome controversy: are expanding disease definitions unnecessarily labelling women with PCOS? British Medical Journal 358 : 2017.

Dokras A, Playford M, Kris-Etherton PM, Kunselman AR, Stetter CM, Williams NI, Gnatuk CL, Estes SJ, Sarwer DB, Allison KC, Coutifaris C, Mehta N, Legro RS: Impact of hormonal contraception and weight loss on high-density lipoprotein cholesterol efflux and lipoprotein particles in women with polycystic ovary syndrome Clin Endocrinol 86 (50): 739-746,2017.

Dokras A, Saini S, Gibson-Helm M, Schulkin J, Cooney L, Teede H: Gaps in knowledge among physicians regarding diagnostic criteria and management of polycystic ovary syndrome Fertil Steril : 2017.

Legro RS, Dodson WC, Kunselman AR, Stetter CM, Kris-Etherton PM, Williams NI, Gnatuk CL, Estes SJ, Allison KC, Sarwer DB, Diamond MP, Schlaff WD, Casson PR, Christman GM, Barnhart KT, Bates GW, Usadi R, Lucidi S, Baker V, Zhang H, Eisenberg E, Coutifaris C, Dokras A: Benefit of delayed fertility therapy with preconception weight loss over immediate therapy in obese women with PCOS J Clin Endocrinol Metab 101 (7): 2658-2666,2016 .

Gibson-Helm M, Teede H, Dunaif A, Dokras A: Delayed diagnosis and a lack of information associated with dissatisfaction in women with polycystic ovary syndrome J Clin Endocrinol Metab 102 (2): 604-612,2017.

Dokras A, Sarwer DB, Allison KC, Milman L, Kris-Etherton PM, Kunselman AR, Stetter CM, Williams NI, Gnatuk CL, Estes SJ, Fleming J, Coutifaris C, Legro RS: Weight Loss and Lowering Androgens Predict Improvements in Health-Related Quality of Life in Women with PCOS J Clin Endocrinol Metab 101 (8): 2966-2974,2016.

Legro RS, Dodson WC, Kris-Etherton PM, Kunselman AR, Stetter CM, Williams NI, Gnatuk CL, Estes SJ, Fleming J, Allison KC, Sarwer DB, Coutifaris C, Dokras A: Randomized Controlled Trial of Preconception Interventions in Infertile Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome J Clin Endocrinol Metab 100 (11): 4048-4058,2015.

Roe A, Hillman J, Butts S, Smith M, Rader D, Playford M, Mehta NN, Dokras A.: Decreased cholesterol efflux capacity and atherogenic lipid profile in young women with PCOS. J Clin Endocrinol Metabol 99 (5): E841-847,2014.

Dokras A, Witchel SF: Are Young Adult Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Slipping through the Healthcare Cracks? J Clin Endocrinol Metab 99 (5): 1583-1585,2014.

Academic Contact Info

Penn Fertility Care
3701 Market Street, Suite 800

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 615-0085
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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