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Kurt T. Barnhart, MD, MSCE

Kurt T. Barnhart, MD, MSCE Physician

Associate Chief, Penn Fertility Care Director, Women's Health Clinical Research Center Vice Chair for Clinical Research William Shippen, Jr. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Languages spoken:

  • Spanish

Dr. Barnhart is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Kurt T. Barnhart

Received the Penn Medicine Award of Excellence, 2006

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 – 2017

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005 - 2018

Recognized by Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues 2015 - 2019

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Clinical Specialties


  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology - Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility, 1999
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1996

Clinical Expertise:

  • Amenorrhea
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
  • Fertility Preservation
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • Hysteroscopy
  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Infertility
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Mullerian Anomalies (Müllerian Duct Anomalies)
  • Ovarian Failure
  • Ovulation Induction
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Premature Menopause (Premature Ovarian Insufficiency)
  • Sperm Cryopreservation (Sperm Banking)
  • Tubal Diseases
  • 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 Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • 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: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), National American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Pennsylvania District III (ACOG), Local American Society for Reproductive Medicine, National Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local Philadelphia Obstetrical Society, Local Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI), National Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI), National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Barnhart 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.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Alur-Gupta Snigdha, Cooney Laura G, Senapati Suneeta, Sammel Mary D, Barnhart Kurt T: Two-dose versus single-dose methotrexate for treatment of ectopic pregnancy: a meta-analysis. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 221 (2): 95-108.e2,2019.

Swanson Grace M, Estill Molly, Diamond Michael P, Legro Richard S, Coutifaris Christos, Barnhart Kurt T, Huang Hao, Hansen Karl R, Trussell J C, Coward R Matthew, Zhang Heping, Goodrich Robert, Krawetz Stephen A: Human chromatin remodeler cofactor, RNA interactor, eraser and writer sperm RNAs responding to obesity. Epigenetics : 1-15,2019.

Tannen Richard L, Barnhart Kurt T, Rubin Joshua C: Advantages of large medical record database for outcomes research: Insights into post-menopausal hormone therapy. Learning health systems 3 (3): e10193,2019.

Gemzell-Danielsson Kristina, Sitruk-Ware Regine, Creinin Mitchell D, Thomas Michael, Barnhart Kurt T, Creasy George, Sussman Heather, Alami Mohcine, Burke Anne E, Weisberg Edith, Fraser Ian, Miranda Marie-José, Gilliam Melissa, Liu James, Carr Bruce R, Plagianos Marlena, Roberts Kevin, Blithe Diana: Segesterone acetate/ethinyl estradiol 12-month contraceptive vaginal system safety evaluation. Contraception 99 (6): 323-328,2019.

Diamond Michael P, Eisenberg Esther, Huang Hao, Coutifaris Christos, Legro Richard S, Hansen Karl R, Steiner Anne Z, Cedars Marcelle, Barnhart Kurt, Ziolek Tracy, Thomas Tracey R, Maurer Kate, Krawetz Stephen A, Wild Robert A, Trussell J C, Santoro Nanette, Zhang Heping: The efficiency of single institutional review board review in National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Cooperative Reproductive Medicine Network-initiated clinical trials. Clinical trials (London, England) 16 (1): 3-10,2019.

Mol BW, Barnhart KT: Scratching the Endometrium in In Vitro Fertilization- Time to Stop. N Engl J Med 380 (4): 391-392,2019.

Mol Ben W, Barnhart Kurt T: Scratching the Endometrium in In Vitro Fertilization - Time to Stop. The New England journal of medicine 380 (4): 391-392,2019.

Barnhart Kurt T, Sammel Mary D, Stephenson Mary, Robins Jared, Hansen Karl R, Youssef Wahid A, Santoro Nanette, Eisenberg Esther, Zhang Heping: Optimal treatment for women with a persisting pregnancy of unknown location, a randomized controlled trial: The ACT-or-NOT trial. Contemporary clinical trials 73 : 145-151,2018.

Westhoff Carolyn L, Chen Beatrice A, Jensen Jeffrey T, Barnhart Kurt, Thomas Michael, Teal Stephanie, Blithe Diana: Phase I/II pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic evaluation of two levonorgestrel-only contraceptive patches in a multicenter randomized trial. Contraception : 2018.

Barnhart Kurt T: Introduction: Fertility as a window to health. Fertility and sterility 110 (5): 781-782,2018.

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Academic Contact Info

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
3701 Market Street, Suite 800

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2974
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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