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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:

  • Adrenogenital Syndrome
  • Amenorrhea
  • Anovulation
  • Anovulatory Bleeding
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
  • Asthenospermia
  • Clomid
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
  • Diminished Ovarian Reserve
  • Egg Retrieval
  • Embryo Transfer
  • Fertility Preservation
  • Fertility Problem
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Gonadotropin Treatment
  • Gynecologic Disorders of Athletes
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • Hyperprolactinemia
  • Hysteroscopic Myomectomy
  • Hysteroscopy
  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Infertility
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
  • Irregular Menstruation
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Menstrual Disorders in Athletes
  • Mullerian Anomalies (Müllerian Duct Anomalies)
  • Oligomenorrhea
  • Ovarian Dysfunction
  • Ovarian Failure
  • Ovarian Stimulation
  • 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)
  • Surrogacy
  • Tubal Diseases
  • Tubal Factor Infertility
  • Unexplained Infertility
  • 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 Medicaid
  • 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: 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.

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.

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.

Alur-Gupta Snigdha, Hopeman Margaret, Berger Dara S, Gracia Clarisa, Barnhart Kurt T, Coutifaris Christos, Senapati Suneeta: Impact of method of endometrial preparation for frozen blastocyst transfer on pregnancy outcome: a retrospective cohort study. Fertility and sterility 110 (4): 680-686,2018.

Sullivan-Pyke Chantae, Haisenleder Daniel J, Senapati Suneeta, Nicolais Olivia, Eisenberg Esther, Sammel Mary D, Barnhart Kurt T: Kisspeptin as a new serum biomarker to discriminate miscarriage from viable intrauterine pregnancy. Fertility and sterility 109 (1): 137-141.e2,2018.

Barnhart Kurt, Giudice Linda, Young Steve, Thomas Tracey, Diamond Michael P, Segars James, Youssef Wahid A, Krawetz Stephen, Santoro Nanette, Eisenberg Esther, Zhang Heping: Evaluation, validation and refinement of noninvasive diagnostic biomarkers for endometriosis (ENDOmarker): A protocol to phenotype bio-specimens for discovery and validation. Contemporary clinical trials 68 : 1-6,2018.

Schreiber Courtney A, Creinin Mitchell D, Atrio Jessica, Sonalkar Sarita, Ratcliffe Sarah J, Barnhart Kurt T: Mifepristone Pretreatment for the Medical Management of Early Pregnancy Loss. The New England journal of medicine 378 (23): 2161-2170,2018.

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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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