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Steven J. Sondheimer, MD

Steven J. Sondheimer, MD Physician

Emeritus Professor CE of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Sondheimer is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Steven J. Sondheimer

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 - 2017

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003 - 2018

Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issues from 2005 through 2017

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology - Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility, 1982
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1980

Clinical Expertise:

  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
  • Egg Donation
  • Egg Retrieval
  • Embryo Transfer
  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

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

Residency: Philadelphia General Hospital
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


ACOG, Affiliaited Scientist of the Monell Chemical Senses Center, 1996-2002, APGO, ASRM, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, Family Planning Association of Pennsylvania, Medical Advisory Committee, Philadelphia County Medical Society, Medical Advisory Committee, Women's Law Project, Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, Task Force on Reproductive Education for the Philadelphia Public Schools, 1992-1994, The Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, The Society of Reproductive Surgeons-SRS,

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Sondheimer 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.


Selected Publications:

49., Ness R.B., Soper D.E., Holley R.L., Peipert J., Randall H., Sweet R.L., Sondheimer S.J., Hendrix S.L., Amortegui A., Trucco G., Songer, T., Lave J.R., Hillier S.L., Bass, D.C., Kelsey S.F.: Effectiveness of inpatient and outpatient treatment strategies for women with pelvic inflammatory diseases: Results from the Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Evaluation and Clinical Health (PEACH) Randomized Trial Am J Obstet Gynecol 186 : 929-937,2002.

Freeman EW, Jabara S, Sondheimer SJ, Auletto R: Citalopram in PMS Patients with Prior SSRI Treatment Failure: A Preliminary Study J Women’s Health & Gender-Based Medicine 11 : 459-464,2002.

Sondheimer SJ: Hormonal Agents as Contraceptives Precis: Reproductive Endocrinology, Second Edition : 162-168,2002.

46., Ness, R.B., Soper D.E., Holley R.L., Peipert, J., Randall, H., Sweet, R.L., Sondheimer, S.J., Hendrix, S. L., Hillier, S.L., Amortegui A., Trucco, G., Bass, D.C.: Douching and Endometrititis. Results from the PID Eavluation and Clinical Health (PEACH) Study Sexually Transm Dis 28 : 240-245,2001.

47., Ness R.B., Soper D.E., Holley R.L., Peipert, J., Randall H., Sweet R.L., Sondheimer S.J., Hendrix S.L., Amortegui A., Trucco G., Bass D.C., Kelsey S.F.: Hormonal and barrier contraception and risk of upper genital tract disease in the PID Evaluation And Clinical Health (PEACH) Study Am J Obstet Gynecol 185 : 121-127,2001.

Freeman EW, Rickels K, Sondheimer SJ, Polansky M: Concurrent use of oral contraceptives with antidepressants for premenstrual syndromes. Letters to the Editors J Clin Psychopharmacol 21 : 540-542,2001.

Freeman, E.W., Sondheimer, S.: Predictors of Response to Sertraline Treatment of Severe Premenstrual Syndromes J Clin Psychiatry 61 : 579-584,2000.

Endres LK, Beshara M, Sondheimer S.: Experience with self-administered emergency contraception in a low-income, inner-city family planning program J Reprod Med. 45 (10): 827-830,2000.

Argenta PA, Yeagley TJ, Ott G, Sondheimer SJ: Torsion of the Uterine Adnexa: Pathologic Correlation and Current Management Trends J Reprod Med. 45 : 831-836,2000.

Freeman, E.W., Rickels, K., Arrendondo, F., Kao, Lee-Chuan, Pollack, S., Sondheimer, S.J.: Full or Half Cycle Treatment of Severe Premenstrual Syndrome with a Serotonergic Antidpressant J. Clin. Psychopharmacology 19 (1): 3-8,1999.

Academic Contact Info

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Center for Reproductive Medicine and Surgery
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
3701 Market St. Suite 800

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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