Merle Berger

Merle Berger, MD

Reproductive Endocrinologist

Dr. Merle Berger is a reproductive endocrinologist at Boston IVF and a Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School. He specializes in all aspects of fertility care.


Dr. Merle Berger co-founded Boston IVF in 1986 and has been in practice for over 45 years. He is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology/Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

He specializes in all aspects of infertility care.

Dr. Berger is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, where he proudly teaches students, residents, and fellows in the field of reproductive medicine.

He received his medical degree from Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, OH. He then completed his fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.

Formerly, Dr. Berger was the Medical Director of Boston IVF and the President of the Boston Fertility Society.

In his spare time Dr. Berger is an avid tennis player, sailor and chef. He presently is writing a memoir entitled, “IVF and Me" - which details his time as an expert at Boston IVF and the exciting developments of reproductive medicine.

Why Did You Become a Fertility Expert?
As a resident back in the 1960’s, I was fascinated by the newly emerging physiology of female ovulatory mechanism.

What About Boston IVF Makes You Proud?
I am most proud of being one of the founders of this organization and seeing how much it has developed over the last 30 years.

What is Your Approach to Patient Care?
My approach is multifaceted: quick testing and treatment as soon and as efficiently as possible. All with kindness and caring.

Have Any Patients Truly Inspired You?
One of my favorite patients was "Melissa." I helped she and her husband have the first IVF surrogate pregnancy on the east coast (about 22 years ago). She later started the first and largest reproductive law practice in the USA and has helped hundreds of other couples build their own families!

How Do You Spend Your Free Time?
My free time is spent playing tennis, cooking, and lately trying to stay healthy.

What Music Do You Enjoy Listening To?
I am a jazz nut and listen whenever I can. Especially piano trios!

What’s The Most Recent Book You’ve Read?
The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow.  This is the prequel to The Cartel and is much better.

Where Do You See Infertility Care in 5 Years?
In five years, IVF will still be practiced in much the way it has over the past quarter century. It will, however, become much more efficient and help our patients become pregnant faster. We'll see no multiple pregnancies and genetic testing will play a more prominent roll.



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