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Sana Salih, MD, MS, HCLD, FACOG

Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology

Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Medical Director, University of Illinois IVF Program

Director, University of Illinois Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Program

Center for Women’s Health, REI:
Phone: (312) 355-2634
Fax: (312) 355-3161

Academic Office:
Phone: (312) 355-0458
Fax: (312) 996-4238

UIC IVF: https://uicivf.org/

Medical School Residency Fellowship Graduate

University of Khartoum

Yale University

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, University of Texas Medical Branch

Human Molecular Genetics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Master of Medical Science, University of Texas Medical Branch

High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD)


Dr. Sana Salih is double board-certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. Additionally, she is certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director.

Dr. Salih offers compassionate and proficient care to patients with infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss. Dr. Salih assists individuals and couples achieve their family-building dreams in a compassionate and personalized manner. Her expertise in infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss promotes comprehensive evaluation and management, including advanced reproductive technology such as in-vitro fertilization, fertility preservation, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis.

Dr. Salih is a collaborator in an NIH-funded project to study the genetic basis for miscarriage.

Dr. Salih participates in the University of Illinois Fertility Preservation Programwhich provides oocyte, sperm, embryo, and testicular tissue cryopreservation.  Patients receiving gonadotoxic chemotherapy for cancer and non-cancer indications, in the military service, and those at risk for a genetic disease may benefit from this Program.

Dr. Salih treats patients with endometriosis, fibroids, uterine anomalies, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She offers minimally invasive robotic surgery, when indicated.

Dr. Salih was the recipient of an NIH-sponsored research training grant in Human Molecular Genetics at Yale University, and was a BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Research) Scholar at University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Salih’s research is focused on enhancing fertility and fertility preservation. She has collaborated on projects which studied factors, such as genetic, environmental, chemo- and radiation therapies, age-related, and endometriosis, which interfere with follicle maturation, may lead to poor reproductive health outcomes.

Dr. Salih is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Reproductive Sciences.

Dr. Salih is fluent in English and Arabic.

Recent Publications

Sethuram R, Bazzi AA, Salih SM, Puscheck EE. Peripheral lymphocyte telomere dysfunction: a valid surrogate marker for female fertility? Editorial. Accepted. Fertility and Sterility, Fertility and Sterility11/2020.

Ley D, Jones J, Parrish J, Salih S, Caldera F, Tirado E, Leader B, and Sumona Saha S. Methotrexate negatively impacts sperm genetic integrity in men with inflammatory bowel Gastroenterology. 2018 Jun;154(8):2064-2067.e3. http://doi.org/10.1053/j.gastro.2018.02.025.

Kropp J, Carrillo J, Namous H, Daniels A, Salih SM, Song J. and Khatib H. Male fertility status is associated with dna methylation signatures in sperm and transcriptomic profiles of bovine preimplantation embryos. BMC Genomics. 2017 Apr 5;18(1):280. doi: 1186/s12864-017-3673-y.

Tilbury KB, Campbell KR, Eliceiri KW, Salih SM, Patankar MP, and Campagnola PJ. Stromal alterations in ovarian cancers via wavelength dependent Second Harmonic Generation microscopy and optical scattering. BMC Cancer 2017 Feb; 17:102. doi: 1186/s12885-017-3090-2.

Zanotelli MR, Henningsen JD, Patrick M, Hopkins PM, Dederich AP, Tessa Herman, Puccinelli TJ, and Salih SM A novel ovarian bioreactor for in vitro culture of whole bovine ovary. Journal of Ovarian Research. 2016 Aug 4;9(1):47. doi: 1186/s13048-016-0249-4.

Elsarrag SZ, Prange E, Contreras K, Eickhoff J, Puccetti D, and Salih Pediatric brain tumor survivors are at high risk of developing ovarian dysfunction, next steps? Accepted to J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol, 2016.

Luo W, Salih SM, Bormann CL, and Wiltbank MC. Induction of chemokines and prostaglandin synthesis pathways in luteinized human granulosa cells: potential role of luteotropin withdrawal and prostaglandin f2 in regression of the human corpus luteum. Reprod Biol, 2015 Dec;15(4):247-56

Kropp K, Roti Roti EC, Ringelstetter AK, Khatib H, Abbott DH, and Salih SM. Dexrazoxane diminishes doxorubicin-induced acute ovarian damage and preserves ovarian function and fecundity in mice. PLoS One 2015; 10:e0142588.

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Book Chapters

Skanes-DeVold H, Wiltshire A, and Salih SM. Effects of ethnicity on ovarian stimulation and fertility preservation. Textbook of Assisted Pp Textbook on Assisted Reproduction, Springer. Textbook of Assisted Reproduction. 565-571. 06 Aug 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-2377-9_63

Roti Roti EC, Salih SM, and Zelinski M. Clinical and laboratory analysis of ovarian toxicity. Cancer treatment and the ovary; editors, Anderson RA and Spears N. Pp 65-78, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-801591-9.00005-9