Dr. Edward Marut is a lifetime board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) and has been practicing medicine since 1981. He has served as the Highland Park IVF Medical Director at FCI since 1991 and now is the Medical Director of the Chicago River North IVF Center. Upon completion of his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Marut completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco and received a lifetime board certification in ObGyn. Dr. Marut was awarded the National Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine and received a lifetime Board Certification in Reproductive Endocrinology after completing his fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Marut has served in an IVF Medical Director position since 1983. Aside from leading FCI’s Highland Park and River North IVF centers, he served as a Medical Director at Michael Reese Hospital for the IVF Program, the Center for Assisted Reproductive Technology, and Family Planning Program. He has served as medical faculty at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Heavily awarded for his compassionate work with patients looking to grow a family, Dr. Marut is honored annually by numerous consumer groups. He is also a frequent lecturer and consultant and has authored more than 70 scientific publications. His clinical and research interests include IVF in the older, poor prognosis, and high-risk female populations, as well as pregnancy loss and preimplantation genetics.

Q & A with Dr. Marut:

What do you like most about what you do?
I love the ability to help give women the child they cannot have on their own and fulfill their desire and need for a family. I get excited over every positive pregnancy test and unhappy with every negative one.

In practice what are you most proud of?
I am most proud of having been the Medical Director of the first IVF Center to have a baby conceived in the Midwest in 1983 at Michael Reese hospital, and bringing that technology and clinical expertise first to Highland Park in 1991 and now to FCI over a 30-year span. I am proud of a lifetime certification in Reproductive Endocrinology.

Why did you choose to work in the field of reproductive medicine?
I was fascinated with the reproductive process as a child, and that stayed with me through college, medical school, and residency. While I loved delivering babies and doing surgery, the intellectual challenge of reproductive endocrinology and infertility clinched my decision to go into my chosen field.

What do you consider your special areas of interest in reproductive medicine and why?
I have been an IVF Medical Director for 30 years, and my interests in the latest innovations in the IVF arena have grown with the times, including the new field of Preimplantation Genetics. I care for a high proportion of older women, and those who have been unsuccessful elsewhere, with very good results.

What is your approach to medicine?
I feel that medical treatment is a decision based on honest, open, two-way conversations between me and my patient. I like to provide multiple options so patients are comfortable, but never things that are unproven, dangerous, or foolish.

Share something unique that most people don’t know about you.
I enjoy music, especially heavy metal, alternative, and hard rock songs, and play them on the piano. My wife was a high-risk obstetrics nurse who used to say I got em in, she got em out.

What do you do for fun in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
Besides music, I am a mediocre golfer, but love the sport; I have partial season tickets to the Blackhawks and am a diehard fan; I have two Bichons, Gus and Stan, who are my current at-home children.

Medical School
Doctor of Medicine: Yale University School of Medicine, 1970-1974

University of California, San Francisco Hospitals, 1974-1975

University of California, San Francisco Hospitals, 1975-1978

National Institutes of Health, 1979-1981

Hospital Privileges
Northshore Evanston Hospital
Northshore Glenbrook Hospital
Northshore Highland Park Hospital
Northshore Skokie Hospital

Special Awards
Super Doctor — 2012
Top Doctors, Castle Connolly — 2009-2015, 2018
America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists — 2004-2012
Best Doctors in America — 2003-2012
Top Doctors of Chicago — 2001-2015
International Health Professional of the Year — 2007
Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Resident Teaching — 1985
Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists — 1981
Recipient, National Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine — 1979
Graduated from Boston College, summa cum laude — 1970

Media Appearances

Does Female Masturbation Affect Implantation? The Experts Explain

April 23, 2020 | Dr. Marut discusses with other FCI doctors that masturbation does not impact fertilization, ovulation, or implantation.

Can Coronavirus Affect Fertility? Here’s What The Experts Know (So Far)

March 13, 2020 | Dr. Marut reminds patients that those of child-bearing age are not in the high-risk group, however, they should discuss their options with their doctor.

talking fertilityWhat Infertility Patients Need To Know About the Coronavirus

March 12, 2020 | Dr. Marut and Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron explain how COVID-19 affects fertility, even though fertility patients are not a high-risk group.

Can UTIs Affect Ovulation? The Answer Is Surprisingly Complicated

March 4, 2020 | Dr. Marut and Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron discuss how UTIs can impact a woman’s ability to ovulate.

The Best Fertility Vitamins to Help You and Your Partner Conceive

January 2020 | Dr. Marut goes over the best pre-conception vitamins and supplements for men and women.

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Dr. Marut discusses common infertility misconceptions for both men and women. From a fertility perspective, he stresses a focus on the impact of age, wellness, and lifestyle on fertility.

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Dr. Marut discusses the cause of infertility for both men and women and some of the lifestyle choices that impact fertility.