Dr. Rapisarda has been with FCI for nearly 20 years and is currently one of the managing partners. After graduating with honors from the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Rapisarda completed both his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology in Chicago. He has also served as an Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at the University of Chicago before joining FCI. Dr. Rapisarda has been deemed a “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly, U.S. News & World Report and Chicago Magazine for several years. His compassionate, personalized and understanding approach to care has made Dr. Rapisarda an annual recipient of the Patients’ Choice Award since its inception. His professional interests include management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), repeated miscarriages, and IVF.
I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Rapisarda. I never felt that he was judging us based on the questions we had. His explanations were thorough, never rushed. He is pleasant and even funny - much appreciated when dealing with such a heavy issue.
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Q & A with Dr. Rapisarda:
What is your approach to medicine?
I want the people I work with to feel that they have been cared for and treated with compassion and respect regardless of the outcome.
What do you like most about what you do?
I love seeing all of the babies we have helped to bring into this world and their happy parents whose lives have been enriched by our efforts.
In practice what are you most proud of?
High success rates even with very challenging circumstances.
Why did you choose to work in the field of reproductive medicine?
Family has always been the most important part of my life. I wanted to be able to assist others who were having difficulty adding to their family so that they too could share in this wonderful experience.
What do you consider your special areas of interest in reproductive medicine and why?
I am particularly interested in PCOS because it is a fascinating condition that is very common and often a challenge to treat effectively. I am also very interested in assisted reproduction such as IVF because of the dramatic advances that take place on a regular basis in this technique. There is a vast array of options for people to become pregnant and have a child. The advances in this area have been dramatic in a very short time frame.
Share something unique that most people don’t know about you.
I used to be a gymnast, but I wasn’t very good.
What do you do for fun in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
Reading, fixing things, traveling, gardening and hiking.
Doctor of Medicine: University of Michigan Medical School 1981-1985
Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center 1985-1989
Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Ambulatory SurgiCenter Downers Grove
Evanston Hospital (NorthShore)
Glenbrook Hospital (NorthShore)
Highland Park Hospital (NorthShore)
Northwest Community Day Surgery Center
Northwest Community Hospital
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Skokie Hospital (NorthShore)
Castle Connolly Top Doctor – 2002-2012
Patient’s Choice Award 2008-2012
Chicago Magazine Top Doctor for Women – 2011
U.S. News and World Report Top Doctor – 2012
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Today’s Chicago Woman — Making Treatment Affordable
Glenview Patch — Fertility Road Map
Chicago Tribune — EmbryoScope Technology Set to Improve IVF