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Rakesh Sharma, PhD


Rakesh Sharma, Ph.D.

Appointed: 1997

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Rakesh Sharma, PhD
Department: Urology
Project Staff, Andrology Laboratory
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code X11
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Rakesh Sharma, PhD
Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Project Staff, Andrology Laboratory
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code X11
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Rakesh Sharma, PhD, received his Master's of Science degree in 1983 and his PhD in 1992 from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. He completed his postdoctoral training at Cleveland Clinic. He is a recipient of an American Foundation for Urologic Disease (AFUD) Fellowship from 1999-2001. Dr. Sharma was appointed as Project Staff in 1999 in the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Women’s Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He has been Coordinator of the Reproductive Research Center since 2006.

Dr. Sharma has published over 130 scientific papers and review articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, authored seven book chapters and has presented 300 abstracts at both national and international scientific meetings. He is a member of several professional societies, including the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, American Society of Andrology, Society for Medicine and Reproductive Urology and the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction.

Dr. Sharma is an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Andrology, International Journal of Andrology, Urology, Reproductive Biomedicine Online, Biology of Reproduction, Human Reproduction, Fertility & Sterility and Asian Journal of Andrology.

Dr. Sharma is an investigator on 50 research grants. His current research interests include the role of free radicals in male and female infertility, oxidative stress and DNA integrity, apoptosis and semen quality, sperm cryopreservation, oxidative stress and embryo quality and endometriosis associated infertility.

Professional Highlights

American Foundation for Urological Diseases (AFUD) Scholar, 1999-2001

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA
Doctorate - Panjab University
Undergraduate - Panjab University

Specialty Interests

Cryopreservation, DNA damage, endometriosis associated infertility, Male and female infertility, ovarian transplantation and cryopreservation, oxidative stress

Innovations & Patents

Innovator Award, Cleveland Clinic Innovations, 2007

  • Supplementation of L-carnitine in the culture media causes a significant decrease in DNA damage and improves embryo quality: a novel finding
  • Characterization of intracellular reactive oxygen species from human spermatozoa: a novel method for male infertility diagnosis  


  • American Society of Reproductive Medicine
  • American Society of Andrology
  • Society of Male Reproduction and Urology

Treatment & Services

  • Cryopreservation
  • Ovarian Transplantation
  • Urology

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 12/8/2016, Dr. Sharma has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

  • English