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Rakesh Sharma, Ph.D.

Rakesh Sharma, Ph.D.
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Department Subspecialty Care for Women's Health
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cryopreservation
  • Ovarian Transplantation
  • Urology
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • DNA Damage
  • Endometriosis Associated Infertility
  • Infertility: Is it Stress Related? - Causes Of
  • Male Infertility Testing
  • Oxidative Stress
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About Rakesh Sharma, Ph.D.

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 is an Associate Professor at the Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and the Assistant Supervisor of the Andrology Laboratory. Dr. Sharma has published over 240 original peer reviewed scientific articles and 36 book chapters. He is a member of several professional societies and a recipient of the Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award, the 2011 and 2013 Scholarship in Teaching (SIT) Award from the CASE Medical School for the innovative Summer Internship Course and the Star Award from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine from 2012-2017. Dr. Sharma has co-edited two books on “Oxidative Stress in Human Reproduction: Shedding Light on a Complicated Phenomenon” and “Andrological Evaluation of Male Infertility: A Laboratory Guide”. He is well trained in all aspects of diagnostic andrology, quality management and compliance of andrology lab services to regulatory agencies such as CAP, ODH, FDA and JCAHO. He is passionate about teaching and training of Andrology and likes to translate the technologies developed in our research program for patient use.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Doctorate - Panjab University

Undergraduate - Panjab University

Professional Highlights

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

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
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 12/9/2020, 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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