Ira D. Sharlip, MD

Ira D. Sharlip, MD

Ira D. Sharlip, MD

Professor of Urology


BA, 1961, Natural Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
MD, 1965, Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


Ira D. Sharlip, MD is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he earned BA and MD degrees. He did his residency and urological training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California at San Francisco and the Middlesex Hospital in London, England. He is board certified in both internal medicine and urology. Since 1980 he has had an active private urological surgery practice in San Francisco. Sharlip has held a variety of faculty appointments in the Department of Urology, currently he serves as Clinical Professor and Senior Physician Diplomate.

Sharlip provides his time and expertise as a volunteer to national societies and journals. He served as Co-chair of the Male Infertility Best Practice Policy Committee of the American Urological Association (AUA) and he currently chairs the AUA Vasectomy Guideline Committee and the AUA Male Circumcision Task Force. He is both founder and Past President of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, and Past President of the International Society for Sexual Medicine, these are prestigious academic societies devoted to human sexual function and dysfunction. Sharlip is Founder and Associate Editor of The Journal of Sexual Medicine and serves as reviewer for many urological journals including the Journal of Urology.

Formerly a Flight Surgeon in the US Army, Sharlip is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam conflict. He has a keen interest in international medicine, has consulted in hospitals throughout the world, and has volunteered as a physician and surgeon in developing nations including Kenya, Thailand, Vietnam and Iraq. Sharlip is leading an effort by the AUA to develop a pool of volunteer surgeons to assist the World Health Organization and other international healthcare agencies to provide male circumcision services in sub-Saharan Africa.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Sharlip sees patients at the Center for Reproductive health.  He is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on urological aspects of male reproductive and sexual medicine. A world leading authority on the microsurgical treatment of male infertility, he has one of the world's largest experiences performing vasectomy reversal. Sharlip has written and lectured extensively on these and other urological subjects.

Research Interests

Ira Sharlip, MD's research is focused on the clinical aspects of male reproductive and sexual health, particuarily vasectomy reversal, male sexual dysfunction and male infertility. He has a major interest in refining microsurgical techniques for the male reproductive tract. Sharlip has vast experience in vasectomy reversal, in correcting other obstructions of the male reproductive tract, and in sperm retrieval techniques. He is a leading expert on treating male infertilty and is widely recognized for his clinical experience, leadership and expertise in male sexual health.

Patient Contact

415.353.2200  (Phone)
415.353.2480  (Fax)

Physical Address:
400 Parnassus Avenue, Suite 610
San Francisco CA 94143

Academic Contact

Department of Urology

San Francisco, CA 94143-0916