Ira D. Sharlip


Ira D. Sharlip, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Urology at the University of California at San Francisco. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned B.A. and M.D. degrees. He did his postgraduate medical 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 Internal Medicine and in Urology. He practices clinical urology and urological surgery in San Francisco.

Dr. Sharlip has long been interested in urological problems of the male sexual and reproductive systems. In the field of reproductive urology, he was one of the early innovators in developing microsurgical vasectomy reversal. Currently, Dr. Sharlip serves the American Urological Association as Co-Chair of the Vasectomy Guideline Committee. This committee has written the first comprehensive evidence-based document which identifies optimum preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative practices in vasectomy.

An expert on male circumcision and its relationship to the HIV epidemic, Dr. Sharlip serves on the Technical Advances Group (TAG) on Innovations in Male Circumcision of the World Health Organization. This committee evaluates new devices which are being developed to facilitate the scale-up of male circumcision in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the field of sexual medicine, he is founder and Past-President of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America and Past President of the International Society for Sexual Medicine. Author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications, he was a founder and later Associate Editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.


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