Frank Chervenak, MD
Frank Chervenak, MD, is internationally renowned for his expertise in obstetrics and gynecology. At Northwell Health, he serves as chair of OB-GYN at Lenox Hill Hospital and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, where he is also associate dean for international medicine.
Dr. Chervenak joined Northwell after working in several leadership roles at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Medical College of Cornell University, including the Given Foundation Professor and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology (1999-2018); obstetrician and gynecologist-in-chief (1999-2018); and director of maternal-fetal medicine (1994-2018). He was also assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of perinatal research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center (1983-1987).
In 2011, Dr. Chervenak became a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies in Washington, DC, and has since contributed to policy development on planned home birth. He has led and participated in clinical research on prenatal ultrasound, multiple gestations, ethics in obstetrics and gynecology, and physician leadership. At Mt. Sinai, he received the Dr. Solomon Silver Award for application of advances in research to the practice of clinical medicine.
Dr. Chervenak has been awarded 12 honorary doctorates from international universities. In 2010, he was admitted as a fellow ad eundem of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of the United Kingdom, and as a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and coauthored or coedited 36 books.
He holds several professional affiliations, including president of the International Society of the Fetus as a Patient, secretary-general of the International Academy of Perinatal Medicine and codirector of the Ian Donald Inter-University School of Medicine and Ultrasound. He’s also chair of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics’ Ethics Committee and serves on the Bioethics Committee for the March of Dimes.
Dr. Chervenak holds a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and he earned his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University, where he was elected a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He later completed an internship in internal medicine at New York Medical College, a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Medical College and St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center and a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He also received a Master in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002 and earned fellowship status from the American College of Physician Executives in 2008.