Ina N. Cholst, M.D.

Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility
Ina Cholst

We have worked hard to make The Ronald O. Perelman and Claudio Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College a leader in the field of donor egg in vitro fertilization; not only in technical advances, but also with respect to screening donors, ethical issues and emotional support.

I appreciate the opportunity to work in this area. It is a privilege to help women to experience pregnancy and become mothers when it might otherwise not be possible."

Dr. Ina Cholst graduated with honors from Swarthmore College in 1973 and from NYU School of Medicine in 1977. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University's School of Medicine in 1981 and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1983. She is board certified in both specialties.

Dr. Cholst brings more than 30 years of experience to the care of her patients. Her areas of interest include the care of infertile couples, with a particular interest in medical, psychological, and ethical issues of egg donation. She is interested in menopause and in adolescent gynecology. She provides abortion services to those who need them and feels strongly about the importance of doing so.

Dr. Cholst is proud of being a full-time faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical College since 1983. She and her husband, Dr. Ira Goldberg, live on Manhattan's Upper West Side where they have raised two children. In Dr. Cholst's spare time, she bicycles, skis, reads and enjoys good conversation.

Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Please call Jane Huang at (646) 962-3025 for more information or to schedule an appointment.


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Health Care


Rubin LR, Werner-Lin A, Sagi M, Cholst I, Stern R, Lilienthal D, Hurley K. 'The BRCA Clock is Ticking!': Negotiating medical concerns and reproductive goals in preimplantation genetic diagnosis.  Hum Fertil (Camb).  ;17(3):159-64; 2014

Cholst IN. Oocyte donation and the therapeutic misconception. Fertility and sterility, 99:1561-1562. 2013

Hurley, Karen E.; Rubin, Lisa R.; Werner-Lin, Allison V.; Sagi, Michal; Kemel, Yelena; Stern, Rikki; Phillips, Aliza; Cholst, Ina N.; Kauff, Noah D.; Offit, Kenneth.  Incorporating information regarding preimplantation genetic diagnosis into discussions concerning testing and risk management for BRCA1/2 mutations: a qualitative study of patient preferences.  Cancer, 118:6270-6277. 2012

Weinreb EB, Cholst IN, Ledger WJ, Danis RB, Rosenwaks Z.Should all oocyte donors receive prophylactic antibiotics for retrieval? Fertil Steril:94(7):2935-7. PMID: 20633881, 2010

Maxwell KN, Cholst IN, Rosenwaks Z. The incidence of both serious and minor complications in young women undergoing oocyte donation.Fertil Steril :2165-71. PMID: 18249368,2008

Melo-Martin I, Cholst IN: Researching human oocyte cryopreservation: ethical issues. Fertility and Sterility, 89:523, 2008

Xu K, Rosenwaks Z, Beaverson K, Cholst IN, Veeck L, Abramson DH: Preimplantation genetic diagnosis for retinoblastoma: the first reported liveborn: American Journal of Ophthalmology. 137(1):18-23, 2004

Moomjy M, Mangieri R, Beltramone F, Cholst IN, Veeck L, MLT, Rosenwaks Z: Shared oocyte donation: Society's benefits; Fertility and Sterility 73: (6) 1165-1169, 2000

Moomjy M, Cholst IN, Mangieri R, Rosenwaks Z: Oocyte donation: Insights into implantation. Fertility and Sterility 71(1):15-21, 1999

Spandorfer SD, Moomjy M, Davis OK, Barmat LI, Cholst IN, Rosenwaks Z: Oocyte donation: does a previous attempt affect a subsequent attempt? Fertil Steril 70: 222-226, 1998

Applegarth L, Goldberg NC, Cholst IN, Mc Goff N, Fantini D, Zellers N, Black A, Rosenwaks Z: Families created through ovum donation: a preliminary investigation of obstetrical outcome and psychosocial adjustment. Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics. 12(9): 157-80, 1995

Moomjy M, Cholst IN, Davis OK, Applegarth LD, Rosenwaks Z: Oocyte donation: evolution of the methods and its current application. Seminars in Reproductive Endocrinology 1995

Moomjy M, Cholst IN, Davis OK, Applegarth LD, Rosenwaks Z: Donor oocytes in assisted reproduction-an overview. Seminars in Reproductive Endocrinology 13 (3): 173-86, 1995

Davis ON, Berkeley AS, Naus GJ, Cholst IN, Freedman KS: The incidence of luteal phase defect in normal, fertile women, determined by serial endometrial biopsies. Fertil Steril 51:582, 1989

Ferrier AJ, Berkeley AS, Cholst IN: Pretreatment with a subcutaneous Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone agonist in an in vitro fertilization cycle resulting in a viable pregnancy. J. In Vitro Fert Embryo Transf 5(4): 234-236, 1988

Sealey JE, Cholst IN, Glorioso N, Troffa C, Weintraub ID, James G, Laragh JH: Sequential changes in plasma LH and plasma porenin during the menstrual cycle. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 63:1-5, 1987

Cholst IN, Carlon AT: Oral Contraceptives and dysmenorrhea. Journal of Adolescent Health Care.8:121-128, 1987

Fillit HM, Weinrebs H, Cholst IN, Luine V, Amador R, Zabriskie JB, Mc Ewen BS: Hormonal therapy for primary degenerative dementia; Could estrogen have a role in the treatment of senile women? In T. Crook, S. Ferris, S. Bartus (eds). Treatment Development Strategies for Alzheimer's Disease. Madison, Connecticut, Mark Powley Assoc., Inc. 1986

Fillit H, Weinrebs H, Cholst IN, Luine V, Mc Ewen B, Amador R, Zabriskie JB: Observations in a preliminary open trial of estradiol therapy for senile dementia-Alzheimer's type. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 11:337-346, 1986

Sealey JE, Glorioso N, Itskovitz J, Troffa C, Cholst I, Rosenwaks Z: Plasma prenin during early pregnancy: Ovarian secretion under gonadotropin control. J Hypertens 4:S92, 1986

Cholst I, Wardlaw WL, Newman CB, Frantz AG: The prolactin response to breast stimulation in lactating women is not mediated by endogenous opioids. Am J Obstet Gynecol 150:558-61, 1984

Cholst I: Surgery of the fimbrial portion of the fallopian tube. Seminars in Reproductive Endocrinology; 2:160, 1984

Cholst I, Steinberg SF, Trooper PJ, Fox HE, Segre GV, Bilezikian JP: The influence of hypermagnesemia on serum calcium and parathyroid hormone levels in human subjects. New England Journal of Medicine; 310:1221, 1984

De Cherney A, Cholst I, Naftolin F: The management of intractable uterine bleeding utilizing the resectoscope-hysteroscope. In Siegler AM, Lindemann HJ (eds). Hysteroscopy. Principles and Practice. Philadelphia, J.B. Lippencott Co. 1984.

Cholst I: Is short luteal phase the infertility problem? Contemporary Ob/Gyn. 10:187, 1982

Vande Wiele R, Cholst I: Endorphins in reproductive function. Contraception, Fertilite, Sexualite. 9:777, 1981

De Cherney A, Cholst I, Naftolin F: Structure and function of the fallopian tubes following exposure to diethylstibestrol (DES) during gestation. Fertil Steril. 36:741, 1981

Cholst I, Jewelewicz R, Dyrenfurth I, Wiele LV: Gonadotrophin and the human secondary sex ratio. {Letter} British Medical Journal Clinical Research Ed.. 283(6301):1264-5, 1981 Nov 7.

Cholst I, Welch L: Guide to Medical Services Following Sexual Assault. Published 1975 by the New York City Dept. of Urban Health Affairs and prepared under a grant from New York University School of Medicine.

Honors and Awards

New York Magazine Best Doctors, June 2011

Castle Connolly Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

ASRM Prize Paper: Psychological Characteristics of Egg donors: MMPI-2 Profiles of 436 Anonymous Oocyte Donor Candidates. ASRM 59th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas 2003

Meehan-Miller Award for the resident who most exemplifies the scholarly attributes of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale University School of Medicine 1981

Ciba Award in Community Health, NYU School of Medicine, for the development of the Rape Victim Services Program for Bellevue Hospital 1976

Keele Scholar, Swarthmore College 1972

Telluride Association Summer Program Scholarship, Cornell University 1968