Margaret Mary Polaneczky, M.D.

Margaret Polaneczky

Dr. Margaret Mary Polaneczky practices at Weill Cornell Ob/Gyn's 68th Street offices.  She specializes in gynecology.

"Women’s health has changed most, I believe, in response to our patients and their advocates, who persistently raise the bar and demand that we make healthcare that fits women’s needs.”

Dr. Polaneczky provides gynecologic care to women of all ages, from pre-teen to post-menopause. Her goal is to provide accessible, personalized, state of the art healthcare in a one-to-one relationship with her patients, harnessing technology to communicate, educate and support their mutual goals of health and well-being. She is an active advocate of women's health, patient education and open communication between doctor and patient, and believes that the healthcare works best when it is patient-centered.

Dr. Polaneczky’s practice encompasses a wide range of reproductive health issues, including family planning, menstrual disorders, vulvo-vaginal disease, premenstrual syndrome, screening and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and abnormal pap smears, menopause and the gynecologic care of women with breast cancer.  She has published and lectured extensively in the fields of contraception, sexually transmitted diseases and adolescent gynecology.  

Dr. Polaneczky has studied contraceptive use in both adults and adolescents, and along with Weill Cornell colleague Steven Witkin Ph.D., pioneered the use of self-testing for Chlamydia infections in women.  In addition, she has collaborated with colleagues in psychiatry investigating treatments for premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and most recently initiated a collaborative project with colleagues in Public Health and Oncology to develop a computer-based decision tool to inform women’s decisions around screening mammography.

Dr. Polaneczky writes The Blog that Ate Manhattan, a blog that combines her love of food, medicine, and New York City, that has been named one of the top 100 medical blogs and a “must-read” blog for women.  Dr. Polaneczky also sings choral music, performs with her musical theater class, and loves to bike the loop in Central Park.  She and her husband, who is also an educator, have two daughters.

"The internet is revolutionizing healthcare, and I’m excited to be a part of that revolution."

A graduate of Villanova University, Dr. Polaneczky received her M.S. in Biology at New York University and her M.D. from the Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, and served for four years as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania College of Medicine before accepting a faculty position at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in 1992.  In August 2000, she became one of the first physicians in the United States to be certified as a menopause clinician by the North American Menopause Society.



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 [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]


Original Research Articles

Protopopescu X, Pan H, Altemus M, Tuescher O, Polaneczky M, McEwen B, Silbersweig D, Stern E. Orbitofrontal cortex activity related to emotional processing changes across the menstrual cycle. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Nov 1;102(44):16060-5.

Jurema M, Polaneczky M, Ledger W. Hepatitis B vaccination in Post Partum Women.    Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2001 Aug;185(2):355-8.

Witkin S, Polaneczky M et al. Temperature Stability of Vaginal Specimens for Chlamydia Trachomatis Detection by Amplicor Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay. Int J STD & AIDS. 2001; 12: 1-2.

Ledger W, Polaneczky M, Yih M, Jeremias J, Tolbert V, Witkin SS. Difficulties in the Diagnosis of Candida Vaginitis. 1999. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice 2000; 9 (2):66-69.

Kaunitz A, Garceau R, Cromie M, and the Lunelle Study Group (includes Polaneczky M). Comparative Safety, Efficacy, and Cycle Control of Lunelle Monthly Contraceptive Injection (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate and Estradiol Cypionate Injectable Suspension) and Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 Oral Contraceptive (Norethindrone / Ethinyl Estradiol Triphasic). Contraception 1999; 60: 179-187.

Polaneczky M, Cadogan M, McGuinness K, Waterstone M. Experience with Voluntary Newborn HIV Screening at a New York City Hospital.” Obstetrics and Gynecology 1999; 94(5): 647-652.

Romanzi LJ, Polaneczky M, Glazer HI. A Simple Test of Pelvic Muscle Contraction: Validation and Correlation with Surface Electromyogr aphy. Neurourology and Urodynamics 1999; 18: 603-612.

Polaneczky MM and LiBlanc M. “Long-term Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Depo-Provera) Use in Adolescents.” J Adolesc Health 1998; 23(2): 81-8.

Polaneczky MM, Witkin SS, Pollock L, Quigley C, Dulko D. “Self-Testing for Chlamydia Trachomatis Infection in Women.” Obstetrics and Gynecology 1998; 91 (3): 375-378.

O’Dell C, Forke C, Polaneczky M, Sondheimer S, Slap G. “Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate versus Oral Contraceptive Use by Post Partum Adolescents”. Obstetrics and Gynecology 1998; 91: 609-614.

Skupski DW, Nelson S, Kowalik A, Polaneczky M, Smith-Levitin M, Hutson JM, Rosenwaks Z. “Multiple gestations from in vitro fertilization: successful implantation alone is not associated with subsequent preeclampsia”. Am J Obstet Gynecol 1996; 175: 1029-32.

Polaneczky M, Guarnaccia M, Alon J, Wiley J. “Early Experience with the Contraceptive Use of Depo-Provera in an Urban Clinic Population”. Family Planning Persptives 1996; 28 (4): 174-178.

Witkin SS, Inglis SR, Polaneczky M. “Detection of Chlamydia Trachomatis and Trichomonas Vaginalis by the Polymerase Chain Reaction in Introital Specimens from Pregnant Patients.” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 1996; 175 (1):165-67.

Polaneczky M, Slap G, Forke C, Rappaport A, Sondheimer S. “The Use of Levonorgestrel Implants (Norplant) for Contraception in Adolescent Mothers”. New England Journal of Medicine 1994; 331(18): 1201 - 1206. 


Braverman P and Polaneczky M, eds. Adolescent Gynecology: Part I. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 1999; 46 (3).

Braverman P and Polaneczky M, eds. Adolescent Gynecology: Part II. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 1999; 46 (4).

Book Chapters

Polaneczky, M. “Contraception”. Chapter in Textbook of Adolescent Health Care. (W. Rosenfeld et al, eds) In Press.

Polaneczky M. “Atrophic Vaginitis”. Chapter in Encyclopedia of Elder Care, In Press.

Polaneczky M. “Pregnancy in the Adolescent Patient”. Chapter in Braverman P and Polaneczky M, eds. Adolescent Gynecology. Pediatric Clinics of North America 1999, 46(4): 649-669.

Polaneczky M and O’Connor K. “Pregnancy”. Chapter in Coupey SM, ed. Primary Care for the Adolescent Girls. Philadelphia, PA, Hanley and Belfus (in press).

Polaneczky M. "Uterus Tubes and Ovaries". Chapter in Gellis, S.S. and Kagan, B.M., Current Pediatric Therapy, 15th edition, W.B. Saunders Company, 1995.

Polaneczky M and LaGuardia K. "Adolescent Gynecology”. Chapter in Gynecology: Principles and Practice, 2nd edition. Pergamom Press, in Press. 

Polaneczky M. "Uterus Tubes and Ovaries". Chapter in Gellis, S.S. and Kagan, B.M., Current Pediatric Therapy, 14th edition, W.B. Saunders Company, 1992, p. 399-410.

Polaneczky M. and Slap G.G. "Adolescent Contraception", Chapter in Schwartz, W., Charney E, Curry T, and Ludwig S, eds., Pediatric Primary Care, 2nd ed. p 94-100. Yearbook Medical Publishers, Inc., 1990.


Polaneczky, M, Premenstrual Syndrome/Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Practice Algorithm. The Female Patient, Vol 32 (9): 40-45. 2008.

Polaneczky M. Prescribing Oral Contraceptives for Adolescents. Parts 1 and 2. Adolescent Health Update July/October 2002. 

Polaneczky M. “Adolescent Contraception”. Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology 1998, 10:213-219.

Polaneczky M. and Slap G.G. “Menstrual Disorders in the Adolescent: Amenorrhea”. Pediatrics in Review, Vol. 13, no. 2, February 1992, 43-49.

Polaneczky M. and Slap G.G. “Menstrual Disorders in the Adolescent: Dysmenorrhea and Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding”. Pediatrics in Review, Vol. 13, no. 3, March 1992, p. 83-87.


Polaneczky M. Norplant implants and condom use. Am J Obstet Gynecol 1999; 181(5): 1270.

Polaneczky M. New technologies enable screening to be carried out in schools and the community. (Letter) BMJ 1998;317:680.

Lay Press Publications

Author, The Blog that Ate Manhattan. Finalist, Best Medical Blog 2009

Polaneczky, M. Mirena IUD. April 2001

Tornatore, J and Polaneczky, M. Depo-Provera. June, 2000

Polaneczky, M. Alternative Therapies for Menopause. June, 2000

Reviewer for peer-review journals

American Journal of Perinatology, 2001

Journal of Adolescent Health, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 1998

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Under-served, 1997

The New England Journal of Medicine, 1995, 1997

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 1996

Mayo Clinic Proceedings 1996

American Journal of Public Health, 1996, 2000

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1996, 1998, 1999

Pediatrics 1995

The Drug Letter 1995

Lectures by Invitation

September 30, 2009. Menopause. Lecture to Women’s Health Psychiatry Group, Weill Medical College, Ny, NY.

June 11, 2009. “Hot Flashes”. Women’s health Series Lecture, Weill Medical College. NY, NY

Jan 11-17 Salzburg Seminars, Salzburg, Austria. “Menopause”, “Contraception”, “Premenstrual Syndrome”, “Medical Abortion” “Vaginitis and Vulvar Diseases”

June 18, 2008. Contraception Update. Update Your Medicine Lecture Series. Weill Medical Colllege.

February 28, 2008. Oral Contraceptives. Updates in Ob-Gyn, Foundation Santa Fe de Bogota, Bogota, Columbia

February14, 2008. “Menopause”. Lecture to Psychiatry fellows and attending, Weill Medical College.

April 18, 2007. “Contraception for the Millenium” Update your Medicine Lectures Series, Weill Medical College.

October 10, 2006. Women in Medicine - Panel on Hormone Replacement. Rockefeller University.

June 10-16, 2006. Salzburg Seminars, Salzburg, Austria. Five Lectures given. “Menopause”, “Contraception”, “Premenstrual Syndrome”, “Adolescent Gynecology”, “Medical Abortion”.

April 26, 2006. Update on Hormone Replacement. Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center Lecture Series.

November 1, 2005. “Update on Hormone Replacement Therapy”. The Cosmopolitan Club, NYC.

March 21, 2005. Sexuality in the Mature Women. New York Presbyterian Hospital Symposium. Palm Beach, Fla.

February 17, 2005. Hormone Replacement: What's New? It is Cantor Women's Health Center

April 20, 2004. "Is There a Female Viagra?" Weill Cornell Lying-in Committee Executive Committee Meeting. New York, NY.

February 11, 2004. Alternatives to HRT. Iris Cantor Women's Health Center.

June 9, 2003 "Contraceptive Options" Iris Cantor Women's Health Center, New York, NY.

May 16, 2003. " Diagnosis and Management of Pregnancy in the Adolescent". North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, Pa.

April 26, 2003. "Managing Menopause in the Post-WHI Era". Seminar: Comprehensive Helathcare for Women. Weill Medical College, New York City.

January 23-30, 2003. Five Lectures at the Salzburg Seminars. "Menopause", "PMS", "Hormonal Contraception", "Medical abortion", "Adolescent Gynecology". American Austrian Foundation, Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria.

 January 9, 2003. "Managing Menopause after WHI". Grand Rounds, Cornell Internal Medicine Associates, Weill Medical College, NY, NY.

October 22,2002. "Hormones and Your Heart". Health and Wellness Seminar: Weill Medical College, New York, NY.

October 23, 2002. "Menopause after WHI". New York Presbyterian Hospital Auxiliary Luncheon. Weill Medical College, NY, NY. 

September 30, 2002. "Gynecology Update". Iris Cantor Women's Health Center Press Update, Weill Medical College, NY, NY.

May 16, 2002. "Managing Menopause in Breast Cancer Survivors". The Fourth Annual Symposium on the Latest News about Breast Cancer. Weill Medical College. New York, NY.

September 5, 2002. "Hormone Replacement Therapy: What's New." Women's Lying-In Committee, Weill Medical College, New York, NY.

May 16, 2002. "Managing Menopause in Breast Cancer Survivors". Weill Medical College Breast Cancer Annual Update. New York, NY.

January 28, 2002. Women in Medicine - Panel Member. Weill Medical College, NY, NY.

October 10, 2001 “The Post-Menopausal Years”. The Cosmopolitan Club, New York City.

June 2001. "Diagnosis and Early Management of Pregnancy in the Adolescent". Grand Rounds Lecture. St Vincent's Hospital Department of Pediatrics.

April 18, 2001. “Menopause”. New York City Human Resources Administration, New York, NY.

April 3, 2001. “Alternative Treatments for Menopause”. Cornell Medical College Lying-In Committee, New York, NY.

November 30, 2000. “Hormone Replacement for the Menopause: New Data”. Weill Cornell Medical College Lying-In Committee, New York, NY.

June 28, 2000. “Contraception for the Millenium”. Update Your Medicine Course. Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.

June 7, 1999. “Contraception” American College of Physicians – American Society of Internal Medicine. Women’s Health Course, Philadelphia, Pa.

January 30, 1999. "HIV Screening in Pregnancy." Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds, Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.

June 1998. “Long-Acting Hormonal Contraception.” Update Your Medicine Course. Cornell Medical College.

May 14, 1998. “Reproductive Health.” The New York Women’s Agenda Special Program on Women’s Health. New York, NY.

March 27, 1998. “Contraception”. Women’s Health Lecture Series, Cornell Medical College. New York, NY.

March 17, 1998. “Long-acting Hormonal Contraception”. Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Diego, Ca.

March 17, 1998. “Chlamydia self-screening”. Pediatric Grand Rounds, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Diego, Ca.

November 22, 1997. “Long-acting Hormonal Contraception”. Association of Reproductive Health Professionals Meeting, Washington, DC.

November 11, 1997. “Contraception Update”. New York Hospital Wellness Seminars, NY, NY.

September 25, 1997. “Pap Smear – Use and Techniques”. Cornell Internal Medicine Associates Attending Lecture Series, NY, NY.

May 6, 1997. “Long-Acting Hormonal Contraception”. New York Hospital Center for Women’s Health Care Primary Care Lecture Series.

April 5, 1997. “Long-acting Hormonal Contraception in Adolescents”. North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 11th Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio.

February 4, 1997. “Emergency Contraception”. New York Hospital Center for Women’s Health Care Primary Care Lecture Series.

May 21, 1996. “Depo-Provera and Norplant Use in Adults and Adolescents”. Roundtable discussion presentation. Unintended Pregnancy: State of the Art Programs. Philadelphia, Pa.

November 20, 1995. “Research Techniques in Adolescent Contraceptive Use”. Adolescent Medicine Research Conference Lecture. Montefiore Medical Center.

November 9, 1995. “Adolescent Pregnancy”. Pediatric Grand Rounds, New York Hospital.

March 24, 1995. “Long-Acting Hormonal Contraception: The US Experience”. Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Diego, CA.

March 1993. Norplant Staff Training, New York Hospital Women’s Health.

1990 "Adolescent Pregnancy" Pa. Perinatal Association Meeting, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

June 8, 1989. “Adolescent Pregnancy”. U of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Alumni Meeting

Honors and Awards

2009                  Chanel Award for Achievement in Obstetrics & Gynecology