Ira D. Sharlip, M.D. 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.
Following several years on the academic full time faculty in the Department of Urology at the University of California at San Francisco, Dr. Sharlip entered private practice.
In addition to practicing general urological surgery, Dr. Sharlip has become a nationally and internationally recognized authority on urological problems of the male reproductive systems. He has written and lectured extensively on this and other urological subjects. He is frequently invited to speak at international urological meetings and he served on the faculty of an annual postgraduate course given by the American Urological Association. He belongs to 15 professional societies and he is the founder and current Secretary-Treasurer of the Society for the Study of Impotence, a prestigious academic society devoted to the study of human sexual function and dysfunction. As a member of the Impotence Guidelines Committee of the American Urological Association, he has helped to define standards of practice for this common, but often untreated problem. He is one of the world's leading authorities on the microsurgical treatment of male infertility, and he has one of the world's largest experiences in vasectomy reversal.
Dr. Sharlip serves as reviewer for the Journal of Urology, a member of the editorial board of the International Journal for Impotence Research and a member of the Program Committee of the American Urological Association.
Formerly a flight surgeon with the 145th Combat Aviation Battalion, First Aviation Brigade in Vietnam, Dr. Sharlip has a keen interest in international medicine. He has consulted in hospitals throughout the world and has worked as a volunteer physician and surgeon in developing countries such as Kenya, Thailand and Vietnam. He lives with his wife and two daughters in a suburb of San Francisco where he enjoys running mountain trails and coaching youth and high school basketball.