Dr. Alex KofinasAlexander D. Kofinas, M.D., FACOG is the founder and director of Kofinas Perinatal, the award-winning clinic in New York. He is also a prolific researcher, clinical associate professor at Cornell University’s College of Medicine, and author of the book, The Working Womb. Dr. Kofinas has dedicated his life to solving the mysteries of infertility to help women bring healthy babies into the world.
“As a physician, no challenge is as inspiring and sacred
as that of helping a woman achieve her dream of motherhood!”
Seven million women seek infertility treatment in the U.S. Dr. Alexander Kofinas is the “womb whisperer” who believes that there’s a better option to IVF for many women experiencing infertility or miscarriages.
Having helped tens of thousands of women in his office successfully deliver healthy babies, Dr. Kofinas has put his life’s work into his book, The Working Womb, which delivers the insight and tools he practices daily to explain how he significantly reduces and prevents serious pregnancy complications. After reading this book, women everywhere will have renewed hope on what can feel like a hopeless journey to motherhood.
Dedicating his life to helping women prepare for and sustain the pregnancy, Dr. Kofinas has developed science-backed, personalized treatment protocols for preventing common pregnancy complications, unexplained recurrent miscarriages, and overcoming unexplained infertility, which afflicts over half of all women seeking fertility treatment.
Dr. Kofinas also publishes extensive, world-renowned research on placenta health and leverages over 35 years of practice in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Maternal-fetal Medicine to make healthy pregnancies possible for women.
Dr. Alexander Kofinas has devoted 35 years of research and experience in maternal-fetal medicine to establishing comprehensive protocols grounded in an understanding of the leading causes and traditional treatment plans for infertility and high-risk pregnancies.
He aims to help women find hope by implementing a womb-ready strategy to overcome obstacles to conception and augment the development of healthy babies. Dr. Kofinas’ multi-pronged approach includes starting at the beginning: reevaluating overlooked labs and testing, prescribing individualized and consistent monitoring during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
This treatment approach has earned him a 90% reduction in obstetric complications among his patients.
His arrival in the U.S. coincided with the evolution of maternal-fetal medicine as a new branch of medicine and the use of real-time ultrasound imaging and Doppler ultrasound technology in obstetrics, enabling doctors to see the placenta before birth for the very first time. However, these tools and research in the industry were primarily focused on identifying abnormalities. Dr. Kofinas was many decades ahead of his time: he believed that understanding the normal development of a placenta and a fetus was crucial to understanding the abnormalities that could occur.
His focus on understanding how a healthy womb develops was solidified. It wasn’t until almost 20 years later that his peers began to understand what he knew to be true: The placenta is more than just the afterbirth; it offers the first and most critical signs of high-risk or failing pregnancies. Even today, Dr. Kofinas is one of the few physicians board certified in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Maternal-fetal Medicine. He is a leader in his field and a champion for his patients from preconception to delivery. He has developed, published, and presented world-renowned and frequently cited research on the structure of the uterus, the bodily function of labor, and the fetal cardiovascular and uteroplacental vascular systems, the keys to a life-producing and sustaining pregnancy.
Dr. Kofinas leverages his deep understanding of common pregnancy complications—preterm labor, premature rupture of membranes, pre-eclampsia, congenital fetal defects, diabetes, hypertension, and fetal development—and dedicates his practice to avoiding them. Unlike conventional medical practices where most women are not consistently monitored in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, Dr. Kofinas believes in beginning treatment and monitoring before pregnancy and focusing on the first trimester, a timeframe when irreparable damage to the placental and fetal development can occur.
This strategy prevents 80% of pregnancy losses, regardless of the cause, promotes healthier pregnancies, and has resulted in an unprecedented reduction in poor pregnancy outcomes.
Dr. Kofinas studied medicine in Athens at the National Kapodistrian University's School of Medicine. They came to the U.S. as a research fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, to study Embryology. After completing his medical degree, he immigrated to the U.S. for his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, after which he rounded up his expertise in maternal-fetal medicine at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University.
He spent five years teaching students and doctors-in-training at Wake Forest University and extensively researching the physiology of human labor and fetal and placental circulations. He experimented with Doppler ultrasound and presented groundbreaking findings at scientific fora in the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Kofinas has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Weil Cornell Medical College. At the same time, he continued to perform advanced clinical research on premature labor and fetal cardiovascular physiology, and fetal therapy, including intrauterine fetal blood transfusion and other fetal procedures.
In 2000, he opened his practice, Kofinas Perinatal, and is a leading physician selected eight times by New York Magazine as one of the “Best Doctors” in New York. He has also been selected as the most compassionate and the “Patient’s Choice” for many consecutive years.