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Associate Professor Alex Polyakov
MBBS, MClinEpid, MRMed, MHealth&MedLaw, MBioeth, GradCertEBM, FACLM, FRANZCOG

A/Prof Alex Polyakov

A/Prof Alex Polyakov is an experienced Obstetrician and Gynaecology (O&G), and Fertility Specialist consulting and operating across Melbourne.

He has 15+ years of experience working as an O&G and fertility specialist. He also has a particular interest in scientific research, with a significant scientific research profile and extensive publication record, researching various gynaecology and infertility issues.

A/Prof Polyakov has broad experience in many aspects of obstetrics and gynaecology, and infertility medicine. His main areas of clinical expertise are:

  • Obstetrics and pregnancy (normal and high risk)
  • Diagnosis of the cause of infertility
  • Male infertility and abnormal sperm count
  • Assisted Reproductive Technologies (IVF, IUI and OI)
  • Endometriosis
  • Endometrial abnormalities
  • Fibroids
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Advanced laparoscopic "keyhole" surgery for a range of common gynaecological issues


  • Fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (FRANZCOG)
  • Fellow of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine (FACLM)
  • Masters of Bioethics (MBioeth), Monash University (2023)
  • Masters of Health and Medical Law (MHealth&MedLaw), University of Melbourne (2020)
  • Masters of Reproductive Medicine (MRMed) with Distinction, UNSW (2010)
  • Masters of Clinical Epidemiology / Biostatistics (MClinEpid) with Distinction, University of Newcastle (2010)
  • Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Medicine (GradCertEBM), (2008), Monash University
  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), University of Adelaide (2000)

Academic / Clinical Appointments:

  • Associate Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • Medical Director, Genea Fertility Melbourne
  • Senior Consultant, Advanced Laparoscopy, Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville
  • Senior Consultant, Reproductive Biology Unit, Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville

Professional Memberships:

  • Australian Medical Association (AMA)
  • Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)
  • Australasian College of Legal Medicine
  • American Society of Reproductive Medicine
  • European Society of Human Reproduction

Hospital Appointments:

  • Senior Consultant, Obstetrics / Gynaecology / Fertility Medicine / Reproductive Biology, Epworth Freemasons Hospital, East Melbourne

Other Registrations

  • Full Specialist Registration Medical Board of Vic.
  • Medical Indemnity MIPS-M900047261

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  •   Polyakov A, Rozen G, Gyngell C, Savulescu J. Novel embryo selection strategies-finding the right balance. Front Reprod Health. 2023 Dec 15;5:1287621. doi: 10.3389/frph.2023.1287621
  •   Polyakov A, Piskopos J, Rozen G. Posthumous conception in Australia - legal and ethical considerations. Med Leg J. 2023 Nov 24:258172231200839. doi: 10.1177/00258172231200839. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37999639.
  •   Polyakov, A., & Rozen, G. (2023). Exploring the complexities of posthumous reproduction in fertility preservation for oncology patients with poor prognosis. Reproduction and Fertility (published online ahead of print 2023), RAF-23-0072. Retrieved Nov 14, 2023, from https://doi.org/10.1530/RAF-23-0072
  •   Polyakov A, Mirmilstein V, Rozen G. The numbers just do not add up. Fertil Steril. 2023 Oct 13:S0015-0282(23)01932-5. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2023.10.014.
  •   Alex Polyakov, Genia Rozen, Sarah Lensen, Gon Shoham, Ariel Weissman& Yossi Mizrachi (10 Oct 2023): Providers’ attitudes towards payment to egg donors: an international survey, Human Fertility, DOI:10.1080/14647273.2023.2265151
  •   Field A, Rozen G, Gan J, Polyakov A. Assessing obstetric outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis comparing fresh, artificial, and natural thaw embryo transfer cycles. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2023 Sep 13. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13750.
  •   Rozen G, Polyakov A. Prednisone and Live Birth Rate in Patients With Recurrent Implantation Failure. JAMA. 2023 Sep 12;330(10):971. doi: 10.1001/jama.2023.12631.
  •   Polyakov A, Holden ACL, Rozen G. Promoting egg freezing to the public: The price of influence. Social Sciences & Humanities Open. 2023;8(1):100669. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssaho.2023.100669
  •   Sii, S., Polyakov, A., Rozen, G., Agresta, F. and Stern, K. (2023), Controlled ovarian hyperstimulation in breast cancer patients: Does oestrogen receptor status make a difference?. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajo.13721
  •   Rozen G, Polyakov A. Tackling the RIF mirage with theoretical cumulative implantation rate. Fertil Steril. 2023 Mar 24:S0015-0282(23)00233-9. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2023.03.024. PMID: 36965596.
  •   Medwin, C., Rozen, G., Agresta, F., Nassar, N. and Polyakov, A. (2023), The ovarian hyperstimulation that truly matters: Admissions, severity and prevention strategies. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajo.13688
  •   Kieu V, Polyakov A, Rozen G, Lantsberg D, Stern C, The W T. Live birth rates in day 5 fresh versus vitrified single blastocyst transfer cycles: A cross-sectional analysis. IJRM 2023; 21 (3) :245-254URL: http://ijrm.ir/article-1-2601-en.html
  •   Carrick M, Wilkinson J, Polyakov A, Kirkham J, Lensen S. How do IVF patients interpret claims about fertility treatments? A randomised survey experiment. Hum Fertil (Camb). 2023 Mar 29:1-8. DOI: 10.1080/14647273.2023.2191222
  •   Rozen G, Lensen S, Stern K, Polyakov A. Barriers to reproductive treatments in Australia. Aust J Gen Pract. 2023 Mar;52(3):109-112. doi: 10.31128/AJGP-08-22-6551.
  •   Polyakov A, Piskopos J. Rozen G. Elective egg freezing: State of the ART. Aust J Gen Pract. 2023 Jan-Feb;52(1-2):20-23. doi: 10.31128/AJGP-08-22-6546.
  •   Genia Rozen, Peter Rogers, Yossi Mizrachi, Wan Tinn Teh, Chandrika Parmar, Alex Polyakov. Serum progesterone level on the day of embryo transfer in stimulated cycles does not correlate with reproductive outcomes. Reproductive BioMedicine Online (2022). Published Online First: 31 July 2022.doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbmo.2022.07.015
  •   Polyakov A, Rozen G. Embryo research: destiny is what counts. Journal of Medical Ethics. Published Online First: 20 July 2022.                                         doi: 10.1136/jme-2022-108533
  •   Polyakov A, Amor DJ, Savulescu J, Gyngell C, Georgiou EX, Ross V, Mizrachi Y, Rozen G. Polygenic risk score for embryo selection-not ready for prime time. Human Reproduction. 2022 Jul 19      doi: 10.1093/humrep/deac159.                                                                                 
  •   Wetherell, Lima, Shamitha Kathurusinghe, Uri Dior, Rebecca Szabo, Christine Gilmartin, Alex Polyakov, Vanessa Ross, Mithilesh Dronovalli, and W. Catarina Ang. Pomms: Pre-Operative Misoprostol in Myomectomy Surgery: A Randomised Controlled Pilot Study. European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology 276 (2022): 98-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejogrb.2022.07.008.
  •   Rozen G, Polyakov, A. Redefining recurrent implantation failure. Australian Doctor. Published Online 18 June 2022.                                                                  https://www.ausdoc.com.au/therapy-update/redefining-recurrent-implantation-failure
  •   Gan J, Rozen G, Polyakov A, Treatment outcomes of blastocysts thaw cycles, comparing the presence and absence of a corpus luteum: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open 2022;12:e051489.                                                       doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-051489
  •   Yossi Mizrachi, Ariel Weissman, Genia Rozen, Peter A.W. Rogers, Catharyn Stern, Alex Polyakov. Timing of progesterone luteal support in natural frozenthawed embryo transfer cycles - Back to basics. Reproductive BioMedicine Online (2022)                                                                                 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbmo.2022.03.021
  •   Polyakov, A., Savulescu, J. Western pharma companies should supply only essential medicines to Russia. The Conversation.                                      Published Online 25 March 2022.                                                                               https://theconversation.com/western-pharma-companies-should-supply-only-essential-medicines-to-russia-179658
  •   Polyakov A, Gyngel C, Savulescu J. Modelling futility in the setting of fertility treatment. Human Reproduction. 2022 Mar 17                                                                   doi: 10.1093/humrep/deac051
  •   Yakovlev P, Vyatkina S, Polyakov A, et al. Neonatal and clinical outcomes after transfer of a mosaic embryo identified by preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidies [published online ahead of print, 2022 Jan 31]. Reprod Biomed Online. 2022;S1472-6483(22)00068-2.                     doi:10.1016/j.rbmo.2022.01.010
  • A survey study of endometrial receptivity tests and immunological treatments in in vitro fertilisation (IVF)
    Kieu, V., Lantsberg, D., Mizrachi, Y., Stern, C., Polyakov, A. and Teh, W.T. (2021),
    Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol
  • Recurrent implantation failure-It's time to get personal.
    Polyakov A, Teh WT, Rozen G.
    Fertil Steril. 2021 Sep 30:S0015-0282(21)01972-5
  • Faculty Opinions Recommendation of [Morris RS, F S Rep 2021 2(3):253-255]
    Polyakov A
    Faculty Opinions, 11 Oct 2021; 10.3410/f.740251206.793589039
  • Higher Doses of FSH Used for Superovulation Do Not Adversely Affect Embryonic Ploidy: A Randomized Controlled Trial (STimulation Resulting in Embryonic Aneuploidy using Menopur (STREAM) Trial)
    Shyamsunder A, Hardy T, Yazdani A, Polyakov A, Norman R, Hart R, et al.
    Fertility & Reproduction. 2021;3(03):108-14
  • Applying plastic surgery principles to ovarian tissue transplantation.
    Shen AY, Rozen WM, Polyakov A, Stern K, Rozen G
    Gland Surgery. 2021;10(7):2266
  • An algorithm to personalise the diagnosis of recurrent implantation failure based on theoretical cumulative implantation rate.
    Rozen G, Rogers P, Teh WT, Stern CJ, Polyakov A
    Human Reproduction. 2021;36(6):1463-8
  • Ovarian tissue grafting: Lessons learnt from our experience with 55 grafts.
    Rozen G, Avagliano S, Agresta F, Gook D, Polyakov A, Stern C
    Reprod Med Biol. 2021;20(3):277-288
  • How common is add-on use and how do patients decide whether to use them? a national survey of IVF patients.
    Lensen S, Hammarberg K, Polyakov A, Wilkinson J, Whyte S, Peate M, et al
    Human Reproduction. 2021;36(7):1854-61.
  • Sexual function in reproductive-aged women following radiotherapy: a cross sectional study [published online ahead of print, 2021 Nov 8]
    Lai S, Rozen G, Polyakov A
    Sex Health. 2021;10.1071/SH20227
  • Reporting success in ART: what is the best measure?
    Kieu V, Polyakov A, MClinEpid M, MHealth, MedLaw G
    Reproductive Health. 2021;23(1)
  • Social egg freezing and donation: waste not, want not.
    Polyakov A, Rozen G
    J Med Ethics. 2021 Jan 5:medethics-2020-106607
  • Freezing eggs for IVF: waste not, want not.
    Polyakov A, Rozen G
    Pursuit Magazine, University of Melbourne, Published Online: 10 January 2021
  • Experience with transplantation of human cryopreserved ovarian tissue to a sub-peritoneal abdominal site
    Gook D, Hale L, Polyakov A, Manley T, Rozen G, Stern K
    Human Reproduction. 2021;36(9):2473-83
  • Do serum progesterone levels on day of embryo transfer influence pregnancy outcomes in artificial frozen-thaw cycles?
    Volovsky M, Pakes C, Rozen G, Polyakov A
    Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics. 2020:1-7
  • Laparoscopic management of ectopic pregnancy after subtotal caesarean hysterectomy: A case report.
    Stephanie S, Lantsberg D, Mirmilstein V, Polyakov A
    Obstet Gynecol. 2020;64:826
  • Reduced live birth rates in frozen versus fresh single cleavage stage embryo transfer cycles: A cross-sectional study
    Teh WT, Polyakov A, Garrett C, Edgar D, Mcbain J, Rogers PAW
    International Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine. 2020;18(7):491
  • Comparing pregnancy outcomes between natural cycles and artificial cycles following frozen‐thaw embryo transfers.
    Pakes C, Volovsky M, Rozen G, Agresta F, Gardner DK, Polyakov A
    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2020;60(5):804-9
  • Is it possible to apply trial outcomes to a real‐world population? A novel approach to External Validity Analysis.
    Agresta, F. , Fois, R. , Garrett, C. , Rozen, G. and Polyakov, A. (2019),
    Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol.
  • Secondary sex ratio of assisted reproductive technology babies
    Nathira Abdul Majeed, Charley Zheng, Alex Polyakov, Megan Pucci, Mohamed Hatta Tarmizi, Mie Mie Cho Win
    Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction, Year 2019, Volume 8, Issue 2 [p. 88-92]
  • Use of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in normospermic men may result in lower clinical pregnancy and live birth rates.
    Sustar, K. , Rozen, G. , Agresta, F. and Polyakov, A. (2019)
    Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol.
  • Implications of the introduction of new criteria for the diagnosis of gestational diabetes: a health outcome and cost of care analysis.
    Cade TJ, Polyakov A, Brennecke SP. BMJ Open. 2019 Jan 4;9(1):e023293. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023293.
  • Does nifedipine improve outcomes of embryo transfer?: Interim analysis of a randomized, double blinded, placebo-controlled trial.
    Ng KKL, Rozen G, Stewart T, Agresta F, Polyakov A.
    Medicine (Baltimore). 2019 Jan;98(4):e14251. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000014251.
  • A double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial assessing the effects of nifedipine on embryo transfer: Study protocol.
    Ng KK, Rozen G, Stewart T, Agresta F, Polyakov A. Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Dec;96(51)
    G Rozen, C Zheng, F Agresta, C Garrett, K Stern, R Knight, A Polyakov
  • Maternal vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy prevents vitamin D deficiency in the newborn: an open-label randomized controlled trial.
    C.P. Rodda, J.E. Benson, A.J. Vincent, C.L. Whitehead, A. Polyakov and B. Vollenhoven
    Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2015 Sep;83(3):363-8. doi: 10.1111/cen.12762. Epub 2015 Apr 8.
  • Prognostic significance of steroid receptor positivity and adjuvant progestogen use in endometrial stromal sarcoma.
    Cade TJ, Quinn MA, Rome RM, Polyakov A.
    Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2014 Oct;54(5):453-6. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12245.
  • Prognostic significance of steroid receptor positivity and adjuvant progestogen use in endometrial stromal sarcoma.
    Cade TJ, Quinn MA, Rome RM, Polyakov A.
    Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2014 Oct;54(5):453-6. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12245.
  • Comparison of ultrasonic shears and traditional suture ligature for vaginal hysterectomy: randomized controlled trial.
    Fitz-Gerald AL, Tan J, Chan KW, Polyakov A, Edwards GN, Najjar H, Tsaltas J, Vollenhoven B.
    J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2013 Nov-Dec;20(6):853-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2013.05.019.
  • Comparison of ultrasonic shears and traditional suture ligature for vaginal hysterectomy: randomized controlled trial.
    Fitz-Gerald AL, Tan J, Chan KW, Polyakov A, Edwards GN, Najjar H, Tsaltas J, Vollenhoven B.
    J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2013 Nov-Dec;20(6):853-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2013.05.019

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