Orhan Bukulmez, M.D.

  • Bruce R. Carr, M.D. Professorship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology - Fertility


Orhan Bukulmez, M.D., is a Professor and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is also the Medical Director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program.

A native of Turkey, Dr. Bukulmez earned his medical degree at Hacettepe University, where he was valedictorian. After completing a residency there in obstetrics and gynecology, he joined the faculty at Hacettepe University and advanced to Associate Professor with tenure before embarking on his career in the U.S.

Dr. Bukulmez then completed an internship in obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University, where he carried out research in reproductive medicine focusing on endometriosis and ovarian physiology. He completed additional residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Southern Illinois University and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, followed by a three-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at UT Southwestern. 

Prior to joining UT Southwestern in 2010, Dr. Bukulmez served as the Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and as the Medical Director of the IVF and Egg Donation Programs at the University of Florida College of Medicine. 

Dr. Bukulmez is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He has special interest and expertise in assisted reproduction and minimally invasive surgery. 

His research interests include in vitro fertilization, endometriosis, and genomic regulation in reproductive tissues. He has extensive experience in hysteroscopic surgery, laser and laparoscopic surgery, myomectomy, and microsurgical tubal reversal.

Dr. Bukulmez is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive Investigation, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies. He is an Associate Editor of the prestigious journal Human Reproduction.

He was named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly in 2018.

Personal Note

In his personal time, Dr. Bukulmez plays the electric guitar and is interested in music and history.

Meet Dr. Bukulmez

IVF Specialist in Dallas

Reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist Orhan Bukulmez, M.D., is internationally renowned for helping patients achieve their fertility goals. 

Using assisted reproductive technologies (ART), Dr. Bukulmez has every tool available at his fingertips to personalize a plan for each patient including in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), preimplantation genetic diagnosis or screening (PGD or PGS), and fertility-promoting surgeries such as laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, myomectomy, tubal reversals, nonsurgical procedures such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), fertility preservation techniques such as egg and embryo freezing, and a specialized approach called minimal/mild stimulation IVF.

That personalization, Dr. Bukulmez says, is what makes UT Southwestern’s fertility program stand out among the rest.

“We offer individualized protocols for each and every patient,” he says. “We find therapies for each patient’s problem rather than performing general treatment. That’s our niche.”

One of these unique therapies is called minimal stimulation IVF, or mild stimulation IVF, for patients with diminished ovarian reserve and/or advanced reproductive age. It involves less medication and less aggressive ovarian stimulation than conventional IVF and focuses on retrieving higher-quality eggs. This results in fewer side effects for the patient, and it costs less.

“At UT Southwestern, we have been championing this approach in Texas and the surrounding states since 2012. It makes IVF more affordable and more successful, which makes it less intimidating for patients,” Dr. Bukulmez says.

Dr. Bukulmez has over 20 years of training and experience with fertility issues and patient care. He also specializes in fertility preservation for women with cancer before they undergo treatment or for those who wish to delay getting pregnant and want to freeze their eggs.

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Education & Training
  • Residency - George Washington University School of Medicine (1997-1997), Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Residency - University of Ankara School of Medicine (1989-1990), Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Research Fellowship - Yale University School of Medicine (1994-1995), Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Residency - Yale University School of Medicine (1995-1996), Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Fellowship - Parkland Health & Hospital System (2004-2007), Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
  • Residency - University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (2002-2004), Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Residency - Southern Illinois University (2001-2002), Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Medical School - Hacettepe University (1983-1989)
  • Residency - Hacettepe University (1990-1994), Obstetrics & Gynecology
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Junior Fellow
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2020-2021
  • University of Oklahoma 2004, Most Difficult Shoes To Fill For Exceptional Contributions By A Chief Resident
  • Southern Illinois University 2002, CREOG Examination Award
  • Hacettepe University 1989, First top student in medical school graduation
Books & Publications
  • Infertility
  • In Vitro Fertilization
  • Genomic Regulation in Reproductive Tissues
  • Endometriosis
  • Assisted Reproduction

Q&A by Dr. Bukulmez