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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Salih specializes in a variety of infertility and reproductive endocrinology testing and treatments, including controlled ovarian hyperstimulation, in vitro fertilization, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, and treatment of couples with male infertility. She performs fertility-related diagnostic and operative procedures such as hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, myomectomy (removal of fibroids), tubal reconstruction and restoration of tubal patency, and surgical correction of uterine anomalies. In addition, she specializes in fertility preservation in cancer patients as well as other reproductive endocrine disorders such as recurrent miscarriages, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, female hirsutism, hyperprolactinemia, amenorrhea, uterine fibroids and abnormal uterine bleeding.


Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

UW Health Clinics

UW Carbone Cancer Center
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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Obstetrics & Gynecology
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Fellowship University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Residency Yale - New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, United Kingdom
Internship Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, United Kingdom
Medical School University of Khartoum School of Medicine, Sudan, 1990

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Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

  • Fertility Preservation in Female and Male Cancer Patients

Dr. Salih's research seeks to identify mechanisms to improve fertility and reproductive health outcomes in female patients. In particular, she is investigating factors involved in ovarian health and egg quality that impact on early embryonic development. Advanced age, genetic factors, environmental toxins, exposure to chemo- and radiation therapy, cancer and other endocrine diseases lead to perturbed follicular developments. This translates into poor oocyte quality and interferes with the orderly and intricate process of oocyte maturation, ovulation, fertilization and early embryonic development, thus culminating into poor reproductive outcome. The goal of this research is to protect the ovary and enhance fertility and fertility preservation.

PubMed Articles
Luo W Salih SM Bormann CL Wiltbank MC . Induction of chemokines and prostaglandin synthesis pathways in luteinized human granulosa cells: potential role of luteotropin withdrawal and prostaglandin F2α in regression of the human corpus luteum. Reprod Biol. 2015 Dec;15(4):247-56
[PubMed ID: 26679166]
Salih SM Albayrak S Seo S Stewart SL Bradley K Kushner DM . Diminished Utilization of in Vitro Fertilization Following Ovarian Transposition in Cervical Cancer Patients. J Reprod Med. 2015 Jul-Aug;60(7-8):345-53
[PubMed ID: 26380495]
Bloch MH Elsarrag RZ Elsarrag MZ Salih SM . Challenges of Fertility Sparing Ovarian Surgery Imposed by Krukenberg Tumors in Pregnancy. Clin Med Rev Case Rep. 2015 Jun 8;2(2):4
[PubMed ID: 26366440]
Elsarrag SZ Forss AR Richman S Salih SM . Acute Ovarian Insufficiency and Uterine Infarction Following Uterine Artery Embolization for Postpartum Hemorrhage. Clin Med Rev Case Rep. 2015 Jun;2(2)
[PubMed ID: 26523290]
Salih SM Elsarrag SZ Prange E Contreras K Osman RG Eikoff JC Puccetti D . Evidence to incorporate inclusive reproductive health measures in guidelines for childhood and adolescent cancer survivors. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2015 Apr;28(2):95-101
[PubMed ID: 25850590]
Salih SM Ringelstetter AK Elsarrag MZ Abbott DH Roti EC . Dexrazoxane abrogates acute doxorubicin toxicity in marmoset ovary. Biol Reprod. 2015 Mar;92(3):73
[PubMed ID: 25609833]
Kropp J Roti Roti EC Ringelstetter A Khatib H Abbott DH Salih SM . Dexrazoxane Diminishes Doxorubicin-Induced Acute Ovarian Damage and Preserves Ovarian Function and Fecundity in Mice. PLoS One. 2015;10(11):e0142588
[PubMed ID: 26544188]
Kropp J Salih SM Khatib H . Expression of microRNAs in bovine and human pre-implantation embryo culture media. Front Genet. 2014;5:91
[PubMed ID: 24795753]
Roti Roti EC Ringelstetter AK Kropp J Abbott DH Salih SM . Bortezomib prevents acute doxorubicin ovarian insult and follicle demise, improving the fertility window and pup birth weight in mice. PLoS One. 2014;9(9):e108174
[PubMed ID: 25251158]
Roti Roti EC Salih SM . Dexrazoxane ameliorates doxorubicin-induced injury in mouse ovarian cells. Biol Reprod. 2012 Mar;86(3):96
[PubMed ID: 22190700]
Roti Roti EC Leisman SK Abbott DH Salih SM . Acute doxorubicin insult in the mouse ovary is cell- and follicle-type dependent. PLoS One. 2012;7(8):e42293
[PubMed ID: 22876313]
Williams-Brown MY Salih SM Xu X Veenstra TD Saeed M Theiler SK Diaz-Arrastia CR Salama SA . The effect of tamoxifen and raloxifene on estrogen metabolism and endometrial cancer risk. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2011 Sep;126(3-5):78-86
[PubMed ID: 21600284]
Salih SM Kapur A Albayrak S Salama SA Magness RR . Pregnancy ameliorates the inhibitory effects of 2-methoxyestradiol on angiogenesis in primary sheep uterine endothelial cells. Reprod Sci. 2011 Sep;18(9):858-67
[PubMed ID: 21421897]
Salih SM . Retrovirus-mediated multidrug resistance gene (MDR1) overexpression inhibits chemotherapy-induced toxicity of granulosa cells. Fertil Steril. 2011 Mar 15;95(4):1390-6.e1-6
[PubMed ID: 21316663]
Salama SA Kamel MW Botting S Salih SM Borahay MA Hamed AA Kilic GS Saeed M Williams MY Diaz-Arrastia CR . Catechol-o-methyltransferase expression and 2-methoxyestradiol affect microtubule dynamics and modify steroid receptor signaling in leiomyoma cells. PLoS One. 2009 Oct 7;4(10):e7356
[PubMed ID: 19809499]
Salih SM Salama SA Fadl AA Nagamani M Al-Hendy A . Expression and cyclic variations of catechol-O-methyl transferase in human endometrial stroma. Fertil Steril. 2008 Sep;90(3):789-97
[PubMed ID: 17418156]
Salih SM Jamaluddin M Salama SA Fadl AA Nagamani M Al-Hendy A . Regulation of catechol O-methyltransferase expression in granulosa cells: a potential role for follicular arrest in polycystic ovary syndrome. Fertil Steril. 2008 May;89(5 Suppl):1414-21
[PubMed ID: 17612537]
Salih SM Salama SA Jamaluddin M Fadl AA Blok LJ Burger CW Nagamani M Al-Hendy A . Progesterone-mediated regulation of catechol-O-methyl transferase expression in endometrial cancer cells. Reprod Sci. 2008 Feb;15(2):210-20
[PubMed ID: 18089588]
Salih SM Taylor HS . HOXA10 gene expression in human fallopian tube and ectopic pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2004 May;190(5):1404-6
[PubMed ID: 15167850]