MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Thomas Jaffe, M.D., a urologist who specializes in male reproductive medicine, has joined the WVU Center for Reproductive Medicine.

Thomas Jaffe, M.D.
Thomas Jaffe, M.D.

“Our Center for Reproductive Medicine has long had specialists to diagnose and treat female infertility. With the addition of Dr. Jaffe, we now have someone who specializes in male infertility, making the full continuum of care available under one roof,” Stanley Zaslau, M.D., M.B.A., chairman of WVU Medicine Urology, said. “We are honored that Dr. Jaffe has joined our team and proud to be able to offer these services to our patients.”

Jaffe came to WVU Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he was director of male reproductive medicine and surgery. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He then completed residencies in general surgery and urology at Boston University.

During his residency, Jaffe developed an interest in male infertility, erectile dysfunction, and Peyronie’s disease, which prompted his decision to receive fellowship training in male reproductive medicine and surgery at Baylor University in Houston, Texas. His fellowship training included microsurgical reconstruction of the male reproductive tract, including vasectomy reversal.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a male factor is identified along with a female factor in approximately 35 percent of couples with infertility. A male factor is the only identifiable cause in about 8 percent of couples. In addition, almost 9 percent of men age 25-44 in the U.S. reported that they or their partner sought out a doctor for advice, testing, or treatment for infertility during their lifetime. 

A man’s risk of infertility increases as a result of:

  • Age (40 years old or older)
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Use of marijuana
  • Exposure to testosterone, radiation, environmental toxins, certain medications, and frequent exposure of the testes to high temperatures

To schedule an appointment with Jaffe, call 855-WVU-CARE (855-988-2273).