Hugh Melnick MD


Dr. Hugh Melnick

Hugh Melnick MD

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Hugh D. Melnick, M.D. is a reproductive endocrinologist who has been treating patients with thyroid and fertility problems since 1976. Although Dr Melnick is known for establishing the first outpatient IVF center in New York City and is the author of the Pregnancy Prescription, he has always treated patients with thyroid and menopausal issues. He has recently retired from treating couples for fertility issues to concentrate all his energy to helping people suffering with the symptoms of hypothyroidism and female and male hormone deficiency states, such as menopause and low sexual desire.

Dr. Melnick is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, where he later served as co-director of both the Endocrinology clinic and the postgraduate medical course on Human Endocrinology. Dr. Melnick served as a research fellow in the Department of Experimental Pathology at the University of Birmingham in England and spent two years as an attending physician at the New York Fertility Research Foundation.

Dr. Melnick’s passion is helping people suffering with hypothyroidism, which is often either undiagnosed or inadequately treated. His goal is to help alleviate the debilitating symptoms that prevent patients from leading productive, healthy, and joyful lives. During his many years of practice, he developed a clinical approach to treating patients with hypothyroidism which is totally different from that of the TSH-driven endocrinologists. He strongly believes that hypothyroidism is a condition that is best diagnosed and treated clinically and with natural prescription thyroid medications, basing dosage on the patient’s symptoms rather than on the results of their TSH levels.

In Dr. Melnick’s experience, hypothyroidism and menopause are closely-related conditions. Both conditions are hormone deficiency states in which there is inadequate production of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland and estrogen, progesterone and testosterone by the ovaries in women. Men go through a similar age-related decline in the production of testosterone by their testicles, giving rise to many of the same symptoms as women experience. Both the thyroid gland and the ovaries in women (and the testicles in men) naturally decline in their ability to function and produce less and less hormones as we age. The reduction of hormonal production not only produces unpleasant symptoms which interfere with the quality of life, but they also affect health and longevity.


  • Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Medical: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


  • Residency: Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
  • Research Fellowship: Department of Experimental Pathology at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England

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