Lisa Halvorson, M.D.


Department: Obstetrics & Gynecology

Graduate Programs: Integrative Biology


Dr. Lisa Halvorson is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.  She is also a member of the Department's Division of Basic Reproductive Biology Research and the Cecil H. and Ida Green Center for Reproductive Biology Sciences.

Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, Dr. Halvorson sees patients in the Division's Fertility and Advanced Reproductive Medicine Program at the UT Southwestern Outpatient Building.  She offers a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients with reproductive endocrinologic and infertility disorders. Her practice is open to women of all ages -- from puberty through menopause.

While a scholar of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Reproductive Scientist Development Program, Dr. Halvorson investigated the regulation of gonadotropin gene expression.  Her current research focuses on the neuroendocrine control of reproduction and identifying the molecular mechanisms that trigger the onset of fertility and contribute to its cessation during menopause.  


Medical School Johns Hopkins University (1987)
Residency Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School (1991), Obstetrics & Gynecology
Fellowship Massachusetts General Hospital (1993), Reproductive Endocrinology
Fellowship New England Medical Center (1994), Reproductive Endocrinology
Fellowship Brigham and Women's Hospital (1996), Genetics

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interests

  • Endometriosis
  • Hysterosonography
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
  • Ovulation Induction (Clomiphene Citrate or Gonadotropins)
  • Polycystic Ovary Disease
  • Pre-Pregnancy Evaluation
  • Premature Ovarian Failure
  • Reproductive Endocrinology

Research Interests

  • Anterior Pituitary Gland Function
  • PACAP in Reproduction
  • Reproductive Aging


Featured Publications Legend

Featured Publications

Liver receptor homologue-1 regulates gonadotrope function.

Zheng W, Yang J, Jiang Q,, He Z, Halvorson LM Journal of Molecular Endocrinology volume 38 207-219

Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) stimulates expression of pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) in the pituitary gonadotropes via both the PKA and PKC signaling systems.

Grafer CM, Thomas R, Lambrakos L, Montoya I, White S, Halvorson LM> Mol Endocrinol July 2009 In Press

Anterior pituitary gene expression with reproductive aging in the female rat.

Zheng W, Jimenez-Linan M, Rubin BS, Halvorson LM Biology of Reproduction March 2007 76(6) 1091-1102

Pituitary homeobox 1 (Pitx1) stimulates rat LHbeta gene expression via two functional DNA-regulatory regions.

Jiang Q, Jeong KH, Horton CD, Halvorson LM J Mol Endocrinol August 2005 35(1) 145-158

Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) mimics neuroendocrine and behavioral manifestations of stress.

Agarwal A, Legrad G, Halvorson LM Brain Research Mol Brin Res July 2005 32(1) 45-57

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  • Super Doctor in Texas - Reproductive Endocrinology
    Obstetrics / Gynecology (2013)
  • Once Upon a Time
    Research Grant (2007)
  • Frontiers in Reproduction
    Distinguished Alumni Award (2005)
  • APGO
    Award for Excellence in Teaching (2002)
  • Oliver Smith Award
    Award for Excellence in Clinical Care (2000)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Obstericians and Gynecologists
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Society for Gynecologic Investigation
  • Society for the Study of Reproduction
  • The Endocrine Society