Harvey Kliman, MD, PhD

Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; Director, Reproductive and Placental Research Unit

Departments & Organizations

Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences: Reproductive and Placental Research Unit | Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility: Fertility Center: Fertility Preservation Program, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Program | Reproductive Sciences: Discovery to Cure Internship

Division of Women's Behavioral Health Research

WHRY Pilot Project Program Investigators

Yale Medicine


Harvey J. Kliman has, in addition to an M.D., a Ph.D. in cellular biochemistry from the University of Chicago. He is currently a Research Scientist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale University School of Medicine and the Director of the Reproductive and Placental Research Unit with a special interest in infertility and pregnancy complications. He has over thirty years of anatomic pathology training with particular emphasis in electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, endometrial and placental pathology. He has over ten patents, including the patent for the Endometrial Function Test® (EFT®)—“The soil test for the endometrium®” and “Method and system for determining placental volume.” His contributions in the field of placental research include the development of the “Kliman” method of trophoblast purification, research into the mechanisms of trophoblast differentiation and invasion, the role and genesis of syncytial knots, the discovery of fetal fibronectin, and more recently, the clinical utility of abnormalities in placental villous growth patterns, especially trophoblast invaginations and inclusions, to diagnose genetic abnormalities in pregnancy, including autism.

Education & Training

PhD University of Chicago (1981)
MD University of Chicago (1980)
Fellow University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Resident Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Board Certification AB of Pathology, Pathology, Anatomic/Clinical (1986)

Professional Service

  • Yale University School of Medicine (2011 - 2015) Yale School of Medicine Admissions Committee


  • Estimated Placenta Volume (EPV) Normative Curves Oslo, Norway (2008)

    Generation of normative curves for placental growth in cross section of Oslo, Norway pregnant patients.

  • Placenta research Rehovot, Israel; Haifa, Israel; Haifa, Israel (2001)

    Study the normal and abnormal physiology of the human placenta.

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Contact Info

Harvey Kliman, MD, PhD
Patient Care Location
Yale Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility150 Sargent Drive, Ste 2nd floor
New Haven, CT 06511
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Lab Location
Reproductive and Placental Research UnitFarnam Memorial Building
310 Cedar Street, Ste FMB 225

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive SciencesPO Box 208063
New Haven, CT 06520-8063

Curriculum Vitae

Kliman Laboratory