About Dr. Richard Dickey

Richard P. Dickey, M.D., Ph.D., Founder of The Fertility InstituteDr. Richard Dickey, Medical Director and Founder of The Fertility Institute, has specialized in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility since 1965 and is recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of reproductive medicine in the United States. He is board certified in Gynecology in Obstetrics/ Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Dickey completed his Ob/Gyn residency at Ohio State University Hospital. After attending one of the first training programs in the United States in reproductive endocrinology, he earned his Ph.D. for his study of the neuro hormones of reproduction.

Before founding The Fertility Clinic in 1980, Dr. Dickey served in academic medicine as the Director of Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology at The Ohio State University School of Medicine and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Louisiana State University's School of Medicine. He currently serves as Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at both LSU and Tulane Medical Schools and as Chief of the Section of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at LSU Medical School New Orleans.

In 2014, Dr. Dickey received the distinguished Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. This award honors physicians who best demonstrate the ideals of compassionate and respectful care of a patient’s physical and emotional wellbeing. From 2010 to 2015, he earned recognition as one of Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, awarded to specialists who are highly recommended by their peers and other healthcare professionals.

Dr Dickey achieved the first successful in vitro fertilization [IVF] in the Gulf South States in 1983 and has introduced many inovations in infertility treatment. Dr. Dickey has more than 120 peer-reviewed published articles in US and International medical journals. His special interest is the treatment of recurrent early pregnancy loss.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow at both the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology. An active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology, the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Pacific Coast Fertility Society and the Hormone Foundation, he is respected by his colleagues for his expertise in both clinical and academic settings.

Infertility Publications by Fertility Institute of New Orleans

Peer Review Papers 

Dickey RP, Vorys N, Stevens VC, Hamwi G, and Ullery JC. Observations on the Mechanism of Action of Clomiphene (MRL 41). Fertil Steril 1965;16:485.

Stone SC, Jaramillo F, Kastin AJ, Arimura A, Vargas JR, Schally AV*, Dickey RP.  Effect of LH-RH on Antibody Formation, Sperm Count and Plasma Levels of Gonadotropins and Testosterone in Normal Men.  Int J Fertil 1974;19:192-196.

Stone SC, Dickey RP. The Acute Effect of Hysterectomy on Ovarian Function. Amer J Obstet Gynecol 1975;121:193-197.

Stone SC, Zehnder JL, Dickey RP.  Effect of Adrenal Suppression in Gonadal Dysgenesis.  Obstet Gynecol 1975;45; 684-686.

Stone SC, Zehnder J, Dickey RP. Effect of Adrenal Suppression on Gonadotropin and Steroid Plasma Levels in Patients with Gonadol Dysgenesis. Obstet Gynecol 1975;45:784-636.

Stone SC, Jaramillo F, Kastin AJ, Armiura JR, Vargas AV, Schally AV*, Dickey RP.  Effect of LH-RH on Antibody Formation, Sperm Count and Plasma Levels of Gonadotropins and Testosterone in Normal Men.  Internat J Fertil 1974;19:192-196.

Stone SC, Dickey RP, Kastin JJ, Schally AV*. LH-RH and Steroid Levels in Normal Ovulatory Women. Obstet Gynecol 1976;48:146-149.

Dickey RP, Stone SC. Effect of Bromo-Ergocryptine on Serum hPrl, hLH, hFSH, and Estradiol 17-B in Women with Galactorrhea-Amenorrhea. Obstet Gynecol 1976;48:84-139.

Dickey RP. Treatment of Post-Pill Amenorrhea. Internat J Gynecol Obstet 1977;15:128-132.

Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Curole DN, and Bordson BL. The First In Vitro Fertilization Pregnancy in Louisiana. Journal Louisiana State Medical Society, Feb. 1984;136.

Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Curole DN.  Serum Estradiol and Danazol.  I. Endometriosis Response, Side Effects, Administration Interval, Concurrent Spironolactone and Dexamethasone. Fertil Steril 1984;42:709-716.

Dickey RP. The medical status of the embryo. Loyola Law Rev. 1986;32:317-36.

Bordson BL, Ricci E, Dickey RP, Dunaway H, Taylor SN, Curole DN. Comparison of fecundability with fresh and frozen semen in therapeutic donor insemination. Fertil Steril 1986;46:466.

Curole DN, Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Olar TT.  Correlation of Pregnancy Following Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT) with Fertilization and Cleavage of Sibling Oocytes. Fertil Steril 1988;50:811.

Curole DN, Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Rye PH, Olar TT.  Pregnancies in Cancelled Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer Cycles. Fertil Steril 1989;51:363.

Dickey RP, Matis R, Olar TT, Curole DN, Taylor SN, Rye PH. Occurrence of Ectopic Pregnancy With and Without Clomiphene Citrate Use in Assisted and Non-assisted Reproductive Technology.  J IVF-ET 1989;6:294.

Olar TT, Dickey RP, Curole DN, Taylor SN.  Case report:  pregnancies established by gamete intrafallopian transfer and pronuclear stage transfer in patients with premature ovarian failure using donated oocytes and low dose oral micronized estradiol and progesterone. J IVF-ET 1989;6:160.

Corson SL, Dickey RP, Gocial B, Batzer FR, Eisenberg E, Huppert L, Maislin G. Outcome in 242 in vitro fertilization-embryo replacement or gamete intrafallopian transfer-induced pregnancies.  Fertil Steril 1989 51:644-50.

Olar TT, LaNasa J, Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Curole DN.  Fertilization of human oocytes by microinjection of human sperm aspirated from the caput epididymidis of an individual with obstructive azoospermia. J IVF-ET 1990;7:3.

Dickey RP, Olar TT, Curole DN, Taylor SN, Rye PH, Matulich EM.  The probability of multiple births when multiple gestational sacs or viable embryos are diagnosed at first trimester ultrasound.  Hum Reprod 1990;5:880-882.

Dickey RP, Olar TT, Taylor SN, Curole DN, Rye, PH, Matulich EM.  Relationship of follicle number, serum estradiol, and other factors to birth rate and multiparity in human menopausal gonadotropin induced intrauterine insemination cycles.  Fertil Steril 1991;56:89-92.

Dickey RP, Olar TT, Taylor SN, Curole DN, Rye PH.  Relationship of follicle number and other factors to fecundability and multiple pregnancy in clomiphene citrate induced intrauterine insemination cycles.  Fertil Steril 1992;57:613-619.

Dickey RP, Olar TT, Curole DN. Controlled ovarian hyperstimulation as a risk factor for ectopic pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 1992;79:319-20.

Dickey RP, Olar TT, Curole DN, Taylor SN, Rye PH. Endometrial pattern and thickness associated with pregnancy outcome after assisted reproductive technologies.  Hum Reprod 1992;7:418.

Dickey RP, Curole DN, Taylor SN:  Estradiol target level in treating endometriosis.  Fertil Steril 1992;57:1361.

Dickey RP, Olar TT.  Hormone treatment for infertility.  Restrictions won’t prevent multiple pregnancies.  BMJ 1993;307:1281-2.

Dickey RP, Olar TT, Taylor SN, Curole DN, Matulich EM.  Relationship of endometrial thickness and pattern to fecundity in ovulation induction cycles: effect of clomiphene citrate alone and with human menopausal gonadotropin.  Fertil Steril. 1993;59:756-760.

Dickey RP, Olar TT, Taylor SN, Curole DN, Rye PH.  Sequential clomiphene citrate and human menopausal gonadotropin for ovulation induction: comparison to clomiphene citrate alone and human menopausal gonadotropin alone.  Hum Reprod 1993;8:56-59.

Dickey RP, Olar TT, Taylor SN, Curole DN, Harrigill K. Relationship of biochemical pregnancy to preovulatory endometrial thickness and pattern in patients undergoing ovulation induction.  Hum Reprod 1993;8:327-330.

Dickey RP, Olar, TT.  Clomiphene citrate-induced intrauterine insemination cycles. Asst Reprod Rev 1993;3:108-120.

Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Curole DN, Rye PH.  Male birth rates are influenced by the insemination of unselected spermatozoa and not by clomiphene citrate.  Hum Reprod 1995;10:761-64.

Dickey RP, Hower JF.  Effect of ovulation induction on uterine blood flow, estradiol, and progesterone in early pregnancy.  Hum Reprod 1995;10:2875-79.

Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Curole DN, Rye PH.  Infant sex ratio after hormonal ovulation induction.  Hum Reprod 1995; 10:2465-2466.

Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Curole DN, Rye PH, Pyrzak R. Incidence of spontaneous abortion in clomiphene pregnancies. Hum Reprod 1996;11:2623-2628.

Dickey RP, Krentel JB.  Storage of sperm and embryos.  Couples having IVF should be asked their wishes about spare embryos before egg retrieval.  BMJ 1996;313(7064):1078-9.

Dickey RP, Holtkamp D.  Development, pharmacology, and clinical experience with clomiphene citrate.  Hum Reprod Rev 1996;2:485-506.

Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Curole DN, Rye PH, Lu PY, Pyrzak R. Relationship of clomiphene dose and patient weight to successful treatment.  Hum Reprod 1997;12:449-453.

Dickey RP.  Doppler ultrasound investigation of uterine and ovarian blood flow in infertility and early pregnancy.  Hum Reprod Reviews 1997;3:467-503.

Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Curole DN, Rye PH, Lu PY.  Ovulation induction and IUI in older women.  Hum Reprod 1997;12:199.

Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Rye PH, Lu PY.  Future use of clomiphene in ovarian stimulation.  A role for clomiphene citrate in the 21st century?  Hum Reprod 1998;13:2361-362.

Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Rye PH, Lu PY, Pyrzak R.  Comparison of sperm quality resulting in successful intrauterine insemination to World Health Organization threshold values for normal sperm.  Fertil Steril 1999;71:684-689.

Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Rye PH, Lu PY, Sartor BM.  Infertility is a symptom, not a disease.  Fertil Steril 2000;74:398

Dickey RP, Pyrzak R, Taylor SN, Rye PH, Lu PY, Sartor BM. Relationship of follicle numbers and estradiol levels to multiple implantation 3608 intrauterine insemination cycles. Fertil Steril 2001;75:69-78.

Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Lu PY, Sartor BM, Storment JM, Rye PH, Pelletier WD, Zehnder JL, Matulich EM. Spontaneous reduction of multiple pregnancy: incidence and effect of outcome.  Amer J Obstet Gynecol 2002;186:77-83.

Dickey RP, Thornton M, Nichols J, Marshall DC, Fein SH, Nardi RV; Bravelle IVF Study Group.  Comparison of the efficacy and safety of a highly purified human follicle-stimulating hormone (Bravelle) and recombinant follitropin-beta for in vitro fertilization: a prospective, randomized study.  Fertil Steril 2002;77:1202-8.

Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Lu PY, Sartor BM, Rye PH, Pyrzak R. Effect of diagnosis, age, sperm quality, and number of preovulatory follicles on the outcome of multiple cycles of clomiphene citrate-intrauterine insemination.  Fertil Steril 2002;78:1088-95.

Dickey RP, Nichols JE, Steinkampf MP, Gocial B, Thornton M, Webster BW, Bello SM, Crain J, Marshall DC; Bravelle IVF Study Group.  Highly purified human-derived follicle-stimulating hormone (Bravelle) has equivalent efficacy to follitropin-beta (Follistim) in infertile women undergoing in vitro fertilization.  Reprod Biol Endocrinol 2003 Oct 3;1:63.

Dickey RP, Taylor, SN, Lu PY, Sartor BM, Pyrzak R. Clomiphene citrate intrauterine insemination (IUI) before gonadotropin IUI affects the pregnancy rate and the rate of high-order multiple pregnancies.  Fertil Steril 2004;81:545-50.

Barmat LI, Chantilis SJ, Hurst BS, Dickey RP. A randomized prospective trial comparing gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist/recombinant follicle-stimulating hormone (rFSH) versus GnRH-agonist/rFSH in women pretreated with oral contraceptives before in vitro fertilization.  Fertil Steril 2005;83(2):321-30.

Dickey RP, Taylor SN, Lu PY, Sartor BM, Rye PH, Pyrzak R. Risk factors for high-order multiple pregnancy and multiple birth after controlled ovarian hyperstimulation:  results of 4,062 intrauterine insemination cycles.  Fertil Steril. 2005 March;83(3):671-83.

Sartor BM, Dickey RP: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and the Metabolic Syndrome. American Journal of Medical Sciences 2005; 330: 336-42.

Dickey RP.  Strategies to Reduce Multiple Pregnancies Due to Ovulation Stimulation. Modern Trends Fertil Steril, 2009;91:1-17.

         *Noble Prize laureate in Medicine  1977

Books

Dickey RP, Brinsden PR, Pyrzak R. Eds, Manual of Intrauterine Insemination and Ovulation Induction, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010.

Book Chapters

Dickey R. P., Berger G.S.:  "Post-Pill Amenorrhea" in Controversies in Contraception:  Proceedings of the 1977 Harold Mack Symposium:  Ed. Moghissi H.S. and Stryker J.C.:  Wayne State University, 1977.

Dickey R.P., Berger G.S.:  "Persistent Amenorrhea and Galactorrhea", Clinical Use of Sex Steroids, edited by JR Givens, Chicago, Yearbook Medical Pub, 1980, pp.329-388.

Dickey R.P., Berger G.S.:  "Persistent Amenorrhea and Galactorrhea", Clinical Use of Sex Steroids, edited by JR Givens, Chicago, Yearbook Medical Pub, 1980, pp.329-388.

Dickey R.P.:  "Evaluation and Management of Threatened and Habitual First Trimester Abortion", Advances in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 2, Chapter 2, Osofsky, Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 1984, pp. 7-33.

Dickey RP. Evaluation and management of threatened and habitual first trimester abortion. In Osofsky, H. (ed), Advances in Clinical Obstetricts and Gynecology, vol.2, chapter2. Yearbook  Medical Publishers, Chicago, 1984,  pp.329-88.

Dickey, RP. “Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of exogenous gonadotropin administration”, Fourth World Congress on Ovulation Induction 2004 From Anovulation to Assisted Reproduction, 1st Edition, Aracne editrice S.r.l., April 2005, pp. 123-157.

Dickey RP.  “Parameters for multiple pregnancy risk in IUI”, Fourth World Congress on Ovulation Induction 2004 From Anovulation to Assisted Reproduction, 1st Edition, Aracne editrice S.r.l., April 2005, pp. 365-386.

Dickey RP:  “Embryonic Loss in Iatrogenic Multiples”, Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America, Vol 32, Number 1, W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, 2005, pp.17-27.

Dickey RP, Sartor BM: “The impact of ovulation induction and in vitro fertilization on the incidence of multiple gestations”, in I Blickstein and LG Keith eds.  Multiple Pregnancy: Epidemiology, Gestation & Perinatal outcome, Second Edition, Taylor & Francis Group, London & New York 2005, pp. 119-39

Dickey RP:  Chapter 15, “Ultrasonography of the Endometrium for Infertility”, in Botros R, Garcia-Velasco J, Sallam H and Makrigiannakis A eds. Infertility and Assisted Reproduction, Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. 135-40.

Dickey RP:  “Clomiphene Citrate for Ovulation Induction”, in Botros R, Garcia-Velasco J, Sallam H and Makrigiannakis A eds.  Infertility and Assisted Reproduction, Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 200-217.

Dickey RP:  “Reducing the Risk of High Order Multiple Pregnancy Due to Ovulation Induction”, in Botros R, Garcia-Velasco J, Sallam H and Makrigiannakis A eds.  Infertility and Assisted Reproduction, Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 256-267.

Dickey RP: “Danazol in the Medical Treatment of Endometriosis”, in Botros R, Garcia-Velasco J, Endometriosis Current Management and Future Trends, Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd., 2009, pp. 197-203.

Dickey RP, Brinsden P: Chapter 3, “Female Causes of Infertility”, in Dickey RP, Brinsden PR, Pyrzak R.  Manual of Intrauterine Insemination and Ovulation Induction, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010.

Brinsden P, Dickey RP: Chapter 7, “Intrauterine Insemination Techniques”, in Dickey RP, Brinsden PR, Pyrzak R.  Manual of Intrauterine Insemination and Ovulation Induction, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010.

Pyrzak R, Dickey RP: Chapter 8, “Donor Sperm”, in Dickey RP, Brinsden PR, Pyrzak R.  Manual of Intrauterine Insemination and Ovulation Induction, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Cambridge, 2010.

Dickey RP, Pyrzak R: Chapter 11, “Complications of Intrauterine Insemination”, in Dickey RP, Brinsden PR, Pyrzak R.  Manual of Intrauterine Insemination and Ovulation Induction, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010.

Dickey RP, Brinsden P: Chapter 12, “Ovulation Induction for IUI: Oral Drugs Clomiphene, Tamoxifen, Aromatase Inhibitors”, in Dickey RP, Brinsden PR, Pyrzak R.  Manual of Intrauterine Insemination and Ovulation Induction, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Cambridge, 2010.

Dickey RP, Brinsden P: Chapter 13, “Ovulation Induction for IUI: Gonadotropins and Oral Drug-Gonadotropin Combinations”, in Dickey RP, Brinsden PR, Pyrzak R.  Manual of Intrauterine Insemination and Ovulation Induction, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Cambridge, 2010.

Dickey RP: Chapter 15, “Pregnancy Complication of Ovulation Induction”, in Dickey RP, Brinsden PR, Pyrzak R.  Manual of Intrauterine Insemination and Ovulation Induction, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Cambridge, 2010.

Dickey RP; Chapter 12, “Ultrasonography of the Endometrium”, in Rizk B. Ultrasonography in Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010.

Dickey RP ; Chapter 20, "Evaluation of Women with Unexplained Infertility" in Schattman GL, Esteves SC, Agarwal A. Unexplained Infertility: Pathophysiology, Evaluation and Treatment  Springer, New York, 2015.

Dickey RP ; Chapter 25, "Clomiphene Citrate for Women with Unexplained Infertility" in Schattman GL, Esteves SC, Agarwal A. Unexplained Infertility: Pathophysiology, Evaluation and Treatment  Springer, New York, 2015.