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Dr. Grunebaum was born on January 27, 1950 in Haifa, 20 months after the creation of the state of Israel. His parents Rachel and Freddie were both concentration camp survivors of Auschwitz, Dachau, and Buchenwald. In 1953 his family moved to Cologne, Germany, where his father Freddie was born and grew up.
From 1956 to 1960, Dr. Grunebaum attended the Westerwaldschule in Cologne, Germany, then entered Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium in Cologne in 1960 and attended medical school at the University of Cologne in Germany from 1968 to 1974. Dr. Grunebaum received his MD (Dr.med) in 1975, and thus at the age of 25 is likely the very first physician conceived in the state of Israel.
From 1978 to 1982 he did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Downstate Medical Center, and the Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York, and in 1984 he completed a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the same institution.
Dr. Grunebaum is a Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Director of Obstetrics and the Chief of Labor and Delivery at the New York Weill Cornell Medical Center which is part of the Weill Cornell Medical College and the New York Presbyterian Medical Center. Until 2005 he was also the Director of the WebMD Fertility Center and in charge of the WebMD TTC (Trying To Conceive) message board.