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Karine Chung, MD

TitleAssociate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentObstetrics & Gynecology
AddressIRD 534 2020 Zonal Ave
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
Phone+1 323 226 3026
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    TitleRei Chief, Research Program

    TitleDirector, Fertility Preservation Program


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    2000Outstanding Medical Student Teaching Award
    2003Philadelphia Area Reproductive Endocrine Society’s Prize Scientific Paper
    2005Philadelphia Area Reproductive Endocrine Society’s Prize Scientific Paper
    2004Appointment to NIH Reproductive Epidemiology Training Grant (T32)

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    She completed her subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility focusing on the most advanced aspects of infertility diagnosis and treatment. During her fellowship, she simultaneously earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology conducting research on outcomes of in vitro fertilization. She is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

    Dr. Chung also holds the title of Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, where she teaches and mentors trainees in the fields of obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She is founder and director of USC’s Fertility Preservation Program and is also Principal Investigator of a number of clinical research projects including egg freezing, novel methods for IVF stimulation, and outcomes of gestational surrogacy. It is her goal to connect with her patients and help make their experience with fertility treatment a warm, personal and successful one.


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    1. Woo I, Christenson LK, Gunewardena S, Ingles SA, Thomas S, Ahmady A, Chung K, Bendikson K, Paulson R, McGinnis LK. Micro-RNAs involved in cellular proliferation have altered expression profiles in granulosa of young women with diminished ovarian reserve. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2018 Jul 09. PMID: 29987422.
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    2. Ho JR, Arrach N, Rhodes-Long K, Ahmady A, Ingles S, Chung K, Bendikson KA, Paulson RJ, McGinnis LK. Pushing the limits of detection: investigation of cell-free DNA for aneuploidy screening in embryos. Fertil Steril. 2018 Jun 27. PMID: 29960707.
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    3. Cortessis VK, Azadian M, Buxbaum J, Sanogo F, Song AY, Sriprasert I, Wei PC, Yu J, Chung K, Siegmund KD. Comprehensive meta-analysis reveals association between multiple imprinting disorders and conception by assisted reproductive technology. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2018 Apr 25. PMID: 29696471.
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    4. Ho JR, Arrach N, Rhodes-Long K, Salem W, McGinnis LK, Chung K, Bendikson KA, Paulson RJ, Ahmady A. Blastulation timing is associated with differential mitochondrial content in euploid embryos. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2018 Apr; 35(4):711-720. PMID: 29353449.
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    5. Jones T, Ho JR, Gualtieri M, Bruno-Gaston J, Chung K, Paulson RJ, Bendikson KA. Clomiphene Stair-Step Protocol for Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Jan; 131(1):91-95. PMID: 29215516.
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    6. Woo I, Hindoyan R, Landay M, Ho J, Ingles SA, McGinnis LK, Paulson RJ, Chung K. Perinatal outcomes after natural conception versus in vitro fertilization (IVF) in gestational surrogates: a model to evaluate IVF treatment versus maternal effects. Fertil Steril. 2017 12; 108(6):993-998. PMID: 29202976.
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    7. Woo I, Chan Y, Sriprasert I, Louie K, Ingles S, Stanczyk F, McGinnis LK, Chung K. The role of angiogenic markers in adverse perinatal outcomes: fresh versus frozen embryo transfers. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2017 Dec; 34(12):1639-1643. PMID: 28871422.
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    8. Ho JR, Woo I, Louie K, Salem W, Jabara SI, Bendikson KA, Paulson RJ, Chung K. A comparison of live birth rates and perinatal outcomes between cryopreserved oocytes and cryopreserved embryos. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2017 Oct; 34(10):1359-1366. PMID: 28718080.
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    9. Burks HR, Baker M, Quaas AM, Bendikson KA, Chung K, Paulson RJ. The dilemma of counseling patients about poor prognosis: live birth after IVF with autologous oocytes in a 43-year-old woman with FSH levels above 30 mIU/mL. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2017 Sep; 34(9):1185-1188. PMID: 28656538.
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    10. Homer MV, Charo LM, Natarajan L, Haunschild C, Chung K, Mao JJ, DeMichele AM, Su HI. Genetic variants of age at menopause are not related to timing of ovarian failure in breast cancer survivors. Menopause. 2017 Jun; 24(6):663-668. PMID: 28118297.
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    11. Senapati S, Sammel MD, Butts SF, Takacs P, Chung K, Barnhart KT. Predicting first trimester pregnancy outcome: derivation of a multiple marker test. Fertil Steril. 2016 Dec; 106(7):1725-1732.e3. PMID: 28340932.
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    12. Barnhart KT, Guo W, Cary MS, Morse CB, Chung K, Takacs P, Senapati S, Sammel MD. Differences in Serum Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Rise in Early Pregnancy by Race and Value at Presentation. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 09; 128(3):504-11. PMID: 27500326.
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    13. Paulson RJ, Chung K, Quaas AM, Mucowski SJ, Jabara SI, Bendikson KA. Low-dose human chorionic gonadotropin alone can complete follicle maturity: successful application to modified natural cycle in vitro fertilization. Fertil Steril. 2016 May; 105(5):1228-1231. PMID: 26852420.
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    14. Cameron KE, Senapati S, Sammel MD, Chung K, Takacs P, Molinaro T, Barnhart KT. Following declining human chorionic gonadotropin values in pregnancies of unknown location: when is it safe to stop? Fertil Steril. 2016 Apr; 105(4):953-7. PMID: 26698678; PMCID: PMC4821681 [Available on 04/01/17].
    15. Burks H, Buckbinder J, Francis-Hernandez M, Chung K, Jabara S, Bendikson K, Paulson R. Developmentally delayed cleavage-stage embryos maintain comparable implantation rates in frozen embryo transfers. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2015 Oct; 32(10):1477-81. PMID: 26347340; PMCID: PMC4615912 [Available on 10/01/16].
    16. Burks HR, Ross L, Opper N, Paulson E, Stanczyk FZ, Chung K. Can highly sensitive antimüllerian hormone testing predict failed response to ovarian stimulation? Fertil Steril. 2015 Sep; 104(3):643-8. PMID: 26158904.
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    17. Ross L, Chung K, Macdonald H. Fertility preservation in the female cancer patient. J Surg Oncol. 2014 Dec; 110(8):907-11. PMID: 25284123.
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    18. Su HC, Haunschild C, Chung K, Komrokian S, Boles S, Sammel MD, DeMichele A. Prechemotherapy antimullerian hormone, age, and body size predict timing of return of ovarian function in young breast cancer patients. Cancer. 2014 Dec 01; 120(23):3691-8. PMID: 25081546; PMCID: PMC4239183.
    19. Dominick SA, Whitcomb BW, Gorman JR, Mersereau JE, Chung K, Su HI. Factors associated with pregnancy attempts among female young adult cancer survivors. J Cancer Surviv. 2014 Dec; 8(4):571-9. PMID: 24859010; PMCID: PMC4221647.
    20. Rudick BJ, Ingles SA, Chung K, Stanczyk FZ, Paulson RJ, Bendikson KA. Influence of vitamin D levels on in vitro fertilization outcomes in donor-recipient cycles. Fertil Steril. 2014 Feb; 101(2):447-52. PMID: 24210230.
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    21. Butts SF, Guo W, Cary MS, Chung K, Takacs P, Sammel MD, Barnhart KT. Predicting the decline in human chorionic gonadotropin in a resolving pregnancy of unknown location. Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Aug; 122(2 Pt 1):337-43. PMID: 23969803; PMCID: PMC3752097.
    22. Chung K, Donnez J, Ginsburg E, Meirow D. Emergency IVF versus ovarian tissue cryopreservation: decision making in fertility preservation for female cancer patients. Fertil Steril. 2013 May; 99(6):1534-42. PMID: 23517859.
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    23. Quaas AM, Melamed A, Chung K, Bendikson KA, Paulson RJ. Egg banking in the United States: current status of commercially available cryopreserved oocytes. Fertil Steril. 2013 Mar 01; 99(3):827-31. PMID: 23200684.
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    24. Rubal L, Chung K. Do you need to definitively diagnose the location of a pregnancy of unknown location? The case for "yes". Fertil Steril. 2012 Nov; 98(5):1078-84. PMID: 23084009.
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    25. Barnhart KT, Sammel MD, Takacs P, Chung K, Morse CB, O'Flynn O'Brien K, Allen-Taylor L, Shaunik A. Validation of a clinical risk scoring system, based solely on clinical presentation, for the management of pregnancy of unknown location. Fertil Steril. 2013 Jan; 99(1):193-8. PMID: 23040528; PMCID: PMC3534951.
    26. Dillon KE, Sioulas VD, Sammel MD, Chung K, Takacs P, Shaunik A, Barnhart KT. How and when human chorionic gonadotropin curves in women with an ectopic pregnancy mimic other outcomes: differences by race and ethnicity. Fertil Steril. 2012 Oct; 98(4):911-6. PMID: 22795684; PMCID: PMC3731034.
    27. Morse CB, Sammel MD, Shaunik A, Allen-Taylor L, Oberfoell NL, Takacs P, Chung K, Barnhart KT. Performance of human chorionic gonadotropin curves in women at risk for ectopic pregnancy: exceptions to the rules. Fertil Steril. 2012 Jan; 97(1):101-6.e2. PMID: 22192138; PMCID: PMC3246395.
    28. Rausch M, Lorch S, Chung K, Frederick M, Zhang J, Barnhart K. A cost-effectiveness analysis of surgical versus medical management of early pregnancy loss. Fertil Steril. 2012 Feb; 97(2):355-60. PMID: 22192348; PMCID: PMC3269545.
    29. Chung K, Hovanessian-Larsen LJ, Hawes D, Taylor D, Downey S, Spicer DV, Stanczyk FZ, Patel S, Anderson AR, Pike MC, Wu AH, Pearce CL. Breast epithelial cell proliferation is markedly increased with short-term high levels of endogenous estrogen secondary to controlled ovarian hyperstimulation. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2012 Apr; 132(2):653-60. PMID: 22083231; PMCID: PMC3303045.
    30. Chung K, Chandavarkar U, Opper N, Barnhart K. Reevaluating the role of dilation and curettage in the diagnosis of pregnancy of unknown location. Fertil Steril. 2011 Sep; 96(3):659-62. PMID: 21733502.
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    31. Rausch ME, Sammel MD, Takacs P, Chung K, Shaunik A, Barnhart KT. Development of a multiple marker test for ectopic pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Mar; 117(3):573-82. PMID: 21343760.
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    32. Rausch ME, Beer L, Sammel MD, Takacs P, Chung K, Shaunik A, Speicher D, Barnhart KT. A disintegrin and metalloprotease protein-12 as a novel marker for the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy. Fertil Steril. 2011 Mar 15; 95(4):1373-8. PMID: 21277576; PMCID: PMC3072600.
    33. Su HI, Chung K, Sammel MD, Gracia CR, DeMichele A. Antral follicle count provides additive information to hormone measures for determining ovarian function in breast cancer survivors. Fertil Steril. 2011 Apr; 95(5):1857-9. PMID: 21193192; PMCID: PMC3062716.
    34. Barnhart K, van Mello NM, Bourne T, Kirk E, Van Calster B, Bottomley C, Chung K, Condous G, Goldstein S, Hajenius PJ, Mol BW, Molinaro T, O'Flynn O'Brien KL, Husicka R, Sammel M, Timmerman D. Pregnancy of unknown location: a consensus statement of nomenclature, definitions, and outcome. Fertil Steril. 2011 Mar 01; 95(3):857-66. PMID: 20947073; PMCID: PMC3032825.
    35. Chung K, Fogle R, Bendikson K, Christenson K, Paulson R. Microdose gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist in the absence of exogenous gonadotropins is not sufficient to induce multiple follicle development. Fertil Steril. 2011 Jan; 95(1):317-9. PMID: 20813363.
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    36. Rudick B, Opper N, Paulson R, Bendikson K, Chung K. The status of oocyte cryopreservation in the United States. Fertil Steril. 2010 Dec; 94(7):2642-6. PMID: 20723535.
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    37. Pearce CL, Chung K, Pike MC, Wu AH. Increased ovarian cancer risk associated with menopausal estrogen therapy is reduced by adding a progestin. Cancer. 2009 Feb 01; 115(3):531-9. PMID: 19127543; PMCID: PMC4203480.
    38. Barnhart KT, Casanova B, Sammel MD, Timbers K, Chung K, Kulp JL. Prediction of location of a symptomatic early gestation based solely on clinical presentation. Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Dec; 112(6):1319-26. PMID: 19037042; PMCID: PMC2680434.
    39. Chung K, Allen R. The use of serial human chorionic gonadotropin levels to establish a viable or a nonviable pregnancy. Semin Reprod Med. 2008 Sep; 26(5):383-90. PMID: 18825606.
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    40. Chung K, Coutifaris C, Chalian R, Lin K, Ratcliffe SJ, Castelbaum AJ, Freedman MF, Barnhart KT. Factors influencing adverse perinatal outcomes in pregnancies achieved through use of in vitro fertilization. Fertil Steril. 2006 Dec; 86(6):1634-41. PMID: 17074345.
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    41. Chung K, Sammel M, Zhou L, Hummel A, Guo W, Barnhart K. Defining the curve when initial levels of human chorionic gonadotropin in patients with spontaneous abortions are low. Fertil Steril. 2006 Feb; 85(2):508-10. PMID: 16595243.
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    42. Chung K, Sammel MD, Coutifaris C, Chalian R, Lin K, Castelbaum AJ, Freedman MF, Barnhart KT. Defining the rise of serum HCG in viable pregnancies achieved through use of IVF. Hum Reprod. 2006 Mar; 21(3):823-8. PMID: 16311298.
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    43. Chung K, Krey L, Katz J, Noyes N. Evaluating the role of exogenous luteinizing hormone in poor responders undergoing in vitro fertilization with gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonists. Fertil Steril. 2005 Aug; 84(2):313-8. PMID: 16084870.
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    44. Barnhart K, Sammel MD, Chung K, Zhou L, Hummel AC, Guo W. Decline of serum human chorionic gonadotropin and spontaneous complete abortion: defining the normal curve. Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Nov; 104(5 Pt 1):975-81. PMID: 15516387.
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    45. Chung K, Irani J, Knee G, Efymow B, Blasco L, Patrizio P. Sperm cryopreservation for male patients with cancer: an epidemiological analysis at the University of Pennsylvania. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2004 Apr 05; 113 Suppl 1:S7-11. PMID: 15041122.
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