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Richard J Paulson, MD

TitleProfessor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentObstetrics & Gynecology
AddressIRD 534 2020 Zonal Ave
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
Phone+1 323 409 3026
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    TitleAlia Tutor Chair in Reproductive Endocrinology

    TitleDivision Chief, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

    TitleDirector, Fellowship Program


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    The American Fertility Association2005Howard and Georgeanna Jones Lifetime Achievement Award
    Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California2004Excellence in Teaching Award
    Good Housekeeping1997Best Doctors for Women
    2002  - 2014America’s Top Doctors

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    Dr. Richard Paulson is the Director of USC Fertility, and has been with the practice since 1986. He is also a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

    Dr. Paulson has been rated one of “The Best Doctors in America” continuously since 1994. He has published several landmark investigations addressing the effect of age upon female fertility, including the first observation that egg donation could be used to extend the reproductive lifespan in women over 40. Dr. Paulson’s work has extended to fertility in women over the age of 50 and, in 1997, he reported a successful pregnancy in the oldest woman on record at the time, aged 63.


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    1. Niederberger C, Pellicer A, Cohen J, Gardner DK, Palermo GD, O'Neill CL, Chow S, Rosenwaks Z, Cobo A, Swain JE, Schoolcraft WB, Frydman R, Bishop LA, Aharon D, Gordon C, New E, Decherney A, Tan SL, Paulson R, Goldfarb JM, Brännström M, Donnez J, Silber S, Dolmans MM, Simpson JL, Handyside AH, Munné S, Eguizabal C, Montserrat N, Izpisua Belmonte JC, Trounson A, Simon C, Tulandi T, Giudice LC, Norman RJ, Hsueh AJ, Sun Y, Laufer N, Kochman R, Eldar-Geva T, Lunenfeld B, Ezcurra D, D'Hooghe T, Fauser BCJM, Tarlatzis BC, Meldrum DR, Casper RF, Fatemi HM, Devroey P, Galliano D, Wikland M, Sigman M, Schoor RA, Goldstein M, Lipshultz LI, Schlegel PN, Hussein A, Oates RD, Brannigan RE, Ross HE, Pennings G, Klock SC, Brown S, Van Steirteghem A, Rebar RW, LaBarbera AR. Forty years of IVF. Fertil Steril. 2018 Jul 15; 110(2):185-324.e5. PMID: 30053940.
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    2. 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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    3. Ho JR, Arrach N, Rhodes-Long K, Ahmady A, Ingles S, Chung K, Bendikson KA, Paulson R, 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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    4. Paulson R. Time-lapse imaging. Fertil Steril. 2018 Apr; 109(4):583. PMID: 29653704.
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    5. Paulson R, Reichman DE, Zaninovic N, Goodman LR, Racowsky C. Time-lapse imaging: clearly useful to both laboratory personnel and patient outcomes versus just because we can doesn't mean we should. Fertil Steril. 2018 Apr; 109(4):584-591. PMID: 29653705.
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    6. Paulson R, Comizzoli P. Addressing challenges in developing and implementing successful in vitro fertilization in endangered species: an opportunity for humanity to "give back". Fertil Steril. 2018 Mar; 109(3):418-419. PMID: 29526478.
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    7. Ho JR, Arrach N, Rhodes-Long K, Salem W, McGinnis LK, Chung K, Bendikson KA, Paulson R, 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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    8. Jones T, Ho JR, Gualtieri M, Bruno-Gaston J, Chung K, Paulson R, 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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    9. Woo I, Hindoyan R, Landay M, Ho J, Ingles SA, McGinnis LK, Paulson R, 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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    10. Paulson R. Cross-border reproductive care: what is its significance? Fertil Steril. 2017 11; 108(5):761-762. PMID: 29102003.
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    11. Ho JR, Paulson R. Modified natural cycle in in vitro fertilization. Fertil Steril. 2017 10; 108(4):572-576. PMID: 28965551.
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    12. Paulson R. Introduction: Contemporary approaches to alternative ovarian stimulation strategies for in vitro fertilization. Fertil Steril. 2017 10; 108(4):555-557. PMID: 28911928.
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    13. Ho JR, Woo I, Louie K, Salem W, Jabara SI, Bendikson KA, Paulson R, 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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    14. Paulson R. Preimplantation genetic screening: what is the clinical efficiency? Fertil Steril. 2017 08; 108(2):228-230. PMID: 28697911.
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    15. Burks HR, Baker M, Quaas AM, Bendikson KA, Chung K, Paulson R. 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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    16. Paulson R, Reindollar RH, Doody KJ. Toward standardizing the embryo transfer procedure: from "how to" to "how many". Fertil Steril. 2017 04; 107(4):880-881. PMID: 28366415.
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    17. Paulson R. The unscientific nature of the concept that "human life begins at fertilization," and why it matters. Fertil Steril. 2017 03; 107(3):566-567. PMID: 28189294.
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    18. Paulson R. Perinatal complications of oocyte donation to women of advanced reproductive age. Fertil Steril. 2017 01; 107(1):62-63. PMID: 27865445.
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    19. Paulson R, Fauser BCJM, Vuong LTN, Doody K. Can we modify assisted reproductive technology practice to broaden reproductive care access? Fertil Steril. 2016 05; 105(5):1138-1143. PMID: 27054309.
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    20. Paulson R. Every last baby out of every last egg: the appropriate goal for fertility treatment in women older than 40 years. Fertil Steril. 2016 Jun; 105(6):1443-4. PMID: 27042971.
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    21. Paulson R, 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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    22. Matsuo K, Gualtieri MR, Cahoon SS, Jung CE, Paulson R, Shoupe D, Muderspach LI, Wakatsuki A, Wright JD, Roman LD. Surgical menopause and increased risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in endometrial cancer. Menopause. 2016 Feb; 23(2):189-96. PMID: 26173075.
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    23. Parker W, Berek JS, Pritts E, Olive D, Kaunitz AM, Chalas E, Clarke-Pearson D, Goff B, Bristow R, Taylor HS, Farias-Eisner R, Fader AN, Maxwell GL, Goodwin SC, Love S, Gibbons WE, Foshag LJ, Leppert PC, Norsigian J, Nager CW, Johnson T, Guzick DS, As-Sanie S, Paulson R, Farquhar C, Bradley L, Scheib SA, Bilchik AJ, Rice LW, Dionne C, Jacoby A, Ascher-Walsh C, Kilpatrick SJ, Adamson GD, Siedhoff M, Israel R, Paraiso MF, Frumovitz MM, Lurain JR, Al-Hendy A, Benrubi GI, Raman SS, Kho RM, Anderson TL, Reynolds RK, DeLancey J. An Open Letter to the Food and Drug Administration Regarding the Use of Morcellation Procedures in Women Having Surgery for Presumed Uterine Myomas. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2016 Mar-Apr; 23(3):303-8. PMID: 26773577.
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    24. Paulson R. Treatment of infertility and the risk of ovarian cancer: are the data reassuring? Fertil Steril. 2016 Mar; 105(3):605-606. PMID: 26730498.
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    25. 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].
    26. Burks H, Paulson R. Cryopreserved embryo transfer: endometrial preparation and timing. Semin Reprod Med. 2015 Mar; 33(2):145-52. PMID: 25734351.
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    27. Paulson R. How do we decide how many embryos are safe for transfer? Fertil Steril. 2014 Dec; 102(6):1565-6. PMID: 25458621.
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    28. Matsuo K, Cahoon SS, Gualtieri M, Scannell CA, Jung CE, Takano T, Paulson R, Muderspach LI, Roman LD. Significance of adenomyosis on tumor progression and survival outcome of endometrial cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Dec; 21(13):4246-55. PMID: 25001096.
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    29. Paulson R. Does the age of the recipient influence the probability of pregnancy among recipients of oocyte donation? Fertil Steril. 2014 May; 101(5):1248-9. PMID: 24726220.
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    30. Paulson R, Collins MG, Yankov VI. Progesterone pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics with 3 dosages and 2 regimens of an effervescent micronized progesterone vaginal insert. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Nov; 99(11):4241-9. PMID: 24606090.
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    31. Mucowski SJ, Mack WJ, Shoupe D, Kono N, Paulson R, Hodis HN. Effect of prior oophorectomy on changes in bone mineral density and carotid artery intima-media thickness in postmenopausal women. Fertil Steril. 2014 Apr; 101(4):1117-22. PMID: 24530156; PMCID: PMC4215065.
    32. Rudick BJ, Ingles SA, Chung K, Stanczyk FZ, Paulson R, 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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    33. Quaas AM, Kono N, Mack WJ, Hodis HN, Felix JC, Paulson R, Shoupe D. Effect of isoflavone soy protein supplementation on endometrial thickness, hyperplasia, and endometrial cancer risk in postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial. Menopause. 2013 Aug; 20(8):840-4. PMID: 23422867; PMCID: PMC3934100.
    34. Quaas AM, Melamed A, Chung K, Bendikson KA, Paulson R. 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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    35. Paulson R. Hormonal induction of endometrial receptivity. Fertil Steril. 2011 Sep; 96(3):530-5. PMID: 21880274.
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    36. Stanczyk FZ, Azen CG, Paulson R. Potential contribution of the postmenopausal ovary to the circulating pool of dehydroepiandrosterone. Menopause. 2011 May; 18(5):587; author response 587-90. PMID: 21487316.
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    37. 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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    38. 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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    39. Fogle RH, Li A, Paulson R. Modulation of HOXA10 and other markers of endometrial receptivity by age and human chorionic gonadotropin in an endometrial explant model. Fertil Steril. 2010 Mar 01; 93(4):1255-9. PMID: 19131054.
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    40. Mor E, Landay M, Paulson R. Endometrial receptivity is preserved in Diethylstilbestrol-associated and other Müllerian anomalies: evidence from tubal embryo transfer. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2009 Jan; 26(1):65-8. PMID: 19051005; PMCID: PMC2649335.
    41. Steiner AZ, Chang L, Ji Q, Ookhtens M, Stolz A, Paulson R, Stanczyk FZ. 3alpha-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type III deficiency: a novel mechanism for hirsutism. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008 Apr; 93(4):1298-303. PMID: 18252781; PMCID: PMC2291485.
    42. Fogle RH, Chang L, Patel SK, Stanczyk FZ, Paulson R. Increased insulin-like growth factor-1 after oophorectomy in postmenopausal women. Fertil Steril. 2008 Oct; 90(4):1236-9. PMID: 18054929.
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    43. Bayrak A, Fogle RH, Paulson R. Clomiphene citrate-induced follicular development in the presence of an ovarian ectopic pregnancy. Fertil Steril. 2008 Feb; 89(2):456.e1-2. PMID: 17517395.
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    44. Fogle RH, Stanczyk FZ, Zhang X, Paulson R. Ovarian androgen production in postmenopausal women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2007 Aug; 92(8):3040-3. PMID: 17519304.
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    45. Steiner AZ, Paulson R. Motherhood after age 50: an evaluation of parenting stress and physical functioning. Fertil Steril. 2007 Jun; 87(6):1327-32. PMID: 17292363.
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    46. Bayrak A, Terbell H, Urwitz-Lane R, Mor E, Stanczyk FZ, Paulson R. Acute effects of metformin therapy include improvement of insulin resistance and ovarian morphology. Fertil Steril. 2007 Apr; 87(4):870-5. PMID: 17224152.
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    47. Jain JK, Paulson R. Oocyte cryopreservation. Fertil Steril. 2006 Oct; 86(4 Suppl):1037-46. PMID: 17008147.
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    48. Bayrak A, Harp D, Saadat P, Mor E, Paulson R. Recurrence of hydrosalpinges after cuff neosalpingostomy in a poor prognosis population. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2006 Jun; 23(6):285-8. PMID: 16865531; PMCID: PMC3506369.
    49. Steiner AZ, Paulson R. Oocyte donation. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Mar; 49(1):44-54. PMID: 16456342.
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    50. Paulson R. Academic practice plans have been detrimental to the practice of assisted reproductive technology. Fertil Steril. 2005 Sep; 84(3):578-9; discussion 583. PMID: 16169386.
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    51. Mor E, Rodi IA, Bayrak A, Paulson R, Sokol RZ. Diagnosis of pituitary gonadotroph adenomas in reproductive-aged women. Fertil Steril. 2005 Sep; 84(3):757. PMID: 16169418.
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    52. Mor E, Saadat P, Kives S, White E, Reid RL, Paulson R, Stanczyk FZ. Comparison of vaginal and oral administration of emergency contraception. Fertil Steril. 2005 Jul; 84(1):40-5. PMID: 16009155.
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    53. Bayrak A, Saadat P, Mor E, Chong L, Paulson R, Sokol RZ. Pituitary imaging is indicated for the evaluation of hyperprolactinemia. Fertil Steril. 2005 Jul; 84(1):181-5. PMID: 16009175.
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    54. Steiner AZ, Paulson R, Hartmann KE. Effects of competition among fertility centers on pregnancy and high-order multiple gestation rates. Fertil Steril. 2005 May; 83(5):1429-34. PMID: 15866580.
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    55. Steiner AZ, Terplan M, Paulson R. Comparison of tamoxifen and clomiphene citrate for ovulation induction: a meta-analysis. Hum Reprod. 2005 Jun; 20(6):1511-5. PMID: 15845599.
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    56. Stanczyk FZ, Paulson R, Roy S. Percutaneous administration of progesterone: blood levels and endometrial protection. Menopause. 2005 Mar; 12(2):232-7. PMID: 15772572.
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    57. Saadat P, Boostanfar R, Slater CC, Tourgeman DE, Stanczyk FZ, Paulson R. Accelerated endometrial maturation in the luteal phase of cycles utilizing controlled ovarian hyperstimulation: impact of gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists versus antagonists. Fertil Steril. 2004 Jul; 82(1):167-71. PMID: 15237007.
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    58. Mor E, Zograbyan A, Saadat P, Bayrak A, Tourgeman DE, Zhang C, Stanczyk FZ, Paulson R. The insulin resistant subphenotype of polycystic ovary syndrome: clinical parameters and pathogenesis. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Jun; 190(6):1654-60. PMID: 15284763.
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    59. Jain JK, Boostanfar R, Slater CC, Francis MM, Paulson R. Monozygotic twins and triplets in association with blastocyst transfer. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2004 Apr; 21(4):103-7. PMID: 15270208; PMCID: PMC3455608.
    60. Stanczyk FZ, Cho MM, Endres DB, Morrison JL, Patel S, Paulson R. Limitations of direct estradiol and testosterone immunoassay kits. Steroids. 2003 Dec; 68(14):1173-8. PMID: 14643879.
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    61. Saadat P, Slater CC, Jain JK, Tourgeman DE, Stanczyk FZ, Paulson R. Treatment-associated serum FSH levels in very poor responders to ovarian stimulation. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2003 Oct; 20(10):395-9. PMID: 14649378; PMCID: PMC3455170.
    62. Paulson R, Boostanfar R, Saadat P, Mor E, Tourgeman DE, Slater CC, Francis MM, Jain JK. Pregnancy in the sixth decade of life: obstetric outcomes in women of advanced reproductive age. JAMA. 2002 Nov 13; 288(18):2320-3. PMID: 12425710.
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    63. Tourgeman DE, Lu JJ, Boostanfar R, Amezcua C, Felix JC, Paulson R. Human chorionic gonadotropin suppresses ovarian epithelial neoplastic cell proliferation in vitro. Fertil Steril. 2002 Nov; 78(5):1096-9. PMID: 12414000.
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    64. Mor E, Saadat P, Sokol RZ, Paulson R. Spontaneous twin gestation after vaginal dilation in a woman with uterus didelphys and bladder exstrophy. Obstet Gynecol. 2002 Nov; 100(5 Pt 2):1138-41. PMID: 12423836.
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    65. Ziel HK, Paulson R. Contralateral corpus luteum in ectopic pregnancy: what does it tell us about ovum pickup? Fertil Steril. 2002 Apr; 77(4):850-1. PMID: 11937149.
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    66. Paulson R. Ethical considerations involving oocyte donation and gestational surrogacy. Semin Reprod Endocrinol. 1995 Aug; 13(3):225-30. PMID: 11660363.
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    67. Paulson R, Sauer MV. Counseling the infertile couple: when enough is enough. Obstet Gynecol. 1991 Sep; 73(3 Pt. 1):462-4. PMID: 11659406.
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