Richard J. Paulson

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
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Areas of treatment:

Egg Freezing
Embryo Implantation
Fertility in Women of Advanced Age
Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
Third-Party Parenting
Uterine Receptivity

Specialty:

  • Infertility

Department:

  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages:

  • Czech
  • English
  • Spanish
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Richard J. Paulson, MD

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Practicing location:

  • Other Locations

About this doctor:

Dr. Paulson is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. His major interest is reproductive aging with a particular emphasis on human embryo implantation. Dr. Paulson has been the director of the Fertility Program at USC since 1986. During this time, the program has published several landmark investigations addressing the effect of age upon female fertility, including the first observation that it was the egg, and not the uterus, that aged and that egg donation could therefore be used to extend the reproductive lifespan in women over 40 (New England Journal of Medicine, 1990). Research on fertility in women over the age of 50 resulted in publications of the 1st series of women over 50 (Lancet, 1993), a successful pregnancy in a woman aged 63 (Fertility & Sterility, 1997), obstetric outcomes in women in their 50’s (JAMA, 2002) and parenting stress in mothers in their 50’s (Fertility & Sterility 2007). Most recently, the program established an egg freezing program designed to further extend a woman’s reproductive lifespan. Dr. Paulson has been the recipient of numerous research awards and has been listed in “The Best Doctors in America” continuously since 1994. Dr. Paulson is a co-editor of Mishell’s Textbook of Infertility, Contraception, and Reproductive Endocrinology and has co-authored a lay book titled “Rewinding Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late in Life” (WH Freeman, 1998). He was most recently the technical reviewer for “Infertility for Dummies” (Wiley, 2007).

Philosophy of care:
My commitment to quality patient care and my research have been recognized and awarded by the media, universities, professional societies and related-industry. I have 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. My work has extended to fertility in women over the age of 50 and, in 1997, I reported a successful pregnancy in the oldest woman on record at the time, aged 63.

Education:

MS, University of Southern California, 1998
MD, University of California - Los Angeles, 1980
BS, University of California - Los Angeles, Physics, 1976

Internships:

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, 1980-1981

Residencies:

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1981 - 1984

Fellowships:

University of Southern California School of Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, 1984 - 1986

Certifications:

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Obstetrics and Gynecology
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Professional society memberships:

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (Executive Board of Directors)
The Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (Past President)
Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Awards:

The American Fertility Association’s 2005 Howard and Georgeanna Jones Lifetime Achievement Award
Excellence in Teaching Award – Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2004
America’s Top Doctors, 2002 - present
Good Housekeeping, Best Doctors for Women, 1997
Over 25 best paper research awards