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Richard J Paulson, MD
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Alia Tutor Chair in Reproductive Endocrinology
Division Chief, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Obstetrics & Gynecology
IRD 536 Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 226 3026


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.


The American Fertility Association: Howard and Georgeanna Jones Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California: Excellence in Teaching Award, 2004

Good Housekeeping: Best Doctors for Women, 1997

America’s Top Doctors

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California: Excellence in Teaching Award, 2004

America’s Top Doctors


Paulson RJ. The unscientific nature of the concept that "human life begins at fertilization," and why it matters. Fertil Steril. 2017 Mar; 107(3):566-567. View in: PubMed

Paulson RJ. Perinatal complications of oocyte donation to women of advanced reproductive age. Fertil Steril. 2016 Nov 16. View in: PubMed

Paulson RJ. 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. View in: PubMed

Paulson RJ, Fauser BC, Vuong LT, Doody K. Can we modify assisted reproductive technology practice to broaden reproductive care access? Fertil Steril. 2016 May; 105(5):1138-43. View in: PubMed

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):1228-31. View in: PubMed

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 RJ, 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. View in: PubMed

Paulson RJ. Treatment of infertility and the risk of ovarian cancer: are the data reassuring? Fertil Steril. 2016 Mar; 105(3):605-6. View in: PubMed

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. View in: PubMed

Matsuo K, Gualtieri MR, Cahoon SS, Jung CE, Paulson RJ, Shoupe D, Muderspach LI, Wakatsuki A, Wright JD, Roman LD. Surgical menopause and increased risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in endometrial cancer. Menopause. 2015 Jul 13. View in: PubMed

Burks H, Paulson R. Cryopreserved embryo transfer: endometrial preparation and timing. Semin Reprod Med. 2015 Mar; 33(2):145-52. View in: PubMed

Matsuo K, Cahoon SS, Gualtieri M, Scannell CA, Jung CE, Takano T, Paulson RJ, 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. View in: PubMed

Paulson RJ. How do we decide how many embryos are safe for transfer? Fertil Steril. 2014 Dec; 102(6):1565-6. View in: PubMed

Paulson RJ, 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. View in: PubMed

Paulson RJ. Does the age of the recipient influence the probability of pregnancy among recipients of oocyte donation? Fertil Steril. 2014 May; 101(5):1248-9. View in: PubMed

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. View in: PubMed

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. View in: PubMed

Quaas AM, Kono N, Mack WJ, Hodis HN, Felix JC, Paulson RJ, 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. View in: PubMed

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 1; 99(3):827-31. View in: PubMed

Paulson RJ. Hormonal induction of endometrial receptivity. Fertil Steril. 2011 Sep; 96(3):530-5. View in: PubMed

Stanczyk FZ, Azen CG, Paulson RJ. Potential contribution of the postmenopausal ovary to the circulating pool of dehydroepiandrosterone. Menopause. 2011 May; 18(5):587; author response 587-90. View in: PubMed

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. View in: PubMed

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. View in: PubMed

Fogle RH, Li A, Paulson RJ. Modulation of HOXA10 and other markers of endometrial receptivity by age and human chorionic gonadotropin in an endometrial explant model. Fertil Steril. 2010 Mar 1; 93(4):1255-9. View in: PubMed

Mor E, Landay M, Paulson RJ. 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. View in: PubMed

Fogle RH, Chang L, Patel SK, Stanczyk FZ, Paulson RJ. Increased insulin-like growth factor-1 after oophorectomy in postmenopausal women. Fertil Steril. 2008 Oct; 90(4):1236-9. View in: PubMed

Steiner AZ, Chang L, Ji Q, Ookhtens M, Stolz A, Paulson RJ, Stanczyk FZ. 3alpha-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type III deficiency: a novel mechanism for hirsutism. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008 Apr; 93(4):1298-303. View in: PubMed

Bayrak A, Fogle RH, Paulson RJ. Clomiphene citrate-induced follicular development in the presence of an ovarian ectopic pregnancy. Fertil Steril. 2008 Feb; 89(2):456. e1-2. View in: PubMed

Fogle RH, Stanczyk FZ, Zhang X, Paulson RJ. Ovarian androgen production in postmenopausal women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2007 Aug; 92(8):3040-3. View in: PubMed

Steiner AZ, Paulson RJ. Motherhood after age 50: an evaluation of parenting stress and physical functioning. Fertil Steril. 2007 Jun; 87(6):1327-32. View in: PubMed

Bayrak A, Terbell H, Urwitz-Lane R, Mor E, Stanczyk FZ, Paulson RJ. Acute effects of metformin therapy include improvement of insulin resistance and ovarian morphology. Fertil Steril. 2007 Apr; 87(4):870-5. View in: PubMed

Jain JK, Paulson RJ. Oocyte cryopreservation. Fertil Steril. 2006 Oct; 86(4 Suppl):1037-46. View in: PubMed

Bayrak A, Harp D, Saadat P, Mor E, Paulson RJ. Recurrence of hydrosalpinges after cuff neosalpingostomy in a poor prognosis population. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2006 Jun; 23(6):285-8. View in: PubMed

Steiner AZ, Paulson RJ. Oocyte donation. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Mar; 49(1):44-54. View in: PubMed

Paulson RJ. Academic practice plans have been detrimental to the practice of assisted reproductive technology. Fertil Steril. 2005 Sep; 84(3):578-9; discussion 583. View in: PubMed

Mor E, Rodi IA, Bayrak A, Paulson RJ, Sokol RZ. Diagnosis of pituitary gonadotroph adenomas in reproductive-aged women. Fertil Steril. 2005 Sep; 84(3):757. View in: PubMed

Mor E, Saadat P, Kives S, White E, Reid RL, Paulson RJ, Stanczyk FZ. Comparison of vaginal and oral administration of emergency contraception. Fertil Steril. 2005 Jul; 84(1):40-5. View in: PubMed

Bayrak A, Saadat P, Mor E, Chong L, Paulson RJ, Sokol RZ. Pituitary imaging is indicated for the evaluation of hyperprolactinemia. Fertil Steril. 2005 Jul; 84(1):181-5. View in: PubMed

Steiner AZ, Terplan M, Paulson RJ. Comparison of tamoxifen and clomiphene citrate for ovulation induction: a meta-analysis. Hum Reprod. 2005 Jun; 20(6):1511-5. View in: PubMed

Steiner AZ, Paulson RJ, Hartmann KE. Effects of competition among fertility centers on pregnancy and high-order multiple gestation rates. Fertil Steril. 2005 May; 83(5):1429-34. View in: PubMed

Stanczyk FZ, Paulson RJ, Roy S. Percutaneous administration of progesterone: blood levels and endometrial protection. Menopause. 2005 Mar; 12(2):232-7. View in: PubMed

Saadat P, Boostanfar R, Slater CC, Tourgeman DE, Stanczyk FZ, Paulson RJ. 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. View in: PubMed

Mor E, Zograbyan A, Saadat P, Bayrak A, Tourgeman DE, Zhang C, Stanczyk FZ, Paulson RJ. The insulin resistant subphenotype of polycystic ovary syndrome: clinical parameters and pathogenesis. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Jun; 190(6):1654-60. View in: PubMed

Jain JK, Boostanfar R, Slater CC, Francis MM, Paulson RJ. Monozygotic twins and triplets in association with blastocyst transfer. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2004 Apr; 21(4):103-7. View in: PubMed

Stanczyk FZ, Cho MM, Endres DB, Morrison JL, Patel S, Paulson RJ. Limitations of direct estradiol and testosterone immunoassay kits. Steroids. 2003 Dec; 68(14):1173-8. View in: PubMed

Saadat P, Slater CC, Jain JK, Tourgeman DE, Stanczyk FZ, Paulson RJ. Treatment-associated serum FSH levels in very poor responders to ovarian stimulation. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2003 Oct; 20(10):395-9. View in: PubMed

Paulson RJ, 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. View in: PubMed

Mor E, Saadat P, Sokol RZ, Paulson RJ. 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. View in: PubMed

Tourgeman DE, Lu JJ, Boostanfar R, Amezcua C, Felix JC, Paulson RJ. Human chorionic gonadotropin suppresses ovarian epithelial neoplastic cell proliferation in vitro. Fertil Steril. 2002 Nov; 78(5):1096-9. View in: PubMed

Ziel HK, Paulson RJ. Contralateral corpus luteum in ectopic pregnancy: what does it tell us about ovum pickup? Fertil Steril. 2002 Apr; 77(4):850-1. View in: PubMed

Paulson RJ. Ethical considerations involving oocyte donation and gestational surrogacy. Semin Reprod Endocrinol. 1995 Aug; 13(3):225-30. View in: PubMed

Paulson RJ, Sauer MV. Counseling the infertile couple: when enough is enough. Obstet Gynecol. 1991 Sep; 73(3 Pt. 1):462-4. View in: PubMed

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