Richard J. Paulson, MD, FACOG

imageDr. 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.

Honors and Awards

Dr. Paulson's commitment to quality patient care and his research have been recognized and awarded by the media, universities, professional societies, and related-industry.


Board Certifications



Dr. Paulson provided Technical Review for the new Infertility for Dummies, an easy-to-understand overview of infertility that de-mystifies and de-stigmatizes the world of infertility and treatment options.

Dr. Paulson is a co-editor of Mishell's Textbook of Infertility, Contraception, and Reproductive Endocrinology and has co-authored Rewinding Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late in Life (W.H. Freeman & Company, 1998).

He has also authored over 150 scientific articles and chapters. Some of his most important papers include:


Society Membership and Positions



Dr. Paulson completed his B.S. in Physics, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of California Los Angeles, College of Letters and Science, and his M.D. from the University of California Los Angeles, School of Medicine.

He received his specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, where he joined the full-time faculty in 1986.

Area of Expertise

Fertility in Women of Advanced Age, Egg Freezing, Embryo Implantation, Fertility in Diverse Populations, Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome, Third-Party Parenting, Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), Uterine Receptivity.