USC Fertility

Karine Chung, MD

Karine Chung, M.D., M.S.C.E., nationally recognized fertility expert, is dedicated to providing the very best in fertility care.

Since joining USC Fertility in 2005, Dr. Chung has gained national recognition as an expert in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, serving on numerous advisory panels and board of directors committees for national organizations including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS). With over 10 years of experience, she is committed to providing the very best care to help her patients achieve healthy babies.  For this, she has received many awards including America’s Top Doctors, Patients’ Choice, Best Doctors, and Pasadena Magazine’s Top Doctors Awards.  It is her goal to guide her patients through their fertility journey with a warm, personal and detail-oriented approach, providing individualized treatment plans based on what would work best for each unique individual or couple.

Dr. Chung completed her subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, focusing on the most advanced aspects of infertility care.  She simultaneously earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology conducting research on optimizing outcomes of in vitro fertilization and fertility preservation in cancer patients.  She currently holds the title of Associate Professor at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, where she teaches Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is director of USC’s Fertility Preservation and Egg Freezing Program and is internationally renowned for her expertise in fertility care for women diagnosed with cancer.  She is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.


Dr. Chung completed her B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University, M.D. from Ohio State University, and M.S. in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania.

She completed her specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the New York University, and subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Pennsylvania.

Board Certifications

  • The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Inc. (Reproductive – Endocrinology), 2008
  • The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Inc. (Obstetrics and Gynecology), 2006

Honors and Awards

  • Reproductive Endocrine Prize paper at PCRS 2008, “Is microdose GnRH agonist in the absence of exogenous gonadotropins sufficient to induce multiple follicle development?”
  • Appointment to NIH Reproductive Epidemiology Training Grant (T32), 2004
  • Philadelphia Area Reproductive Endocrine Society’s Prize Scientific Paper, 2003, 2005
  • Outstanding Medical Student Teaching Award, 2000
  • Samuel J. Roessler Research Scholarship, 1995
  • Scholar Athlete All American in Field Hockey, 1993


Dr. Chung has authored several scientific articles. Some of her most important papers include:

  • Emergency IVF versus ovarian tissue cryopreservation: decision making in fertility preservation for female cancer patients
  • Risk factors for adverse perinatal outcomes in pregnancies resulting from assisted reproductive technology
  • Decline of serum bhCG and spontaneous miscarriage: Defining the normal curve
  • Evaluating the role of exogenous LH in poor responders undergoing in vitro fertilization with GnRH antagonists

Society Membership and Positions

  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Past-Chair of Fertility Preservation Special Interest Group
  • The Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, Board of Directors

Area of Expertise

Egg freezing and fertility preservation for women with and without cancer,  IVF, fertility in gay and lesbian couples

Dr. Chung Discusses the Timing for Fertility Preservation in Cancer Patients.

Dr. Chung Discusses Research at USC on Preserving Fertility in Adolescent Cancer Patients.

Dr. Chung Discusses When is the Best Time to Freeze Eggs?