USC Fertility

Kristin Bendikson, MD

Dr. Kristin Bendikson joined USC Fertility after finishing her residency at Harvard Medical School.

Kristin Bendikson MD

She completed her subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the internationally renowned Cornell University fertility center.   Her extensive training and years in practice have prepared her to deal with the most difficult and challenging cases.  She is an expert in ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization, egg freezing and fertility surgery, as well as the management of other disorders including recurrent pregnancy loss, endometriosis, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Kristin holds the title of Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the USC Keck School of Medicine.  It is her goal to provide the highest quality care for her patients and to help them fulfill their desire of having a healthy baby, whether that be now or in the future.  In addition, she strives to guide her patients through what can be a trying and difficult journey by providing them with the support and personal attention they need.

Fertility expert, teacher, and researcher, Kristin is also a married mother of two.


Dr. Bendikson graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.S. in psychobiology. She earned her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine where she received the James E. Constantine Award in recognition of her excellence in obstetrics and gynecology.

She completed her residency training at Harvard Medical School, working at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital and served as the administrative chief resident in her last year there. She received her subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Board Certifications

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


Dr. Bendikson has presented her research at both national and international conferences. She is the currently the principal investigator of several research projects including the investigation of embryo implantation  and vitamin D and its role in infertility.  She has authored and co-authored numerous publications on a wide variety of topics including most recently:

  • Safety of assisted reproductive technologies
  • IVF for women of advanced age
  • Comparison of IVF protocols for women with diminished ovarian reserve
  • IVF outcomes in women of different ethnicities
  • Gender selection and assisted reproduction
  • Screening of egg donors
  • Fertility options for HIV patients

Society Membership and Positions

  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • The American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Honors and Awards

  • Nominated for the Promising Young Clinician Award 22nd Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, 2006
  • Administrative Chief Resident Harvard Integrated Residency Program, 2003
  • James E. Constantine Obstetrics and Gynecology Award New York University School of Medicine, 2000
  • Phi Beta Kappa University of California, Los Angeles, 1996
  • Amy Burnham Onken Leadership Award University of California, Los Angeles, 1996

Area of Expertise

Dr. Bendikson has received intensive medical training in cutting edge stimulation protocols for in vitro fertilization, recurrent pregnancy loss and implantation failure. Her surgical training has focused on minimally invasive surgical approaches to endometriosis, tubal disease, uterine scarring and uterine anomalies.

Her particular interests are fertility in women with diminished ovarian reserve and advanced maternal age, unexplained infertility, male infertility, embryo implantation and egg freezing.

Dr. Bendikson is committed to educating the next generation of fertility specialists and serves as the associate fellowship program director for the USC fellowship for reproductive endocrinology and infertility.  She lectures and teaches medical students as well as undergraduate students at USC.

Dr. Bendikson’s Fertility Videos

Dr. Bendikson at ASRM - Fertility and Your Environment

Dr Kristen Bendickson at ASRM 2016, Reccurent Pregnancy Loss Treatments

Dr Kristen Bendickson talks about when to freeze your eggs.