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Carolyn R. Givens, M.D.

Dr. Givens Discusses her Personal Journey into Fertility Medicine

Dr. Carolyn Givens is Board-Certified by The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and has spent the majority of her career helping couples with infertility.

She attended the University of Texas, graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in Molecular Biology. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1986 and served a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Parkland Memorial Hospital from 1986 to 1990. Dr. Givens moved to San Francisco in 1990 to continue her training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, San Francisco. After fellowship training, she was invited to join the medical school faculty at UCSF.

Carolyn R. Givens, M.D.

During her seven years on faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, she developed particular interest in severe male factor infertility and genetic problems associated with infertility. Dr. Givens was concurrently a full-time clinician with the UCSF In Vitro Fertilization Program and an Assistant Professor of the UCSF Medical School. As a faculty member, she focused on infertility patient therapy, infertility clinical research and training other infertility specialists. Although her career has focused on assisted reproduction, infertility and egg donation treatment, she is a skilled practitioner of all aspects of infertility care including physician-assisted ovulation induction and insemination, and surgical procedures such as laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. Dr. Givens is an accomplished clinical researcher and author of numerous articles for peer-reviewed professional journals.

In November of 1999, Dr. Givens left UCSF and joined the infertility specialists at Pacific Fertility Center. She currently co-directs the Bay Area Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis Program (PGD) and directs Pacific Fertility Center's PGD/PGS Program.

She has been named since 2004 as one of "Best Doctors in America" and by her peers in a national survey. Dr. Givens served as President of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society for 2010-2011 and has served on the Board of the Society from 2000-present. She remains actively involved locally in the San Francisco Ob/Gyn Society and as a member of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at California Pacific Medical Center (a leading Bay Area hospital group) and serves as a reviewer for the journals Fertility and Sterility, Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Pacific Coast Reproductive Society and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, among many other organizations and societies.

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