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Mindy Christianson, MD

Mindy Sue Christianson, MD
Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Female
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410-583-2750

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Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

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Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Centers & Institutes

  • Johns Hopkins Fertility Center

Expertise

Adolescent Fertility Preservation, Endometriosis, Fertility before and after Cancer Treatment, Fibroids, Gynecology and Obstetrics, In Vitro Fertilization, Infertility, Menopause, Pediatric- Ob/Gyn, Polycystic Ovarian Disease, Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility

Research Interests

Fertility preservation for females facing cancer or other gonadotoxic treatment; Ovarian tissue cryopreservation; Menopause education

Biography

Mindy Christianson, M.D., Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, was born in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with undergraduate and medical degrees. She completed her Gynecology and Obstetrics (OB/Gyn) residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She recently joined the faculty after completing fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Christianson has an active clinical practice in infertility, reproductive endocrinology and reproductive surgery.  Her clinical areas of expertise include in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other fertility treatments, fertility preservation for cancer patients, and surgical treatment of reproductive issues such as uterine fibroids and endometriosis. She also sees patients with polycystic ovary syndrome, premature ovarian failure and those experiencing severe menopause symptoms.

Her primary research interest is fertility preservation for females undergoing gonadotoxic treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation prior to cancer treatment. She has extensive experience in helping females preserve their fertility via embryo, oocyte or ovarian tissue cryopreservation. She is currently working with Dr. Jeffrey Lukish in Pediatric Surgery on an innovative project involving ovarian tissue cryopreservation for young girls with cancer. She has been awarded a Research Fellowship Award in Fertility Preservation Options from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. She has also received international recognition for her research examining the experience of young breast cancer patients regarding fertility preservation.

Dr. Christianson has recently been accepted into the CREST Program (Clinical Research/Reproductive Scientist Training) sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Clinical Research Training Program at Duke University, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She is also very active in teaching and helped develop a formal curriculum for OB/Gyn residents in menopause medicine with Dr. Wen Shen. In 2011 she received the New Researcher Award from the North American Menopause Society for her needs assessment of American OB/Gyn residents regarding menopause education.

Languages

  • English

Memberships

  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pacific Coast Reproductive Society
  • American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
  • American Society of Reproductive Medicine
  • Fertility Preservation Special Interest Group
  • International Society for Fertility Preservation
  • North American Menopause Society
Additional Resources +
  • Education +

    Training

    • University of Wisconsin Medical School ( Madison WI ) (2006)

    Residencies

    • The Johns Hopkins Hospital/Obstetrics and Gynecology ( Baltimore MD ) (2010)

    Fellowships

    • The Johns Hopkins Hospital/Obstetrics and Gynecology ( Baltimore MD ) (2013)

    Certifications

    • Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2012)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    Peer-Reviewed Publications:

    Christianson MS, Barker MA, Schouweiler C, Olive DL, Lindheim SR. Comparison of stimulation characteristics using either reconstituted recombinant gonadotropins (rFSH) or cartridge rFSH with a pen device in donor oocyte cycles. Current Medical Research and Opinion 23(5):865-870, 2007.

    Barker MA, Christianson MS, Schouweiler C, Evans M, Olive DL, Lindheim SR. Experience using a flexible regimen of GnRH-antagonists and a "step-up" of additional gonadotropins in donor oocyte cycles. Current Medical Research and Opinion 23(9): 2297-2302, 2007.

    Zweifel J, Christianson MS, Jeagher A, Olive DL, Lindheim SR. Needs assessment for couples donating to stem cell research: a call for guidelines. Fertility and Sterility 88(3):560-564, 2007.

    Christianson MS, Barker MA, Lindheim SR. Overcoming the challenging cervix: techniques to access the uterine cavity. Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease 12(1):24-31, 2008.

    Wei A, Christianson MS, Mijaal K, Lindheim SR. Comparison of cycle stimulation characteristics and clinical outcomes with GnRH-antagonists and GnRH-agonists (flare) in donor oocyte cycles using the donor as her own control. Journal of Reproductive Medicine 53(3):147-50, 2008.

    Christianson MS and Yates M. Management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in the Non-infertility Patient. Postgraduate Obstetrics and Gynecology 31(11):1-7, 2011.

    Brezina P, Purcell O, Ducie J, Swelstad B, Yates M, Christianson M, Kolp L. Breakage of Suture Material Leading to Fascial Dehiscence. Middle East Fertility Society Journal 16(1):87-89, 2011.

    Brezina PR, Christianson MS, Nguyen KD, Siegel A, Benner AT, Kearns WG. Maternal XX/X chromosome mosaicism in donor oocyte in vitro fertilization. Middle East Fertility Society Journal 17(2):129-133, 2012.

    Christianson MS, Yates M. Scavenger receptor class B type 1 gene polymorphisms and female fertility. Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity 19(2):115-20, 2012.

    Christianson MS, Ducie J, Altman K and Shen W. Needs assessment of American obstetrics and gynecology residents regarding menopause education: areas for improvement and learning preferences. Menopause 20(11):1120-5, 2013.

    Christianson MS, Shen W. Osteoporosis prevention and management: non-pharmacologic and life-style options. Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology 56(4):703-10, 2013.

    Resetkova N, Christianson MS. Fertility preservation for prepubertal girls: update and challenges. Current Obstetrics and Gynecology Reports 2:218–225, 2013.

    Christianson MS, Kolp LA, Khafagy A, Yates M. Experience of young breast cancer patients regarding fertility preservation: need for improved counseling and referral. (in submission), 2013.

    Book Chapters:

    Christianson MS and Wallach E. Infertility. In: Hurt, K et al (Ed). The Johns Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Fourth Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010, p. 421-437.

    Christianson MS and Zacur H. Menopause. In: Hurt, K et al (Ed.). The Johns Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Fourth Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010, p. 507-518.

    Christianson MS and Muasher S. Luteal Phase Supplementation. In: Dubey, A (Ed). Infertility: Management and Treatment. New Delhi: Jaypee Brothers, Medical Publishers, 2012, p. 333-341.

    Duke CM and Christianson MS. Infertility. In: Johnson, C et al (Ed). The Johns Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Fifth Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013 (in press).

    Christianson MS and Wallach E. The Ethics of Pelvic Surgery. In: TeLinde’s Operative Gynecology, Eleventh Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013 (in press).

    Christianson MS, Tobler K and Zacur H. Operative Hysteroscopy. In: TeLinde’s Operative Gynecology, Eleventh Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013 (in press).

  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +

    Honors

    • Scholar, Clinical Reproductive Scientist Research Training (CREST) Scholars Program; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine; 2013
    • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Ferring Pharmaceuticals Research Fellowship Award in Fertility Preservation Options; 2012
    • First Place Research Poster, Second World Congress of the International Society for Fertility Preservation; 2011               
    • New Researcher Award, North American Menopause Society; 2011        
    • John G. Griffith Gynecologic Training Award for excellence as a chief resident on the Gynecology service, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; 2009
    • Resident Research Project Award, David A. Nagey Resident Research Day, Maryland OB/Gyn Society; 2009               
    • Travel Award, Pacific Coast Reproductive Society; 2009
    • American Medical Women’s Association Community Service Award; 2004
    • McGovern-Tracy Scholar Award for Community Service and Leadership, University of Wisconsin Medical School; 2004
  • Videos & Media +

    Videos

    Meet our Experts - Dr. Mindy Christianson

    Dr. Christianson is a reproductive endocrinologist whose clinical practice focuses on assisting couples with the infertility process and helping to preserve fertility in for cancer patients.

    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

    Innovations in Gynecology, Winter 2014, To preserve fertility in the youngest oncology patients

    http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/publications/innovations_in_gynecology/innovations_in_gynecology_winter_2014/to_preserve_fertility_in_the_youngest_oncology_patients

    US News and World Report  May 17, 2013  Is menopause overlooked in US medical schools?

    http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/05/17/is-menopause-overlooked-in-us-medical-schools

  • Upcoming Events +
  • Contact & Locations +

    Locations

    Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station
    10753 Falls Road
    Pavillion II Room 350
    Baltimore, MD 21093
    Phone: 410-583-2750
    Appointment Phone: 410-583-2750
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    Department/Division

    • Gynecology and Obstetrics - Reproductive Endocrinology

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