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Mindy Christianson, M.D.

Mindy Sue Christianson, M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

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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 Infertility ...read more

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

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Background

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.

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Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Centers & Institutes

Education

Degrees

  • MD, University of Wisconsin Medical School (2006)

Residencies

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Obstetrics and Gynecology (2010)

Fellowships

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Obstetrics and Gynecology (2013)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology / Obstetrics And Gynecology (2012, 2015)

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, Zhao Y, Shoham G, Granot I, Safran A, Khafagy A, Leong M, Shoham Z. Embryo catheter loading and embryo culture techniques: results of a worldwide web-based survey. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2014 Jun 10.

Christianson MS, Wu H, Zhao Y, Yemini M, Leong M, Shoham Z. Metformin use in patients undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment: results of a worldwide web-based survey. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2015 Jan 30.

Christianson MS, Mensah VA, Shen W. Multiple sclerosis at menopause: Potential neuroprotective effects of estrogen. Maturitas. 2015 Feb;80(2):133-139.

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), 2015.

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).

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
  • 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, Maryland OB/Gyn Society, 2009
  • New Researcher Award, North American Menopause Society, 2011
  • Travel Award, Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, 2009
  • First Place Research Poster, Second World Congress of the International Society for Fertility Preservation, 2011
  • McGovern-Tracy Scholar Award for Community Service and Leadership, University of Wisconsin Medical School, 2004
  • Ferring Pharmaceuticals Research Fellowship Award in Fertility Preservation Options, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2012
  • American Medical Women’s Association Community Service Award, 2004
  • Top Doctor Recognition for Reproductive Endocrinology, Baltimore Magazine, 2014
  • Ferring Pharmaceuticals Research Fellowship Award in Fertility Preservation Options, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2012
  • Excellence in Teaching and Mentorship Award for Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2014

Memberships

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

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