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Serena H. Chen, M.D.

Serena H. Chen, M.D., is Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. In addition, she is Director of the Ovum Donation Program at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas.

Serena H. Chen, M.D., is Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. In addition, she is Director of the Ovum Donation Program at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas.

“In 1990, when I got into reproductive medicine, it really was the pure science that fascinated me. Today, I find that it is the interaction between people—my patients—and that same ever-advancing technology that is so complex and so interesting. It challenges me to be a better physician in every possible way.”

Dr. Chen stresses that reproductive medicine has advanced dramatically, and often presents couples with complex choices that can only be made on an individual basis: “Having a family is, for many people, the most important thing in their lives. Ultimately, the patients have to live with the things that we do, and feel comfortable with the outcome.”

In addition to her clinical interests, Dr. Chen has also studied bioethical issues in assisted reproduction, and is committed to raising public and physician awareness of issues relating to conception, problems conceiving and fertility therapy.

Dr. Chen received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, and her medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. After completion of her fellowship, she served as an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as an Attending at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She then served as the director of ovum donation at Long Island IVF and attending physician at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, before arriving at Saint Barnabas in 1999.

Dr. Chen has published multiple papers and has been the recipient of scientific grants, including the prestigious Stetler Research Grant and the Johns Hopkins Institutional Research Grant. She also has received an award for achievement in laparoscopic surgery from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and a member of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists. She has served as a reviewer for scientific journals such as Fertility and Sterility, the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, and Reproductive BioMedicine Online. She works actively with patient advocacy groups such as INCIID, RESOLVE and the American Fertility Association, serving on the Physician Advisory Boards, writing patient articles, hosting online chats, serving as a Web Angel on the AFA and IRMS message boards and speaking at many patient education seminars. In 2005, the AFA recognized these efforts with a Family Building Award.

Dr. Chen has 2 sons who love to play baseball.