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Coronavirus Outbreak (February 12, 2020)

Since December 2019, an outbreak of infections with Cononavirus has develpoed in Wuhan, China, and has spread world wide, typically by travelers returning from China.  We would like to share the CDC guidance and update on Coronavirus screening flowchart:

 https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00427.asp  

 

It is equally,  if not more important to reduce the stress once you become pregnant (January 24, 2020)

Stress Reduction
Stress is associated with infertility with negative impacts to eggs and sperms. In addition, researchers found that “larger portions of women pregnant with fetuses with congenital heart disease (CHD) tested positive for stress, anxiety, and depression and this was tied to impairments in fetal brain development.” (JAMA Pediatrics. Published online 01/13/2020)

 

We would like to share with you some cutting-edge medical information (January 17, 2020)

Vitamin D Deficiency
Recent medical research (J Clin Endocrinol Metab Feb 2019) revealed Vitamin D deficiency is associated with lower ovulation rate and a lower chance of live birth rate in patients with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCO). We have been checking serum Vitamin D level for all of our patients and will continue to do so. James Chuong, MD

Diet has rapid effects on sperm quality 
“Diet can influence sperm quality after just a few weeks according to a study from Sweden’s Linkoping University. The study reinforces the link between nutrition and male reproduction and could have important implications fro those undergoing fertility treatment”.

 

We sincerely wish you a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous Year of 2020 (December 2019)  

For those who became pregnant in 2019, all of us at Cooper are extremely proud of you, and are so thrilled that you have stepped into another milestone in your life and trust that you and your partner will make the most caring and terrific parents.  For those who did not become pregnant or undergo the treatment, please understand that the fertility journey can be long and challenging.  We are going to work together hand in hand, so that your dream of building families will come true in the very near future.  

 

 

Dr. James Chuong attended the 15th Assisted Reproductive Technology World Congress in New York City, New York (October 2019) 

The aims of this meeting are to present and discuss clinical and up-to-date scientific developments in Assisted Reproductive Technology; To share protocols and knowledge; To find areas for future multidisciplinary scientific research and clinical collaboration; To spread education on Assisted Reproductive Technology. This will be achieved by bringing together world’s leading experts, young scientists and physicians. Dr. Chuong will share the cutting edge information with each couple as deemed relevant to individual’s situation.

 

Cooper Institute has updated its Website  (June 2019)

To discover how Dr. James Chuong, named Top Doctor in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility by Houstonia, and his highly experienced team can make your dream of building families come true, please visit our new website at: www.cooperinstitutearm.com. To make an appointment, please call (713) 771-9771.

 

Dr. James Chuong was a volunteer at the Tzu-Chi Foundation Health Fair (April 2019) 

Tzui-Chi Foundation is an international charity organization.  Although members come from all religious backgrounds, they share a common goal – to serve humanity with Great Love.  The Foundation has hold health fairs periodically at various location across the US and the world for general public especially the needed families. The one held at its Houston headquarter on April 28, 2019 was a great success.  Dr. James Chuong joined other volunteer physicians of various specialities to provide health services and health education.     

 

Cooper Institute has expanded its services for LGBTG Family Building (February 2019)

Provide professional and supportive services including medical, psychological, ethical and legal aspects.  
1. Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) using donor sperms in conjunction with ovulation induction.
2. IVF using one partner’s eggs and donor sperms to create embryos, which will be transferred into the other partner’s uterus. 
3. Assist the gay couple to find the donor eggs and the surrogate to build their families.
4. Freeze eggs/sperms to preserve future fertility for the transgender couple.

 

Dr. James Chuong attended the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Denver, Colorado (October 2018) 

The theme of this year’s meeting was “Focus on the Next Generation”.  It focuses on the outcomes of various treatments, highlights and promotes the next generation of professionals in reproductive medicine, and introduces new technologies and up-and-coming research.  The presentation ranges from the latest molecular and genetic technologies to advocacy for the patients with a focus on access to care.  There were extensive discussions on cutting-edge research in reproductive medicine as related to fertility diagnosis and treatment, including the area of therapeutic editing of the human embryo, politics and ethics in assisted reproductive technology,and new methods of pre-implantation genetic testing (PGT).  Dr. James Chuong will share the information with each couple as deemed relevant to individual’s situation.       

 

Cooper Institute appeared in the Village News/Southwest News  (September, 2018)

Cooper Institute offers cutting-edge infertility treatment, including in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and provides the highest level of quality control of the IVF laboratory.  Dr. Chuong cares for his patients from his heart. He is detailed oriented in his approach and creates an individualized plan for patients.  He and his empathetic professional staff provide world-class services with top-notch success.  At Cooper, couples have achieved pregnancy in even the most difficult cases who were advised to use donor eggs previously.  The Institute has also been praised for its experiences in taking care of patients with advanced age and its extremely efficient approach.  Trained at prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and previously on the faculty at Baylor college of Medicine, Dr. Chuong has been in fertility practice for more than 30 years.

 

Dr. James Chuong attended Medical Mission Trip to Peru (August, 2018)

Dr. Chuong joined an organization ” VI Misión Médica Internacional – Amazonas 2018″ for a Medical Mission trip to Amazonas Region, one of the poorest area in Peru in August 2018.  The aim of the organization is to improve the healthcare of the under-served people in the region by providing them with direct basic medical, surgical, and dental care as well as providing training to local providers.  Along with more than 200 volunteers including 25 physicians and dentists, the organization took care of 1,500 villagers in the area who otherwise do not have access to basic healthcare services.

 

Dr. James Chuong attended the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in San Antonio, Texas (October 2017) 

The theme of this year’s meeting was “Advancing Reproductive Medicine to Build Healthy Families”.  It emcompasses all aspects of reproductive medicine and technology, with a special focus on health.  The presentation ranges from the latest molecular and genetic technologies to advocacy for the patients with a focus on access to care.  There were extensive discussions on cutting-edge research in reproductive medicine as related to fertility diagnosis and treatment, especially in the area of embryo biopsy and novel methods of pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS).  Dr. James Chuong will share the information with each couple as deemed relevant to individual’s situation.       
   

 

OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU (AUGUST 2017)

Hurricane Harvey has stalled over the Texas Gulf Coast, and has down poured more than 4 feet of rain in some areas over the past few days.  We at Cooper wanted you to know we’re thinking of you during this extraordinarily difficult time.  We can only imagine what a challenging experience this must be for you, and hope that you and your loved ones are safe.  Thinking of you and wishing you the best.

 

Addition of a State-of-the-Art Ultrasound Equipment (May 2017)

The Sonix Touch Q+ Ultrasound System, the Analogic Ultrasound from BK Ultrasound Inc. of Massachusetts provides the clearest images and the fastest measurement of follicles, uterus, fetus, etc.  It allows us to continue providing the most accurate and efficient fertility care for our patients.  

 

Dr. James Chuong, Named Top Doctor in Reproductive Endocrinology by Rate MDs (January 2017)

 

Dr. James Chuong attended the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah (October 2016)

The theme of this year’s meeting was “Scaling New Heights in Reproductive Medicine”. It encompassed all aspects of reproductive medicine, technology, and health. The program was a comprehensive and stimulating balance between an exploration of the latest molecular and genetic techniques and how reproduction affects public health on a global scale. There were extensive discussions on new biopsy/genetic testing of embryos and freezing of unfertilized eggs, donor egg bank, etc. Dr. James Chuong will share the information with each couple as deemed relevant to individual’s situation.

Dr. James Chuong was a volunteer at the Tzu-Chi Foundation Health Fair (May 2016)

Tzui-Chi Foundation is an international charity organization. Although members come from all religious backgrounds, they share a common goal – to serve humanity with Great Love. The Foundation has hold health fairs periodically at various location across the US and the world for general public especially the needed families. The one held at its Houston headquarter on May 22, 2016 was a great success. Dr. James Chuong joined other volunteer physicians of various specialties to provide health services and health education.

State of the Art Laser Equipment for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) (January 2016)

We have recently purchased a Laser equipment in the embryology laboratory which allows us to perform Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) procedure. It is a technique that provides us with information about an embryo before it is transferred to the uterus (preimplantation). It is different from amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling which are used to determine fetal abnormalities nine weeks or more after implantation (post-implantation). PGD technology allows us to identify single gene defects (cystic fibrosis, Huntington’s disease etc), chromosomal translocations (Robertsonian, Reciprocal) as well as numerical chromosome abnormalities (Down syndrome, Turner syndrome) in the early embryo.

Dr. James Chuong attended the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Baltimore (October 2015)

The theme of this year’s meeting was “Steering Reproductive Medicine to the Forefront of Global Public Health” addressed all aspects of reproductive medicine throughout the life cycle of women and men, focusing on how reproduction affects health and health affects reproduction. The presentations covered a wide array of topics ranging from environmental basis for infertility, genetic causes of infertility to biopsy/genetic testing of embryos and freezing of unfertilized eggs. Dr. James Chuong will share the information with each patient as deemed relevant to each couple’s situation.

Dr. James Chuong attended the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Baltimore (October 2015)

Houstonia gathered the names of all state board certified doctors in Houston and prepared postcards to distribute to those physicians-over 15,000 in total. They asked each doctor to recommend two physicians in any medical specialty by casting votes on our secure web site, asking that they consider peers with whom they would entrust their own families. After the nominations were tallied, Houstonia compiled the top vote recipients in each specialty and checked to make sure all physicians represented on Top Doctors list were currently certified in their fields by their respective medical licensing boards.

Dr. James Chuong was a volunteer at the Tzu-Chi Foundation Health Fair (June 2015)

Tzui-Chi Foundation is an international charity organization. Although members come from all religious backgrounds, they share a common goal – to serve humanity with Great Love. The Foundation has hold health fairs periodically at various location across the US and the world for general public especially the needed families.The one held at its Houston headquarter on May 30, 2015 was a great success. Dr. James Chuong joined other volunteer physicians of various specialities to provide health services and health education.

Dr. James Chuong was interviewed by Light and Salt Association to discuss the application of new reproductive technology (Cryopreservation of Unfertilized Eggs) in Cancer patients (April 2015)

Light and Salt Association, an affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure of breast cancer, is a cancer prevention and research institute in Texas. During a TV interview, Dr.Chuong addressed the issue of fertility preservation and reproduction in cancer patients facing chemotherapy/radiation therapy which often result in reduced fertility. Due to recent technological advances, oocyte cryopreservation has now become a viable option prior to cancer treatment. In addition, the new technology can be applied to single women approaching advanced age and those who have moral or ethical objections to embryo freezing.

Dr. James Chuong, Named Top Doctor in Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility by Houstonia (September 2013 &2014)

Houstonia gathered the names of all state board certified doctors in Houston and prepared postcards to distribute to those physicians-over 15,000 in total. They asked each doctor to recommend two physicians in any medical specialty by casting votes on our secure web site, asking that they consider peers with whom they would entrust their own families. After the nominations were tallied, Houstonia compiled the top vote recipients in each specialty and checked to make sure all physicians represented on Top Doctors list were currently certified in their fields by their respective medical licensing boards.

Fertility Treatment not linked to ovarian cancer (May 2013)

A new study suggests women trying to get pregnant have one less reason for worry. It was conducted by the world renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where Dr. James Chuong received his reproductive endocrinology and infertility training in the mid-80s. The research was published in the Journal Fertility and Sterility, and suggests that fertility treatments are not linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer for women, though previous studies conducted in the 1990s suggested otherwise. Comparing the medical history of 1,028 women with ovarian cancer and 872 women who did not have cancer, researchers found 24 percent of women who did not have cancer had undergone fertility treatments, while 17 percent of cancer patients had used them. Combined with other risk factors, including age and use of birth control pills, the rate of ovarian cancer was the same between both groups.

Cooper Institute appeared in the Focus Women (October/November, 2012):

Infertility is a disease affecting approximately 7.3 million couples in the U.S. alone; around 12% of all the reproductive-age population. It affects men and women. One in twenty women will need help getting pregnant and should seek for physician’s advices, particularly if the problem lasts more than 12 months. Sometimes as simple as lifestyle and diet changes will improve a person’s prospects for conceiving. More difficult cases may turn to fertility drugs and assisted reproductive technology (ART). As Dr. Chuong of the Cooper Institute puts the new ART techniques “to help older and younger couples alike that may have a deficiency that inhibits the ability to conceive one’s own is a very satisfying contribution.” His many satisfied patients could not agree more (November 2012)

Cooper Institute appeared in Village News/Southwest News July 2012 YOUR DREAM OF BUILDING A FAMILY WILL COME TRUE

Cooper Institute for Advanced Reproductive Medicine in Houston offers the cutting edge of infertility treatment, including IVF, intracytoplasmic injection of sperm (ICSI), testicular aspiration of sperms (TESE), and has achieved among the highest pregnancy rates. As its sister facility in New Jersey (www.ccivf.com) led by Dr. Jerome H. Check, a world renowned infertility specialist, Cooper is specialized in patients with advanced age and high FSH. Strictly following the guidelines of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, Cooper’s most comprehensive IVF laboratory offers all the state-of-the-art technologies with the finest equipment available (August 1, 2012).

Dr. James Chuong Appeared in Living Magazine, Sugar Land, TX as Super Doc(May 2011)

Cooper Institute offers cutting-edge infertility treatment, including in-vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), donor egg/sperm or surrogacy, and provides the highest level of quality control in embryology laboratories. Dr. James Chuong, a board-certified fertility specialist, is the Institute’s Medical Director. Dr. Chuong cares for his patients from his heart. He is detailed oriented in his approach and creates an individualized plan for patients. He and his empathetic professional staff provide world-class services with top-notch success. At Cooper, couples have achieved pregnancy in even the most difficult cases who were advised to use donor eggs/sperms previously. The Institute has also been praised for its experiences in taking care of patients with advanced age and its extremely efficient and reasonable cost approach. Trained at prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and previously on the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Dr. Chuong has been conducting reproductive endocrinology and infertility clinical and research activities for more than 28 years. He has received several national grants and merit awards, and has published and presented extensively throughout the country (May 31, 2011).

Cooper Institute Appeared in Houston Life styles & Homes , Houston, TX Third Party Reproduction (Family Health Section)(April 2011)

Third party reproduction refers to the use of eggs, sperm, or embryos that have been donated by a third person (donor) to enable an infertile individual or couple (intended recipient) to become parents. Donors may be known or anonymous to the intended recipient. Third party reproduction also includes traditional surrogacy and gestational carrier arrangements. The options available through third party reproduction provide many couples the opportunity to make their dream of parenthood a reality. The comprehensive nature of the screening and counseling of intended parents and their donors or surrogates ensures that the process meets the needs of all involved. Third party reproduction is a complex process. As it is more widely used, there continues to be a broader understanding of the ethical, moral and legal issues involved. The ultimate goal of physicians, mental health professionals, and attorneys specializing in reproductive law is to enable this process to move forward as smoothly as possible and bring joy and satisfaction to all parties involved in ensuring the conception and delivery of a healthy child (April 25, 2011).

Cooper Institute Appeared in In Town Magazine, Houston, TX: Medical Center Journal (Oct 2010)

Infertility is a disease affecting approximately 7.3 million couples in the U.S. alone; around 12% of all the reproductive-age population. It affects men and women. One in twenty women will need help getting pregnant and should seek for physician’s advices, particularly if the problem lasts more than 12 months. Sometimes as simple as lifestyle and diet changes will improve a person’s prospects for conceiving. More difficult cases may turn to fertility drugs and assisted reproductive technology (ART). As Dr. Chuong of the Cooper Institute puts the new ART techniques “to help older and younger couples alike that may have a deficiency that inhibits the ability to conceive one’s own is a very satisfying contribution.” His many satisfied patients could not agree more (October 4, 2010).

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Dr. Chuong’s Comments on the Birth of Quintuplets in Houston: Interviewed by Southern Chinese Daily News(august 2010)

Houston is well-versed in multiple-birth babies, having been the site of the first octupletes in the US. Recently a Houstonian, Ms. Real-Mayorga gave birth to five babies one day shy of 30 weeks. The weight of the babies ranged from 2 ½ to nearly 4 pounds. Fortunately all the babies survived although still faced challenges. They do not have the complications low birth weight babies often experience, however, they will have to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit for at least 6 to 8 weeks. Ms. Real-Mayorga did take fertility drugs to improve her ovulation, but dud not do intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF).
He emphasized the importance of monitoring the ovarian responses via folliculogram and female hormonal testing during the process of ovulation induction. Folliculogram tells us the number and the size of each follicles via pelvic ultrasound examinations and female hormonal levels in the serum tell us the biological activities and maturity of the eggs. If the fallopian tubes are patent, and the partner has satisfactory results of semen analysis, it is important to keep in mind that the chance of having multiple pregnancies is high even the couple just tries on their own without undergoing IUI or IVF. The couple must be given the option of having the cycle cancelled and be given lower dosages of fertility drugs during the subsequent cycles to avoid multiple pregnancies.

Cooper Institute appeared in the Village News/Southwest News: YOUR DREAM OF BUILDING A FAMILY WILL COME TRUE(September 7,2010)

Cooper Institute for Advanced Reproductive Medicine in Houston offers the cutting edge of infertility treatment, including IVF, intracytoplasmic injection of sperm (ICSI), testicular aspiration of sperms (TESE), and has achieved among the highest pregnancy rates. As its sister facility in New Jersey (www.ccivf.com) led by Dr. Jerome H. Check, a world renowned infertility specialist, Cooper is specialized in patients with advanced age and high FSH. Strictly following the guidelines of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, Cooper’s most comprehensive IVF laboratory offers all the state-of-the-art technologies with the finest equipment available.

American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting

Dr. C. James Chuong, Medical Director and Dr. Li-Wen Yang, Embryology Laboratory Director of the Institute attended the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in Atlanta, Georgia in October, 2009. ASRM is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the art, science, and practice of reproductive medicine. The Society accomplishes its mission through the pursuit of excellence in education and research and through advocacy on behalf of patients, physicians, and affiliated healthcare providers. Drs. Chuong and Yang had the opportunities to have extensive discussions on cutting edge technologies in the treatment of infertility, IVF, and related disorders with other experts from different parts of the world (November 1, 2009).
Unlike some IVF centers, we do not exclude patients with a history of poor responses, failed IVF cycles, elevated FSH levels, advanced maternal age or abnormal clomiphene challenge test. Please refer to the following link for a list of selected patients with one or more of the above problems who ended up with successful pregnancy (September 1, 2009) .

http://docs.google.com/a/cooperinstitutearm.com/Doc?id=ddkbxgvw_16d5zcwjdk&btr=EmailImport

The staff of Cooper Institute for Advanced Reproductive Medicine would like to thank all our patients and their families for their patience and understanding this week as we work through the issues created by Hurricane Ike. Our staff work diligently and coordinated with building engineers and hospital laboratory during and after the storm. For those who have frozen embryos and frozen sperms in our laboratory, they can be reassured that everything was kept in the excellent condition and there was not any damage to our clinical and laboratory facilities. At Cooper, we strive to provide the best possible care and patient’s treatment success and satisfaction are always our top concern. (September 19, 2008)
Strictly following the guidelines of The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), The Cooper Reproductive Laboratory at Cooper Institute is equipped with the finest equipment available to provide all the state-of-the-art services. Our laboratory has participated in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) program (www.cms.hhs.gov/clia) for its Hormonal and Andrology services since its establishment in 1997. The objective of the CLIA program is to ensure quality laboratory testing. On July 23, 2008, we had a site visit and inspection for the certificate renewal. Dr. C. James Chuong, Laboratory Director and Dr. Li-Wen Yang, Laboratory Supervisor have worked diligently to ensure the laboratory will continue providing our patients with the highest level of quality control in all the services. (July 25, 2008)
For those having difficulty in getting pregnant who have high serum Follicular Stimulating Hormone (FSH) with or without advanced age, we encourage you to visit www.highfshinfo.com to obtain more information about high FSH. We are listed as one of the “High FSH Friendly RE’s” Although it is one of the most difficult situations to deal with in the fertility field, we strive to to take various approaches to work with our patients. Successful stories can be found in our new web site which is currently under construction (June 20, 2008).
We have recently reorganized our laboratory. Dr. Li-Wen Yang , a highly regarded senior embryologist who has been working in the IVF Lab for the past sixteen years, has been appointed as our new ART Lab Supervisor. Prior to coming to Houston, she was the ART Lab Manager with Chicago IVF. Dr. Dmitri Dozortsev, Director of Omni-Med Laboratories, a well recognized embryologist, works with our patients who need Preimplantation Genetics Diagnosis (PGD) services. PGD is an advanced laboratory technique used in conjunction with IVF that allows us to test for specific chromosomal or genetic problems in the embryo before pregnancy begins. With reorganization, our recent IVF pregnancy rate has been even higher than before: 81.3% had positive pregnancy test; 56.3% had fetal heart beat via ultrasound. Recent success also includes three patients of 42-43 year-old, who became pregnant using their own eggs at their first attempt at Cooper. As our sister facility, Cooper Center for IVF at Marlton, New Jersey www.ccivf.com led by Jerome H. Check, M.D., Ph.D., a world renowned infertility specialist, we are specialized in patients with advanced age and high FSH. At Cooper, our patients continue receiving the cutting edge of infertility treatment along with highly professional care from Dr. Chuong and his most caring staff.

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