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Kara Khanh-Ha D.Nguyen, M.D., M.P.H.

Board Certified

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • Medical Genetics
1210 Broadcasting Road
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Reading, PA 19610
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Biography

About Kara Khanh-Ha D. Nguyen, M.D., M.P.H.

Kara Nguyen, MD, MPH, FACMG, FACOG, is one of only a few physicians who are triple-board certified in obstetrics & gynecology, reproductive endocrinology & infertility, and medical genetics. She earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and her Master in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. After an accelerated 3-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Christiana Care Hospital in Delaware, Dr. Nguyen completed her subspecialty training in medical genetics at the National Institutes of Health. At the Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, she was the first OB/GYN to be accepted into the competitive Clinical Investigator Training Program where her research in stem cells was funded by grants from the New England Fertility Society, National Institutes of Health, and Harvard Stem Cell Institute. She served as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Director at PinnacleHealth and played an active role in the quality assurance committee.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships and is a member of the Central PA Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and has been an invited speaker for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, Good Day PA, and ABC27 News.

Dr. Nguyen joined Shady Grove Fertility in 2017 and now serves the greater central Pennsylvania region. Her professional areas of expertise include oncofertility, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, in vitro fertilization, donor egg, fertility preservation, and patient-centered LGBT fertility treatments. Her signature approach to patient care has earned her the Patients’ Choice and Compassionate Doctor awards on Vitals.com and Honor Roll on Healthgrades.com.

Dr. Nguyen is married with three children and enjoys traveling, photography, skiing, and power yoga.

Education
  • Masters: Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Christiana Care Hospital in Delaware
  • Fellowship: Medical Genetics, National Institutes of Health
  • Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Boston IVF/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
Awards & Recognition
  • Honor Roll, HealthGrades.com, 2015, 2016
  • Patients' Choice and Compassionate Doctor Award, Vitals.com, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Clinical Investigator Training Program Award, Harvard Catalyst, 2012
  • New England Fertility Society/Ferring Pharmaceuticals Research Grant, 2010
  • NIH Extramural Contraception and Infertility Research Grant, 2010
  • ACOG/JSOG Shingo Exchange Program, 2009
  • NIH Intramural ACGME Grant, 2008-2010
  • Christiana Care Health System Medical-Dental Staff Clinical Discussion Award, 2008
  • William H. Slate Research Award, 2008
  • NIH/American Society of Reproductive Immunologists Travel Award, 2008
  • Student Apple Teaching Award, 2007
Q&A

Q & A

Q: Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?

A:

Being a doctor allows me to take on different roles, all of which are challenging. Science was always fascinating to me and medicine is a very gratifying application of it. There are so many ways to make a difference and help improve a person's quality of life. As a doctor who specializes in helping patients build their families, it is a privilege to help them achieve their goals for health and ultimately fulfill their identities as parents.

Q: Who inspires you?

A:

I have a son and twin girls who inspire me every day to be a better person for them and for myself. They remind me every day of what is important and to take time to really be present in the moment. They make sure there is plenty of laughter in my life!

Q: What's on your bucket list?

A:

My family loves to travel and giving back is very important. My husband grew up overseas and I have worked in Africa, South America and Asia on several projects. We both would love to return to the countries in which we grew up.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A:

I love to watch movies, learn salsa dancing, and practice power yoga. I like learning new languages and trying new foods. I also have dabbled in sailing but don't trust me to tie a proper knot!

Q: What about you would surprise most people?

A:

I was planning to be a gynecologic oncologist because I loved the surgery but late in my application process a very close mentor told me to withdraw my application because my skill set was a better match as a fertility specialist. I have been thanking him ever since! I love what I do and couldn't imagine doing anything else.

Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?

A:

Shady Grove Fertility exhibits excellence on every level. Every team member is committed to provide the most compassionate and patient-centered care while incorporating the most evidence-based reproductive medicine available. Shady Grove Fertility has been a leader in patient advocacy, proven research, and innovative approaches to building a unique culture that continues to redefine how fertility care is delivered.

Reviews

Reviews

"My husband and I had given up hope on completing our family. We had previously visited another reproductive specialist in the area and had a horrible experience. We were exhausted from trying, we were heartbroken year after year. My husband and I agreed this would be our final stop. We saw Dr. Nguyen and she looked through our history with a fine tooth comb, adjusted a few things, and then we got pregnant - and here's the miracle - WE STAYED PREGNANT. Graduating to our regular OB was bittersweet. I was so grateful for the first trimester with Dr. Nguyen and her staff - they reassured us and stood by us the entire time. I feel so grateful to have been with them for the majority of our first trimester. They made our dreams come true."

"Dr. Nguyen is extremely knowledgeable in infertility. She is very patient in answering questions and explaining the process. I had an excellent experience with Dr. Nguyen, who also helped us become pregnant with our first child. It was hard to leave her practice as we "graduated" to seeing an OB/GYN for the remainder of my pregnancy because she honestly made us feel like family. I was recommended to her by a friend and would recommend her to anyone else seeking infertility help."

"I am 38 years old and have had trouble conceiving for almost two years. I had gone to a couple of fertility doctors who just told me there was nothing wrong with me and that they couldn't do anything to help me get pregnant. Then I met, Dr. Nguyen and her staff. They were the kindest people I have ever met in the medical field. Not only did they make me feel at ease but they also treated me with respect and did everything to help me get pregnant. I believe that it was Dr. Nguyen and her staff that help make my dreams come true!!!"

"I was under the care of Dr. Kara Nguyen during our journey through IVF. I had concerns about IVF initially as it related to my religious views. Dr. Nguyen was extremely compassionate and understanding. She worked on a tailored plan specifically for me and my spouse that honored our religious views and put us at ease. From our first consultation to our last visit (once I was 9 weeks pregnant!!), Dr. Nguyen was so supportive, helpful, and kind... Dr. Nguyen also has a wonderful staff who were so patient in walking us through the entire process and were always available to take our questions and phone calls. They made our experience truly wonderful and we're so thankful to them all!"

Publications

Publications

  • Nguyen KHD, Zimon AE, Thornton KL. Preimplantation genetic screening and diagnosis. In: Bayer SA, Alper MA, Penzias AS, eds. The Boston IVF Handbook of Infertility. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Informa Healthcare, 2012: 107-116.
  • Brezina P, Christianson MS, Nguyen KHD, Siegel A, Benner AT, Kearns WG. Maternal XX/X chromosome mosaicism in donor oocyte in vitro fertilization (IVF). Middle East Fertility Society Journal. In press (accepted 3/6/12).
  • Nguyen KHD and Alper MA. Pre-IVF evaluation of the infertile woman. In: Ginsburg ES and Racowsky C, eds. In Vitro Fertilization: A Comprehensive Guide. 1st ed. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 2012: in press.

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