Randall R. Odem, MD

Randall Odem, MD

Current Position

Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Division of Reproductive Endocrinology

Division Chief, Reproductive Endocrinology

Specialty Areas

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Patients Seen At:

Washington University Medical Center

Infertility and Reproductive Medicine Center

4444 Forest Park Avenue, Suite 3100

St. Louis, MO 63108

Phone: (314) 286-2400

Fax: (314) 286-2455

Mailing Address

Washington University School of Medicine

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

660 S. Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8513

St. Louis, MO 63110

Areas of Clinical Interest

General infertility, ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization, IVF, recurrent miscarriage, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, ICSI, laparoscopic surgery, hysteroscopic surgery for abnormal bleeding, polyps, fibroids, developmental abnormalities, male infertility, endometriosis, amenorrhea, anovulation, ob/gyn, women’s health.

Board Certification

Obstetrics and Gynecology — Certified

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility — Certified

Medical Education

B.A.: General Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1978

Medical School: University Of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1981

Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Illinois Hospitals, Chicago, Illinois, 1985

Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1987

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Major or Recent Publications/Awards


Listed in America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, 2002-2010

Listed in Best Doctors in America, (Best Doctors, Inc), 2002-2010

ACOG-CREOG National Faculty Award, 2006

Selected Journal Articles

Journal Articles

Jungheim, ES, Ryan, GL, Levens, ED,Cunningham, A, Macones,GA, Carson, KR, Beltsos, AN, and Odem, RR: Embryo transfer practices in the United States: a survey of clinics registered with the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Fertil. Steril, In Press

Cervinski, MA, Lockwood, CM, Ferguson, AM, Odem, RR, Stenman, UH, Alfthan, H, Grenache, DG, and Gronowski, AM: Qualitative point-of-care and over-the-counter urine hCG devices differentially detect the hCG variants of early pregnancy, Clinica Chimica Acta, 2009, 406:81-5

Lanzendorf, SE, Ratts, VS, Keller, SL, and Odem RR: Disposition of cryopreserved embryos by infertility patients desiring to discontinue storage, Fertil. Steril., ePublished April 2009

Hagemann, AE, Lanzendorf, SE, Jungheim, ES, Chang, AS, Ratts, VS, and Odem, RR: A prospective, randomized, double-blinded study of assisted hatching in women <38

years of age undergoing in vitro fertilization, Fertil. Steril., ePublished April 2009

Jungheim, ES, Ratts, VS, Chang, AS, Moley, KH, Lanzendorf, SE, and Odem, RR: Encouraging patient driven single-embryo transfer. Fertil Steril., 2008, 90;1266-8

Jungheim, ES, Lanzendorf, SE, Odem, RR, Moley, KH, Chang, AS, and Ratts, VS: Morbid obesity is associated with lower clinical pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Fertil Steril. , ePublished 9 Aug 2008

Cunkelman, JA, Lawrence, L, and Odem, RR: Successful treatment of iatrogenic complete cervical occlusion with an innovative use of a multipurpose drainage catheter, Submitted to J of Obstet Gynecol, 2008

Jungheim, ES, Ratts, VS, Chang, AS, Moley, KH, Lanzendorf, SE, and Odem, RR: Encouraging patient driven single-embryo transfer. Fertility and Sterility, Feb 2008 E published ahead

Odem, RR, Moniz, MH, Allsworth, JE, Bleckman, CR, Omicioli, VA, Lawrence, LT and Thacker, PH. Long-term postmenopausal hormone therapy and endometrial cancer risk: a study by Doherty et al.. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 2007, 197:213-4

Ratts, VS, Pauls, RN, Pinto, AB, Kraja, A, Williams, DB and Odem RR. Risk of multiple gestations after ovulation induction in polycystic ovarian syndrome. J Reprod Med, 2007, 52: 896-900

Lanzendorf, S, Ratts, V, Moley, K, Goldstein, J, Dahan, M and Odem, R. A randomized, prospective study comparing laser assisted hatching and assisted hatching using acidified medium. Fertil Steril, 2007, 87:1450-7

Chang, A, Goldstein, J, Moley, K, Odem, R and Dahan, M. Radiologic and surgical demonstration of uterine polyposis. Fertil Steril, 2005, 84:1742-3

Dahan, M, Goldstein, J, Ratts, V, and Odem R., Programming ovulation using estrogens for patients to time intercourse. Obstet. Gynecol, 2005, 105:1209-10

Garcia, J,Kettel, L, Klein, N, Odem, R, Penizas, A, Silverberg, K, Steinkampf, M, Young, J, Young, P, and Mahony, M. An aqueous formulation of recombinant human FSH is more efficient than a freeze-dried cake formulation in clomiphene-resistant women with chronic anovulation. Today’s Therapeutic Trends, 2004, 22:147-65

Chang, A., Siegel, C., Moley, K, Ratts, V, and Odem R. Septate uterus with cervical duplication and longitudinal vaginal septum: a report of five new cases. Fertil Steril, 2004,81:1133-6

Sullivan, A, Lewis, T, Stephenson, M, Odem R, Schreiber, J, Ober, C, and Branch, DW. Pregnancy outcome in recurrent miscarriage patients with skewed X chromosome inactivation. Obstet Gynecol, 2003, 101:1236-42

Pinto AB, Wright JD, Keller SL, Odem RR, Ratts VS, William DB. Ultrasound guided embryo transfer in selected patients undergoing IVF. Fertil Steril 2002; Apr;77 Suppl 3:S19

Auyeung A, Klein M, Ratts VS, Odem RR, Williams DB. Fertility treatment in the forty and older women. J of Assisted Reproductive Genetics 2001: 18(12):638-643

Aldrich CL, Stephenson MD, Karrison T, Odem RR, Branch DW, Scott JR, Schreiber JR, Ober C. HLA-G genotypes and pregnancy outcome in couples with unexplained recurrent miscarriage. Molecular Human Reproduction 2001; 7:1167-72

Pinto A, Ratts V, Williams D, Keller S, Odem R. Reduction of ovarian torsion 1 week after embryo transfer in a patient with bilateral hyperstimulated ovaries. Fertil Steril 2001; 76:403-6


Cooper, AR, Jungheim, ES, Ratts, VS, Lanzendorf, SE, Odem, RR: Should assisted hatching be considered more often In patients with pcos?, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, November 2008

Lewkowski, BM, Jungheim, ES, Ratts, VS, Keller, SL, Lanzendorf, SE and Odem, RR: IVF outcomes after bariatric surgery – the Washington university experience, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, November 2008

Lanzendorf, SE, Jungheim, ES, Cooper AR, Keller, SL, Ratts, VS and Odem, RR: Effect of patient’s age on the criteria for day 5 embryo transfers, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, November 2008

Quaas, AM, Odem, RR, Narra, V, and Siegel, C: Differentiation of adenomyomas from leiomyomas and normal myometrium on pelvic mr imaging – the role of gadolinium enhancement, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, November 2008

For more articles and abstracts, take this off-site link to the National Library of Medicine Pub Med page for Dr. Randall R. Odem