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Kathleen M Hong MD

Kathleen M Hong MD

Primary Specialties
  • Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility
  • Affiliations
    Saint Barnabas Medical Center

    Primary Office

    Reproductive Medicine Associates of NJ
    140 Allen Rd
    Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
    (973) 290-8370
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    Secondary Office

    Reproductive Medicine Associates of NJ
    475 Prospect Ave
    Suite 101
    West Orange, NJ 07052
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    (973) 325-2229
    (973) 290-8370

    Physician Information

    Dr. Hong is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. She completed her Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship at RMANJ in the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson fellowship program, is a graduate of the combined seven-year BA/MD program at Boston University, and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the prestigious New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center. Having grown up in Bridgewater, New Jersey, Dr. Hong is excited and thankful to be able to give back to her home community.

    Treating the patient as a whole is her patient care philosophy. She strives to provide innovative medical care and does so with a caring and compassionate manner. “It is a pleasure and honor to be trusted with the care of a couple at this significant time in their lives. The fertility journey that many couples experience can be all-consuming. Something that appears so easy for some can be so challenging for others. I am here to provide the medical support they need to succeed.” As a parent herself, Dr. Hong understands the great joy of having a child. She hopes to bring that happiness to the patients she cares for. Dr. Hong and her team not only stay up-to-date on the latest fertility techniques, they consistently contribute to the development of new and revolutionary approaches to reproductive care. Her methods help patients who had previous difficulty conceiving, even with help from their physician.

    She has lead several large research studies and contributed to publications in top peer-reviewed fertility journals, including Fertility and Sterility and Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics. Dr. Hong’s research interests include embryo culture in the IVF laboratory, comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS), endometrial synchrony, heritable genetic disorders, study of the human genome using neXgen sequencing, and diminished ovarian reserve.

    Dr. Hong is one of the few reproductive endocrinologists in the nation who has trained in embryology. She finds this experience is crucial to improving patient care. “Not many people realize that providing the best possible outcome depends on ensuring that the embryo is properly cared for, each step of the way.” It takes an extensive team to make sure everything goes smoothly which is what makes RMANJ special. “Each talented team member; from our embryologists, research coordinators, and patient services team, to our financial counselors, and nurses, contribute to make RMANJ one of the best places in the world to come for reproductive care.” In her spare time, Dr. Hong enjoys catching up on reading and spending time with her family.

    Experience & Education

    Medical Education: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 2007.

    Residency: New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY, 2011.

    Fellowship: Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, 2014.

    Clinical Interests



    Title: Vitamin D levels do not affect IVF outcomes following the transfer of euploid blastocysts
    Authors: Franasiak JM, Molinaro T, Dubell EK, Scott K, Ruiz A, Forman EJ, Werner MD, Hong KH, Scott RT Jr.
    Publisher: Am J Obstet Gynecol
    Date: Sept 2014
    Title: Endometrial infusion of human chorionic gonadotropin at the time of blastocyst embryo transfer does not impact clinical outcomes: a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
    Authors: Hong KH, Forman EJ, Werner MD, Upham KM, Gumeny CL, Winslow AD, Kim TJ, Scott RT Jr
    Publisher: Fertil Steril
    Date: Sept 2014
    Title: Defining the "sweet spot" for administered luteinizing hormone-to-follicle-stimulating hormone gonadotropin ratios during ovarian stimulation to protect against a clinically significant late follicular increase in progesterone: an analysis of 10,280 first in vitro fertilization cycles
    Authors: Werner MD, Forman EJ, Hong KH, Franasiak JM, Molinaro TA, Scott RT Jr.
    Publisher: Fertil Steril
    Date: Aug 2014
    Title: Trophectoderm DNA fingerprinting by quantitative real-time PCR successfully distinguishes sibling human embryos
    Authors: Scott RT 3rd, Su J, Tao X, Forman EJ, Hong KH, Taylor D, Treff NR
    Publisher: J Assist Reprod Genet.
    Date: Aug 2014
    Title: Examining the temperature of embryo culture in IVF: a randomized controlled trial comparing traditional core temperature (37°C) to a more physiologic, cooler temperature (36°C)
    Authors: Hong KH, Lee H, Forman EJ, Upham KM, Scott RT Jr
    Publisher: Fertil Steril
    Date: July 2014
    Title: Embryology training for Reproductive Endocrine fellows in the clinical human embryology laboratory
    Authors: Scott RT Jr, Hong KH, Werner MD, Forman EJ, Ruiz A, Cheng MC, Zhao T, Upham KM
    Publisher: J Assist Reprod Genet.
    Date: Feb 2014
    Issue: 31:385-391
    Title: The nature of aneuploidy with increasing age of the female partner: a review of 15,169 consecutive trophectoderm biopsies evaluated with comprehensive chromosomal screening
    Authors: Franasiak JM, Forman EJ, Hong KH, Werner MD, Upham KM, Treff NR, Scott RT Jr
    Publisher: Fertil Steril
    Date: March 2013
    Issue: 101(3):656-663
    Title: Obstetrical and neonatal outcomes from the BEST Trial: Single embryo transfer with aneuploidy screening improves outcomes after in vitro fertilization without compromising delivery rates
    Authors: Forman EJ, Hong KH, Franasiak JM, Scott RT Jr
    Publisher: Am J Obstet Gynecol
    Date: 2014
    Issue: 210:157. e1-6
    Title: Blastocyst biopsy with comprehensive chromosome screening and fresh embryo transfer significantly increases in vitro fertilization implantation and delivery rates: a randomized controlled trial
    Authors: Scott RT Jr, Upham KM, Forman EJ, Hong KH, Scott KL, Taylor D, Tao X, Treff NR
    Publisher: Fertil Steril
    Date: Sept 2013
    Issue: 100(3):697-703
    Title: Comprehensive chromosome screening alters traditional morphology-based embryo selection: a prospective study of 100 consecutive cycles of planned fresh euploid blastocyst transfer
    Authors: Forman EJ, Upham KM, Cheng M, Zhao T, Hong KH, Treff NR, Scott RT Jr.
    Publisher: Fertil Steril
    Date: Sept 2013
    Issue: 100(3) 718-24
    Title: In vitro fertilization with single euploid blastocyst transfer: a randomized controlled trial
    Authors: Forman EJ, Hong KH, Ferry KM, Tao X, Taylor D, Levy B, Treff NR, Scott RT Jr
    Publisher: Fertil Steril
    Date: July 2013
    Issue: 100(1):100-107
    Title: Delivery of a chromosomally normal child from an oocyte with reciprocal aneuploid polar bodies
    Authors: Scott RT Jr., Treff NR, Stevens J, Forman EJ, Hong KH, Katz-Jaffe MG
    Publisher: J Assist Reprod Genet
    Date: June 2012
    Issue: 29(6):533-7