Bertha Chen, MD

Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Urogynecologist, Pelvic reconstructive surgeon

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Gynecology - Urogynecology) and, by courtesy, of Urology at the Stanford University Medical Center

Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery Clinic

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-725-6079
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Fibroid Center

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-498-1108
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Gynecology Clinic

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-725-6079
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Professional Education

Board Certification: Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2013)

Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine (1995) CA

Internship: Stanford University School of Medicine (1992) CA

Board Certification: Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (1997)

Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (1991) CA

Honors & Awards

Faculty member, Educators-for-Care Program, Stanford University (2008)

Excellence in Teaching Award, Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Gynecology (2006)

One of America's Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Consumers' Research Council of America (2006-2007)

Outstanding Faculty Professor of Gynecology, Resident Staff of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University (2004-2005)

Top Doctor in Silicon Valley, San Jose Magazine (2000-2002)

Administrative Appointments

Co-Chief, Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Stanford University, 2011

Biomechanical Properties and Associated Collagen Composition in Vaginal Tissue of Women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Zhou, L., Lee, J. H., Wen, Y., Constantinou, C., Yoshinobu, M., & Chen, B. (2012). Biomechanical Properties and Associated Collagen Composition in Vaginal Tissue of Women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse. JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, 188(3), 875-880.

Robot-Assisted Versus Open Sacrocolpopexy: A Cost-Minimization Analysis
Elliott, C. S., Hsieh, M. H., Sokol, E. R., Comiter, C. V., Payne, C. K., & Chen, B. (2012). Robot-Assisted Versus Open Sacrocolpopexy: A Cost-Minimization Analysis. JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, 187(2), 638-643.

Identification of protein marker in vaginal wall tissues of women with stress urinary incontinence by protein chip array
Wen, Y., Whitin, J., Yu, T., Cohen, H., Polan, M. L., & Chen, B. (2012). Identification of protein marker in vaginal wall tissues of women with stress urinary incontinence by protein chip array. JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY RESEARCH, 38(1), 89-96.

Alterations in Connective Tissue Metabolism in Stress Incontinence and Prolapse
Chen, B., & Yeh, J. (2011). Alterations in Connective Tissue Metabolism in Stress Incontinence and Prolapse. JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, 186(5), 1768-1772.

Visualization of pelvic floor reflex and voluntary contractions.
Constantinou, C. E., Korenblum, D., & Chen, B. (2011). Visualization of pelvic floor reflex and voluntary contractions. Studies in health technology and informatics, 163, 138-143.

Expression of Apoptotic Factors in Vaginal Tissues From Women With Urogenital Prolapse
Wen, Y., Ho, J. Y.-P., Polan, M. L., & Chen, B. (2011). Expression of Apoptotic Factors in Vaginal Tissues From Women With Urogenital Prolapse. NEUROUROLOGY AND URODYNAMICS, 30(8), 1627-1632.

Preputial Epidermoid Cyst: An Atypical Case of Acquired Pseudoclitoromegaly
Paulus, Y. M., Wong, A. E., Chen, B., & Jacobson, M. T. (2010). Preputial Epidermoid Cyst: An Atypical Case of Acquired Pseudoclitoromegaly. JOURNAL OF LOWER GENITAL TRACT DISEASE, 14(4), 382-386.

Radiofrequency Treatment of Vaginal Laxity after Vaginal Delivery: Nonsurgical Vaginal Tightening
Millheiser, L. S., Pauls, R. N., Herbst, S. J., & Chen, B. H. (2010). Radiofrequency Treatment of Vaginal Laxity after Vaginal Delivery: Nonsurgical Vaginal Tightening. JOURNAL OF SEXUAL MEDICINE, 7(9), 3088-3095.

Transforming growth interacting factor expression in leiomyoma compared with myometrium
Yen-Ping, J., Man, W. C., Wen, Y., Polan, M. L., Ho, E. S.-C., & Chen, B. (2010). Transforming growth interacting factor expression in leiomyoma compared with myometrium. FERTILITY AND STERILITY, 94(3), 1078-1083.

Is lysyl oxidase-like protein-1, alpha-1 antitrypsin, and neutrophil elastase site specific in pelvic organ prolapse?
Man, W. C., Ho, J. Y.-P., Wen, Y., Sokol, E. R., Polan, M. L., & Chen, B. (2009). Is lysyl oxidase-like protein-1, alpha-1 antitrypsin, and neutrophil elastase site specific in pelvic organ prolapse?. INTERNATIONAL UROGYNECOLOGY JOURNAL, 20(12), 1423-1429.

Retained Products of Conception Spectrum of Color Doppler Findings
Kamaya, A., Petrovitch, I., Chen, B., Frederick, C. E., & Jeffrey, R. B. (2009). Retained Products of Conception Spectrum of Color Doppler Findings. JOURNAL OF ULTRASOUND IN MEDICINE, 28(8), 1031-1041.

Relaxin increases elastase activity and protease inhibitors in smooth muscle cells from the myometrium compared with cells from leiomyomas
Chen, B., Wen, Y., Yu, X. Y., & Polan, M. L. (2009). Relaxin increases elastase activity and protease inhibitors in smooth muscle cells from the myometrium compared with cells from leiomyomas. FERTILITY AND STERILITY, 91(4), 1351-1354.

Emergency Gynecologic Imaging
Kamaya, A., Shin, L., Chen, B., & Desser, T. S. (2008). Emergency Gynecologic Imaging. SEMINARS IN ULTRASOUND CT AND MRI, 29(5), 353-368.

Effect of relaxin on TGF-beta 1 expression in cultured vaginal fibroblasts from women with stress urinary incontinence
Wen, Y., Zhao, Y.-Y., Polan, M. L., & Chen, B. (2008). Effect of relaxin on TGF-beta 1 expression in cultured vaginal fibroblasts from women with stress urinary incontinence. REPRODUCTIVE SCIENCES, 15(3), 312-320.

Is alpha 2-macroglobulin important in female stress urinary incontinence?
Wen, Y., Man, W. C., Sokol, E. R., Polan, M. L., & Chen, B. H. (2008). Is alpha 2-macroglobulin important in female stress urinary incontinence?. HUMAN REPRODUCTION, 23(2), 387-393.

Expression of CD9 in frozen-thawed mouse oocytes: preliminary experience
Wen, Y., Quintero, R., Chen, B., Shu, Y., Polan, M. L., & Behr, B. (2007). Expression of CD9 in frozen-thawed mouse oocytes: preliminary experience. FERTILITY AND STERILITY, 88(2), 526-529.

Differences in mRNA and protein expression of small proteoglycans in vaginal wall tissue from women with and without stress urinary incontinence
Wen, Y., Zhao, Y. Y., Li, S., Polan, M. L., & Chen, B. H. (2007). Differences in mRNA and protein expression of small proteoglycans in vaginal wall tissue from women with and without stress urinary incontinence. HUMAN REPRODUCTION, 22(6), 1718-1724.

Increased expression of latent TGF-beta binding protein-1 and fibrillin-1 in human uterine leiomyomata.
Zhao, Y., Wen, Y., Polan, M. L., Qiao, J., & Chen, B. H. (2007). Increased expression of latent TGF-beta binding protein-1 and fibrillin-1 in human uterine leiomyomata. Molecular human reproduction, 13(5), 343-349.

Acupuncture for postmenopausal hot flashes
Nir, Y., Huang, M. I., Schnyer, R., Chen, B., & Manber, R. (2007). Acupuncture for postmenopausal hot flashes. MATURITAS, 56(4), 383-395.

The role of neutrophil elastase in elastin metabolism of pelvic tissues from women with stress urinary incontinence
Chen, B., Wen, Y., Yu, X., & Polan, M. L. (2007). The role of neutrophil elastase in elastin metabolism of pelvic tissues from women with stress urinary incontinence. NEUROUROLOGY AND URODYNAMICS, 26(2), 274-279.

Severe vaginal pain caused by a neuroma in the rectovaginal septum after posterior colporrhaphy
Millheiser, L. S., & Chen, B. (2006). Severe vaginal pain caused by a neuroma in the rectovaginal septum after posterior colporrhaphy. OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY, 108(3), 809-811.

A randomized controlled pilot study of acupuncture for postmenopausal hot flashes: effect on nocturnal hot flashes and sleep quality
Huang, M. I., Nir, Y., Chen, B., Schnyer, R., & Manber, R. (2006). A randomized controlled pilot study of acupuncture for postmenopausal hot flashes: effect on nocturnal hot flashes and sleep quality. FERTILITY AND STERILITY, 86(3), 700-710.

Do extracellular matrix protein expressions change with cyclic reproductive hormones in pelvic connective tissue from women with stress urinary incontinence?
Wen, Y., Polan, M. L., & Chen, B. (2006). Do extracellular matrix protein expressions change with cyclic reproductive hormones in pelvic connective tissue from women with stress urinary incontinence?. HUMAN REPRODUCTION, 21(5), 1266-1273.

Female urinary incontinence in China: experiences and perspectives.
Komorowski, L., & Chen, B. (2006). Female urinary incontinence in China: experiences and perspectives. Health care for women international, 27(2), 169-181.

Metastatic mantle cell lymphoma presenting as a vaginal mass - A case report
Bujor, A., & Chen, B. (2006). Metastatic mantle cell lymphoma presenting as a vaginal mass - A case report. GYNECOLOGIC AND OBSTETRIC INVESTIGATION, 62(4), 217-219.

Microarray analysis of differentially expressed genes in vaginal tissues from women with stress urinary incontinence compared with asymptomatic women
Chen, B., Wen, Y., Zhang, Z. M., Guo, Y. Q., Warrington, J. A., & Polan, M. L. (2006). Microarray analysis of differentially expressed genes in vaginal tissues from women with stress urinary incontinence compared with asymptomatic women. HUMAN REPRODUCTION, 21(1), 22-29.

Elastin metabolism in pelvic tissues: Is it modulated by reproductive hormones?
Chen, B., Wen, Y., Yu, X. Y., & Polan, M. L. (2005). Elastin metabolism in pelvic tissues: Is it modulated by reproductive hormones?. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY, 192(5), 1605-1613.

Elastolytic activity in women with stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse
Chen, B., Wen, Y., & Polan, M. L. (2004). Elastolytic activity in women with stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. NEUROUROLOGY AND URODYNAMICS, 23(2), 119-126.

Bench to bedside: clinical opportunities for microarray analysis
Polan, M. L., Warrington, J. A., Chen, B., Mahadevappa, M., Wang, H. B., & Wen, Y. (2003). Bench to bedside: clinical opportunities for microarray analysis. FERTILITY AND STERILITY, 80(2), 291-292.

Distinctive proliferative phase differences in gene expression in human myometrium and leiomyomata
Wang, H. B., Mahadevappa, M., Yamamoto, K., Wen, Y., Chen, B., & Polan, M. L. (2003). Distinctive proliferative phase differences in gene expression in human myometrium and leiomyomata. FERTILITY AND STERILITY, 80(2), 266-276.

Menstrual phase-dependent gene expression differences in periurethral vaginal tissue from women with stress incontinence
Chen, B., Wen, Y., Zhang, Z. M., Wang, H. B., Warrington, J. A., & Polan, M. L. (2003). Menstrual phase-dependent gene expression differences in periurethral vaginal tissue from women with stress incontinence. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY, 189(1), 89-97.

Differences in estrogen modulation of tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 and matrix metalloproteinase-1 expression in cultured fibroblasts from continent and incontinent women
Chen, B., Wen, Y., Wang, H., & Polan, M. L. (2003). Differences in estrogen modulation of tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 and matrix metalloproteinase-1 expression in cultured fibroblasts from continent and incontinent women. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY, 189(1), 59-65.

Abdominal myomectomy versus uterine fibroid embolization in the treatment of symptomatic uterine leiomyomas
Razavi, M. K., Hwang, G., Jahed, A., Modanloo, S., & Chen, B. (2003). Abdominal myomectomy versus uterine fibroid embolization in the treatment of symptomatic uterine leiomyomas. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY, 180(6), 1571-1575.

Collagen metabolism and turnover in women with stress urinary incontience and pelvic prolapse
Chen, B. H., Wen, Y., Li, H., & Polan, M. L. (2002). Collagen metabolism and turnover in women with stress urinary incontience and pelvic prolapse. INTERNATIONAL UROGYNECOLOGY JOURNAL, 13(2), 80-87.

Virtual endoscopy using perspective volume-rendered three-dimensional sonographic Data: Technique and clinical applications
Yuh, E. L., Jeffrey, R. B., Birdwell, R. L., Chen, B. H., & Napel, S. (1999). Virtual endoscopy using perspective volume-rendered three-dimensional sonographic Data: Technique and clinical applications. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY, 172(5), 1193-1197.

Dysfunctional uterine bleeding
Chen, B. H., & Giudice, L. C. (1998). Dysfunctional uterine bleeding. WESTERN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, 169(5), 280-284.