Dr. Lowell Ku

Reproductive endocrinologist

Lowell Ku, MD | Dallas IVF | Frisco. TX

Board certified

  • Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility.
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Fertility specialties

Care philosophy

“I hope that my patients value my never-ending determination, my friendly and warm compassion, and my absolute dedication to each patient as an individual to help them do everything they can to grow their family. My patients desire a physician who understands not only the medical difficulties with infertility but also the emotional difficulties, which I am quite familiar with as my wife and I have suffered with infertility as well. This shared history of infertility makes my patients and me a team, and together we work tirelessly and strongly to get that baby!”

– Dr. Lowell Ku

About Dr. Lowell Ku, fertility specialist

 

A fertility doctor who personally understands the fertility treatment process

Dr. Lowell Ku can understand the struggles and stress his patients face on a personal level. After he helped thousands of patients, Dr. Ku and his wife became fertility patients themselves. After three years of trying on their own, they still were not able to start their family they had dreamed about. After five rounds of IVF, Dr. Ku and his wife welcomed a son. Eighteen months and another IVF later, they welcomed a daughter, making their family feel complete.

Dr. Ku’s own experience of infertility engenders a never-ending determination to help more patients overcome infertility, not only medically but also emotionally.

Why Dr. Ku became a fertility doctor

“My favorite part of being able to help grow families is when my patients bring their new baby to the office. I love seeing those adorable babies. But I especially love seeing the smiling faces of my patients. I am so happy that they are happy. It’s the best!”

Dr. Ku feels that everyone deserves to start a family and is proud to be a part of his patients’ journey to parenthood. He entered into the specialty of reproductive endocrinology & infertility and reproductive surgery so he could help others who dream of having a baby but have been struggling.

Did you know?

  • Dr. Ku went to the prestigious St. Mark's School of Texas, considered one of the top 10 high schools in America.
  • He majored in music in college and can play both the piano and cello. He has even performed at Carnegie Hall as well as with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
  • In high school Dr. Ku also made it to the Junior Olympics for fencing.
  • He LOVES Disney!

Reproductive training

Board certified in reproductive endocrinology & infertility and in obstetrics & gynecology

Dr. Lowell Ku received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from Emory University. He then went on to get his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where he also served as class president all four years.

Dr. Ku completed training in both family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at John Peter Smith Hospital where he was elected chief resident for both residencies. As an Ob-Gyn resident, Dr. Ku was awarded the prestigious Pritchard Prize Paper Award given by the Texas Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology for the best resident research.

Dr. Ku was also honored with numerous recognitions including the Outstanding Medical Specialty Resident Award in 2004 and 2005. He also was honored by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists with an award for Special Excellence in Endoscopic Procedures.

Dr. Ku went on to complete a three-year fellowship in the most established training program at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. During his fellowship, Dr. Ku received numerous awards including the Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award in 2007 and 2008, as well as the best fellow research award.

Achievement and professional associations

Some of Dr. Ku’s achievements and awards

  • America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
  • Super Doctors Award, Texas Monthly Magazine.
  • The Best Doctors in Dallas Award and Best Doctors in Collin County Award, D Magazine.
  • Texas’ Favorite Physicians Award.
  • One of the nation’s leading reproductive endocrinology and infertility subspecialists in U.S. News and World Report.
  • Mom Approved Doctor, DFW Child Magazine.

Professional associations

  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
  • Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
  • Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology.
  • Collin County Medical Society.
  • American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.
  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Texas Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Texas Medical Association.
  • American Medical Association.
  • Phi Delta Epsilon (Professional Medical Service Fraternity).
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta (National Honorary Pre-Med Society).
  • Omicron Delta Kappa (National Honorary Leadership Society).
  • Phi Sigma (Honorary Biological Research Society).
  • Mu Phi Epsilon (Professional Music Society).

Dr. Ku is a strong supporter of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI) and is a faithful member of numerous committees, always striving to be a humble servant leader. He has been involved in both organizations in several capacities and has pioneered new policies as well as programs for all infertility doctors in America.

For the past three years, Dr. Ku has served as a member of the ASRM Patient Education Committee, and has also served diligently on the SREI board for the last 10 years. He promotes the interests and benefits of SREI to REI physicians, primarily in private practice.

Research experience

  • Principle Investigator: “Illumina Study.” 2015 – Present, IRB approved multicenter prospective study.
  • Principle Investigator: “Alterations of T cell activation signaling and cytokine production by
  • postmenopausal estrogen levels.” 2007 – 2008, IRB approved prospective study in a University Fertility Research Laboratory at University of Louisville. Submitted to Am J Reprod Immunol, 5/2008.
  • Principle Investigator: “Müllerian Inhibiting Substance and Androgens Levels in Follicular Fluid from Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.” 2007 – 2008, IRB approved prospective study in a University Fertility Clinic and University Research Laboratory at University of Louisville. Submitting to Fertil Steril, 8/2008.
  • Principle Investigator: “Increased Müllerian Inhibiting Substance Production in Granulosa Cells from Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.” 2007 – 2008, IRB approved prospective study in a University Fertility Clinic and University Research Laboratory at University of Louisville. Submitting to Fertil Steril, 8/2008.
  • Principle Investigator: “Follicular Fluid of Single Follicles from Women with PCOS contains higher levels of Müllerian Inhibiting Substance and Testosterone.” 2007 – 2008, IRB approved prospective study in a University Fertility Clinic and University Research Laboratory at University of Louisville. Submitting to Fertil Steril, 8/2008.
  • Co-Investigator: “Loestrin 10 mcg pill” 2007 – 2008, IRB approved, multi-center, prospective study investigating the contraceptive efficacy of a very low dose estrogen oral contraceptive.
  • Co-Investigator: “Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship Survey: Specific Benefits.” 2007 – 2008, Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility board approved survey of all 2007 fellows concerning American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology approved Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowships benefits.
  • Principle Investigator: “Follicular Fluid of Single Follicles from Women with PCOS contains higher levels of Müllerian Inhibiting Substance.” 2006 – 2008, IRB approved prospective study in a University Fertility Clinic and University Research Laboratory at University of Louisville. Submitting to Fertil Steril, 5/2008.
  • Principle Investigator: “Decreased IL-2 Production from T cells in a Low Estrogen Environment.” 2006 – 2007, IRB approved prospective study in a University Research Laboratory at University of Louisville. Submitting to Am J Reprod Immunol, 5/2008.
  • Co-Investigator: “Antigenic targets for the diagnosis of premature ovarian failure.” 2006 – 2008, IRB approved prospective study in a University Fertility Clinic and University Research Laboratory at University of Louisville. Submitting to Fertil Steril, 5/2008.
  • Principle Investigator: “Relationship between HgbA1C and Polyhydramnios among gravid women with insulin requiring diabetes” 2004 – 2005, IRB approved retrospective chart review at JPSH.
  • Principle Investigator: “Hemoglobin A1c and Neonatal Hypoglycemia.” 2003 – 2004, IRB approved retrospective chart review at JPSH.
  • Principle Investigator: “Manual Vacuum Aspiration: A Viable Alternative to Suction Dilation and
  • Curettage.” 2002 – 2003, IRB approved prospective cohort study at JPSH.
  • Principle Investigator: “Malignant Transformation of Extraovarian Endometriosis.” 2001, Case report at JPSH and Harris Methodist Hospital.
  • Co-Investigator: “Postpartum Depression: Screening our Multicultural Population.” 2004 – 2005, IRB approved questionnaire survey at JPSH.
  • Co-Investigator: “Incidence of Periumbilical adhesions following Laparoscopic Surgery.” 2001 – 2003, retrospective chart review at UTMB, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Peer reviewed publications & abstracts

Dr. Ku’s publications

  1. Franasiak J, Ku L, Barnhart K, SREI Online Networking and Communications Committee. Curbside consultations in the era of social media connectivity and the creation of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Forum. Fertil Steril 2016;105:885–6.
  2. Perez O, Adriaanse H, Sadruddin S, Ku L, Barnett B. Pregnancy after rebiopsy and vitrification of euploid blastocysts diagnosed as aneuploidy by day 3 biopsy. A case report. Fertil Steril 2013; 3:S205.
  3. Perez O, Adriaanse H, Ku L, Barnett B. Trophectoderm biopsy. A simplified mechanical method. Fertil Steril 2012;98:S140.
  4. Ku LT, Gercel-Taylor C, Nakajima ST, Taylor DD. Alterations of T cell activation signaling and cytokine production by postmenopausal estrogen levels. Immun Ageing 2009, 6:1.
  5. Ku LT, Nakajima ST, McClure ME, Fallat ME, Uzelac PS, Siow Y. Müllerian Inhibiting Substance Gene Expression is Higher in Single Follicles from Women with PCOS. Fertil Steril 2008;90:S134.
  6. Uzelac PS, Ku LT, Nakajima ST, McClure ME, Fallat ME, Siow Y. Increased Expression of Müllerian Inhibiting Substance In Cumulus Oophorus Cells Compared with Granulosa Cells. Fertil Steril 2008;90:S255-256.
  7. Parry JP, Taylor DD, Ku LT, Nakajima ST, Taylor CG. Genistein Reverses Diminished T Cell Signal Transduction Induced by Postmenopausal Estrogen Levels. Fertil Steril 2008;90:S93-94.
  8. Uzelac PS, Risch P, Shelton K, Ku LT, Nakajima ST. In Vitro Maturation of Oocytes as a Fertility Preservation Option. Fertil Steril 2008;89:S10. Val Davajan Award for the best in-training research at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society in 2008.
  9. Ku LT, Gercel-Taylor C, Nakajima ST, Parry JP, Taylor DD. Decreased IL-2 Production, Signaling, and Gene Expression from T cells in a Low Estrogen Environment. Reproductive Sciences (J Soc Gynecol Investig) 2008;15:154A.
  10. Bohler HC, Gercel-Taylor C, Ku LT, Nakajima ST, Taylor DD. Antigenic targets for the diagnosis of premature ovarian failure. Reproductive Sciences (J Soc Gynecol Investig) 2008;15:151A.
  11. Ku LT, Nakajima, ST. Frozen Embryos: A Life Saving Option. Fertil Steril 2008;90:849.e15–e16.
  12. Ku LT, Nakajima ST, Siow Y. Follicular Fluid of Single Follicles from Women with PCOS contains higher levels of Müllerian Inhibiting Substance. Fertil Steril 2007;88:S58.
  13. Ku LT, Nakajima ST, Taylor DD. Decreased IL-2 Production from T cells in a Low Estrogen Environment. Fertil Steril 2007;88:S179-80.
  14. Sepilian VP, Ku LT, Wong HM, Liu CY, Phelps J. Prevalence of Infraumbilical Adhesions in Women with Previous Laparoscopy. Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons 2007;11:41-44(4).
  15. Woodford DE, Grossman MP, Ku LT, Bohler HCL, Nakajima ST. Midluteal serum progesterone (P4) and estradiol (E2) concentrations do not predict pregnancy outcomes in women undergoing in vitro fertilization. Fertil Steril 2006;86:S165.
  16. Woodford DE, Grossman MP, Ku LT, Bohler HCL, Nakajima ST. Effect of body mass index (BMI) and/or weight distribution on IVF outcome. Fertil Steril 2006;86:S346-7.
  17. Ku LT, Ku CV, Crocker M, Shivvers S. Relationship between HgbA1C and Polyhydramnios among gravid women with insulin requiring diabetes. Obstet Gynecol 2005;105:82S.
  18. Ku LT, Tate DR, Anderson RJ. Manual Vacuum Aspiration: A Viable Alternative to Suction Dilation and Curettage. Obstet Gynecol 2004;103:99S-100S.
  19. Sepilian VP, Ku LT, Wong HM, Phelps J. Prevalence of Periumbilical Adhesions in Patients With a Prior Laparoscopy. Obstet Gynecol 2004;103:97S-98S.

What patients say about Dr. Ku

Carly Patterson | Pregnancy After Miscarriage | Dallas IVF

“I think that the hope in [Dr. Ku’s] voice just really made me feel comfortable and made me feel hopeful. Like okay, we’re going to make this happen for you. We’re going to find out what’s going on, we’re going to find out the best route and best treatment for you and we’re going to make it happen.”

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