Dissecting The Research: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) & Acupuncture (TCM)

Interview with Lee Hullender Rubin, DAOM, LAc, FABORM

Lee is clearly a decorated mover and shaker (see CV below). She is playing such a huge role in furthering the understanding of how Chinese medicine as a whole (which includes but is not limited to acupuncture) can help improve IVF success rates.  her research is pioneering and is the first to attempt to capture the true holistic essence and power of Chinese medicine, so that healthcare providers and women struggling to get pregnant can more deeply trust and embrace this wonderful resource.  If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to find yourself a Chinese medicine doctor with experience in reproductive health.  Watch / Listen now.  ~ Spence



Professional Profile
Began practice in Washington state in 2002, and currently has an active license in Oregon since 2011. 
Awaiting news of California License.


State of Oregon Acupuncture License #153822 2011 – Present 
Oregon Medical Board Supervisor Approval 2011 – Present 
Fellow, American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) 2008 – Present 
Fellow, International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases 2017 – Present
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine 2005 – Present 
National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) 
State of Washington Acupuncture License #1879 2002 – 2016
Diplomate of Acupuncture 2001 – 2005 
National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) 
Clean needle certification 1999
Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) 


Bachelor of Science 1998 – 2000
Bastyr University, Kenmore WA
Natural Health Science in Oriental Medicine
Certificate 2001
Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine University, Shanghai, PRC 2001
Advanced Herbal Studies in Gynecology, Internal Medicine & Trauma
Master of Science 2000 – 2001 
Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 2007 – 2009
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, OR
Women’s Health and Geriatrics
Capstone: “Acupuncture improves in vitro fertilization pregnancy 
rates: a retrospective chart review”
Mentors: Richard Hammerschlag, PhD; Tim Chapman, PhD; 
Elizabeth Burch, ND
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship 2011 – 2012 
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland OR
Certificate 2011 – 2013 
Human Investigations Program
Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute 
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

Professional Achievements
Lee Hullender Rubin, DAOM, LAc, FABORM, is a clinician, international academic, and published researcher specializing in reproductive medicine, women’s health, and female sexual pain. 
In practice since early 2002, she spent more than 5 years managing an acupuncture program at a western fertility clinic in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Hullender Rubin was the first OCOM postdoctoral research fellow funded by a National Institutes of Health educational grant. Her most recent publication is the first cohort study to report an increase in birth outcomes associated with the addition of Traditional Chinese Medicine to In Vitro Fertilization. She recently completed a pilot study investigating the effect of acupuncture and lidocaine to treat chronic vulvar pain. She is on the faculty at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is Visiting Research Faculty at the Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Hullender Rubin is relocating from Portland, Oregon, and her practices at the Portland Acupuncture Studio and Oregon Reproductive Medicine to San Francisco to pursue her dream job at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSF.

Professional Experience


Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA 2017 
Adjunct Faculty, Doctoral program
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at California Institute 2017 
of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
Adjunct Faculty, Doctoral program
New Zealand College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine 2014 – Present 
Guest Lecturer, Master’s program
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR 2013 – Present 
Visiting Research Faculty, Primary Investigator
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, OR 2011 – Present 
Adjunct Research Faculty, Research Department
Distinguished Lecturer, Doctoral Program
Faculty, Master’s and Doctoral Programs
Clinical Supervisor, Master’s and Doctoral Programs
Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Department
Visiting AOM Doctoral Lecturer and Supervisor
Jade Institute, Seattle, WA 2008 – 2010
Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA 2007 – 2010 
Adjunct AOM Clinical Faculty
Affiliate AOM Clinical Faculty


Acupuncture Associate 2016 – Present 
Oregon Reproductive Medicine, Portland, OR
Private Practice 2011 – Present 
Portland Acupuncture Studio, Portland, OR
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, OR
Red Peony Acupuncture, Portland, OR
Private Practice and In Vitro Fertilization Acupuncture Program Manager 2005 – 2010 
Abundant Spring, Bellevue, WA
Northwest Center for Reproductive Sciences, Kirkland, WA
Private Practice 2002 – 2005
Acupuncture Northwest, Seattle, WA
Tiger Mountain Center for Acupuncture, Issaquah, WA
Lee Hullender, LAc, Seattle, WA

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