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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Karen L. Houck, MD, FACOG

Karen L. Houck
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Gynecologic Oncology, Gynecology

144 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
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Clinical Interests
  • Minimally invasive and robotic surgery
  • Oncofertility
  • Fertility sparing cancer care
  • Cervical dysplasia
  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Abnormal pap smears
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Vulvar cancer
  • Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (GTN)
Research Interests
  • Clinical trials on gynecologic malignancies
  • Evaluation and management of abnormal pap smears
  • Cervical cancer and its precursors
  • MD, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • Fellowship, Gynecologic Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Residency, Obstetrics and Gynecology, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
Additional Training
  • Dr. Houck has completed Safe Zone training to learn about LGBTQ identities, gender and sexuality, and examine prejudice, assumptions, and privilege. She welcomes patients from the LGBTQ community in her practice. 
Board Certification
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Medical Association
  • Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
Awards and Honors
  • Best Doctors in America®, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2019-2020
  • Top Doctors, Gynecologic Oncology, Philadelphia magazine, 2018-2021
  • Top Doctor, Castle Connolly, 2015 
  • Jersey Choice Top Doctor, New Jersey Monthly, 2013-2014
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2004
  • Vincent J. Capraro, MD Award in Gynecology
  • Felix Rutledge Fellowship in Gynecology Oncology

Office Locations

Temple OB/GYN

Temple University Hospital – Main Campus

3401 N. Broad Street

Outpatient Building, 7th Floor (Zone B)

Philadelphia, PA 19140


Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University Hospital – Main Campus

3401 N. Broad Street
Ambulatory Care Center, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Temple Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine

3401 N. Broad Street

Parkinson Pavilion, 3rd Floor (Zone C)

Philadelphia, PA 19140


Temple Gynecologic Oncology at Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill Hospital

8815 Germantown Avenue, Suite 46

Philadelphia, PA 19118


Temple Gynecologic Oncology at Holy Redeemer

Holy Redeemer Hospital
1650 Huntingdon Pike
Medical Office Building
Suite 118
Meadowbrook, PA 19046


Hernandez E and Houck KL In: Bieber E et al: Clinical Gynecology. Endometrial Cancer. Chapter 45, pp 665-675. 2006 ed.

Houck K, contributor In: Ferri F (ed): Ferri's Clinical Advisor. Endometrial Cancer pp171 Mosby Yearbook, Inc. 2000 ed.

Houck K, contributor In: Ferri F (ed): Ferri's Clinical Advisor. Ovarian Cancer pp. 307 Mosby Yearbook, Inc. 2000 ed.

Houck K, contributor In: Ferri F (ed): Ferri’s Clinical Advisor. Endometrial Cancer pp 169. Mosby Yearbook, Inc., 1999 ed.

Houck K, contributor In: Ferri F (ed): Ferri’s Clinical Advisor. Ovarian Cancer pp 340. Mosby Yearbook, Inc. 1999 ed.

Houck K, Marchetti D. Pap Smears and Colposcopy in Pietrantoni M, and Dannakas G, (eds): A Practical Approach to Obstetrics and Gynecology. Mosby Yearbook, Inc. 1997.

Marchetti D. Houck K. Pap Smears and Colposcopy in Pietrantoni M, and Dannakas G, (eds): A Practical Approach to Obstetrics and Gynecology. Mosby Yearbook, Inc. 1997.

ratings & reviews


Our Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to care provider related questions from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about Patient Satisfaction Rating.


5.00 / 5.0


Give easy to understand instruction
Provider expl in way you understand
Provider listen carefully to you
Show respect for what you say
Spend enough time with you
May 29, 2021

I can't say enough about the excellent level of care I receive from Dr. Houck and staff.

May 14, 2021

My initial visit with Dr. Houck on [...] was incredibly positive. I felt completely heard, understood and respected. She was excellent at helping me think through my concerns and address them.

April 13, 2021

Dr. Karen Houck is the Best, I will continue to use her services,

April 13, 2021

Dr. Houck performed a hysterectomy with robotics for me on [...]. She and her entire team were so wonderful and so professional. I was very nervous but they made me feel at ease. Everything that was done to me was explained clearly. My post menopausal bleeding had gone on for over a year so this procedure really cured that problem and I went home the same day. Recovery had a little bit of pain but it was very tolerable. I only took the prescription ibuprofen for a few days and that was it. Never thought I'd have such a quick recovery. I am so grateful to Dr. Houck and her team, including Nurse [...] who helped a lot with all of my medical questions. I would highly recommend Dr. Houck and Temple Hospital to anyone that asks about my experience and procedure. Thank you very much!

April 12, 2021

I am so thankful for this experience. I have never had such a good visit with a doctor.

March 22, 2021

Dr. Houck is a gift to anyone who is blessed enough to have her as a physician and [...] and her assistant in the office are just wonderful and attentive. I wish all medical experience could be thus.

March 22, 2021

Dr Houck is always professional and focused during my appointment. Dr Houck never rushes, but she makes sure all my questions are answered. Also, [...] was attentive and assisted Dr Houck as needed.

March 15, 2021

Excellent experience. Dr. Houck and her assistant are caring, knowledgeable, and treat you with respect. Good people and extremely professional. They are the best.

February 27, 2021


February 22, 2021

Best specialist I've ever been to my entire life. She was incredibly informative and made me feel welcome the entire appointment.

February 22, 2021

I continue to be extremely pleased by the care I receive from Dr. Houck and nurse [...]. I always come away feeling reassured and empowered, and never rushed. I couldn't ask for more! Thanks for the whole team at Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple Hospital, including the nurses at the Infusion Center.

February 16, 2021

Excellent care & treatment from entire team.

January 26, 2021

keep up the good work

January 11, 2021

I drive two hours [...] to see Dr. Houck. and she's worth it. I would follow her to the moon...

November 24, 2020

Very professional and caring and knowledgeable. [...]

November 18, 2020


November 17, 2020

Karen Houck is the best OB/GYN I have met, she's so nice & explains everything.

November 16, 2020

Being under Dr. Houck and her team is like being with my family.

September 24, 2020

Dr. Houck and her team were amazing. They made me feel extremely comfortable and calm during my visits and surgery. I would recommend Dr. Houck to all of my family and friends!