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Dr. Karen L. Noblett

Health Sciences Clinical Professor - Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Karen Noblett

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UCR Women's Health Clinic
19330 Jesse Lane, Suite 100
Riverside, Calif. 92508
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School of Medicine
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, Calif. 92521
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Education and Training

  • Master of Advanced Studies, Clinical Research, University of California, San Diego
  • Fellowship, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Fellowship, Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, University of California, Irvine
  • Residency, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California, Irvine
  • M.D., University of California, Irvine
  • B.A., Biology (Chemistry minor), California State University, Fresno
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Dr. Karen L. Noblett, M.D., joined the UCR School of Medicine faculty and became chair of OB-GYN at Riverside University Health System - Medical Center as part of that facility's partnership with UCR Health in September, 2014. She came to UCR after a long career at UC Irvine Medical Center, where she was serving as the interim chief medical officer.

While part of the UCI College of Medicine faculty, Noblett was director of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, division director of urogynecology, and an associate clinical professor and professor of urogynecology.

A native Californian, Noblett earned her bachelor's degree from Fresno State University, then attended UC Irvine to pursue her M.D. She conducted her residency and fellowship at UCI as well. She later went on to earn a master's degree in research from UC San Diego.

Noblett is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a  member of the California Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the American Medical Women's Association, American Urogynecology Society, and the International Society for Pelvic Neuromodulation. She belongs to the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and the Golden Key Society.

Research Interests

Noblett is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology for female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and urogynecology. She completed her fellowship at the University of California, Irvine under the tutelage of Dr. Donald Ostergard in 1998.

Her interest lies in the field of female urinary and fecal incontinence and pelvic reconstructive surgery. She currently has several grants for urinary tract symptoms in women with pelvic malignancy, implantable microstimulation for urinary urge incontinence.


  • Best Doctors in America®, Best Doctors, Inc., 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014.
  • Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) Physicians of Excellence Award, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014.
  • 43rd Annual Lauds and Laurels, School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award, 2013.
  • Outstanding Reviewer for the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2011 Academic Year, 2011.
  • Patients’ Choice Award, American Registry, 2011.
  • Kirk A. Keegan, Jr., M.D. Teaching Award, 2009, 2011.
  • UC Irvine School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010.
  • America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Consumers’ Research Council of America, Guide to America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2008, 2009.
  • University of California, Irvine, Stewardship Star, 2009.
  • Best Oral Paper Presentation, 29th Annual American Urogynecologic Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 2008.
  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Humanism in Medicine Award, 2008.
  • Visiting Professor, The University of Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan, 2007.
  • Stellar Star in Medicine Award, Presented by WomanSage, 2006.
  • Physician of Excellence Award , Orange Coast Magazine, 2006 & 2007.

Selected Publications

  • Noblett K, Benson K, Kreder K. Detailed Analysis of Adverse Events and Surgical Interventions in a Large Prospective Trial of Sacral Neuromodulation Therapy For Overactive Bladder Patients. Neurology and Urodynamics online NAU-16-0114.R2. Neurourol Urodyn. 2016 Aug 4. doi: 10.1002/nau.23076 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Siegel S, Noblett K, Mangel J, Griebling TL, Sutherland SE, Bird ET, Comiter C, Culkin D, Bennett J, Zylstra S, Kan F, Thiery E. Three Year Follow-Up Results of a Prospective, Multicenter Study in Overactive Bladder Subjects Treated with Sacral Neuromodulation. Urology. 2016 Apr 27. pii: S0090-4295(16)30121-2. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2016.04.024. [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1016/j.urology.2016.04.024
  • Noblett K. Neuromodulation and female pelvic disorders. Curr Opin Urol. 2016 Apr 11. [Epub ahead of print] Curr Opin Urol. 2016 Jul;26(4):321-7. Doi: 10.1097/MOU.0000000000000294
  • Noblett KL, Dmochowski RR, Vasavada SP, Garner AM, Liu S, Pietzsch JB. Cost profiles and budget impact of rechargeable versus non-rechargeable sacral neuromodulation devices in the treatment of overactive bladder syndrome. Neurourol Urodyn. 2016 Apr 6. doi: 10.1002/nau.23008. [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1002/nau.23008
  • Cadish L, Osann K, Noblett KL.  Stimulation latency and comparison of cycling regimens in women using sacral neuromodulation. Neurourol Urodyn. 2016 Feb 1. doi: 10.1002/nau.22962. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26828425
  • Price DM and Noblett KL. Prospective randomized crossover trial comparing continuous and cyclic stimulation in Interstim therapy. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2015 Nov-Dec;21(6):355-8. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000188
  • Brueseke T, Livingston B, Warda H, Osann K, Noblett K. Risk Factors for Surgical Site Infection in Patients Undergoing Sacral Nerve Modulation Therapy. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jul-Aug;21(4):198-204. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000183.     PMID: 26052646
  • Noblett K, Brueseke T, Lin F, Rosenblatt P. Comparison of mesh placed transvaginally vs mesh placed abdominally at the time of sacrocolpopexy. Int Urogynecol J. 2015 Jan; 26(1): 79-83. doi: 10.1007/s00192-014-2469-8. Epub 2014 Jul 30.
  • Noblett K, Siegel S, Mangel J, Griebling TL, Sutherland SE, Bird ET, comiter C, Culkin D, Bennett J, Zylstra S, Kan F, Berg KC. Results of a prospective, multicenter study evaluating quality of life, safety, and efficacy of sacral neuromodulation at 12 months in subjects with symptoms of overactive bladder. Neurourol Urodyn, 2014 Dec 24. doi: 10.1002/nau.22707. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Linda Cardozo, David Staskin, Brooke Currie, Ingela Wiklund, Denise Globe, Manuel Signori, Roger Dmochowski, Scott MacDiarmid, Victor W. Nitti, Karen Noblett. Validation of a bladder symptom screening tool in women with incontinence due to overactive bladder. Int J Urogynecol; 2014 Dec; 25(12): 1655-63. doi: 10.1007/s00192-014-2417-7. Epub 2014 May 24.
  • Jacobs SA, Lane FL, Osann KE, Noblett KL. Randomized prospective crossover study of InterStim lead wire placement with curved versus straight stylet. Neurourol Urodyn. 2014 Jun; 33(5): 488-92. doi: 10.1002/nau.22437. Epub 2013 Jun 4.
  • Noblett KL, Cadish LA. Sacral nerve stimulation for the treatment of refractory voiding and bowel dysfunction. Am J Obstet Gynecol; 2014 Feb; 210(2):99-106. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2013.07.025. pub2013 Jul27.
  • Siegel S, Noblett K, Mangel J, Griebling TL, Sutherland SE, Bird ET, Comiter C, Culkin D, Bennett J, Zylstra S, Berg KC, Kan F, Irwin CP. Results of a prospective, randomized, multicenter study evaluating sacral neuromodulation with InterStim therapy compared to standard medical therapy at 6-months in subjects with mild symptoms of overactive bladder.Neurourol Urodyn. 2014 Jan 10. doi: 10.1002/nau.22544.
  • Lee JK, Osann K, Noblett KL. Comparison Of Motor And Sensory Response Of Interstim For Overactive Bladder Syndrome. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2013 Nov-Dec;19(6):317-21.
  • Noblett KL, Cadish LA. Sacral Nerve Stimulation for the Treatment of Refractory Voiding and Bowel Dysfunction. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013 July 27. S0002-9378(13)00757-6.10.1016.
  • Lane FL, Jacobs S, Craig JB, Nistor G, Markle D, Noblett KL, Osann K, Keirstead H. In Vivo Recovery of the Inured Anal Sphincter after Repair and Injection of Myogenic Stem Cells an Experimental Model. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum. Accepted July 2013.
  • Jacobs S, Lane FL, Osann K, Noblett KL. Randomized Prospective Crossover Study of Interstim Lead Wire Placement with Curved vs Straight Stylet. Neurology and Urodynamics. 2013 Jun 4.

Book Chapters

  • Noblett KL, Jacobs S. Urgency Urinary Incontinence and Overactive Bladder. Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Clinical Practice & Surgical Atlas. Rogers, Sung, Iglesia, Thakar, Mc Graw Hill, New York, Ch. 29: 475-485, 2013.
  • Noblett KL, Markle D, and Skoczylas LC. Management of Urinary Incontinence and Retention. Atlas of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, 2nd ed. Editor J. Thomas Benson, Springer Science+Business Media LLC, New York, Ch 6: 111-148, 2009.
  • Noblett KL, Ostergard DR.  Gynecologic Disorders. Principles of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, 4th ed. Hazard, Ouslander, Blass, Ettinger and Halter, McGraw Hill, New York, Ch 60: 797-807, 1999.

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