Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

  • Our MFM faculty

    From the left: Drs. Roxane Holt, Nicole Sprawka (left practice), Mahmoud Ismail, Sarosh Rana (Section Chief), Jacques Abramowicz, and Deborah Boyle. Not pictured: Dr. Howard Grundy.

The Section of Maternal fetal Medicine at the University of Chicago provides comprehensive care to patients with a wide range of complex maternal and fetal issues. We pride ourselves in utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, and we have a long history of comprehensive and compassionate care for women carrying high-risk pregnancies. Our dedicated team includes maternal- fetal medicine specialists, physician assistants, high risk nurses, nutritionists and diabetes educators, expert perinatal sonographers and a genetic counselor.

All of our specialists are trained in a board certified maternal-fetal medicine fellowship program and have extensive experience in managing high-risk pregnancies. We provide pre-conception counseling, prenatal care, consultations during pregnancy  and comprehensive ultrasound evaluations. We are experts in management of complex medical issues and multiple gestations. We also specialize in care for pregnancies with fetal anomalies, and our multi-disciplinary “Fetal Center” allows collaboration with neonatal and pediatric colleagues and genetic counselors.

Our Section hosts an active research program, primarily focused on characterization and treatment of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. We have an international reputation for our scholarly work, including major findings relating to angiogenic factors and  preeclampsia. Currently, our work is focused on the use of biomarkers for the prediction of preeclampsia-related adverse maternal and fetal outcomes, which can aid in the risk stratification of women with preeclampsia. We are actively involved in clinical trials involving novel therapies for preeclampsia. The section is also involved in studies related to prematurity funded through March of Dimes.

The Section is dedicated to excellent teaching and is responsible for educating students and residents in the diagnosis and treatment of medical and fetal complications during pregnancy. With our colleagues at NorthShore University HealthSystem, we offer a highly competitive, ABOG-approved Fellowship training program in Maternal Fetal Medicine.