Sections

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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. All of our specialists are trained in board certified maternal-fetal medicine fellowship programs and have extensive experience in managing high-risk pregnancies. We provide pre-conception counseling, prenatal care, consultations during pregnancy, comprehensive ultrasound evaluations, and fetal echocardiography. We are experts in the management of complex medical issues, transplant patients, and pregnancies complicated by fetal anomalies. We pride ourselves in utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, and have a long history of comprehensive and compassionate care for women carrying high-risk pregnancies from conception to birth, and postpartum. Our dedicated team includes maternal-fetal medicine specialists, physician assistants, high risk nurses, nutritionists and diabetes educators, expert perinatal sonographers, and genetic counselors.

We offer a full spectrum of prenatal diagnoses in our advanced Fetal and Neonatal Care Center for care of mothers and babies with complex anomalies. Our multi-disciplinary Fetal Center, directed by Dr. Jacques Abramowicz, allows collaboration with neonatal and pediatric subspecialists, such as cardiologists, urologists, neurosurgeons, pediatric surgeons, and members of the intensive care team. At the Family Birth Center, our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with sophisticated imaging technology to support definitive diagnosis for congenital disorders. Our team of highly skilled specialists brings together more than 150 years of collective experience.  We work in close collaboration with the neonatology team; in fact, our new labor and delivery suite is located in the Comers Children’s Hospital just one floor above the neonatal intensive care unit, to provide prompt access to specialized neonatal care for our patients.

Our newly developed Placenta Center provides expert collaborative care for patients with abnormal placentation, including placenta accrete/increta and percreta. We offer a thorough evaluation of patients through advanced ultrasonography, MRI, and comprehensive care at the time of delivery with the involvement of experts, including specialists in maternal fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology, obstetric anesthesia, blood banking, urology, intensive care, neonatology, expert nursing, and social work. The University of Chicago Perinatal Center includes 14 Illinois hospitals which range from level III status (current highest designation in Illinois) to hospitals which do not provide obstetric services.  We provide education, participate in quality improvement, and attend all state-required reviews of maternal and perinatal deaths and selected cases of maternal morbidity, identifying health care needs and improving maternal and neonatal care in our center and throughout the state.

We provide our specialist care at a number of locations for convenience of our patients and referring providers.

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, which has produced 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. The section is also involved in studies related to prematurity funded through March of Dimes. In addition, the section has an active ultrasound research program, consisting of multiple ongoing projects, that is directed by Dr. Jacques Abramowicz.

The Section is dedicated to excellence in teaching and is responsible for educating students, residents, and fellows 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. In addition, Dr. Rana directs a one year non-ACGME Obstetrics and Gynecology Translational Research Fellowship.

Sarosh Rana

Sarosh Rana, MD, MPH

Chief, Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology