Women's Healthcare/High-Risk ObstetricsMaternal-Fetal Medicine

Maternal-Fetal MedicineHigh-Risk Obstetrics

Division Chief: Luis Pacheco MD

About 10 percent of all pregnancies are thought to be "high risk." This means that a maternal or fetal condition is present that could affect the health or well-being of the mother or the baby. Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists, or "Perinatologists," have the training and expertise to care for these complicated pregnancies. After completing their Ob/Gyn training, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists undergo three years of extra training to teach them to deal with even the most complex pregnancies. Although many general obstetrician-gynecologists have experience caring for high-risk pregnancies, there are times when consultation with, or turning the care over to, one of our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists can make all the difference for a mother, baby, or both!

We specialize in the care of women with complicated medical problems, such as:

  • hypertension
  • diabetes
  • thyroid disease
  • seizures
  • maternal cardiac disorders
  • critical care during pregnacy

We specialize in advanced obstetrical ultrasound and care for fetuses with anomalies or other conditions requiring surveillance and treatment. 

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists at UTMB have written the textbooks and guidelines that others use when caring for pregnant women and their babies.

Maternal Fetal Medicine

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OBGYN Providers

Behnia, Fara

Fara Behnia MD
clinical | research
Assistant Professor
Co-Director, MFM Ultrasound

Clark, Shannon

Shannon Clark MD
Clinical | Research 
Associate Program Director of OB/Gyn Residency Program

Clifford, Corey

Corey Clifford DO
clinical | research
Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director MFM Fellowship

Fox, Karin

Karin Fox MD
clinical | research
Medical Director Placenta Accreta Spectrum Program

Harirah, Hassan

Hassan Harirah MD
Director of OB/Gyn Residency Program

Jain, Sangeeta

Sangeeta Jain, MD
Director of MFM Ultrasound

Olson, Gale

Gayle Olson MD
Director of OB/Gyn MFM Fellowship

Omere, Chasey

Chasey Ikuvbogie Omere MD
clinical | research
Assistant Professor
Assistant Clerkship Director

Pacheco, Luis

Luis D. Pacheco MD
clinical | research
Division Chief of Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine
Director of Obstetrical Critical Care

Patawaran, Maria

Maria Patawaran DNP, WHNP-BC, MSN
Maternal and Child Specialist - Women's Health,
Administrative Director of Regional Maternal & Child Health Program


Stone, Amanda

Amanda Stone NP
Women's Healthcare Specialist