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Maternal-Fetal Medicine Research

Our Program

The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine is engaged in clinical, basic bench and epidemiological research as one of its primary missions. Our strength lies in the expertise and diverse interests of our faculty, as well as in the collaborations with multiple other disciplines and departments throughout the School of Medicine, The Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the School of Biomedical Engineering. The strong research infrastructure of the Johns Hopkins University forms a solid foundation for the success of our integrated research program for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

We have established the Integrated Research Center for Fetal Medicine, Nutrition in Pregnancy Clinic, JH Womb (Johns Hopkins Well-being of Mothers and Babies) Program and Physiology In Pregnancy Program.

Our research faculty participate in The Johns Hopkins Women’s Health Research Group, a collaborative network of researchers from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health.

Our research program now provides semi-monthly meetings (“Work in Progress/laboratory data” and “Research concepts”) to foster multi-disciplinary research through pilot programs and retreats.

Our Research Director

Photo of Dr. Irina Burd, M.D., Ph.D.

Burd, Irina, M.D., Ph.D.

Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Fetal Cardiology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, High Risk OB, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Women's Reproductive Health
Research Interests: fetal brain development
 

Faculty Research

Select a faculty member to learn more about his/her research and to view recent publications.

Photo of Dr. Abimbola Aina, M.D.

Aina, Abimbola, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Maternal Fetal Medicine, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics
Research Interests: Preterm labor, Thrombophilia in pregnancy, Cervical incompetence
 
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Argani, Cynthia Holcroft, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director, Labor and Delivery at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Gynecology and Obstetrics, High Risk OB, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Women's Reproductive Health
Research Interests: placental histopathology, perinatal disease
 
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Baschat, Ahmet Alexander, M.D.

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Joint Appointment in Surgery
Director, Center for Fetal Therapy
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS), Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, Exit Procedure, Fetal Cardiac Defects, Fetal Echo, Fetal Hydrops, Fetal Hydrothorax, Fetal Surgery, Fetal Tracheal Balloon Occlusion, Fetoscopy, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Intrauterine Growth Restriction, Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics, Placental Dysfunction, Prenatal Ultrasound, Spina Bifida, Twin Anemia Polycythemia Sequence, Twin Reversed Arterial Perfusion, Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome
 
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Bienstock, Jessica Linda, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director, Division of Education, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director of Residency Program for Gynecology and Obstetrics
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Gynecology and Obstetrics, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrical Ultrasound, Obstetrics
Research Interests: fetal ultrasound abnormalities, fetal genetic disorders, medical education in obstetrics and gynecology
 
Photo of Dr. Karin J Blakemore, M.D.

Blakemore, Karin J, M.D.

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Professor of Oncology
Director, Prenatal Genetics, Prenatal Diagnostic Center
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Gynecology and Obstetrics, Human Genetics, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics
Research Interests: Fetal genetic disorders, Fetal imaging, In Utero Bone Marrow Transplantation, Hemoglobinopathies, Red cell and platelet alloimmunization, Intrapartum physiology and outcomes, Placental development and abnormalities
 
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Crino, Jude, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director, First Trimester Screening Program
Director, Perinatal Ultrasound
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Fetal Echo, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrical Ultrasound, Obstetrics
Research Interests: Perinatal ultrasound, Perinatal infection
 
Photo of Dr. Rita Wesley Driggers, M.D.

Driggers, Rita Wesley, M.D.

Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Medical Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Sibley Memorial Hospital
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Gynecology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Women's Reproductive Health
Research Interests: Preterm birth, Pregnancy and diabetes
 
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Graham, Ernest Marshall, M.D.

Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Gynecology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics
Research Interests: intrapartum fetal monitoring, perinatal brain injury
 
Photo of Dr. Edith D Gurewitsch Allen, M.D.

Gurewitsch Allen, Edith D, M.D.

Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Gynecology and Obstetrics, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics
Research Interests: shoulder dystocia, obstetric brachial plexus injury, simulation training
 
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Henderson, Janice Lynn, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Coordinator, Nutrition in Pregnancy Clinic
Director, Fetal Assessment Center
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Fetal Cardiology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, High Risk OB, Multiple Gestations, Obesity, Obstetrics
Research Interests: obesity in pregnancy
 
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Hueppchen, Nancy, M.D., M.S.

Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Associate Dean for Curriculum, School of Medicine
Director of Medical Student Education, GYN/OB
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Gynecology and Obstetrics, High Risk OB, Medical Education, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics
Research Interests: fetal ultrasound abnormalities, fetal genetic disorders, abnormal maternal serum screening, resident and medical student education
 
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Jelin, Angie Child, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Amniocentesis, Chorionic Villus Sampling, Fetal Anomalies, Fetal Ultrasound, High Risk OB, Obstetrics, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Women's Reproductive Health
Research Interests: fetal genetic disorders, whole exome sequencing
 
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Johnson, Clark Timothy, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: High Risk OB, Obstetrics, Prenatal Ultrasound
Research Interests: Optimization of delivery methods for specific patient populations, policy and maternal health implications, obstetric study methodology
 
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Julien, Svena Delina, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Gynecology and Obstetrics, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics
 
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Milio, Lorraine Anne, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Co-Director, HALO Program
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Gynecology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics
 
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Miller, Jena Lyn, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS), Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, Exit Procedure, Fetal Cardiac Defects, Fetal Echo, Fetal Hydrops, Fetal Surgery, Fetoscopy, Gynecology, High Risk OB, Intrauterine Growth Restriction, Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics, Placental Dysfunction, Prenatal Ultrasound, Spina Bifida, Twin Anemia Polycythemia Sequence, Twin Reversed Arterial Perfusion, Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome
 
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Neale, Donna Maria, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Gynecology and Obstetrics, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Women's Reproductive Health
Research Interests: gestational diabetes, preeclampsia
 
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Satin, Andrew Jay, M.D.

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Dorothy Edwards Professor of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Gynecology and Obstetrics, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics
 
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Sheffield, Jeanne S, M.D.

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: High Risk OB, HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics, Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Research Interests: Infectious diseases in pregnancy, maternal immunizations, medical and surgical complications in pregnancy
 
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Szymanski, Linda Marie, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Medical Director, Labor & Delivery and Inpatient Obstetric Services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Director, Multiple Gestation Clinic
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Exercise Physiology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics
Research Interests: Exercise in pregnancy, hypertension in pregnancy
 
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Timofeev, Julia, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Gynecology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Obstetrics
 
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Vaught, Arthur, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Gynecology, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics
 
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Witter, Frank R, M.D.

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Gynecology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Toxicology