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Jeanne Steinbronn Sheffield, M.D.

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  • Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics


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


The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Phipps Building # 203
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Dr. Jeanne Sheffield is the director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine  and a professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Her areas of clinical and research expertise include medical and surgical complications of pregnancy with a focus on infectious diseases and immunizations in pregnancy. 

Dr. Sheffield earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and her medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She did her residency in obstetrics and gynecology there, and then completed a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in maternal-fetal medicine. She joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2015. 

Dr. Sheffield serves on a number of national boards and committees. She is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Gynecologic and Obstetrics Society, the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and the Infectious Disease Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is currently on the board of directors for the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and serves on the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She works with the National Institutes of Health on national grant reviews and safety monitoring boards, and has served on several working groups focusing on improving the pregnancy research infrastructure. She acts as a pregnancy consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is an active member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee. 

Dr. Sheffield has published many articles in obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine journals, and written numerous textbook chapters. She is currently an editor of Williams Obstetrics, the definitive obstetrics textbook used worldwide. She is a journal reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals in her specialty. more


  • Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham (1993)


  • University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine / Obstetrics and Gynecology (1997)


  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center / Maternal & Fetal Medicine (2000)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology / Maternal and Fetal Medicine (2003)
  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology / Obstetrics And Gynecology (2002)

Videos & Media

What is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist?

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

  • Induction of Labor at 39 Weeks May Reduce Rate of C-Sections, MedPage Today (02/2018)
  • Tranexamic Acid Immediately After Vaginal Delivery Cuts Risk of PPH, MedPage Today (02/2018)
  • CDC Announces New Zika Testing Recommendations, Johns Hopkins Gynecology & Obstetrics Newsletter (Winter 2018)
  • Normal Head Size at Birth Doesn’t Rule Out Microcephaly, Zika Syndrome After Birth, The Washington Post (11/2016)
  • Swine Flu Vax and Birth Defects: No Causality, MedPage Today (09/2016)
  • Study Shows How Zika is Sexually Transmitted, NBC News (08/2016)
  • With Little Known About Zika Virus, Hospitals Scramble to Stay Ahead, STAT (08/2016)
  • Infectious Disease Expert: ‘So Much We Don’t Know’ About Effects of Zika in Pregnancy, (07/2016)
  • How Worried Should You Be About Zika, Really? New York magazine (06/2016)
  • Mothers and Mothers-to-Be Assess the Risk from Zika, Take Precautions, The Baltimore Sun (05/2016)
  • Brain Damage in Zika Babies is Far Worse than Doctors Expected, The Wall Street Journal (04/2016)
  • Why Many U.S. Health Officials Are Calling for Urgent Action Against Zika, The Diane Rehm Show (04/2016)
  • Officials: Zika Cases Possible on Delmarva, Delmarva Now (03/2016)
  • Here's What the Experts Know About Zika, WBAL-TV (03/2016)
  • Researchers Find Link Between Zika, Microcephaly, WBAL-TV (03/2016)
  • GOP Congressmen Question the Need for $2 Billion to Fight Zika Virus, NPR (03/2016)
  • Maryland Confirms First Case of Zika Virus, The Baltimore Sun (02/2016)
  • The Rare Birth Defect That's Triggering Panic Over the Zika Virus, Explained, Vox (01/2016)

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