We are accredited by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program is a 3-year training program that provides both strong clinical and basic science experience to prepare individuals for an academic career and clinical practice. The program currently accepts two to three fellows to the program per year.
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program is a thriving and vigorous program that has been in existence since 1977. In the last 38 years, 40 fellows have graduated from the program.
The Division is staffed by 18 full-time faculty members with expertise in diverse areas of high-risk obstetrics, critical care Obstetrics, fetal diagnosis and therapy, and three MD, Ph.D. clinician scientists. The supporting staff includes 23 sonographers, 11 genetic counselors, one certified diabetic educator, two advanced nurse practitioners, and 8 research coordinators. We seek fellows with enthusiasm for excellence in clinical care and research with the potential for a significant and sustained contribution to education.
We provide education and training of fellows through hands-on, supervised ultrasound scanning with international experts in the field, direct involvement in care of women with medical and surgical, and critical care disorders, and a multitude of conferences on all aspects of maternal-fetal medicine. In addition, we provide research training in both basic and clinical research. We have been a member of the NICHD Maternal-fetal Medicine Network for the past 14 years, and our fellows are actively involved in conducting secondary analyzes from studies conducted by the Network.
The Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty include three senior faculty members with extensive experience in training of fellows: Dr. Baha Sibai, Fellowship Director, Dr. Sean Blackwell, Departmental Chair, and Dr. Suneet Chauhan, PI of NICHD-MFMU Network. In addition, the division has four faculty members with training in fetal diagnosis and in-utero therapy, two faculty members with training in Critical Care Obstetrics, one faculty member who is a Pediatric Cardiologist with expertise in fetal echocardiography, and several junior faculty members. As well as, two research scientists faculty members with MD, Ph.D. degrees (both completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology).
Program Director: Baha M. Sibai, MD
Dr. Sibai is an internationally recognized researcher and clinician in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. During the past 30 years, Dr. Sibai has maintained an impressive track record in educating, training and mentoring more than 70 fellows and junior faculty in maternal-fetal medicine. He also has an extensive history of grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and has led several multi-center clinical trials. He serves as the Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program, Alternate Principle Investigator for Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network at University of Texas, Houston. He is the founding member and the first president of the North American Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy, and the former President of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP). In addition, he served as a member of the recent ACOG Taskforce on Hypertension in Pregnancy.
Dr. Sibai is a leading authority in the care and treatment of women with preeclampsia, eclampsia, pre-term birth, rare obstetric syndromes, medical and surgical disorders in pregnancy, including maternal infections related to cesarean delivery, and medical and obstetric emergencies during pregnancy and childbirth. He has published more than 550 peer-reviewed articles in various scientific journals, numerous chapters in textbooks, and was the editor of several textbooks, including the most recent book entitled Management of Acute Obstetrics Emergency in Labor and Delivery.
Other Maternal-Fetal Medicine Faculty:
Memorial Hermann Hospital – Texas Medical Center is a full-service hospital of approximately 465 beds that provides care for a broad based cross section of patients, including approximately 10% charity or non-funded patients. There is a Women’s and Children’s Center which houses a 38-bed labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum unit and intensive and basic nursery services and other pediatric services. This hospital has an active Maternal-Fetal Transfer service (>300 per year) and is the tertiary helicopter transport center for the region. The daily census of high-risk antepartum patients is usually 20–26. The Center also has an active Antepartum Testing Unit that sees approximately 50–60 patients per week. In 2014, there were 4,790 deliveries at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital is operated by the Harris County Hospital District. All medical services are provided by faculty and fellows of The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. The hospital is a tertiary, full-service facility which maintains approximately 324 beds: 85 beds are devoted to OB/GYN (73 obstetric beds and 12 gynecology beds).The Birthing Center has 16 LDR rooms, a six-bed Maternal-Fetal Special Care Unit, and a Perinatal Testing Center which provides high-risk pregnancy evaluation. The hospital has a Level III nursery, with 20 intensive care beds. In 2014, there were 2,730 deliveries at LBJ.
Fellowship Training Requirements
Minimum of 36 Months
Application Process to the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program
Cynthia M. Garcia
MFM Fellowship Coordinator