Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

Division director: Alison G. Cahill, MD, MSCI

The Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Ultrasound provides comprehensive assessment, care and consultation to pregnant women and their physicians. We also contribute to the education of medical students and ob/gyn residents, in addition to offering a rigorous fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine. Our faculty are engaged in research at all levels, from understanding reproductive development and function to clinical trials aimed at decreasing incidents of preterm birth.

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Our clinical mission

Care is provided at the Center for Advanced Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital at the Washington University-BJH Campus, the Center for Women’s Wellness at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, as well as Progress West HealthCare Center, O’Fallon, Missouri. We seek to optimize the outcome for all pregnancies, regardless of risk, using an integrated care approach, cutting edge technology and coordination of care with referring physicians. Our services span pre-conceptional risk assessment and counseling, care during pregnancy and post-conceptional follow up. Care is supported by modern prenatal diagnosis technologies designed to enhance the assessment of fetal conditions and maximize reproductive options.

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Our educational mission

While providing top quality medical care, we are actively engaged in education of community physicians, subspecialty fellows, ob/gyn residents and Washington University medical students. We take great pride in our commitment to education, and several of our faculty members have been honored for excellence in teaching by the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APOG) and the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG).

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Our research mission

Members of our highly collaborative faculty are engaged in all phases of research, driven to improve the way we care for women through advances in medical diagnosis and therapy. Our investigators are consistently funded by the likes of the National Institutes of Health, the March of Dimes, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and other professional and medical research organizations.

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Read more about our research in preterm birth »

The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center

Washington University is home to one of five Prematurity Research Centers established by the March of Dimes Foundation. This virtual center brings together investigators across disciplines to forge a transdisciplinary team focused on predicting and preventing preterm births.

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Our faculty