Welcome from the Division Director
The UK College of Medicine Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine is dedicated to the care of women with high risk pregnancies. We represent a group of professionals with special interests within our field and have physicians listed in Best Doctors in America. We have established programs to provide pregnant women and health care providers throughout central and eastern Kentucky unique opportunities to obtain access to our specialized services.
John O'Brien, MD
Division Director and Professor
Many abnormalities can be diagnosed by ultrasound and this provides opportunity for physicians to plan optimal care strategies. At our Bluegrass High Risk Ultrasound Unit located at 123 East Maxwell on the campus of Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington, our group provides advanced sonography. Consultation for a variety of genetic problems is available to patients from the only genetics counselor in the region dedicated exclusively to the care of pregnant women, Natasha Combs. Dr. Nancy Hendrix, a maternal fetal medicine specialist with additional training in medical genetics, directs care for these complex cases. Our maternal fetal medicine specialists work closely with the numerous pediatric subspecialists in neonatology, surgery, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, urology, nephrology, plastic surgery, and others to provide newborns and pregnant women with the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic options including fetal MRI.
Advancing care for pregnant women is a priority of the division of maternal fetal medicine. We have initiatives in developmental programming to study varied gene expression in response to environmental exposures, substance use treatment, and prevention of preterm birth complications. Dr. Niraj Chavan, MD, MPH works closely with colleagues in epidemiology, from the College of Nursing - Dr. Kristin Ashford, Neonatology - Dr. John Bauer, and the Center for Health Services Research to move care forward for pregnant women throughout the Commonwealth and the world. We hope you will consider helping us improve the potential for future generations of Kentuckians.