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Fellowship Training Program in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Program Director: Sandy Ramos, MD

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Training Program focuses on providing State-of-the-Art care for High-Risk pregnancy and has a strong emphasis on training in basic science and clinical research.

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program at University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine is approved for three fellows in any three-year cycle. This fellowship provides a broad base in the practice of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, incorporating both clinical and basic science elements, and is focused on preparing graduates for careers in academic medicine.

The mission of the UCSD Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship program is to produce physicians who provide innovative, compassionate, culturally competent, and comprehensive health care for women. This is accomplished through promoting lifelong learning, research, and clinical care of diverse patients within a variety of settings.

The program aims to recruit a diverse group of ObGyn residency graduates.  The educational objective is to educate and train, over a period of three years, fellow graduates that will become highly competent MFM physicians and leaders in the field.


The clinical and research activities of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine offer a diverse training program, supported by physician scientists and academic clinicians. This provides exposure to different practice approaches, patient populations, and experiences throughout the course of fellows training.                                     

  • Sandy Ramos, MD - Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program; Director, Diabetes and Pregnancy Program
    Expertise - treating women with chronic medical complications such as diabetes to help ensure safe deliveries of healthy infants while maintaining optimal health of mothers.  She is also experienced in managing invasive placentation and other fetal high-risk conditions.

  • Jerasimos Ballas, MD
Expertise - maternal chronic illnesses including diabetes and hypertension, ultrasound evaluation of fetal abnormalities, and management of invasive placentation.

             Expertise - fetal anomalies, high risk pregnancies including medical complications of pregnancy

Expertise - medical complications affecting pregnancy, including HIV.  Fetal disorders such as isoimmunization and complex birth defects; and placental disorders such as invasive placentation.
  • Thomas Kelly, MD - Director, Division of Perinatal Medicine; Director, Maternity Services; Director, Fourth Year Sub-intership
Expertise - medical complications of pregnancy and fetal diagnosis.
Expertise - performing invasive fetal procedures for prenatal screening and diagnosis, including chorionic villus sampling (CVS), amniocentesis, and fetal blood sampling and intrauterine transfusions.
Expertise - treating women who are at risk for preeclampsia or fetal growth restriction.
Expertise - treating women with chronic medical complications of diabetes and prenatal diagnosis of fetal abnormalities

  • Robert Resnik, MD (Emeritus)
Expertise - Maternal medical disorders, fetal growth disturbances and placental invasion.
Expertise - fetal imaging and treating pregnant women with autoimmune disorders, cardiac disorders, and transplant recipients.  She also cares for women having twins or higher-order multiples.
Expertise - preeclampsia, placental insufficiency, thrombophilia, and coagulation disorders
Expertise - fetal imaging, amniotic fluid abnormalities, blood clotting disorders during pregnancy and blood group (Rh) incompatibility