Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program

Detroit Medical Center / Wayne State University / Perinatology Research Branch
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LAMI YEO, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.I.U.M.

Section Head of Fetal Cardiology, Perinatology Research Branch, NICHD/NIH/DHHS
Director, DMC/WSU/PRB Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program
Associate Director, Combined Maternal-Fetal Medicine / Medical Genetics and Genomics Fellowship Program


About Our Training Program

Welcome to our Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) Fellowship Training Program, which continues for three years. Our goal is to train individuals to provide specialized patient care in Maternal-Fetal Medicine as well as to prepare candidates for a career in academic medicine as physician-scientists.

This combined program is sponsored by the Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Perinatology Research Branch, NICHD/NIH/DHHS. Ours is the only MFM Fellowship Program affiliated with NICHD/NIH/DHHS.

The Fellowship Program provides exceptional clinical training, a comprehensive and in-depth educational experience, and broad research opportunities.

Since 1983, our Fellowship has emphasized a diverse, multi-disciplinary approach to complications of pregnancy. Fellows have access to state-of-the-art equipment, dedicated laboratory and research space, and the opportunity to foster close relationships with those in other disciplines. The Fellowship emphasizes clinical, translational, and basic science research. The Perinatology Research Branch publishes approximately 50 peer-reviewed papers per year and is the recipient of numerous awards for both clinical and translational research.

The Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has been an internationally recognized academic center in women’s health and child development for the past 50 years. The Division of MFM is comprised of faculty members recognized internationally for making seminal contributions to our discipline.

The Fellowship includes a comprehensive, broad, and diverse educational program on a weekly basis (e.g. formal lectures, conferences, courses, grand rounds, symposiums). Education of Fellows is an important priority of the Program.

The Program is accredited by the ACGME and is approved for seven positions total (two to three positions available for the first year of training).

Ideal candidates for the Program are well-trained individuals who thrive in a rigorous, intellectual, and challenging environment and who are goal-oriented and self-motivated. Many graduates of our Program are leading academicians, physician-scientists, and researchers in our field.

A combined Maternal-Fetal Medicine / Medical Genetics and Genomics Fellowship is also available.

Fellows may also opt to complete a PhD degree, which is based in the Department of Physiology at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine.

Mission of the Fellowship Program

  • A Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) subspecialist is an obstetrician/gynecologist who, by virtue of additional education, cares for and/or provides consultation on women with complications of pregnancy and is expected to:
    • Have advanced knowledge of obstetrical, medical, and surgical complications of pregnancy and their effects on the mother and fetus
    • Be skilled in the areas of prenatal ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis
    • Have clinical competence in MFM and be able to function as a consultant to obstetricians/gynecologists for women with complicated pregnancies
    • Have advanced knowledge of newborn adaptation
    • Be able to function effectively in the arenas of basic and clinical research in MFM to advance the discipline and remain current in a rapidly changing field
  • At the completion of Fellowship training, the Fellow should be:
    • Capable of managing complex maternal-fetal health care problems, scientific inquiry, and critical evaluation of the literature
    • Able to function as a consultant to obstetricians and other medical specialists

Clinical and Research Curriculum

  • Clinical rotations include:
    • High-risk Maternal-Fetal Medicine (outpatient, inpatient)
    • Obstetrical Ultrasound and Fetal Echocardiography
    • Labor and Delivery
    • Intensive Care Unit
    • Elective rotations (e.g. Obstetrical Anesthesiology, Pediatric Cardiology, Gynecologic Ultrasound)
  • Research:
    • Fellows complete 18 months of research in state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories.
    • The Perinatology Research Branch has both clinical and laboratory divisions available, including an animal facility. The PRB houses laboratories focusing on placental pathology, molecular biology, immunology, and cytogenetics. There is a focus on original clinical, translational, and basic research in parturition, reproductive immunology, microbiology and infectious disease, placental pathology and biology, biomarker discovery, and systems biology in reproduction. Novel and advanced research is also conducted in fetal and maternal sonography, fetal cardiology, and fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
    • Fellows participate in the implementation of all research protocols and have the opportunity to learn about the design, execution, and analysis of longitudinal studies.
    • Fellows are exposed to research design, grant writing, research methodology, and scientific writing through formal lectures and courses.
    • The Perinatology Research Branch has a Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, which provides epidemiology and biostatistical expertise.
    • The C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development is a basic research facility located on the campus of Wayne State University School of Medicine. This facility is specifically dedicated to laboratories where research in Obstetrics and Gynecology is conducted. The primary mission of the Mott Center is to foster basic and clinical biomedical research on reproduction and development.


  • Lami Yeo, MD
  • Roberto Romero, MD, D.Med.Sci.
  • Chaur-Dong Hsu, MD, MPH
  • Susan Berman, MD, MBA, MS
  • Stanley M. Berry, MD
  • David R. Bryant, MD
  • Tinnakorn Chaiworapongsa, MD
  • Agustin Conde-Agudelo, MD, MPH, PhD
  • Bogdan Done, PhD
  • Gerald L. Feldman, MD, PhD
  • Valeria Garcia-Flores, PhD
  • Nardhy Gomez-Lopez, PhD
  • Bernard Gonik, MD
  • Lawrence Grossman, PhD
  • Mark Haacke, PhD
  • Sonia S. Hassan, MD
  • Suzanne M. Jacques, MD
  • Jeffrey Johnson, MD
  • Eun Jung Jung, MD
  • Mohammad Mehrmohammadi, PhD
  • Faisal Qureshi, MD
  • Roger Pique-Regi, PhD
  • Adi L. Tarca, PhD
  • Kevin R. Theis, PhD

Current Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellows

Robert Para (Year 3)
Priya Prasad (Year 3)
Katie Swor (Year 3)
Carmen Paredes (Year 2)
Ola Hadaya (Year 1)
Tomi Kanninen (Year 1)

Application Requirements

  • Successful completion of an ACGME-approved residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE: Parts 1, 2, and 3 (results)
  • CREOG scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One page summary of your goals:
    • Rationale for pursuing Fellowship training and other aspects that you consider helpful in assessing your application
    • Future plans after completion of Fellowship training
  • Describe any previous experience in research and whether this has led to a degree (e.g. MPH, PhD)
  • Registration for the specialty matching service of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) must be completed
  • Graduates from an approved or recognized medical school outside of the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico must present a valid ECFMG Certificate from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
  • Formal Application

Application Instructions

Contact Information

  • Address:
    Detroit Medical Center / Hutzel Women’s Hospital
    3990 John R. Street, 4 Brush
    Detroit, Michigan 48201
  • Phone: (313) 577-9320
  • Fax: (313) 577-8986
  • Email:
  • Fellowship Coordinator: Ms. Julie Huff