Physicians and Staff
Kristin Atkins, MD
Dr. Atkins is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is also Director of Labor and Delivery Services and is a key member of the Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine. A specialist in perinatology, she is interested in the management of high risk pregnancy and prenatal diagnosis, specifically focused on maternal care in cases of fetal abnormalities.
Stephen Contag, MD
Dr. Contag is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He recently joined the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine in July of 2014. His expertise is in maternal and fetal medicine, specifically in the areas of ultrasound, fetal transfusion and obstetrical surgery. His research spans the areas of abnormal fetal growth, placental disease in pregnancy, and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. He has published both clinical and basic research related to these areas of interest. Dr. Contag is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, The Society for Reproductive Investigation, The American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine and the International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Lauren Doyle, MGC, is a Board Certified Genetic Counselor. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Master’s in Genetic Counseling Program, Lauren joined the Center for Advanced Fetal Care in 2009. Her prenatal interests center on advanced screening technologies, and she also has clinical experience with oncology and neurology. Beyond clinical work, Lauren is active in educating students in other healthcare professions and the genetic counseling training program about genetic and genomic medicine.
Christopher R. Harman, MD
Dr. Harman is the director of the Center for Advanced Fetal Care, Chief of the Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is an expert in fetal health evaluation, and led the team that performed the first intravascular fetal transfusion in North America. He is one of the developers of the Biosphysical Profile Score – the preeminent fetal assessment method, and has also conducted extensive research on alloimmunization. In addition to numerous publications on fetal medicine, Dr. Harman is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society.
Amanda Higgs, MGC, CGC
Amanda Higgs is a prenatal genetic counselor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. She offers comprehensive prenatal genetic counseling, discussing appropriate screening and diagnostic options with patients who have various concerns including family history issues, abnormal ultrasound findings, maternal age and medication use during pregnancy.
Jerome N. Kopelman, MD
Dr. Kopelman is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His clinical focus includes antenatal fetal diagnosis and management of complex maternal medical complication. His research focus is in preterm labor and intrapartum management. Dr. Kopelman retired from the U.S. Army in 1998 as the Director of Obstetrics at The National Naval Medical Center and Senior Perinatologist in the Department of Defense. He served as the Vice Chair-Retired of the Army Section of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a member of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.
Jenna Plamondon, MSc, MSc, is a prenatal genetic counselor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. She earned a Master of Science in Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia in 2010, where she studied the genetic and epigenetic factors in a mouse model for multifactorial cleft lip. Jenna then received a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of Toronto in 2012. She joined Maryland's Center for Advanced Fetal Care as a practicing counselor in 2013. Jenna participates actively in the training of genetic counseling students in the University of Maryland Master's in Genetic Counseling Training Program.
Ozhan Turan, MD, PhD
Dr. Ozhan Turan is the new Director of Fetal Therapy and Complex Obstetric Surgery, and an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Turan has extensive research in fetal monitoring and Doppler ultrasound, and has recently developed 3D and 2D ultrasound methods to predict preterm labor. He has advanced training and experience in fetal interventions and complex maternal surgery.
Shifa Turan, MD
Dr. Shifa Turan is director of the Fetal Heart Program, and is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She developed first trimester fetal echocardiography to detect congenital cardiac abnormalities using 4D ultrasound. This new technique allows for earlier detection and treatment of heart abnormalities.
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