49th Annual High Risk Obstetrics Seminar

49th Annual High Risk Obstetrics Seminar

The 49th Annual High Risk Obstetrics Seminar is hosted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt Medical Center and will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023 from 7am - 5:30pm at the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs, located at 601 Corporate Centre Dr., Franklin, TN 37067.

This is a CME approved, live lecture-based seminar that will include general sessions in the morning and several afternoon workshop options. Topics will include amniotic fluid embolism, cardio obstetrics, fetal interventions and perinatal syphilis.

This activity has been approved for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Registration and payments must be made by Wednesday, October 11, 2023.

Please direct any questions to Jennifer Pelfrey at jennifer.l.pelfrey@vumc.org.




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Guest Speakers

 Irene Stafford

Irene A. Stafford, MD, MS
Associate Professor, McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston 
Associate Program Director Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Dr. Stafford began her career as a scientist, earning a Master of Science in Microbiology and Molecular Medicine at Clemson University. She attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Louisiana State University. She completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where she was able to explore and publish in the field of amniotic fluid embolism and clinical STI research.

Dr. Stafford subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. There she has created a new bridge between the basic and clinical science departments that continues to benefit the school of medicine, fellows, residents, and medical students at the university.

Several publications and oral presentations, along with an institutional grant surrounding STI and perinatal syphilis, have resulted from her work and dedication to this field. Dr. Stafford is the principal investigator of the largest amniotic fluid embolism registry and biorepository in collaboration with the Amniotic Fluid Embolism foundation.

 Adam Snyder

Adam Snyder, JD

Adam Snyder is an accomplished trial lawyer with an unparalleled commitment to litigating birth trauma, catastrophic injury, and women’s health matters. He founded the Birth Injury Alliance in effort to bring about positive change in the way perinatal care is provided and to help those who need help most.

Adam has devoted his career to improving outcomes in women’s healthcare and perinatal medicine. He frequently lectures on obstetrics and pediatrics litigation, serves as co-chair of a leading perinatal care conference, and is invited to be presenting faculty at clinical and legal seminars throughout the country. Adam also serves as a leader on the boards of multiple hospital and charitable organizations whose mission is to support women’s healthcare and women’s health research. He is recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyers Rising Star and the Leading Lawyers Network for his dedication.

Luke Gatta MD

Luke Gatta, MD
Assistant Professor,  Maternal Fetal Medicine

Stacy Killen, MD, MSCI

Stacy Killen, MD, MSCI
Associate Professor,  Pediatric Cardiology

Kathryn Lindley

Kathryn Lindley, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine
Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Alexandria Mahdasian-Miller

Alexandra Mahdasian-Miller, MD
Clinical Fellow, Maternal Fetal Medicine

 Soha Patel, MD, MSPH

Soha Patel, MD, MSPH
Assistant Professor,  Maternal Fetal Medicine

Jessica Rizzuto, MD, MPP

Jessica Rizzuto, MD, MPP
Clinical Fellow,  Maternal Fetal Medicine


Bridget Zoeller, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Pediatrics