Difference between OB-GYN and a perinatologist

David Miller, MD, Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, explains the differences between using an OB-GYN and a Perinatologist during pregnancy
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Difference between OB-GYN and a perinatologist

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How does the training differ between a general obstetrician and a high-risk OB specialist, also known as a perinatologist or a maternal fetal medicine specialist? General OB training consists of four years of residency training after medical school and that qualifies a physician to practice general obstetrics, deliver babies and practice general gynecology. Maternal Fetal Medicine is a sub-specialty after the four-year residency program in obstetrics. It's a three-year sub-specialty training program that focuses on a number of things, including medical and surgical complications of pregnancy in the mother, and diagnosis and management of complicated fetal conditions.

David Miller, MD, Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, explains the differences between using an OB-GYN and a Perinatologist during pregnancy

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David Miller, MD

Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

David A. Miller, MD, is Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  He is the Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Director of the CHLA-USC Institute for Maternal Fetal Health, a unique alliance of medical leaders from Children's Hospital Los Angeles and USC, specializing in interdisciplinary diagnosis and treatment of complex fetal abnormalities.  Dr. Miller graduated from USC, attended medical school at the University of Arkansas, did his internship and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and came back to USC for fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (Perinatology).  He has been a researcher, clinician and educator at USC for more than 20 years.  Dr. Miller has published extensively in the area of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and has won numerous awards and honors including Best Doctors in America from 2001-present.

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