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Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Message from the Program Director

The Obstetric Anesthesiology fellow is an integral part of the perinatal care team along with Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians and fellows, the Complex Obstetric Surgical Service directed by Dr. Ozhan Turan, and a multi-disciplinary program in simulation. Over the past 33 years, the Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology has trained over 30 fellows, many of whom have moved on to leadership roles in Obstetric Anesthesiology at other institutions. Fellow experience in obstetric anesthesiology includes three months of research, two weeks of Maternal Fetal Medicine and two weeks of Neonatology training. Each fellow gets experience in leadership, communication and practice management skills by developing and implementing interdisciplinary Patient Safety/Quality Improvement project. There are opportunities for limited moonlighting.

The University Of Maryland Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology has four full-time and 10 contributing faculty providing 24/7/365 coverage of senior residents and fellows. There are approximately 2,000 deliveries a year (approximately 80% high risk), with 70% of women undergoing vaginal delivery receiving epidural analgesia. With a 30% abdominal delivery rate, this translates to approximately 80% of our parturients receiving anesthesia. We have approximately 4,000 non-delivery admissions and are actively involved in the care of approximately 3-4 critically-ill gravidae per month, often hospitalized with severe cardiac, neurologic, traumatic disease and requiring mechanical ventilation and invasive monitoring.

We welcome your interest in our training program and look forward to meeting you.


Shobana Bharadwaj, MBBS
Assistant Professor
Program Director

Learn More about the Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship


University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)

The University of Maryland Medical Center is a major tertiary facility with approximately 900 beds. The Medical Center cares for more than 30,000 inpatients and 500,000 outpatients each year. UMMC recently opened a new 30,000 square foot Labor and Delivery Suite in October 2018, which features 12 labor rooms and 12 triage and PACU rooms.



Faculty contribute to journal articles pertaining to research, case reports, review articles and chapters in renowned textbooks, including Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia and the Obstetric Anesthesia Handbook.

Recent Publications

Tanaka KA, Bharadwaj S, Hasan S, et al. Elevated fibrinogen, von Willebrand factor, and Factor VIII confer resistance to dilutional coagulopathy and activated protein C in normal pregnant women. Br J Anaesth. 2019;122(6):751-759. PMID:30916034.

Ende H, Kodali B. Anesthesia for the Morbidly Obese Pregnant Patient. In: Gunaydin B, Ismail S, eds. Obstetric Anesthesia for Co-Morbid Conditions. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2018:53-67.

Orr DL 2nd, Saxen MA, Kodali BS. A Review of Current Literature of Interest to the Office-Based Anesthesiologist. Anesth Prog. 2018;65(2):140-143. PMID:29952637.

Kodali BS, Bharadwaj S. Foetal surgery: Anaesthetic implications and strategic management. Indian J Anaesth. 2018;62(9):717-723. PMID:30237598.

Cox TR, Crimmins SD, Shannon AM, Atkins KL, Tesoriero R, Malinow AM. Liver lacerations as a complication of CPR during pregnancy. Resuscitation. 2018;122:121-125. PMID:29097198.

Malinow AM, Schuh RA, Alyamani O, Kim J, Bharadwaj S, Crimmins SD, Galey JL, Fiskum G, Polster BM. Platelets in preeclamptic pregnancies fail to exhibit the decrease in mitochondrial oxygen consumption rate seen in normal pregnancies. Biosci Rep. 2018;38(3):BSR20180286. PMID:29654168.

Alyamani O, Mazzeffi MA, Bharadwaj S, Galey JH, Yao R, Shah NG, Malinow AM. Venovenous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation to Prolong Pregnancy: A Case Report. A A Pract. 2018;10(9):229-231. PMID:29708916.

Galey J, Bharadwaj S, Crimmins S, Hong CM, Malinow AM. Anesthetic Implications of an Obstetric Patient with Blue Rubber Bleb Nevus Syndrome. A A Case Rep. 2016;6(6):146-149. PMID:26579613.

Turan OM, Rosenbloom J, Galey JL, Kahntroff SL, Bharadwaj S, Turner SM, Malinow AM. The Relationship between Rostral Retraction of the Pannus and Outcomes at Cesarean Section. Am J Perinatol. 2016;33(10):951-956. PMID:27100522.


Over the past 33 years, the Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology has trained more than 30 fellows, many of whom have moved on to leadership roles in Obstetric Anesthesiology at other institutions.

View List of Fellowship Alumni

Current Fellows

Ashlee Gourdine, MD

  • Residency: University of Maryland Medical Center

How to Apply

Application Resources:

Your file is complete when we receive: 

  1. The completed University of Maryland Application for Fellowship in Anesthesiology. The application must have an original signature. 
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Your Personal Statement (name and credentials should appear on the personal statement)
  4. A copy of your medical school transcript
  5. Your USMLE I, II & III /COMLEX scores
  6. Your specialty specific In-Service, In-Training exam or Board Scores
  7. Three letters of reference; one of which should be from the chairman or program director of your training program

All documents (items 1-6) should be submitted and received in full.  

All Letters of Recommendation should be sent directly from the respective writer, unless the LORs are in a sealed envelope with their signature across the back.

Applications and LORs can be sent by postal mail or courier to: 

Shobana Bharadwaj, MBBS, Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program Director
c/o Residency & Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Maryland Medical Center
22 South Greene Street, Suite S11C00
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Phone: 410-328-2628

Fax: 410-328-0546

Electronic submissions should be sent to: