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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