The Division of MFM has developed extensive expertise and international recognition in the prenatal diagnosis of fetal congenial heart disease. As part of the diagnosis process, Dr. Abuhamad collects data and conducts research in the area of fetal cardiovascular disease; some of which has contributed to the understanding of fetal imaging, study of fetal circulation and fetal adaptation to hypoxemia.
Currently, the Division of MFM is conducting research in several key areas. Research highlights include:
- Changes in the cardiac axis in the cardiac cycle in normal fetuses and fetuses with congenital heart defects*
Early Fetal Echocardiography: A Retrospective Review of 5 Years of Clinical Experience in a Tertiary Center*
Screening for fetal congenital heart defects with four-chamber view in early gestation: 5 years of clinical experience in a tertiary center*
- Assessment of Fetal Myocardial Function in Normal and High Risk Pregnancies Using Tissue Doppler*
Assessment of Fetal Myocardial Function in Normal and High Risk Pregnancies Using M-mode*
*This research program has been approved by the EVMS Institutional Review Board. The IRB reviews research involving the use of human subjects at EVMS and at other designated institutions and private practices. The research subjects' protections oversees all aspects of the human subject protection system at EVMS, including administrative support of the IRB.