Physician Profile: Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, Dr. Kavitha Ram

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Working in maternal-fetal medicine requires collaboration across many different departments. Leading the way for collaborative care as the new Associate Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Maimonides Medical Center is Dr. Kavitha Ram’s utmost priority.

Prior to leading this department at Maimonides Medical Center, Dr. Ram was the Director of Obstetrics and the Residency Program Director at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, NY. She’s deeply passionate about maternal fetal medicine and advocates for safe, personalized birth experiences for her patients.

“It is my great privilege to bear witness to one of the most powerful forces of the universe every day: conception, gestation, birth, and lactation…the interwoven lives of mother and child,” Dr. Ram marvels.

In addition to a MD in medicine from the University of Buffalo, Dr. Ram also has a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Master’s degree in Clinical Research Training. She’s a certifying examiner for both the general OB/GYN and subspecialty MFM Boards.

Dr. Ram is an active member of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Her clinical and research interests include fetal diagnosis, perinatal hospice, and the safe integration of physiological birth into the obstetrical model of care.

Her deep experience in maternal/child health and penchant for service earned her the opportunity to serve on the New York City Department of Health’s Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Committee. During her service, she identified social determinants of health and reduced disparities in maternal health care.

Providing care for all outcomes

While pregnancy and postpartum are happy experiences for many patients, Dr. Ram also recognizes the need to tailor care to individual patients. “Unfortunately, not all birth outcomes are the happy ones that families anticipate,” she explains.

“In addition to collaborating with nursing, midwifery, anesthesia, and pediatrics staff, I also prioritize building a compassionate approach to bereavement and perinatal hospice with my social work, psychiatry, and psychology colleagues.”

Transforming and innovating OB/GYN care

Leading the one of the busiest labor floors in New York State comes with both challenges and excitement. “I’m most excited to join the team of skilled clinicians and innovative thinkers who flourish at Maimonides. I look forward to working with them to streamline workflows to maximize efficiency and enhance the mutual welfare of both patients and providers.”

Dr. Ram also has plans for her role as an educator. “I’m eager about prospects for combining research and curriculum across divisions and departments to create the next generation of leaders of our disciplines.”

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Kavitha T. Ram as the new Associate Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Maimonides Medical Center.


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