Author(s): Stephenson CD, Temming LA, Pollack R, Iannitti DA
- Twin Twin Transfusion Syndrome
- Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
- Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis
- Fetal Anomalies
- High Risk Pregnancy
- Fetoscopic Surgery
- Selective Fetoscopic Laser Surgery
- Thoraroamniotic shunts
- Vesicoamniotic shunt
- Bladder outlet syndrome
- High order multiples
- Twin Reverse Arterial Perfusion (TRAP)
- Microwave ablation procedure
- Fetal transfusion
- Umbilical cord blood sampling
- Heterotopic pregnancy
- Cornual pregnancy
- Prenatal Care
- Pregnant with Multiples
Courtney D. Stephenson, DO, FACOG, joined Carolinas Medical Center's Maternal Fetal Medicine Division in August 2004. She completed her undergraduate studies at Fairfield University and received her medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Graduating in the top 10% of her class, Dr. Stephenson was awarded the American Medical Women's Association Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award for academic excellence in medicine. She served her residency in New York Methodist Hospital followed by a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at New York University School of Medicine.
At NYU, Dr. Stephenson trained under the chairmanship of Dr. Charles J. Lockwood, who reins as senior vice president of USF Health and dean of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. Stephenson developed her ultrasound diagnostic skills under the direction of Dr. Ilan Timor-Tritsch and Dr. Ana Monteagudo, recognized leaders in the field of fetal sonology. Pursuing her interest in diagnostic ultrasound and fetal procedures, Dr. Stephenson was trained in chorionic villus sampling (CVS) procedures, fetal transfusions, fetal shunt placement, management of complicated multiple gestations and fetoscopy.
At Carolinas Medical Center Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division, Dr. Stephenson continued to build her fetoscopy skills and performed the region's first fetoscopic surgery in 2006. In October 2007, under the mentorship of world-renowned pediatric and fetal surgeon, Dr. Timothy Crombleholme, Dr. Stephenson undertook an extensive training program in the treatment of Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) at the Cincinnati Fetal Center (CFC). Fetoscopic laser photocoagulation is a fetal intervention offered by only a few medical centers in the country, and Dr. Stephenson is one of the specialists in the United States skilled in this procedure.
Dr. Stephenson is board certified in two specialty areas: Obstetrics/gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Since 2009, she has been recognized yearly as one of the "Top Doctors in Charlotte" by Charlotte Magazine and most recently selected to join "Top Doctors in America."
In February 2010, Dr. Stephenson was named director of the Charlotte Fetal care Center (CFCC), the first of its kind in the region. The center offers fetal intervention in cases of TTTS, twin-reverse arterial perfusion sequence, hydrothorax, bladder outlet obstruction, and fetal transfusion. Dr. Stephenson and Dr. David Iannitti (HepatoPancreticoBiliary surgeon) performed the first ever Microwave ablation procedures during pregnancy to save a fetuses losing blood to an acardiac mass. They have presented their cases in front of an international audience.