Courtney D. Stephenson, DO, FACOG, joined Carolinas HealthCare System 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. 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 HealthCare System, 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. 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.
In addition to her fetal surgery expertise, 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. She’s also received an Excellence in Healthcare award from the Charlotte Business Journal in 2015, recognizing her as an individual who has shown exemplary work to advance healthcare through innovation, leadership and expertise. She was also named one of Mecklenburg Times’ 50 Most Influential Women.
In February 2010, Dr. Stephenson was named director of the fetal care center at Carolinas HealthCare System, the first of its kind in the region. 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, known as TRAP sequence. They have presented their cases in front of an international audience.