Sara Naeem Iqbal, MD| Maternal And Fetal Medicine | MedStar Health

Sara Naeem Iqbal, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.5 out of 5 (32 reviews)

Specialities: Maternal And Fetal Medicine

Languages: Urdu, English

(202) 877-8695

About me

Philosophy of Care
Dr. Iqbal's philosophy of care includes devoting all of her attention to her patients because she believes that listening to and gaining a thorough understanding of the patient is the key to diagnosis and successful management. Dr. Iqbal is actively involved in the diagnosis and management of high-risk pregnancies, as well as providing prenatal diagnosis with genetic counseling, ultrasound and amniocentesis. She takes interest in treating patients with high-risk issues, such as intrauterine growth restriction, chronic hypertension, diabetes mellitus, second trimester losses and other medical complications that require close surveillance during pregnancy. She lets her patients know that she is dedicated to their well being and has the experience and expertise to provide proper education and treatment of their condition. Dr. Iqbal considers the most rewarding part of her job to be delivering a baby after supporting the mother throughout her high-risk pregnancy. It is Dr. Iqbal's goal as a maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist to provide each patient with her utmost attention, making sure each patient has the opportunity to voice their concerns.

Academic Background
Sara N. Iqbal, MD, is the division chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) and program director for MFM and the MFM/Genetics Fellowship, MedStar Washington Hospital Center. In addition, she is an associate clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob/Gyn), Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Dr. Iqbal specializes in high-risk pregnancy. She is actively involved in the diagnosis and management of high-risk pregnancies such as diabetes, hypertension, intrauterine growth restriction, preterm labor, history of premature delivery and other medical complications that require close surveillance during pregnancy. Services she provides to her patients include comprehensive ultrasound screening, amniocentesis and genetic counseling.

Dr. Iqbal completed her medical school education at Dow University of Health Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan. She then completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC, and pursued further specialization in high-risk obstetrics with the completion of a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. During her fellowship, Dr. Iqbal studied human immunodeficiency virus in pregnancy and intrauterine growth restriction.

Medical education and research development also interest Dr. Iqbal. She is the chair of the Ob/Gyn Research Development and Review (RDR) Committee, and she supervises the monthly RDR meetings at MedStar Washington and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. In addition, she is the director for the High-Risk Obstetrics Conferences and Morbidity and Mortality Conferences at MedStar Washington. She also serves on the committees for graduate medical education, Ob/Gyn residency education and Ob/Gyn practice.

Dr. Iqbal reviews manuscripts for the American Journal of Perinatology, the American Journal of Perinatology Reports, and the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Iqbal is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is board-certified in both Ob/Gyn and maternal-fetal medicine. To further her knowledge and collaborations with other professionals, she maintains memberships in the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Research Interests
Dr. Iqbal's research interests include the following:

  • High-risk pregnancy
  • Intrauterine growth restriction
  • Preterm labor
  • Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy
  • Diabetes and pregnancy
  • Placenta accreta
  • Chronic hypertension and preeclampsia
  • Management of the morbidly obese pregnant patient
  • Pregnant patients with HIV
  • Medical and obstetrical complications of pregnancy
  • Maternal and neonatal outcomes
  • Prenatal diagnosis by ultrasound, invasive and non-invasive prenatal testing

Selected Research
Some selections of Dr. Iqbal's publications include:
Kawakita T, Reddy UM, Landy HJ, Iqbal SN, Huang CC, Grantz KL. Indications for primary cesarean delivery relative to body mass index. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 May 20. pii: S0002 9378(16)30218-6. PMID: 27210064
Tetsuya Kawakita, MD, Uma M. Reddy, MD, MPH, Sara N. Iqbal, MD, Helain J. Landy, MD, Chun-Chih Huang, PhD, Matthew Hoffman, MD, Anthony C. Sciscione, DO, and Katherine L. Grantz, MD, MS.  Duration of Oxytocin and Rupture of the Membranes before Diagnosing a Failed Induction of Labor. Obstet Gynecol 2016 May; 128:19
Laura I. Parikh, MD; Angie C. Jelin, MD; Sara N. Iqbal, MD; Sarah L. Belna, WHNP-BC; Melissa H. Fries, MD; Misbah Patel, MBBS; Sameer Desale, MS ; Patrick S. Ramsey, MD, MPSH. Glycemic control, compliance, and satisfaction for diabetic gravidas in Centering® group care. Accepted to The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, July 2016
Kawakita T, Parikh LI, Ramsey PS, Huang CC, Zeymo A, Fernandez M, Smith S, Iqbal SN. Predictors of adverse neonatal outcomes in intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy.  Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Oct; 213:570.e1-8. PMID: 26071912.
Tetsuya Kawakita, Uma Reddy, Sara Iqbal, Jim Huang, Helain Landy, Katherine Laughon Grantz. Complications associated with fetal scalp electrode. Br J Obstet Gynecol 2015 Dec 8. PMID: 26643181
Brown D, Naglak M, Cohen J, Iqbal S, Ramsey P, Craparo F.  Outcomes of triplets reduced to twins versus non-reduced triplet pregnancies in a single institution. J Clin Gynecol Obstet. 2015; 4 (1):160-163. PMID: 26157538
Torre Halscott, Uma Reddy, Helain Landy, Patrick Ramsey, Sara Iqbal, Jim Huang, Katherine Laughon Grantz. Maternal and neonatal outcomes by attempted mode of operative delivery during the second stage of labor in term singleton gestations.  Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Nov 5. PMID: 26551186
Katie P. Friday, Jeffrey P. Moak, Melissa H. Fries, Sara N. Iqbal. Catecholaminergic Ventricular Tachycardia, Pregnancy and Teenager: Are They Compatible? Pediatr Cardiol. 2015 Oct;36(7):1542-7. doi: 10.1007/s00246-015-1232-3. Epub 2015 Aug 18. PMID: 26278400
Clark Ganheart C, Iqbal S, Brown D, Black S, Fries M. Two unique causes of circulating cell free fetal DNA false positives. J Clin Gynecol Obstet. 2014 May; 3(2):38-70.  PMID:25298847
Berry E, Iqbal S. HELLP syndrome at 17 weeks gestation; A rare and catastrophic phenomena. J Clin Gynecol Obstet. 2014 Dec; 3(4):147-150. PMID:25806101
Iqbal S, Kriebs J, Harman C, Gungor S, Alger L, Turan O, Kopelman J, Malinow A, Baschat AA. Protease Inhibitor Therapy and Fetal Growth Potential in HIV Positive Women.  Am J Perinatol 2008 Jun; 25(6): 335-9.
Iqbal S, Kriebs J, Harman C, Alger L, Kopelman J, Turan O,  Gungor S, Malinow A, Baschat A. Predictors of Fetal Growth in Maternal HIV Disease. Am J Perinatol 2010 Aug; 27(7):517-23.
View Dr. Iqbal's publications on PubMed.
Visit Dr. Iqbal's MedStar Health Research Institute page.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Advanced Maternal Age
  • Cancer During Pregnancy
  • Cervical Cerclage
  • Chorionic Villus Sampling
  • Fetal Growth Restriction
  • Fetal Ultrasound
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • High Risk Pregnancy
  • History Of Preterm Birth
  • Hypertensive Disorders Of Pregnancy
  • Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound
  • Placenta Previa
  • Preeclampsia
  • Twins
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormal Nuchal Translucency
  • Abnormal Obstetrical Screening
  • Abnormal Umbilical Artery Doppler
  • Advanced Maternal Age
  • Bronchopulmonary Sequestration
  • Cancer During Pregnancy
  • Cervical Funneling
  • Cervical Incompetence
  • Cervical Insufficiency
  • Cholestasis Of Pregnancy
  • Chorioangioma
  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Cdh
  • Congenital Fetal Anomalies
  • Family History Of Birth Defects
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Fetal Arrhythmia
  • Fetal Congenital Heart Disease
  • Fetal Growth Restriction
  • Fetal Infection
  • Fetal Isoimmunization
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Hellp Syndrome
  • High Risk Pregnancy
  • History Of Preterm Birth
  • History Of Severe Preeclampsia
  • Hiv In Pregnancy
  • Hyperemesis
  • Hypertensive Disorders Of Pregnancy
  • Intrauterine Growth Restriction Fetus
  • Large For Gestational Age
  • Liver Disease In Pregnancy
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Maternal Cardiac Disease
  • Maternal Fibroids
  • Maternal Hematologic Disorders
  • Maternal Hypertension
  • Maternal Infection
  • Maternal Lupus
  • Maternal Neurologic Disorders
  • Maternal Obesity
  • Maternal Renal Disease
  • Maternal Respiratory Disease
  • Maternal Seizures
  • Maternal Substance Abuse
  • Maternal Thrombophilia
  • Maternal Thyroid Disorders
  • Medical Complications In Pregnancy
  • Multiple Gestations
  • Oligohydramnios
  • Pelvic Malignancy During Pregnancy
  • Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
  • Personal History Of Stillbirth
  • Placenta Accreta
  • Placenta Previa
  • Placental Abruption
  • Polyhydramnios
  • Preeclampsia
  • Premature Birth
  • Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Preterm Labor
  • Preterm Premature Rupture Of Membranes
  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
  • Red Cell Alloimmunization
  • Renal Disease And Pregnancy
  • Rh Incompatibility
  • Severe Preeclampsia
  • Shortened Cervix
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Twins
  • Uterine Anomaly With Pregnancy
  • Vasa Previa
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Procedures I perform

  • Amniocentesis
  • Cervical Cerclage
  • Cervical Length Assessment
  • Chorionic Villus Sampling
  • Fetal Ultrasound
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Maternal Anticoagulation
  • Multidisciplinary Care For Complex Fetal Conditions
  • Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound
  • Prenatal Care
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MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus


Board Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Board Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Fellowship Program: University of Maryland Medical Center (2008)

Residency Program: Howard University Hospital (2005)

Medical School: Dow University of Health Sciences (1996)

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