Sara N. Iqbal

Sara N Iqbal-140Sara 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 (MWHC). 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. Her clinical work focuses on diagnosis and management of high-risk conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, intrauterine growth restriction, preterm labor, history of premature delivery and other medical complications in pregnant women. Services she provides to her patients include comprehensive ultrasound screening, amniocentesis and genetic counseling.

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 MWHC and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. In addition, she is the director for the High-Risk Obstetrics Conferences and Morbidity and Mortality Conferences at MWHC. 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.

Dr. Iqbal completed her medical school education at Dow University of Health Sciences. She then completed her residency training in Ob/Gyn 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.

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 accrete
  • 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 through ultrasound and invasive and non-invasive prenatal testing

Selected Research

Identifying thresholds for impaired brain development in the fetus with intrauterine growth restriction

Dr. Iqbal is the MWHC site principal investigator for this project conducted in collaboration with Children’s National Medical Center. This research is designed to characterize the relationship between specific fetal-placental hemodynamic biomarkers on Doppler ultrasound and measures of placental and cerebral blood flow on magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopy in pregnancies affected by fetal growth restriction.

Predictors of poor neonatal outcomes in women with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy

Dr. Iqbal is a principal investigator on this study. This project is designed to determine the predictors of poor neonatal outcomes in pregnancies affected by intrahepatic cholestasis. Some results of this research have been published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2015; 213:570.e1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2015.06.021.)

Maternal outcomes associated with early preterm cesarean delivery

Dr. Iqbal is a principal investigator for this project comparing maternal outcomes associated with classical vs. low transverse cesarean, stratified by weeks of gestation (23-27 vs. 28-31 weeks).

MicroRNA profiling in maternal blood and placental tissue/chorioamniotic membranes of women with preterm premature rupture of membranes (pPROM)

Dr. Iqbal is a principal investigator on this study. This study is being conducted in collaboration with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Sudden maternal death: a review of 10 cases

Dr. Iqbal is a co–investigator on this study. This project is being conducted to identify pregnancy-related maternal deaths since 2008, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the delivery and postpartum course of each patient, to identify delivery patterns or common risk factors that increase risk for maternal mortality and to suggest improvements in antepartum or postpartum management for any modifiable risk factors.

Effect of centering group care on pregnant women with diabetes

Dr. Iqbal is a co-investigator on this project. This research is designed to determine whether this group care model improves blood glucose control and patient adherence to the prenatal visit schedule.

View Dr. Iqbal’s publications on PubMed.

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  • Research Areas
  • Maternal-Fetal/Women’s Health