Newsletter Winter 2021
Meet Christina Han, MD, the Newly Named Division Director for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
UCLA OBGYN is pleased to announce the hiring of Christina Han, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Division Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Han was most recently at the Center for Fetal Medicine and Women’s Ultrasound, a hybrid private-academic practice in Los Angeles. She received her medical degree from David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and fulfilled her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Han completed a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine / Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she continued on as a Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar and Albert McKern Scholar for Perinatal Research.
Dr. Han is board-certified in maternal-fetal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology. Her clinical and research interests intersect and include advanced prenatal diagnosis and management of fetal syndromes, management of complex maternal comorbidities, with a focus on diabetes and endocrine disorders in pregnancy, and preconception optimization of health. She has published 43 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 38 invited reviews and editorials. Her clinical expertise will serve as a strong foundation for working with faculty to enhance the specialty care for individuals with high-risk pregnancies. Currently, she is building multi-disciplinary programs for cardio-obstetrics, diabetes in pregnancy and advanced prenatal diagnosis and genetic screening. She has also expanded the outpatient maternal-fetal medicine consultation service to allow in-depth discussions and anticipatory guidance for patients with maternal or fetal comorbidities.
Dr. Han is also a passionate educator. While at the Center for Fetal Medicine, a rotation site for the UCLA fellows, she became the program director for the UCLA Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship. Since assuming the role in 2017, she has expanded the clinical, research and didactic missions of the fellowship. She is excited to leverage the continued advancement of the division to further enrich the experience for UCLA trainees.
Dr. Han is an active member of Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), where she has field experience in leadership and program building. She served as chair of the Internal Communications committee, and is currently the vice chair of the Education committee. Her additional roles in SMFM include serving on the national COVID-19 task force, tasked with rapid development of guidelines and educational materials for care of the obstetric patient during the pandemic, and being a member of the Finance Committee for the Foundation for SMFM. She co-directs a well-attended “Rare maternal and fetal diseases” postgraduate course at the SMFM annual meeting, and produces the SMFM podcast series. Additionally, she is involved in other national societies, including International Society of Prenatal Diagnosis, where she served in the program committee in 2020, and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where she is currently on the Prenatal Care Expert Consensus Panel, tasked with an evidence-based redesign of prenatal care.
When considering the move to UCLA, her alma mater and academic home, Dr. Han said “I saw such potential for growth in the division, and the opportunity to carve out untapped clinical and research niches in the region. In conjunction with the superb faculty already here at UCLA, I plan to utilize my experience, expertise, and network to propel the UCLA maternal-fetal medicine division to become the world-class maternal-fetal medicine division that it will be.”
Dr. Han will be seeing patients in all of our maternal-fetal medicine offices. When not working, she enjoys spending with her two children and husband, hiking, swimming, indoor cycling, tending to her vermicompost, attempting to garden, and traveling (and eating) their way around the world. We are honored that Dr. Han is at UCLA and welcome her to the UCLA Health community.