Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD

Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD

Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Accepting new patients
Primary Location
Westwood OBGYN
200 Medical Plaza
Suite 430
Los Angeles, California 90095


Assistant Professor In-Residence of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Dr. Afshar is a physician-scientist with clinical and research interests that intersect and include high-risk pregnancy, prenatal ultrasound, genetic testing, and congenital heart disease, either affecting the mother or fetus. Dr. Afshar is a recipient of a National Institute of Health Reproductive Scientist Award. Her research is focused on congenital heart disease and placentation, among other translational pregnancy related topics.


English, Spanish, Persian (Farsi)


Medical Board Certification

Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2019


Maternal & Fetal Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, 2019


Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2016


Maternal & Fetal Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2013


PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012
MD, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, 2012



Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Areas of Focus

Placental disorders
Placenta accreta
Maternal cardiac disease
High risk pregnancy
Fetal congenital heart disease


COVID19 in Pregnancy | Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, Rashmi R. Rao, MD UCLA
COVID-19 and Postpartum Care | UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology
Prevention and Management of Hypertension for Women | UCLA Health Nephrology & OBG-MFM



  • Maternal congenital heart disease
  • Fetal congenital heart disease
  • Abnormal placentation
  • Placenta accreta spectrum disorders
  • Cardio-obstetrics
  • Invasive diagnostic testing
  • Ultrasound
  • Vascular biology
  • Reproductive genetics


Link to Dr. Afshar's PubMed publications

Link to Dr. Afshar's Google Scholar publications

Selected Publications: 

  1. Afshar Y, Tan W, Jones WM, Canobbio M, Lin J, Reardon L, Lluri G, Aboulhosn J, Koos BJ. Maternal Fontan procedure is a predictor of a small-for-gestational-age neonate: a 10-year retrospective study. Am J Obstet Gynecol MFM. 2019 Aug;1(3):100036. doi: 10.1016/j.ajogmf.2019.100036. Epub 2019 Aug 30. PMID: 33345800.
  2. Afshar Y, Hogan W, Conturie C, Sunderji S, Duffy J, Peyvandi S, Boe N, Fajardo V, Satou G. Moon-Grady A. Multi-institutional practice patterns in fetal congenital heart disease following implantation of a standardized clinical assessment and management plan. JAHA, 2021, In Press.
  3. Afshar Y. Dong J, Zhang RY, Han CS, Yin O, Gonzalez TL, Zhou A, Yang Z, Smalley MD, Chou S, Sun N, Cheng J, Zhu H, Wang J, Zhao P, Zhang H, Li L, Wang S, Zhang X, Lee Y, Wang JJ, Teng P, Yang P, Qi D, Li M, Zhao M, Zhe R, Goldstein JD, Williams III, J, Zhang Q, Platt LD, Zou C, Pisarska MD, Tseng JR, Zhu Y. Discovering high prevalence of circulating trophoblast cell clusters and their utility for early detection of placenta accrete spectrum disorders. Submitted, Nature Communications, 2021, In Press.
  4. Yin O, Kallapur A, Coscia L, Constantinescu S, Moritz M, Afshar Y. Obstetric and graft outcomes based on mode of delivery in kidney and liver transplant recipients: a report from the National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry. JAMA Network Open. In Press.
  5. Imany-Shakibai H, Yin O, Russell MR, Sklansky M, Satou G, Afshar Y. Discordant congenital heart defects in monochorionic twins: Risk factors and proposed pathophysiology. PLoS One. 2021 May 6;16(5):e0251160. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0251160. PMID: 33956871; PMCID: PMC8101911.
  6. Yin O, Kallapur A, Coscia L, Constantinescu S, Moritz M, Afshar Y. Differentiating Acute Rejection From Preeclampsia After Kidney Transplantation. Obstet Gynecol. 2021 Jun 1;137(6):1023-1031. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004389. PMID: 33957644; PMCID: PMC8141043.
  7. Afshar Y, Gaw S, Flaherman V, Chambers B, Krakow D, Berghella V, Shamshirsaz A, Aldrovandi G, Greiner A, Riley L, Boscardin WJ, Jamieson D, Jacoby V. Clinical Presentation of Coronavirus 2019 (CoVID-19) in Pregnant and Recently Pregnant People. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2020 Oct 7. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004178. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33027186.
  8. Yin O, Woods A, Koos B, DeVore GD, Afshar Y. Central hemodynamics are associated with fetal outcomes in pregnancies of advanced maternal age. Pregnancy Hypertension, 2020 Jan;19:67-73. doi: 10.1016/j.preghy.2019.12.009. PMID: 31923879.
  9. Afshar Y, Gutkin R, Krakow D, Cuckle H, Silverman NS, Platt LD, First-trimester Abdominal Circumference (versus Crown Rump Length) Improves Precision in Inter and Intra-observer Variability. J Ultrasound Med 2019. doi: 10.1002/jum.14913. PMID: 30488473.
  10. Mei JY, Mallampati D, Pluym ID, Han CS, Afshar Y. Twin Vaginal Deliveries in Labor Rooms: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. Am J Perinatol. 2021 Apr 20. doi: 10.1055/s-0041-1727213. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33878770.


  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2021, 2023
  • Southern California Rising Stars, Super Doctors®, 2023
  • Hickey Family Foundation Grant (PI), 2021-2022
  • Gates Foundation Grant (MPI), 2020-2021     
  • Center for Disease Control Foundation Grant, 2020-2021     
  • UCLA Iris Cantor Women's Health Center/ CTSI Pilot Award, 2018-2020
  • Vascular Biology Training Grant, NIH/NHLBI, UCLA, 2018-2019
  • Stanley Harris Resident Research Award, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2016
  • Leo Rigler, MD Award for Academic Achievement, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2016
  • Gregory Dantzler, MD Chief Resident Teaching Award, , Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2016
  • Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Award, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2016
  • Standing Ovation for Quality Service, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2015
  • Quilligan Scholar, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, 2015-2017
  • Eugertha Bates Prized Memorial Award, Volunteer Award, 2012
  • Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Award, 2012
  • Ervin G Erdös, M.D. and Sara F Rabito Erdös, M.D. Prize for Excellence in Basic Science, 2012
  • Jay G Hirsch and William A Tito Memorial Award for the Class of 2012
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, Gold Foundation, 2012
  • Foundation for Women’s Wellness, Barbara & Jack Krulewitz Women’s Health Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Predoctoral Award, 2009-2010