Dr. Dennis Amini on Improved Outcomes for High-Risk Pregnancies

Dr. Dennis Amini on Improved Outcomes for High-Risk Pregnancies


(upbeat music) – My name is Dennis Amini. I am a perinatologist with the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. I started my undergraduate education at UCLA, where I studied economics. I moved to Washington, DC to attend Georgetown University for graduate school. I stayed on to complete medical school, residency and my fellowship
in maternal-fetal medicine in Georgetown University. I was on faculty at Georgetown University for four years as an Ob-Gyn, and then I joined the Mid-Atlantic
Permanente Medical Group as a perinatologist once
I finished my fellowship. So, my area of expertise is high-risked pregnancies. The Mid-Atlantic Permanente
Medical Group recruited me really to bring some
of the latest advances in genetic diagnostic testing, some of the latest in
ultrasound techniques so that we could offer diagnosis, intervention to our highest risk patients. So patients with congenital heart disease, fetal anomalies, either involving genetics, structural abnormalities, mothers with diabetes,
hypertension, obesity. There are myriad of health problems that may affect outcomes in pregnancy, and it’s my job to
mitigate some of that risk and improve the outcomes for our patients. Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group integrates all of the physicians by way of electronic medical records, we communicate readily with
multi-disciplinary teams, and the communication is facilitated by our ability to share
information in real time. So, we partner with endocrinology, cardiology, primary care physicians, and then what we do is we manage
these high-risk pregnancies to improve the outcomes. We want to prevent pre-term delivery, we wanna diagnose fetal anomalies early, and if necessary, we will intervene even during the pregnancy. I recall a patient who came to see me early in pregnancy because we knew that this
baby’s heart appeared abnormal. The baby’s heart defect was recognized by our pediatric cardiologist, we coordinated her care and her delivery, she had a great outcome. She delivered at one of our hospitals. This child is now six
years old, doing great. I think it’s a credit to
Mid-Atlantic Permanente to provide us all of the resources we need so that we can coordinate
care and improve outcomes. And this is just one story. We leverage technology
and advances in medicine as well as communication between
all of the sub-specialties at Mid-Atlantic Permanente, to give our patients the
best possible outcome. (chanting)

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