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Clinical Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Dr. Stephenson received her medical degree at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1997, graduating in the top 3% of her class receiving the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award. She served her residency at New York- Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, followed by a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at New York University School of Medicine (NYU).

While at NYU, Dr. Stephenson trained under the world leaders of prenatal diagnostic ultrasound imaging with a particular focus on intracranial ultrasound, Dr. Ilan Timor-Tritch and Dr. Ana Monteagudo.  Once her fellowship was completed in 2004, she moved to Charlotte NC and joined the Maternal-Fetal Medicine division at Carolinas Medical Center, now Atrium Health.

In October 2007, under the mentorship of world-renowned pediatric and fetal surgeon, Dr. Timothy Crombleholme, Dr. Stephenson undertook an extensive training program in the treatment of Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) by fetoscopic laser ablation at the Cincinnati Fetal Center. Dr. Stephenson traveled between Charlotte and Cincinnati for three years and was the first woman to open a de novo fetal care center in the United States.  In February 2010, Dr. Stephenson was named director of the Charlotte Fetal Care Center at Atrium HealthCare System, the first of its kind in the region. Dr. Stephenson was the sole operating surgeon and had incredible success with survival rates that met or exceeded larger centers around the globe.

In 2012, Dr. Stephenson and Dr. David Iannitti (hepatopancreticobiliary surgeon) performed the first-ever microwave ablation procedure during pregnancy to save fetuses losing blood to an acardiac mass, known as TRAP sequence. They have presented their cases in front of an international audience.

Dr. Stephenson is proud to announce she joined the University of North Carolina’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine division the spring of 2020 and, along with Dr. William Goodnight, will build a fetoscopic laser program for the treatment of TTTS at UNC Chapel Hill.

Dr. Stephenson is dual board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine.  She has two children, George (21) and Julianna (19) and her husband is Jonathan S. Marshall, the Executive Director of the Race Team Alliance. They spend weekends at the track and touring by motorcycle.

Clinical interests are: · Twin Twin Transfusion Syndrome · Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) · Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis · Amniocentesis · Fetal Anomalies · High Risk Pregnancy · Fetoscopic Surgery · Selective Fetoscopic Laser Surgery · Thoraroamniotic shunts · Vesicoamniotic shunt · Bladder outlet syndrome · High order multiples · Twin Reverse Arterial Perfusion (TRAP) · Microwave ablation procedure · Amnioreduction · Amnioinfusion · Microseptostomy · Fetal transfusion · Umbilical cord blood sampling · Heterotopic pregnancy · Cornual pregnancy · Pregnancy · Pregnant with Multiples

Photo of Dr. Courtney Stephenson