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Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Dr. Thomas Ivester is a native North Carolinian, raised in Aberdeen, NC. He received a B.S. in Zoology from North Carolina State University, and obtained his M.D. from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina. He completed fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Columbia University and the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. He went on to obtain a MPH – Leadership, with concentration in Quality Improvement, from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Ivester has been board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology since 2004, and Maternal Fetal Medicine since 2007.

Dr. Ivester serves as Chief Medical Officer and Vice President for Medical Affairs for UNC Hospitals. His work heavily emphasizes healthcare quality and patient safety, having overseen numerous projects in low-income countries, including Ghana, Malawi, Zambia, and Guatemala, as well at UNC Hospitals. He remains clinically active in the areas of inpatient obstetrics and prenatal diagnostics. Areas of special interest include critical care obstetrics, cardiovascular disease in pregnancy, and intrapartum care.

Clinical Profile

Thomas Ivester, MD, MPH – UNC Health Care

Areas of Research

  • critical care obstetrics
  • health care improvement
  • high risk pregnancy
  • emergency obstetrics
  • global women’s health
  • quality improvement
  • patient safety