Dunlevie Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center

Empowering an arc of research and discovery in maternal-fetal health.

Dunlevie Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center for Discovery, Innovation and Clinical Impact, established in 2021 through a philanthropic donation by Elizabeth and Bruce Dunlevie, reimagines high-risk obstetrics by launching a bold and comprehensive research program to transform the health of pregnant patients and their babies. The Center enhances the existing world-class maternal-fetal medicine and obstetrics program at Stanford Medicine by focusing research and new faculty hires on emerging priorities in the field.

Seed Funding

Meet the Fall 2023 Seed Funding Awardees

Two researchers, Andrea Henkel, MD, MS, and Kristy Red-Horse, PhD, received funding for their proposals. Learn more about their work.

News & Updates

Dunlevie Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Dunlevie Center Monthly Research Meetings, Second Thursday at Noon

Dr. Nicolas Sananès will present "Smart-TO magnetic balloon for Fetal Endoscopic Tracheal Occlusion" at our monthly research meeting on March 14.

Fall Symposium

Recordings Available from "Advancing Maternal and Child Health Through Obstetric Clinical Trials"

This symposium highlighted cutting-edge and innovative obstetric clinical trials from Stanford researchers and our national partners, as well as the methodologies, challenges, and rewards surrounding their conduct.


Stanford Named a New NIH Maternal Health Research Center of Excellence

Stanford PRIHSM (PReventing Inequities in Hemorrhage-related Severe Maternal morbidity) will work to reduce one of the leading causes of maternal morbidity and severe maternal morbidity: postpartum hemorrhage.

Center Research

Priorities are based on four research areas: 

  • Basic Science Discovery
  • Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Therapy
  • Clinical Trials (Obstetrical, Medical, and Surgical)
  • Perinatal Epidemiology and Population Health

These research areas are supported by a dedicated Research Core that provides critical infrastructure in research administration, biostatistics, writing and communications, study coordination and laboratory expertise. The ultimate objective is to rapidly accelerate discovery in the science and practice of high-risk obstetrics for families locally, nationally, and globally, and to pursue research that crosses socioeconomic boundaries and advances health equity.

About the Center

 The momentous and transformative gift from Elizabeth and Bruce Dunlevie will allow us to advance Maternal-Fetal Medicine Science and Practice locally at Stanford, nationally and globally.  This gift will positively and profoundly impact the health and wellbeing of expectant mothers, children and families everywhere and for generations to come.

Yasser El-Sayed, MD
Center Director