Casey named Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
By Robin Russell
Women facing high-risk pregnancies often are referred to UT Southwestern’s Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics, where experts in addressing pregnancy complications see them through to successful deliveries.
Dr. Brian Casey, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been named to succeed Dr. Kenneth Leveno, also Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who has led the division to national prominence over the past 30 years. Dr. Leveno will continue to lead clinical research efforts in obstetrics and gynecology.
The division, with more than 20 faculty members, is among the largest for maternal and fetal medicine in the U.S. The division has also led one of the nation’s largest maternity services within the Parkland Health & Hospital System.
Dr. Casey’s investigational accomplishments include heading UT Southwestern’s participation in the National Institutes of Health Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network. A UT Southwestern faculty member since 1995, he also serves as chair of the protocol subcommittee for the largest trial ever conducted by the network. The trial involved screening more than 97,000 pregnant women nationwide for subclinical hypothyroidism, along with longitudinal follow-up of their infants.
“Dr. Casey has led our maternal-fetal medicine network grant for a year-and-a-half, and he also has served as a medical director at Parkland Hospital for many years,” said Dr. Steven Bloom, Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “He will provide outstanding leadership to the division.”
Dr. Casey received fellowship training at UT Southwestern after completing his residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. He earned a medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and received the Jack A. Pritchard Fellow Award in Maternal-Fetal Medicine in 1996. His research interests include gestational diabetes and thyroid disease and pregnancy outcomes.
Dr. Bloom holds the Mary Dees McDermott Hicks Chair in Medical Science.
Dr. Casey holds the Gillette Professorship in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Leveno holds the Jack A. Pritchard, M.D., Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecolog