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Texas Medical Center

Maternal Fetal Medicine, Fetal Intervention
Phone: 832-822-2229
Fax: 832-825-9403


6651 Main StreetSuite F420 Suite F420
Houston, TX 70030

Alireza A. Shamshirsaz, MD, FACOG

Chief, Division of Fetal Therapy and Surgery

Texas Children's Hospital
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine
Associate Professor of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine
Director of Fetal Surgery Fellowship Program, Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Children’s Hospital
Adjunct Clinical Professor- Stanford Medical School (California)
Adjunct Clinical Professor- East Virginia Medical School (Virginia)


School Education Degree Year
Baylor College of Medicine fellowship Perinatal Surgery 2014
University of Connecticut fellowship Maternal Fetal Medicine 2012
University of Iowa Health Care residency Obstetrics & Gynecology 2009
University of Buffalo internship Obstetrics & Gynecology 2006
Children's Hospital of Colorado post-doctoral fellow Hypertension 2005
Endocrine and Metabolic Research Center research fellow 2003
Charity Foundation for Special Diseases research fellow 2001
Tehran University of Medical Sciences medical school Doctor of Medicine 2001


Dr. Shamshirsaz serves as an attending physician both in the Fetal Intervention Team and Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He sees patients primarily at the Fetal Center at the Pavilion for Women. He cares for women and fetuses with a variety of medical conditions complicating pregnancy and performs various feto-maternal interventions including fetal surgeries. 

Dr. Shamshirsaz is a Fetal Surgeon and a dual board certified obstetrician and gynecologist and maternal fetal medicine specialist. He did his medical school in Tehran University of medical sciences in Iran and spent 4 years on research as a post-doc fellow in two of the best research institutes of the country. In 2003 he came to the United States as a graduate post-doc research fellow working at University of Colorado Health Science Center. He did his internship and residency at University of Buffalo and University of Iowa Health Care. He, then, attended the University of Connecticut where he gets his maternal fetal medicine fellowship. In 2012, his enthusiasm to patient care, research and innovation brought him to Baylor College of Medicine for two more years of training in fetal intervention and perinatal surgery; where he works as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, maternal fetal medicine specialist and fetal surgeon now. 

Dr. Shamshirsaz’s clinical interests include twin pregnancy, fetal congenital diaphragmatic hernia, fetal genitourinary abnormalities such as lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO), fetal lung masses, fetal neural tube defect, fetal hydrops and all placenta abnormalities such as chorioangioma of placenta. Dr. Shamshirsaz performs all types of fetal intervention such as laser ablation of placenta anastomoses for twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), shunt placement for LUTO and pleural effusion, fetoscopic repair of neural tube defect and open fetal surgery.   

Fields of Interests:

Fetal Surgery, Complex Maternal Surgery, Medical Ethics, Advance Obstetrics Ultrasound


Resident Research Mentor of the Year - February 17, 2018 Early Career Faculty Award for Excellent in Patient Care -  2017


Organization Name Role
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society Member
Society for Reproductive Investigation
Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Member

Selected Publications

Bateni ZH, Clark SL, Sangi-Haghpeykar H, Aagaard KM, Blumenfeld YJ, Ramin SM, Lee H, Fox KA, Moaddab A, Shamshirsaz AA, Salmanian B, Hosseinzadeh P, Racusin DA, Erfani H, Espinoza J, Dildy GA, Belfort MA, Shamshirsaz AA. Trends in the Delivery Route of Twin Pregnancies in the United States, 2006–2013. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology 2016 Oct; 205:120-6. 

Moaddab A, Nassr AA, Espinoza J, Ruano R, Bateni ZH, Shamshirsaz AA, Mandy GT, Welty S, Erfani H, Popek EJ, Belfort MA, Shamshirsaz AA. Twin anemia polycythemia sequence: a single center experience and literature review. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology 2016 Oct; 205: 158-64.

Moaddab A, McCullough LB, Chervenak FA, Dildy GA, Shamshirsaz AA. Virginity testing is ethically impermissible in professional obstetrics and gynecology. Lancet 2016 Jul 2;388(10039):98-100. 

Belfort MA, Whitehead WE, Ball R, Silver R, Shamshirsaz AA, Ruano R, Espinoza J, Becker J, Olutoye OO, Hollier L. Fetoscopic Amniotic Band release in a case of chorio-amniotic separation: An Innovative new technique. American Journal of Perinatology Reports 2016 Apr 6(2): e222-5.

Belfort MA, Shamshirsaz AA, Whitehead WE, Ball R, Silver R, Ruano R, Espinoza J, Mann DG, McCullough L, Chervenak F. Unusual pleuro-amniotic shunt complication managed using a 2-port in-CO2 fetoscopic technique: Technical and ethical considerations. Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology 2016 Jan;47(1):123-4.

Moaddab A, McCullough LB, Chervenak FA, Fox KA, Aagaard KM, Salmanian B, Raine SP, Shamshirsaz AA. Health care justice and its implications for current policy of a mandatory waiting period for elective tubal sterilization. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2015 Jun; 212(6):736-9.

Belfort MA, Whitehead WE, Shamshirsaz AA, Ruano R, Cass DL, Olutoye OO. Fetoscopic Repair of Meningomyelocele.  Obstetrics & Gynecology 2015 Oct; 126(4):881-4.

Shamshirsaz AA, Fox KA, Salmanian B, Diaz-Arrastia CR, Lee W, Baker BW, Ballas J, Chen Q, Van Veen TR, Javadian P, Sangi-Haghpeykar H, Zacharias N, Welty S, Cassady CI, Moaddab A, Popek EJ, Hui SK, Teruya J, Bandi V, Coburn M, Cunningham T, Martin SR, Belfort MA. Maternal morbidity in patients with morbidly adherent placenta treated with and without a standardized multidisciplinary approach. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2015 Feb; 212 (2): 218.e1-9.

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