Conferences Placenta Accreta Spectrum Workshop

May 31 and June 1 2024

Registration is complete for May 31 and June 1, 2024.

Please email pfwcriticalcare@texaschildrens.org to pre-register for next year’s event. Save the date: May 9, 2025 and May 10, 2025

About the Workshop

This 2-Day course is designed to provide interactive in-depth skills and knowledge about Placenta Accreta Spectrum (PAS) to healthcare teams: sonographers, nurses, and physicians who care for pregnant patients and may encounter PAS. 

At the end of this course, participants should be able to: 

  1. Screen patients for risk factors for PAS
  2. Improve antenatal screening for and recognition of PAS
  3. Counsel patients and families about PAS 
  4. Develop and refine referral processes for antenatally detected or suspected PAS
  5. Utilize simulation tools and scenarios to prepare your units for PAS
  6. Practice what to do if and prepare for when PAS is first recognized at delivery, or for the unexpected 'drop in' patient

We invite teams to bring and share simulation scenarios with one another!

This conference is sponsored by a generous donation from the Dale Brown Endowed Fund.

Speaker Bios

Guest Speaker Bios



After graduating from the University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson, Dr. Detlefs completed residency training in general surgery at the Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency Program. He returned to Phoenix after trauma fellowship training at the UCSF Central San Joaquin Valley Medical Education Program and has been on faculty at what is now the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix since then. Dr. Detlefs recently retired after a 30 year career in Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He was a founding member of the Placenta Accreta Program at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, and operated with this team for over 12 years. One of the greatest joys of his career was being able to work and operate with his daughter, Dr. Sarah Detlefs during her OBGYN residency.

Media: Oil on Canvas 16x20 Passing the Bovie

"I was so honored to pain this piece for Dr. Sarah Detlefs depicting her and her father doing surgery together. He is a reitred critical care/trauma surgeon and during her residency, she had the opportunity to train under him. This really touched my heart since my dad was also a physician and was a huge influence in the pathway of my life." Anna Carley


  • Excellence in Teaching, Teaching With Humanism
    • BUMCP COM-P Dept of OB/GYN, Spring 2018
  • 2017 Gold Humanism Society Award
    • UACOM- PHX, Winter 2017
  • 2017 Monarch Award
    • BUMCP, Winter 2017
  • Outstanding Teaching and Education
    • Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency, Spring 2014
  • Outstanding Rural Health Program
    • Arizona Rural Health Organization, Spring 2007
  • Teacher of The Year
    • BGSMC Family Medicine Residency, Spring 2001

Scholarly Contributions

  • Bhoola, S., Borst, M., Detlefs, C., Hannaford, K., Starikov, R., Fuller, K., Huls, C. K., Foote, J. A., Perlow, J., & Leovic, M. (2019, February). Anterior placentation, prior cesarean section, no previa - what is the risk of accreta?. Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine 2019 Annual Meeting. Las vegas, NV: Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine.
  • Bhoola, S., Borst, M., Detlefs, C., Hannaford, K., Starikov, R., Fuller, K., Huls, C. K., Foote, J. A., Perlow, J., & Leovic, M. (2019, February). Efficacy of imaging modalities in the antenatal diagnosis of abnormally-invasive placentation, a single-site experience.. Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine 2019 Annual Meeting. Las vegas, NV: Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine.
  • Bhoola, S., Borst, M., Detlefs, C., Hannaford, K., Starikov, R., Fuller, K., Huls, C. K., Foote, J. A., Perlow, J., & Leovic, M. (2019, February). Impact of hysterectomy closure at time of cesarian section on future development of abnormally-invasive placentation.. Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine 2019 Annual Meeting. Las vegas, NV: Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine.


Dr. Einerson is a physician and Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) expert at the University of Utah Health. He sees patients who have complex pregnancies or health conditions that can complicate pregnancy. His medical practice includes consultations with patients who already have an OBGYN or midwife, ultrasound consultations, prenatal care for complex pregnancies, deliveries of complex and routine pregnancies, and postpartum follow-up care. He sees patients for consultation and prenatal care in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah Medical Center and in Elko, Nevada at the University of Utah Specialty Clinic. He performs procedures and delivers pregnant patients at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Einerson takes care of patients with all types of high-risk pregnancy issues and specializes in placenta problems (including placenta accreta spectrum, placenta previa, and vasa previa), twin or triplet pregnancies, cervical insufficiency, and fetal genetic differences.

Dr. Einerson performs a multitude of testing options and procedures in pregnancy including ultrasounds of the fetus and placenta starting in the first trimester, genetic screening, amniocentesis (collecting amniotic fluid) for genetic diagnosis, cerclage and other treatments to prevent preterm birth, vaginal birth, cesarean birth, vaginal delivery of complex situations (like twins and breech-presenting babies), external cephalic version (turning a breech or transverse baby to head-down) and treatments for placenta accreta spectrum including cesarean hysterectomy or conservative management.

Research and Academic Background

Dr. Einerson is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) at the University of Utah.

Dr. Einerson’s research focuses on placenta accreta spectrum, severe maternal morbidity, quality improvement and patient safety, obstetric and postpartum hemorrhage, and cost-effectiveness. He has ongoing funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD, K23HD106009) to study alternative treatments for placenta accreta spectrum (PAS). He was the recipient of a career develop award through the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network to study the cost of care in patients undergoing induction of labor or expectant management at term in the ARRIVE trial. His research is supported by the University of Utah Vice President’s Clinical & Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program and the Utah OBGYN Research Network (OGRN). His peer reviewed research has been published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (AJOG), the British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (BJOG), and BMJ Open. In 2020, he received the Roy M. Pitkin Award on behalf of the Department for an outstanding research publication in Obstetrics & Gynecology (PMID 32541288).

Dr. Einerson is a nationally recognized clinical expert in diagnosis and management of placenta accreta spectrum disorders (PAS). He is Director of the Utah Placenta Accreta Program at the University of Utah. As one of the busiest referral programs for PAS in the United States, the program provides internationally recognized, cutting-edge, interdisciplinary approaches to diagnosis, treatment, patient-centered support for those affected by PAS. He is a Board Member of the Pan American Society for Placenta Accreta Spectrum (PAS2) and serves as that society’s Publications Committee Chair. In 2020 and 2021 he was co-director of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) Accreta Scientific Forum. In October 2022, he and the University of Utah hosted the 4th Annual National meeting of PAS2 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Given this expertise, he has been a speaker, lecturer, and podcast guest to discuss PAS for regional and national events including SMFM Post-Graduate Courses and Accreta Scientific Forum, the PAS2 National Conference, the Vanderbilt High Risk Pregnancy Seminar, the Park City Postgraduate OBGYN Course, the Healthful Woman Podcast, and CREOGs Over Coffee Podcast.

Dr. Einerson is an engaged leader, award-winning educator, and effective mentor. He was a member of the SMFM Patient Safety and Quality Committee from 2016 to 2022, where he authored the SMFM Placenta Accreta Spectrum Safety Checklist. Locally, he is the Medical Director of Obstetric Emergency Services (OBES) at University of Utah Health Medical Center, Chair of the University of Utah Severe Maternal Morbidity Review Committee, and Member of the University Transfusion Committee. He is Associate Program Director (Research) for the University of Utah Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) Fellowship. A devoted medical educator, he has received eight teaching awards from medical students and residents, including twice being named the recipient of the National Faculty Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics & Gynecology (CREOG) for promoting high standards of residency education in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.

Dr. Einerson received his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 2011. He completed a Masters in Public Health in Health Care Leadership in 2010 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He completed a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2015. Thereafter, he has been at the University of Utah, first for Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship (completed in 2018) and now as faculty in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. He is a Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (FACOG) and is board certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine



Karin Fox, M.D., M.Ed. is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist whose clinical and research interests center around patients with the Placenta Accreta Spectrum, complex surgical deliveries, postpartum hemorrhage, maternal transport and the management of pregnancy in women with diabetes and obesity.

Dr. Fox volunteers as a committee and/or board member for numerous professional organizations, including: the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Education Committee for which she co-coordinates the SMFM Fellows Lecture Series; the Perinatal Research Society Obstetrics representative; as the Education and Outreach board member for the International Society for Placenta Accreta Spectrum (IS-PAS) and as Treasurer of the Pan-American Society for the Placenta Accreta Spectrum (PAS2), which she helped establish as a 501(c)3 organization. She has also worked with the National Association of EMS Physicians while in her previous role as Director of Maternal Transport. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Fox earned her Bachelor of Arts in German Language and Literature at the University of Oregon and served in active duty in the U.S. Army as a medic and ambulance driver.

After her residency and fellowship at UTMB, she received a Master of Education in Curriculum and Evaluation for healthcare professions from the University of Houston, and continues promote medical education to all levels of providers.

Whenever she can, she swims, skates or paddleboards with her 3 kids & her spouse.

Medical/Professional School:

MA, University of Houston - Houston, TX, 2014


Obstetrics and Gynecology, Internship University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, TX, 2006


Maternal & Fetal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, TX, 2012


No charge


Physicians, Residents, Advance Practice Providers, Register Nurses, Sonographers, Students and Trainees.


Accreditation/Credit Designation

Texas Children’s Hospital is accredited by Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Texas Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Texas Children’s Hospital is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity will award up to 10.5 contact hours