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Teresa Sparks, MD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentOb/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
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    University of California, San FranciscoM.D.2009 Medicine
    Brigham & Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General HospitalResidency2013Obstetrics & Gynecology
    University of California, San FranciscoFellowship2017Maternal Fetal Medicine and Clinical Genetics
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    UCSF2008Genentech Research Fellowship
    UCSF2009Dean's Scholarship for Research
    UCSF2009MD with Distinction (MD with Thesis)
    Harvard Medical School2010  - 2011Outstanding Medical Student Teacher
    Massachusetts General Hospital2011Departmental Award for Best Poster
    UCSF2014  - 2015Outstanding Resident Teacher
    UCSF2015  - 2016Outstanding Resident Teacher
    UCSF2016  - 2017Outstanding Resident Teacher
    Perinatal Research Society2018Abbott Nutrition/National Institutes of Health/Perinatal Research Society Early Career Speaker award
    UCSF2017  - 2018Outstanding Resident Teacher

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    I am an obstetrician specializing in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Clinical Genetics. In my practice, I care for women who are either pregnant or considering pregnancy, including those with pregnancies that are higher risk for a variety of reasons. Teaching and mentoring are activities that I take very seriously, and see as an essential part of my very day job. I am also passionate about research, and am actively pursuing investigative studies under a Women's Reproductive Health Research grant (WRHR, NIH K12). My current research is focused on developing a precision-based approach to care for non-immune hydrops fetalis (NIHF), by establishing a multi-center NIHF registry over many years, performing whole exome sequencing and other testing to discover the breadth of underlying causes, refining the clinical testing algorithm for NIHF, and developing in utero treatment approaches specific to disease and genotype.


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    Non-Immune Hydrops Fetalis: Toward a Precision-Based Approach
    Fetal Health Foundation Brianna Marie Memorial Research GrantJan 2, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020
    Role: PI
    Non-Immune Hydrops Fetalis: Toward a Precision-Based Approach
    NICHD/NIH 5K12 HD001262Aug 1, 2017 - Jul 30, 2022
    Role Description: Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) scholar

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    1. Sparks TN, Thao K, Lianoglou BR, Boe NM, Bruce KG, Datkhaeva I, Field NT, Fratto VM, Jolley J, Laurent LC, Mardy AH, Murphy AM, Ngan E, Rangwala N, Rottkamp CAM, Wilson L, Wu E, Uy CC, Valdez Lopez P, Norton ME. Nonimmune hydrops fetalis: identifying the underlying genetic etiology. Genet Med. 2018 Nov 09. PMID: 30410095.
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    2. Shulman R, Sparks TN, Gosnell K, Blat C, Norton ME, Lee H, Gonzalez-Velez J, Goldstein RB. Fetal Congenital Pulmonary Airway Malformation: The Role of an Objective Measurement of Cardiomediastinal Shift. Am J Perinatol. 2018 Sep 10. PMID: 30199894.
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    3. Sparks TN, Caughey AB. How should costs and cost-effectiveness be considered in prenatal genetic testing? Semin Perinatol. 2018 Jul 26. PMID: 30173949.
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    4. Washburn EE, Sparks TN, Gosnell KA, Rand L, Gonzalez JM, Feldstein VA. Stage I Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome: Outcomes of Expectant Management and Prognostic Features. Am J Perinatol. 2018 Feb 08. PMID: 29528469.
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    5. Sperling JD, Sparks TN, Berger VK, Farrell JA, Gosnell K, Keller RL, Norton ME, Gonzalez JM. Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: Does Laterality Predict Perinatal Outcomes? Am J Perinatol. 2018 Jan 05. PMID: 29304545.
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    6. Parchem JG, Sparks TN, Gosnell K, Norton ME. Utility of chromosomal microarray in anomalous fetuses. Prenat Diagn. 2018 Jan; 38(2):140-147. PMID: 29297200.
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    7. Washburn EE, Sparks TN, Gosnell KA, Rand L, Gonzalez JM, Feldstein VA. Polyhydramnios Affecting a Recipient-like Twin: Risk of Progression to Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome and Outcomes. Am J Perinatol. 2018 Mar; 35(4):317-323. PMID: 29287298.
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    8. Berger VK, Sparks TN, Jelin AC, Derderian C, Jeanty C, Gosnell K, Mackenzie T, Gonzalez JM. Non-Immune Hydrops Fetalis: Do Placentomegaly and Polyhydramnios Matter? J Ultrasound Med. 2018 May; 37(5):1185-1191. PMID: 29076544.
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    9. Pilliod RA, Page JM, Sparks TN, Caughey AB. The growth-restricted fetus: risk of mortality by each additional week of expectant management. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2017 Oct 03; 1-6. PMID: 28974133.
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    10. Zahed H, Sparks TN, Li B, Alsadah A, Shieh JTC. Potential Role of Genomic Sequencing in the Early Diagnosis of Treatable Genetic Conditions. J Pediatr. 2017 Oct; 189:222-226.e1. PMID: 28947054.
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    11. Sparks TN, Thao K, Norton ME. Mosaic trisomy 16: what are the obstetric and long-term childhood outcomes? Genet Med. 2017 Oct; 19(10):1164-1170. PMID: 28383546.
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    12. Sparks TN, Norton ME, Flessel M, Goldman S, Currier RJ. Observed Rate of Down Syndrome in Twin Pregnancies. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 11; 128(5):1127-1133. PMID: 27741202.
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    13. Sparks TN, Shaffer BL, Page J, Caughey AB. Gastroschisis: mortality risks with each additional week of expectant management. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Jan; 216(1):66.e1-66.e7. PMID: 27596619.
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    14. Henry D, Gonzalez JM, Harris IS, Sparks TN, Killion M, Thiet MP, Bianco K. Maternal arrhythmia and perinatal outcomes. J Perinatol. 2016 10; 36(10):823-7. PMID: 27309629.
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    15. Sparks TN, Nakagawa S, Gonzalez JM. Hypertension in dichorionic twin gestations: how is birthweight affected? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2017 Feb; 30(4):380-385. PMID: 27046743.
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    16. Sparks TN, Griffin E, Page J, Pilliod R, Shaffer BL, Caughey AB. Down syndrome: perinatal mortality risks with each additional week of expectant management. Prenat Diagn. 2016 Apr; 36(4):368-74. PMID: 26891366.
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    17. Sparks TN, Yeaton-Massey A, Granados JM, Handler SJ, Meyer M, Caughey AB. How do maternal views of delivery outcomes vary by demographics and preferred mode of delivery? Am J Perinatol. 2015 Jul; 32(8):741-6. PMID: 25519201.
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    18. Sparks TN, Yeaton-Massey A, Granados JM, Handler SJ, Meyer MR, Caughey AB. Preference toward future mode of delivery: how do antepartum preferences and prior delivery experience contribute? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2015; 28(14):1673-8. PMID: 25212977.
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    19. Delaney S, Shaffer BL, Cheng YW, Vargas J, Sparks TN, Paul K, Caughey AB. Predictors of cesarean delivery in women undergoing labor induction with a Foley balloon. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2015 Jun; 28(9):1000-4. PMID: 25012806.
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    20. Yeaton-Massey A, Wong L, Sparks TN, Handler SJ, Meyer MR, Granados JM, Stasenko M, Sit A, Caughey AB. Racial/ethnic variations in perineal length and association with perineal lacerations: a prospective cohort study. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2015 Feb; 28(3):320-3. PMID: 24749802.
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    21. Kim LH, Cohan DL, Sparks TN, Pilliod RA, Arinaitwe E, Caughey AB. The cost-effectiveness of repeat HIV testing during pregnancy in a resource-limited setting. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2013 Jun 01; 63(2):195-200. PMID: 23392461; PMCID: PMC3653987.
    22. Sparks TN, Cheng YW, Phan N, Caughey AB. Does risk of preeclampsia differ by twin chorionicity? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2013 Sep; 26(13):1273-7. PMID: 23425367.
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    23. Cheng YW, Sparks TN, Laros RK, Nicholson JM, Caughey AB. Impending macrosomia: will induction of labour modify the risk of caesarean delivery? BJOG. 2012 Mar; 119(4):402-9. PMID: 22251443; PMCID: PMC3428793.
    24. Ohno MS, Sparks TN, Cheng YW, Caughey AB. Treating mild gestational diabetes mellitus: a cost-effectiveness analysis. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Sep; 205(3):282.e1-7. PMID: 22071065; PMCID: PMC3443977.
    25. Stasenko M, Liddell J, Cheng YW, Sparks TN, Killion M, Caughey AB. Patient counseling increases postpartum follow-up in women with gestational diabetes mellitus. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Jun; 204(6):522.e1-6. PMID: 21514559; PMCID: PMC3425434.
    26. Solheim KN, Esakoff TF, Little SE, Cheng YW, Sparks TN, Caughey AB. The effect of cesarean delivery rates on the future incidence of placenta previa, placenta accreta, and maternal mortality. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2011 Nov; 24(11):1341-6. PMID: 21381881.
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    27. Esakoff TF, Sparks TN, Kaimal AJ, Kim LH, Feldstein VA, Goldstein RB, Cheng YW, Caughey AB. Diagnosis and morbidity of placenta accreta. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Mar; 37(3):324-7. PMID: 20812377.
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    28. Sparks TN, Cheng YW, McLaughlin B, Esakoff TF, Caughey AB. Fundal height: a useful screening tool for fetal growth? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2011 May; 24(5):708-12. PMID: 20849205.
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    29. Delaney S, Shaffer BL, Cheng YW, Vargas J, Sparks TN, Paul K, Caughey AB. Labor induction with a Foley balloon inflated to 30 mL compared with 60 mL: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Jun; 115(6):1239-45. PMID: 20502296.
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    30. Esakoff TF, Cheng YW, Sparks TN, Caughey AB. The association between birthweight 4000 g or greater and perinatal outcomes in patients with and without gestational diabetes mellitus. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Jun; 200(6):672.e1-4. PMID: 19376489.
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