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Teresa Sparks, MD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
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    University of California, San Francisco, San FranciscoMD2009 Medicine
    Brigham & Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital, BostonResidency2013Obstetrics & Gynecology
    University of California, San Francisco, San FranciscoFellowship2017Maternal Fetal Medicine and Clinical Genetics
    University of California, San Francisco, San FranciscoMAS2019Clinical Research
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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
    Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine2020  - 2020Dru Carlson Memorial Award for best research in Ultrasound and Genetics

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    I am a physician who specializes in both 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 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020
    Role: PI
    Non-Immune Hydrops Fetalis: Toward a Precision-Based Approach
    Fetal Health Foundation Brianna Marie Memorial Research GrantJan 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019
    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. Variants of uncertain significance in prenatal microarrays: a retrospective cohort study. BJOG. 2020 Jul 23. Mardy AH, Wiita AP, Wayman BV, Drexler K, Sparks TN, Norton ME. PMID: 32702189.
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    2. The utility of exome sequencing for fetal pleural effusions. Prenat Diagn. 2020 04; 40(5):590-595. Jelin AC, Sobreira N, Wohler E, Solomon B, Sparks T, Sagaser KG, Forster KR, Miller J, Witmer PD, Hamosh A, Valle D, Blakemore K. PMID: 31994743.
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    3. Utility of chromosomal microarray for diagnosis in cases of nonimmune hydrops fetalis. Prenat Diagn. 2020 03; 40(4):492-496. Mardy AH, Rangwala N, Hernandez-Cruz Y, Gosnell KA, Gonzalez JM, Norton ME, Sparks TN. PMID: 31981373.
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    4. The utility of nuchal translucency ultrasound in identifying rare chromosomal abnormalities not detectable by cell-free DNA screening. Prenat Diagn. 2020 01; 40(2):185-190. Berger VK, Norton ME, Sparks TN, Flessel M, Baer RJ, Currier RJ. PMID: 31652356.
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    5. Expanded carrier screening: counseling and considerations. Hum Genet. 2020 Sep; 139(9):1131-1139. Sparks TN. PMID: 31679051.
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    6. Cell-free fetal DNA screening for detection of microdeletion syndromes: a cost-effectiveness analysis. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019 Aug 05; 1-9. Avram CM, Shaffer BL, Sparks TN, Allen AJ, Caughey AB. PMID: 31327283.
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    7. A system-based approach to the genetic etiologies of non-immune hydrops fetalis. Prenat Diagn. 2019 08; 39(9):732-750. Mardy AH, Chetty SP, Norton ME, Sparks TN. PMID: 31087399.
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    8. Nonimmune hydrops fetalis: identifying the underlying genetic etiology. Genet Med. 2019 06; 21(6):1339-1344. 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. PMID: 30410095.
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    9. Fetal Congenital Pulmonary Airway Malformation: The Role of an Objective Measurement of Cardiomediastinal Shift. Am J Perinatol. 2019 02; 36(3):225-232. Shulman R, Sparks TN, Gosnell K, Blat C, Norton ME, Lee H, Gonzalez-Velez J, Goldstein RB. PMID: 30199894.
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    10. How should costs and cost-effectiveness be considered in prenatal genetic testing? Semin Perinatol. 2018 08; 42(5):275-282. Sparks TN, Caughey AB. PMID: 30173949.
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    11. Stage I Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome: Outcomes of Expectant Management and Prognostic Features. Am J Perinatol. 2018 12; 35(14):1352-1357. Washburn EE, Sparks TN, Gosnell KA, Rand L, Gonzalez JM, Feldstein VA. PMID: 29528469.
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    12. Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: Does Laterality Predict Perinatal Outcomes? Am J Perinatol. 2018 08; 35(10):919-924. Sperling JD, Sparks TN, Berger VK, Farrell JA, Gosnell K, Keller RL, Norton ME, Gonzalez JM. PMID: 29304545.
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    13. Utility of chromosomal microarray in anomalous fetuses. Prenat Diagn. 2018 01; 38(2):140-147. Parchem JG, Sparks TN, Gosnell K, Norton ME. PMID: 29297200.
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    14. Polyhydramnios Affecting a Recipient-like Twin: Risk of Progression to Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome and Outcomes. Am J Perinatol. 2018 03; 35(4):317-323. Washburn EE, Sparks TN, Gosnell KA, Rand L, Gonzalez JM, Feldstein VA. PMID: 29287298.
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    15. Non-Immune Hydrops Fetalis: Do Placentomegaly and Polyhydramnios Matter? J Ultrasound Med. 2018 May; 37(5):1185-1191. Berger VK, Sparks TN, Jelin AC, Derderian C, Jeanty C, Gosnell K, Mackenzie T, Gonzalez JM. PMID: 29076544.
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    16. The growth-restricted fetus: risk of mortality by each additional week of expectant management. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019 Feb; 32(3):442-447. Pilliod RA, Page JM, Sparks TN, Caughey AB. PMID: 28974133.
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    17. Potential Role of Genomic Sequencing in the Early Diagnosis of Treatable Genetic Conditions. J Pediatr. 2017 10; 189:222-226.e1. Zahed H, Sparks TN, Li B, Alsadah A, Shieh JTC. PMID: 28947054.
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    18. Mosaic trisomy 16: what are the obstetric and long-term childhood outcomes? Genet Med. 2017 10; 19(10):1164-1170. Sparks TN, Thao K, Norton ME. PMID: 28383546.
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    19. Observed Rate of Down Syndrome in Twin Pregnancies. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 11; 128(5):1127-1133. Sparks TN, Norton ME, Flessel M, Goldman S, Currier RJ. PMID: 27741202.
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    20. Gastroschisis: mortality risks with each additional week of expectant management. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Jan; 216(1):66.e1-66.e7. Sparks TN, Shaffer BL, Page J, Caughey AB. PMID: 27596619.
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    21. Maternal arrhythmia and perinatal outcomes. J Perinatol. 2016 10; 36(10):823-7. Henry D, Gonzalez JM, Harris IS, Sparks TN, Killion M, Thiet MP, Bianco K. PMID: 27309629.
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    22. Hypertension in dichorionic twin gestations: how is birthweight affected? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2017 Feb; 30(4):380-385. Sparks TN, Nakagawa S, Gonzalez JM. PMID: 27046743.
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    23. Down syndrome: perinatal mortality risks with each additional week of expectant management. Prenat Diagn. 2016 Apr; 36(4):368-74. Sparks TN, Griffin E, Page J, Pilliod R, Shaffer BL, Caughey AB. PMID: 26891366.
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    24. How do maternal views of delivery outcomes vary by demographics and preferred mode of delivery? Am J Perinatol. 2015 Jul; 32(8):741-6. Sparks TN, Yeaton-Massey A, Granados JM, Handler SJ, Meyer M, Caughey AB. PMID: 25519201.
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    25. 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. Sparks TN, Yeaton-Massey A, Granados JM, Handler SJ, Meyer MR, Caughey AB. PMID: 25212977.
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    26. Predictors of cesarean delivery in women undergoing labor induction with a Foley balloon. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2015 Jun; 28(9):1000-4. Delaney S, Shaffer BL, Cheng YW, Vargas J, Sparks TN, Paul K, Caughey AB. PMID: 25012806.
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    27. 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. Yeaton-Massey A, Wong L, Sparks TN, Handler SJ, Meyer MR, Granados JM, Stasenko M, Sit A, Caughey AB. PMID: 24749802.
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    28. 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. Kim LH, Cohan DL, Sparks TN, Pilliod RA, Arinaitwe E, Caughey AB. PMID: 23392461.
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    29. Does risk of preeclampsia differ by twin chorionicity? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2013 Sep; 26(13):1273-7. Sparks TN, Cheng YW, Phan N, Caughey AB. PMID: 23425367.
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    30. Impending macrosomia: will induction of labour modify the risk of caesarean delivery? BJOG. 2012 Mar; 119(4):402-9. Cheng YW, Sparks TN, Laros RK, Nicholson JM, Caughey AB. PMID: 22251443.
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    31. Treating mild gestational diabetes mellitus: a cost-effectiveness analysis. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Sep; 205(3):282.e1-7. Ohno MS, Sparks TN, Cheng YW, Caughey AB. PMID: 22071065.
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    32. Patient counseling increases postpartum follow-up in women with gestational diabetes mellitus. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Jun; 204(6):522.e1-6. Stasenko M, Liddell J, Cheng YW, Sparks TN, Killion M, Caughey AB. PMID: 21514559.
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    33. 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. Solheim KN, Esakoff TF, Little SE, Cheng YW, Sparks TN, Caughey AB. PMID: 21381881.
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    34. Diagnosis and morbidity of placenta accreta. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Mar; 37(3):324-7. Esakoff TF, Sparks TN, Kaimal AJ, Kim LH, Feldstein VA, Goldstein RB, Cheng YW, Caughey AB. PMID: 20812377.
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    35. Fundal height: a useful screening tool for fetal growth? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2011 May; 24(5):708-12. Sparks TN, Cheng YW, McLaughlin B, Esakoff TF, Caughey AB. PMID: 20849205.
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    36. 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. Delaney S, Shaffer BL, Cheng YW, Vargas J, Sparks TN, Paul K, Caughey AB. PMID: 20502296.
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    37. 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. Esakoff TF, Cheng YW, Sparks TN, Caughey AB. PMID: 19376489.
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