Khalil Tabsh, UCLA Pioneer in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Receives Major Immigration Foundation Award

Dr. Khalil Tabsh, Pacific Palisades, chief of the Division of Obstetrics and vice chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will receive a 2005 California Immigrant Achievement Award, joining bestselling British author and filmmaker Clive Barker and award-winning news anchor Eduardo Quezada of Mexico for their rich contributions to the nation.

The awards ceremony, presented by The American Immigration Law Foundation, will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Tabsh is a renowned researcher, academician and clinician. He has held a variety of positions at UCLA Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine, starting as assistant professor in 1980 and becoming a full professor in 1994. He was the director of high-risk obstetrics and co-director of fetal echocardiography from 1982 to 1985, and chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine from 1989 to 1994. He was named chief of obstetrics and vice chairman of obstetrics and gynecology in 1998.

In addition to his responsibilities at UCLA, Tabsh has been director of maternal-fetal medicine at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Northridge, Calif., since 1985 and at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center since 1988.

Tabsh specializes in the care of pregnant women with severe maternal and/or fetal complications. He has treated women with a range of complications, from relatively "routine" ones such as diabetes, hypertension and lupus, to more extreme cases involving women with kidney, liver or heart transplants. He is a pioneer in the surgical placement of shunts for fetal hydronephrosis and hydrocephalus. He performed the first hysterotomy to deliver one twin by cesarean section while the other twin remained in the womb for later delivery, and was one of the first perinatologists to care for a patient who had a liver transplant during her pregnancy. He also has been a pioneer in invasive fetal diagnostic techniques and therapy, including fetal cord blood sampling, fetal transfusion and fetal muscle biopsy.

He has received many research grants to study fetal and neonatal cardiovascular function, renal hypertension in pregnancy and other topics.

He has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals on subjects including ultrasound evaluation in pregnancy, fetal echocardiography, prenatal testing and diagnosis, maternal autoimmune and cardiovascular conditions, and multi-fetal pregnancy reduction. He also is the author of more than 15 books and medical textbook chapters, and has penned more than 60 abstracts for professional publications and conferences.

Tabsh earned his baccalaureate and medical degrees at the American University in Beirut. He completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at Yale University in 1978 and his fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at UCLA in 1980. He received his American Board Certification in obstetrics and gynecology in 1981 and his American Board Certification in maternal-fetal medicine in 1982.

Tabsh has received many honors, including the American Lebanese Medical Association's 2004 Physician of the Year. He lectures extensively throughout Southern California, has volunteered with the Perinatal Advisory Council of the Los Angeles Communities and served as an adviser to many local hospital committees, striving to improve the outcome of pregnancy.

His opinion routinely is sought by major publications including The New York Times and The Associated Press.

Tabsh also was the subject of a Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine cover story — an honor rarely given to physicians — as "Dr. Amnio" in "UCLA's Khalil Tabsh Rides the Wild Frontier of the High-Tech, High Risk New Obstetrics."


He is married to Dr. Suha Murad, an anesthesiologist, and they have four children.

Past California Immigrant Achievement Award honorees include Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, film director and cinematographer Jan de Bont, baseball player Manny Mota, musician Jose Hernandez, labor leader Dolores Huerta and baseball player Sammy Sosa.

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The American Immigration Law Foundation, founded in 1987, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of immigration law and policy and the value of immigration to American society; to promoting public service and excellence in the practice of immigration law; and to advancing fundamental fairness and due process under the law for immigrants.




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