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


Dr. KhalilTabsh, Pacific Palisades, chief of the Division ofObstetrics and vice chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology atthe David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will receive a 2005 CaliforniaImmigrant Achievement Award, joining bestsellingBritish author and filmmaker Clive Barker andaward-winning news anchor Eduardo Quezada of Mexicofor their rich contributions to the nation.

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

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Tabsh isa renowned researcher, academician and clinician. He has held a variety ofpositions at UCLA Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine, startingas assistant professor in 1980 and becoming a full professor in 1994. He wasthe director of high-risk obstetrics and co-director of fetal echocardiographyfrom 1982 to 1985, and chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine from1989 to 1994. He was named chief of obstetrics and vice chairman of obstetricsand gynecology in 1998.

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

Tabsh specializes in the care ofpregnant women with severe maternal and/or fetal complications. He has treatedwomen with a range of complications, from relatively "routine" ones such asdiabetes, hypertension and lupus, to more extreme cases involving women withkidney, liver or heart transplants. He is a pioneer in the surgical placementof shunts for fetal hydronephrosis and hydrocephalus.He performed the first hysterotomy to deliver onetwin by cesarean section while the other twin remained in the womb for laterdelivery, and was one of the first perinatologists tocare for a patient who had a liver transplant during her pregnancy. He also hasbeen a pioneer in invasive fetal diagnostic techniques and therapy, includingfetal cord blood sampling, fetal transfusion and fetal muscle biopsy.

He has received many research grants to study fetal andneonatal cardiovascular function, renal hypertension in pregnancy and othertopics.

He has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewedjournals on subjects including ultrasound evaluation in pregnancy, fetalechocardiography, prenatal testing and diagnosis, maternal autoimmune andcardiovascular conditions, and multi-fetal pregnancy reduction. He also is the authorof more than 15 books and medical textbook chapters, and has penned more than60 abstracts for professional publications and conferences.

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

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

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

Tabsh also was the subject of aLos Angeles Times Sunday magazine cover story — an honor rarely given tophysicians — as "Dr. Amnio" in "UCLA's Khalil Tabsh Rides the WildFrontier of the High-Tech, High Risk New Obstetrics."


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

Past California ImmigrantAchievement 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 LawFoundation, founded in 1987, is a nonprofit organization dedicated toincreasing public understanding of immigration law and policy and the value ofimmigration to American society; to promoting public service and excellence inthe practice of immigration law; and to advancing fundamental fairness and dueprocess under the law for immigrants.




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