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Teresa Sparks



Dr. Teresa Sparks is an obstetrician who specializes in maternal-fetal medicine, managing the health concerns of both mother and fetus through all stages of pregnancy. She cares for women with high-risk pregnancies and those who are considering a high-risk pregnancy. She also specializes in clinical genetics, addressing genetic conditions that affect a woman or baby during pregnancy.

Sparks' research investigates the causes of nonimmune hydrops fetalis, a complication of pregnancy that occurs when excessive fluid accumulates in the fetus. Her work focuses on identifying the condition's genetic causes, with the goal of developing more targeted approaches to care both before and after birth.

Sparks earned her medical degree at UCSF. She completed a residency through the obstetrics and gynecology program of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She then completed a combined fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine and clinical genetics at UCSF.

Sparks is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, and American Medical Association.

  • Education

    UCSF, 2009

  • Residencies

    Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2013

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Clinical Genetics, 2017

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

Fetal Treatment Center

Betty Irene Moore Women's Hospital

1855 Fourth St., Second Floor, Room A-2432
San Francisco, CA 94158

Selected research

Decorative Caduceus

Hydrops: Diagnosing & Redefining Outcomes With Precision Study

Both NIHF and birth defects can be caused by a variety of genetic variants that researchers are continuing to learn more about. Exome sequencing will yield information about the specific genetic variants present in cases of NIHF a...