Dr. Sara Naeem Iqbal, MD

Dr. Sara Naeem Iqbal, MD

Dr. Sara Naeem Iqbal, MD

Languages: English, Urdu
Fax: (202) 877-8695

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  • Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Conditions I Treat
  • abnormal nuchal translucency
  • abnormal obstetrical screening
  • abnormal umbilical artery doppler
  • advanced maternal age
  • bronchopulmonary sequestration
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Procedures I Perform
  • amniocentesis
  • cervical cerclage
  • cervical length assessment
  • fetal ultrasound
  • genetic counseling
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About the Provider

Philosophy of Care
Dr. Iqbal's philosophy of care includes devoting all of her attention to her patients because she believes that listening to and gaining a thorough understanding of the patient is the key to diagnosis and successful management. Dr. Iqbal is actively involved in the diagnosis and management of high-risk pregnancies, as well as providing prenatal diagnosis with genetic counseling, ultrasound and amniocentesis. She takes interest in treating patients with high-risk issues, such as intrauterine growth restriction, chronic hypertension, diabetes mellitus, second trimester losses and other medical complications that require close surveillance during pregnancy. She lets her patients know that she is dedicated to their well being and has the experience and expertise to provide proper education and treatment of their condition. Dr. Iqbal considers the most rewarding part of her job to be delivering a baby after supporting the mother throughout her high-risk pregnancy. It is Dr. Iqbal's goal as a maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist to provide each patient with her utmost attention, making sure each patient has the opportunity to voice their concerns.

Academic Background
Sara N. Iqbal, MD, is the division chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) and program director for MFM and the MFM/Genetics Fellowship, MedStar Washington Hospital Center. In addition, she is an associate clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob/Gyn), Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Dr. Iqbal specializes in high-risk pregnancy. She is actively involved in the diagnosis and management of high-risk pregnancies such as diabetes, hypertension, intrauterine growth restriction, preterm labor, history of premature delivery and other medical complications that require close surveillance during pregnancy. Services she provides to her patients include comprehensive ultrasound screening, amniocentesis and genetic counseling.

Dr. Iqbal completed her medical school education at Dow University of Health Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan. She then completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC, and pursued further specialization in high-risk obstetrics with the completion of a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. During her fellowship, Dr. Iqbal studied human immunodeficiency virus in pregnancy and intrauterine growth restriction.

Medical education and research development also interest Dr. Iqbal. She is the chair of the Ob/Gyn Research Development and Review (RDR) Committee, and she supervises the monthly RDR meetings at MedStar Washington and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. In addition, she is the director for the High-Risk Obstetrics Conferences and Morbidity and Mortality Conferences at MedStar Washington. She also serves on the committees for graduate medical education, Ob/Gyn residency education and Ob/Gyn practice.

Dr. Iqbal reviews manuscripts for the American Journal of Perinatology, the American Journal of Perinatology Reports, and the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Iqbal is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is board-certified in both Ob/Gyn and maternal-fetal medicine. To further her knowledge and collaborations with other professionals, she maintains memberships in the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Research Interests
Dr. Iqbal's research interests include the following:

  • High-risk pregnancy
  • Intrauterine growth restriction
  • Preterm labor
  • Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy
  • Diabetes and pregnancy
  • Placenta accreta
  • Chronic hypertension and preeclampsia
  • Management of the morbidly obese pregnant patient
  • Pregnant patients with HIV
  • Medical and obstetrical complications of pregnancy
  • Maternal and neonatal outcomes
  • Prenatal diagnosis by ultrasound, invasive and non-invasive prenatal testing

Selected Research
Some selections of Dr. Iqbal's publications include:
Kawakita T, Reddy UM, Landy HJ, Iqbal SN, Huang CC, Grantz KL. Indications for primary cesarean delivery relative to body mass index. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 May 20. pii: S0002 9378(16)30218-6. PMID: 27210064
Tetsuya Kawakita, MD, Uma M. Reddy, MD, MPH, Sara N. Iqbal, MD, Helain J. Landy, MD, Chun-Chih Huang, PhD, Matthew Hoffman, MD, Anthony C. Sciscione, DO, and Katherine L. Grantz, MD, MS.  Duration of Oxytocin and Rupture of the Membranes before Diagnosing a Failed Induction of Labor. Obstet Gynecol 2016 May; 128:19
Laura I. Parikh, MD; Angie C. Jelin, MD; Sara N. Iqbal, MD; Sarah L. Belna, WHNP-BC; Melissa H. Fries, MD; Misbah Patel, MBBS; Sameer Desale, MS ; Patrick S. Ramsey, MD, MPSH. Glycemic control, compliance, and satisfaction for diabetic gravidas in Centering® group care. Accepted to The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, July 2016
Kawakita T, Parikh LI, Ramsey PS, Huang CC, Zeymo A, Fernandez M, Smith S, Iqbal SN. Predictors of adverse neonatal outcomes in intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy.  Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Oct; 213:570.e1-8. PMID: 26071912.
Tetsuya Kawakita, Uma Reddy, Sara Iqbal, Jim Huang, Helain Landy, Katherine Laughon Grantz. Complications associated with fetal scalp electrode. Br J Obstet Gynecol 2015 Dec 8. PMID: 26643181
Brown D, Naglak M, Cohen J, Iqbal S, Ramsey P, Craparo F.  Outcomes of triplets reduced to twins versus non-reduced triplet pregnancies in a single institution. J Clin Gynecol Obstet. 2015; 4 (1):160-163. PMID: 26157538
Torre Halscott, Uma Reddy, Helain Landy, Patrick Ramsey, Sara Iqbal, Jim Huang, Katherine Laughon Grantz. Maternal and neonatal outcomes by attempted mode of operative delivery during the second stage of labor in term singleton gestations.  Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Nov 5. PMID: 26551186
Katie P. Friday, Jeffrey P. Moak, Melissa H. Fries, Sara N. Iqbal. Catecholaminergic Ventricular Tachycardia, Pregnancy and Teenager: Are They Compatible? Pediatr Cardiol. 2015 Oct;36(7):1542-7. doi: 10.1007/s00246-015-1232-3. Epub 2015 Aug 18. PMID: 26278400
Clark Ganheart C, Iqbal S, Brown D, Black S, Fries M. Two unique causes of circulating cell free fetal DNA false positives. J Clin Gynecol Obstet. 2014 May; 3(2):38-70.  PMID:25298847
Berry E, Iqbal S. HELLP syndrome at 17 weeks gestation; A rare and catastrophic phenomena. J Clin Gynecol Obstet. 2014 Dec; 3(4):147-150. PMID:25806101
Iqbal S, Kriebs J, Harman C, Gungor S, Alger L, Turan O, Kopelman J, Malinow A, Baschat AA. Protease Inhibitor Therapy and Fetal Growth Potential in HIV Positive Women.  Am J Perinatol 2008 Jun; 25(6): 335-9.
Iqbal S, Kriebs J, Harman C, Alger L, Kopelman J, Turan O,  Gungor S, Malinow A, Baschat A. Predictors of Fetal Growth in Maternal HIV Disease. Am J Perinatol 2010 Aug; 27(7):517-23.
View Dr. Iqbal's publications on PubMed.
Visit Dr. Iqbal's MedStar Health Research Institute page.

  • Fellowship Program: University of Maryland Medical Center (2008)
  • Residency Program: Howard University Hospital (2005)
  • Residency Program: Hanemann University Hospital (2005)
  • Medical School: Dow University of Health Sciences (1996)
  • Medical School: Dow Medical School (1996)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Board Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal and Fetal Medicine
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Practice Locations
Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital