Mercy Names New MFM Section Chief
Mercy Medical Center, member of Catholic Health Services (CHS), has named Baraa Allaf, M.D. section chief of maternal-fetal medicine (MFM). Dr. Baraa is double board certified in obstetrics/gynecology and MFM. He specializes in caring for mothers who experience high-risk pregnancies.
According to the National Institute of Health, as many as 10 percent of pregnancies are considered high risk; but with expert care, 95 percent of these special cases result in the birth of healthy babies.
“At Mercy, we deliver about 1,000 babies a year and there are times when extra care is needed during some pregnancies. MFM is an integral part of our overall mother/baby services and I’m thrilled to have a professional like Dr. Allaf join the team. I am confident he will continue to help ensure the best possible outcome for mothers and babies that require MFM services,” said Peter Scaminaci, president of Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Allaf joins Mercy from the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. He also held a position at NYU Winthrop Hospital.
While Dr. Allaf’s proficiency is widespread in the management of high risk pregnancies, he has particular interest in advanced obstetric ultrasound, fetal echocardiogram and prenatal diagnosis. He performs prenatal diagnosis procedures such as chorionic villus sampling (CVS), amniocentesis and fetal blood sampling.
“One of the exciting things about joining CHS is the unique leadership team that exists here and the commitment to provide the best possible care for women and their families on Long Island. It’s truly a special place, and we will work together to propel the MFM section to new dimensions,” said Dr. Allaf.
Dr. Allaf earned his medical degree at the University of Aleppo and completed his residency at The State University of New York at Buffalo. He also completed fellowships at Stony Brook University Hospital and NY Winthrop Hospital. He is a recipient of several awards including the Haluk Caglar, M.D. Award for excellence in gynecology/oncology from Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
MFM at Mercy
High-risk conditions include diabetes (gestational/non-gestational), premature labor, high blood pressure, multiple pregnancy (i.e. twins), recurrent pregnancy loss, infectious disease, blood clot(s), heart disease, kidney and gastrointestinal diseases and other medical disorders that can complicate pregnancy.
MFM compliments the care offered by Mercy’s Family Care Center primary obstetrician. Mercy’s MFM offices are located on the 2nd floor of the main hospital building and in suite 105 in the Ryan Medical Arts Building (adjacent to Mercy). MFM services are also offered at other CHS hospitals, including Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown and St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson.
For more information about Mercy Medical Center call 516-626-3729 or visit www.mercymedicalcenter.chsli.org. For more information about CHS’s MFM programs, visit https://www.chsli.org/maternal-fetal-medicine-1.