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Nahla Khalek, MD, MPH, FACOG

Attending Obstetrician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, Perelman School of Medicine, The University of Pennsylvania

  • Phone 800-468-8376

Dr. Nahla Khalek is an attending physician at the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania.

She specializes in maternal-fetal medicine, prenatal diagnosis, fetal therapy and reproductive genetics. Dr. Khalek’s clinical focus is in prenatal dysmorphology and placental pathology. She has expertise using advanced diagnostic tools to diagnose rare and complex prenatal syndromes in utero, including genetic syndromes associated with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, CHARGE Syndrome and fetal akinesia sequence. She is also interested in the maternal, fetal and placental biochemical responses involved in twin-twin transfusion syndrome.

Dr. Khalek became interested in fetal medicine during her residency and fellowship, and was drawn to the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment because of its multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach.

“When patients arrive, we care for them from prenatal diagnosis through the postpartum period. Our hope and goal are to normalize the experience for patients and their families, knowing their unborn baby has a birth defect,” she says. “It’s the best experience I have had, because our patients and their families personify grace.”

Prior to joining the Center team in 2010, Dr. Khalek served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Clinical Genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. She also served as the Director of Obstetric Ultrasound at Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY.

Dr. Khalek earned her B.S. at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, City College of New York, and her medical degree from New York Medical College. She received her Masters in Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology and fellowships in maternal-fetal medicine and clinical genetics at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, maternal-fetal medicine and clinical genetics.

Dr. Khalek also has a special commitment to global maternal health and brings the benefits of her extensive international experience to CHOP. She has worked in Ghana, Eritrea, Nicaragua, Panama and Belize and helped establish OB/GYN teaching and residency programs. Currently she has focused her efforts in Uganda, where she helped create a training program for midwives that incorporates imaging as well as clinical and operative obstetrics.  


To contact the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, call 1-800-468-8376 (1-800-IN-UTERO).


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