Courtney D. Stephenson, DO FACOG

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist and Fetal Care Physician

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About Our Provider

Piedmont Physician Network welcomes Dr. Courtney D. Stephenson, D.O., FACOG, a preeminent Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist serving the community of Fort Mill, SC at her new practice, PMC Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Dr. Stephenson earned global recognition by becoming one of only a few physicians in the United States who provide the life-saving intrauterine fetoscopic laser surgery to treat Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS), a condition that can be fatal to the fetuses in nearly all cases if left untreated. Dr. Stephenson was the first woman in the United States to open a de novo fetal care surgery center. Since then, she has treated hundreds of fetuses in utero and surgically treated close to 300 fetuses for TTTS with survival rates of over 92%. Dr. Stephenson and Dr. David Iannitti (hepatopancreticobiliary surgeon) performed the first-ever microwave ablation procedure during pregnancy to save fetuses losing blood to an acardiac mass, known as TRAP sequence.

Over the past decade, Dr. Stephenson has consistently been recognized as a "Top Doctor", both locally and nationally, with over 30 awards for excellence inpatient care, innovations in medicine, and she was noted as one of Mecklenburg's 50 Most Influential Women.

Dr. Stephenson will provide outpatient prenatal diagnosis and maternal-fetal care in Fort Mill, SC while also continuing her commitment and affiliation with the University of North Carolina's Fetal Care team at UNC Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill. Through this affiliation with UNC Medical Center, Dr. Stephenson will continue to provide lifesaving intrauterine surgery to fetuses in utero for the women in the southeast U.S. who need this expertise.

Serving High-Risk Maternity Patients.
Providing advanced prenatal diagnosis and fetal ultrasound imaging

Clinical Interests

  • Twin Twin Transfusion Syndrome
  • Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
  • Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis
  • Amniocentesis
  • Fetal Anomalies
  • High Risk Pregnancy
  • Fetoscopic Surgery
  • Selective Fetoscopic Laser Surgery
  • Thoraroamniotic shunts
  • Vesicoamniotic shunt
  • Bladder outlet syndrome
  • High order multiples
  • Twin Reverse Arterial Perfusion (TRAP)
  • Microwave ablation procedure
  • Amnioreduction
  • Amnioinfusion
  • Microseptostomy
  • Fetal transfusion
  • Umbilical cord blood sampling
  • Heterotopic pregnancy
  • Cornual pregnancy
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Care
  • Pregnant with Multiples

Academic & Hospital Staff Appointments

2020 - Present

  • PMC Maternal Fetal Medicine
    • Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • University of North Carolina School of Medicine Chapel Hill, NC
    • Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

2018- 2020

  • Atrium Health Care Charlotte, NC
  • Full Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

2015- 2016

  • Carolinas Medical Center Charlotte, NC
  • Interim Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine * Carolinas Medical Center is now Atrium Health Care

2015 - Present

  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC
    • Academy of Educators Designed to promote teaching, leadership, and faculty development
    • One of 250 faculty members across North Carolina

2008- 2020

  • Charlotte Fetal Care Center Charlotte, NC
  • Director of Fetal Intervention Program
  • Founder the Charlotte Fetal Care Center, first of its kind in the region
  • Independently started a fetal care program at Carolinas Medical Center
  • First to perform fetoscopic surgery in the region
  • First to perform intrauterine microwave ablation procedure for the treatment of Twin Reverse Arterial Perfusion Sequence (TRAP) globally First woman to open de novo fetal surgery center

Certifications & Licensure

  • SC State License 2020 - 2021
  • OH State License 2008 - 2016
  • NC State License 2004 - 2020
  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Education & Training

  • NYU School of Medicine Fellowship
  • New York Methodist Hospital Residency
  • New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Medical School

Awards, Honors & Recognition

  • Regional Top Doctor Castel and Connolly, 2017-2020
  • America's Most Honored Professionals, Top 5% Castle and Connolly, The American Registry, 2019
  • Winner Dancing with the Stars 2019, Raised over $117,000 Charlotte Ballet Gala, 2019
  • Exceptional Women in Medicine Castle and Connolly, Medical LTD, 2018-2019
  • Top Doctor of North Carolina Best Doctors, Inc, 2016-2019
  • Top Doctor in America Castle and Connolly, 2013-2019
  • Top Doctor of Charlotte Charlotte Magazine, 2011-2019
  • America's Most Honored Professionals Castle and Connolly, The American Registry, 2018
  • Corporate Champion for Women and Children, Recognizing and Improving Lives General Federation of Women's Clubs of NC, 2017
  • Vitals Patients' Choice Award North Carolina Physician Favorite Castle and Connolly, 2015
  • 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte The Mecklenburg Times, 2015
  • Pinnacle Award, Finalist Carolinas Healthcare System, 2015
  • Innovation and Advancements in Healthcare, Winner 2015 Finalist 2013, 2011 The Charlotte Buisness Journal, 2011, 2013, 2015
  • Outstanding Teaching Attending Association Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO), 2011
  • Exemplary Report: NC Department of Health and Human Services: Women's and Children's Services NC State Department of Health, 2008

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Fellow
  • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine - AIUM Member
  • International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society Member
  • Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Member
  • International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology Member

Publications & Presentations

PubMed

  • Risk of donor demise after laser therapy for twin-twin transfusion when complicated by growth discordance and abnormal umbilical artery Doppler findings. Finneran, M. M.,Templin, M. A.,Stephenson, C. D.…J. Matern. Fetal. Neonatal. Med. 2017 Nov 28
  • Impact of recipient twin preoperative myocardial performance index in twin-twin transfusion syndrome treated with laser. Finneran MM, Pickens R, Templin M, Stephenson CD…The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians 2016-05-26
  • Medical termination of pregnancy after endometrial ablation resulting in uterine rupture. Finneran, M. M., Temming, L. A., Stephenson, C. D.…Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2016 Mar 26
  • Effect of Cervical Length Recovery after Laser Surgery for Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. Finneran, M.,Temming, L.,Templin, M.,Stephenson, C.…AJP Rep 2016 Mar 19
  • Reply. Stephenson CD, Temming LA, Pollack R, Iannitti DA…Fetal diagnosis and therapy 2015-06-06
  • Microwave Ablation for Twin-Reversed Arterial Perfusion Sequence: A Novel Application of Technology. Stephenson CD, Temming LA, Pollack R, Iannitti DA…Fetal diagnosis and therapy 2015-01-22
  • Liver transplantation for acute liver failure at 11-week gestation with successful maternal and fetal outcome. Maddukuri, V. C., Stephenson, C. D., Eskind, L., Ahrens, W. A., Purdum, P., Russo, M. W.…Case Rep Transplant 2012
  • 28 citations Non-surgical management of live ectopic pregnancy with ultrasound-guided local injection: a case series. Monteagudo, A., Minior, V. K., Stephenson, C., Monda, S., Timor-Tritsch, I. E.…Ultrasound in obstetrics & gynecology : the official journal of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2005 Mar 1
  • 8 citations 1 mention Thrombin-Dependent Regulation of Matrix Metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 Levels in Human Fetal Membranes Courtney Stephenson, DO…The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine 2005 Aug 18
  • 1 citations Endoscopic closure of fetal membrane defects: comparing iatrogenic versus spontaneous rupture cases. Young, B. K., Mackenzie, A. P., Roman, A. S., Stephenson, C. D., Minior, V., Rebarber, A., Timor-Tri…The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians 2004 Dec 14
  • 2citations Three-dimensional ultrasound to differentiate epigastric heteropagus conjoined twins from a TRAP sequence. MacKenzie, A. P., Stephenson, C. D., Funai, E. F., Lee, M., Timor-Tritsch, I. E.…American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 2004 Nov 18
  • Combined sonographic and endoscopic umbilical cord occlusion in twin and triplet gestations. Young, B. K., Stephenson, C. D., Mackenzie, A. P., Roman, A. S., Rebarber, A., Minior, V. K., Mayber…J Perinat Med 2005
  • The closure of iatrogenic membrane defects after amniocentesis and endoscopic intrauterine procedures .Young, B. K., Roman, A. S., MacKenzie, A. P., Stephenson, C. D., Minior, V., Rebarber, A., Timor-Tri…Fetal Diagn Ther 2004 Apr 07