After completing her obstetrics and gynaecology training and her PhD, A/Prof Fiona Brownfoot was appointed a specialist position at the The Epworth Freemasons Hospital, East Melbourn. She is also an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. She loves the fusion of being at the cutting edge of science and developing treatments to improve outcomes and caring for patients with normal and more complicated pregnancies.
More background and qualifications…
Fiona developed a passion for obstetrics during medical school. After completing her internship at The Royal Melbourne Hospital she embarked in specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology at The Royal Women’s Hospital and completed her rural term at Wodonga Hospital.
It was during her clinical training that she realised there were few medical treatments for pregnancy complications. She moved to the Mercy Hospital for Women and completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne exploring ‘Developing novel therapeutics for preeclampsia’ with inspiring supervisors Professor Stephen Tong and Professor Tu’uhevaha Kaitu’u-Lino. The team are internationally recognised for translational medicine and Fiona has accepted many awards, given many presentations, obtained numerous grants and published over 60 papers. More recently Fiona has developed an interest in novel biomedical engineering technologies to better detect fetal distress and she now heads a multidisciplinary team of researchers developing novel devices to improve pregnancy outcomes.
Fiona completed her advanced training in obstetrics at the Mercy Hospital for Women. She undertook extra training in infertility through the reproductive birth unit and high-risk pregnancy management through Mercy Perinatal, the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit. It was during these terms that she managed the most complex pregnancies. These complications ranged from recurrent pregnancy loss and stillbirth, maternal medical disorders such as kidney disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy and diabetes, fetal abnormalities and twins, to severe growth restriction, preterm birth and preeclampsia.