Code : 18658      Created Date : Sunday, March 11, 2018   Update Date : Saturday, March 9, 2019    Visit : 278

Alireza Abdollah Shamshirsaz

6651 Main St, Suite F1020, Houston, Texas 77019, USA


Professional biography:

Dr. Shamshirsaz serves as an attending physician both in the Fetal Intervention Team and Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He sees patients primarily at the Fetal Center at the Pavilion for Women. He cares for women and fetuses with a variety of medical conditions complicating pregnancy and performs various feto-maternal interventions including fetal surgeries. 

Dr. Shamshirsaz is a Fetal Surgeon and a dual board certified obstetrician and gynecologist and maternal fetal medicine specialist. He did his medical school in Tehran University of medical sciences in Iran and spent 4 years on research as a post-doc fellow in two of the best research institutes of the country. In 2003 he came to the United States as a graduate post-doc research fellow working at University of Colorado Health Science Center. He did his internship and residency at University of Buffalo and University of Iowa Health Care. He, then, attended the University of Connecticut where he gets his maternal fetal medicine fellowship. In 2012, his enthusiasm to patient care, research and innovation brought him to Baylor College of Medicine for two more years of training in fetal intervention and perinatal surgery; where he works as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, maternal fetal medicine specialist and fetal surgeon now. 

Dr. Shamshirsaz’s clinical interests include twin pregnancy, fetal congenital diaphragmatic hernia, fetal genitourinary abnormalities such as lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO), fetal lung masses, fetal neural tube defect, fetal hydrops and all placenta abnormalities such as chorioangioma of placenta. Dr. Shamshirsaz performs all types of fetal intervention such as laser ablation of placenta anastomoses for twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), shunt placement for LUTO and pleural effusion, fetoscopic repair of neural tube defect and open fetal surgery. 

On March, 2018 Dr. Shamshirsaz was presented with the TUMS Distinguished Visiting Professor Title for the duration of 2018-2020 by Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, TUMS School of Medicine.


Research Interests:

  • Fetal Surgery

  • Complex Maternal Surgery

  • Medical Ethics

  • Advance Obstetrics Ultrasound


Top Selected publications:

  • Bateni ZH, Clark SL, Sangi-Haghpeykar H, Aagaard KM, Blumenfeld YJ, Ramin SM, Lee H, Fox KA, Moaddab A, Shamshirsaz AA, Salmanian B, Hosseinzadeh P, Racusin DA, Erfani H, Espinoza J, Dildy GA, Belfort MA, Shamshirsaz AA. Trends in the Delivery Route of Twin Pregnancies in the United States, 2006–2013. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology 2016 Oct; 205:120-6. 

  • Moaddab A, Nassr AA, Espinoza J, Ruano R, Bateni ZH, Shamshirsaz AA, Mandy GT, Welty S, Erfani H, Popek EJ, Belfort MA, Shamshirsaz AA. Twin anemia polycythemia sequence: a single center experience and literature review. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology 2016 Oct; 205: 158-64.

  • Moaddab A, McCullough LB, Chervenak FA, Dildy GA, Shamshirsaz AA. Virginity testing is ethically impermissible in professional obstetrics and gynecology. Lancet 2016 Jul 2;388(10039):98-100. 

  • Belfort MA, Whitehead WE, Ball R, Silver R, Shamshirsaz AA, Ruano R, Espinoza J, Becker J, Olutoye OO, Hollier L. Fetoscopic Amniotic Band release in a case of chorio-amniotic separation: An Innovative new technique. American Journal of Perinatology Reports 2016 Apr 6(2): e222-5.

  • Belfort MA, Shamshirsaz AA, Whitehead WE, Ball R, Silver R, Ruano R, Espinoza J, Mann DG, McCullough L, Chervenak F. Unusual pleuro-amniotic shunt complication managed using a 2-port in-CO2 fetoscopic technique: Technical and ethical considerations. Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology 2016 Jan;47(1):123-4.

  • Moaddab A, McCullough LB, Chervenak FA, Fox KA, Aagaard KM, Salmanian B, Raine SP, Shamshirsaz AA. Health care justice and its implications for current policy of a mandatory waiting period for elective tubal sterilization. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2015 Jun; 212(6):736-9.

  • Belfort MA, Whitehead WE, Shamshirsaz AA, Ruano R, Cass DL, Olutoye OO. Fetoscopic Repair of Meningomyelocele.  Obstetrics & Gynecology 2015 Oct; 126(4):881-4.

  • Shamshirsaz AA, Fox KA, Salmanian B, Diaz-Arrastia CR, Lee W, Baker BW, Ballas J, Chen Q, Van Veen TR, Javadian P, Sangi-Haghpeykar H, Zacharias N, Welty S, Cassady CI, Moaddab A, Popek EJ, Hui SK, Teruya J, Bandi V, Coburn M, Cunningham T, Martin SR, Belfort MA. Maternal morbidity in patients with morbidly adherent placenta treated with and without a standardized multidisciplinary approach. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2015 Feb; 212 (2): 218.e1-9.