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John D. Stephens, M.D., FACOG

At Koala Labs, your ultrasound scan will be performed personally by John D. Stephens, M.D., FACOG (USA), FRCOG (UK). Dr. Stephens is a board certified obstetrician (Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology). His medical training in England is also recognized by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ("OB/GYN"). In 1986, he was elected to be a Fellow. He is a licensed physician in all clinic locations. Dr. Stephen's is also a California Accredited MD Sonologist for providing Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound (NT).

For 26 years, he has been specializing in diagnosing the health and sex/gender of unborn babies. He has extensive knowledge in the field of prenatal diagnosis, especially in the area of ultrasound.

Dr. Stephens received his medical training in Australia and England and his medical genetics training in the United States. He came to the U.S. directly from the UK after having finished his training as a board-certified OB/GYN, to Stanford University as a physician specialist in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. He then enrolled in a medical genetics course in San Francisco at the UCSF (University of California-San Francisco) medical school for two years, where he was the first OB/GYN to enroll in a medical genetics program. Dr. Stephens was then asked to stay on a third year as a clinical instructor as the "lead" physician in the genetic amniocentesis program. Subsequently, he was then able to establish a private practice not just specializing in, but limited to to obstetrical ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis.

Koala Labs recently added first trimester screening testing for Down syndrome and trisomy 18, using a combination of ultrasound together with blood testing from the mother. It is called Ultra-Screen®.

Education/Qualifications

  • 1967 Jan. – Graduated MB:BS Sydney University School of Medicine
  • 1970-74 – OB/GYN 'residency' UK-NHS Passed exam MRCOG 1973
  • 1974-1978 – Clinical Instructor/Physician Specialist-Stanford University School of Medicine in Dept. of GYN/OB
  • 1978-80 – Medical Genetics Fellowship UCSF
  • 1983 – American Board OB/GYN Board Certified.
  • 1983 – Elected to Fellowship UK (FRCOG)
  • 1980-1991 – Private Practice. Amniocentesis Prenatal Diagnosis-CPDI (California Prenatal Diagnosis Institute.
  • 1993-present – Private Practice. Practice limited to 1st trimester screening/ultrasound imaging
  • Currently semi-retired.
  • NPI 1659739472 Currently licensed MD in California and Washington state.

Publications/References:

  • Letter To The Editor: NEJM Oct 20, 1983
  • Letter To The Editor-Prenatal Diagnosis Vol. 4,161-162 (1984)
  • Abstract 585: ASHG meeting San Diego 1984
  • Clinical Case Report. Hum. Genet. (1983) 64:191-193
  • Letter To The Editor: The Lancet Nov.3, 1984
  • Correspondence Am. J. Obstetrics Gynecol. Page 500 August 1989
  • Letter To The Editor: American Journal Ob/Gyn Vol. 163, No 2 PP. 683-684 1990
  • Letter To The Editor American Journal Ob/Gyn. "Accuracy of apical four chamber view as screen for congenital heart disease. Vol. 163, No.1 Pt. 1,PP, 249-250 1990
  • Letter To The Editor; American Journal Ob/Gyn. Vol. 163, No.2, PP. 607-698 August,1990
  • Letter To The Editor, The Lancet, Vol 337, March 23, 1991
  • United States Patent US 4,986,274 Jan 22, 1991

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