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Campus Address NP 3547 Zip 6823
Phone  205-975-8880
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Medical School  University of Colorado School of Medicine    1980  M.D. 
Residency  Presbyterian/St. Luke' Medical Center    1981  Pathology 
Residency  Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center    1985  Anatomic Clinical Pathology 
Fellowship  Memorial Sloan-Kettering Guttman Diagnostic Center    1986  Surgical Pathology 
Fellowship  Mount Sinai Hospital    1987  Pediatric Pathology 

Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners   1982 
American Board of Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology  1987 
American Board of Pathology, Special Qualification in Pediatric Pathology  1991 
American Board of Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology - Recertification  2013 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Pathology   Anatomic Pathology Professor
Secondary  OB/GYN   OB/GYN - Maternal & Fetal Medicine Professor
Center  Center for Metabolic Bone Disease (Org Ret)  Center for Metabolic Bone Disease (Org Ret) Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Faye-Petersen is an internationally recognized perinatal pathologist, author, and lecturer. She is the President-Elect of the Society for Pediatric Pathology (2015) and Councilor for the International Pediatric Pathology Association (2015-2018), the educational organization for specialty training in pediatric pathology in countries outside the US. She received her undergraduate (biology, chemistry, and philosophy) and medical degrees from the University of Colorado. She completed residency training at the Denver Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, CO, and later completed postdoctoral training in Surgical Pathology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and pediatric pathology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, NY. Since 1996, she has been cited in the annual publications of "Best Doctors in America." In February 2002, she was received the Society for Pediatric Pathology’s (SPP's) Distinguished Colleague Award. In March 2007, she was named the Outstanding Woman UAB Faculty Member for her academic, teaching, research, and community service contributions. In March 2011, Dr. Faye-Petersen was awarded the President's Scroll of Appreciation for her outstanding service to the SPP's educational efforts. Long committed to multidisciplinary education, Dr. Faye-Petersen has received numerous UAB School of Medicine teaching awards, and, in 2010, was one of two UAB School of Medicine faculty inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society. Finally, she was instrumental in starting, and continues to remain active in, the UAB Commission for the Status of Women's annual community clothing drive, "Suits for Success." This drive is the major contributor to the YWCA of North Central Alabama's resource, "My Sister's Closet," for interviewing and work attire, for economically disadvantaged women. This UAB drive results in the annual collection at least two tons of such clothing and accessories from UAB donors and the surrounding regional communities; February 2015 marked the 9th Annual UAB S4S drive.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American Society of Human Genetics     
College of American Pathologists  Fellow   
International Pediatric Pathology Association  Council Member 2006 - 2010; 2015-2018   
International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death  Member 2015   
Jefferson County Medical Society      
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Formerly Society for Perinatal Obstetricians     
Society for Pediatric Pathology  Education Committee Chair 2008-2011, Director for SPP sponsored Perinatal Pathology Course:;5/2005; 5/2008; Councilor-at-Large 2006-2008, 2011-2015; President-Elect 2015   
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (IAP)      

Research/Clinical Interest
Perinatal and Placental Pathology
Dr. Faye-Petersen's service responsibilities and areas of research activities are largely focused on perinatal and placental pathology. Through the combined support of the Department of Pathology and UAB Hospital, in 1995, she established a diagnostic regional referral service laboratory for embryo-fetal and placental pathology, the UAB Microdissectional Laboratory (MDL). From 7/1995 through 1/2009, the MDL provided in-depth multidisciplinary evaluations of conceptus specimens delivered from women with histories of recurrent, spontaneous abortion; fetuses and placentas from pregnancies with antenatally documented or suspected abnormalities and genetic syndromes; cases of intrauterine fetal demise; and placentas from stillborn or live born infants whose gestations were complicated by maternal disease or other adverse factors. In 2/2009, the outreach autopsy aspect of the MDL was discontinued, due to financial constraints. However, in late 2009, the need for such evaluations was addressed through its addition the outreach services of the UAB Autopsy Service, where Dr Faye-Petersen continues to perform postmortem examinations of stillborns and cases of infant death. MDL placental evaluations have continued to provide UAB and community obstetricians with pathologic correlations for prenatal clinical and ultrasonographic diagnoses, and have helped to answer questions concerning the causes of pregnancy loss, fetal growth restriction and maldevelopment, and neonatal complications. The MDL examinations also provide information essential for meaningful medical genetics counseling, grief counseling for patients and their families, and clinicopathologic correlations useful to future care of obstetrical and infant patients. MDL and UAB Autopsy Pathology Service work has enabled Dr Faye-Petersen to participate in several NIH-funded clinical research studies and collaborative studies with other placental pathologists to elucidate which placental pathologic findings may correlate with increased risks for perinatal morbidity and mortality, or underlying maternal disorders. Recent collaborations include investigation of the transplacental passage of cytomegalovirus infection and epigenetic factors involved in development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia. In addition to her role as UAB's perinatal pathologist, Dr. Faye-Petersen is also the primary autopsy pathologist for cases complicated by congenital cardiovascular malformations. In 1997, she, with aid of two colleagues, completed a re-examination and registry of UAB's cases of congenital heart disease. As primary investigator of this aspect of the UAB Congenital Heart Disease Program (CHDP), she established a formal, centralized site for the ongoing collection of formalin-fixed specimens with congenital heart malformations (some 650 to date) to support multidisciplinary education and research in the pathology and pathogenesis of cardiovascular malformations.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Salas AA, Faye-Petersen OM, Sims B, Peralta-Carcelen M, Reilly SD, McGwin G Jr, Carlo WA, Ambalavanan N. Histological characteristics of the fetal inflammatory response associated with neurodevelopmental impairment and death in extremely preterm infants. J Pediatr. 2013 Sep;163(3):652-7.e1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.03.081. Epub 2013 May 8. PubMed PMID: 23664630; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3744601.

Subramaniam A, Cliver SP, Andrews WW, Faye-Petersen OM, Goldenberg RL, Biggio JR Jr. Effect of corticosteroid interval on markers of inflammation in spontaneous preterm birth. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2013 Oct;209:379.e1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2013.05.048. Epub 2013 Jun 11.

Taylor GP, Faye-Petersen OM, Ernst L, LeGallo RD, Schauer GM, Williamson AK, Pacheco MC. Small patients, complex challenging cases -A reappraisal of the professional efforts in perinatal autopsies. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2014;138:865-8.

Dai QN, Reddy VVB, Choi JK, Faye-Petersen OM. Trisomy 21-Associated transient abnormal myelopoiesis involving the maternal space of the placenta: A case report and literature review. Pediatr Develop Pathol. 2014 ;17:366-73.

Ambalavanan N, Cotten CM, Page GP, Carlo WA, Murray JC, Bhattacharya S, Mariani TJ, Cuna AC, Faye-Petersen OM, Kelly D, Higgins RD; Genomics and Cytokine Subcommittees of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Integrated Genomic Analyses in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. J Pediatr. 2014;166:531-7.e13. doi: 10.1016/jpeds.2014.09.052. Epub 2014 Nov 6. PMID 25449221

Cuna A, Halloran B, Faye-Petersen O, Kelly D, Crossman DK, Cui X, Pandit K, Kaminski N, Bhattacharya S, Ahmad A, Mariani TJ, Ambalavanan N. Alterations in Gene Expression and DNA Methylation During Murine and Human Lung Alveolar Septation. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2014 Nov 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25387348.

Faye-Petersen OM. Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology: SY21-1 Alloimmune disorders of pregnancy. Pathol 2014;46 Suppl 2:S32.

Heller DS, Faye-Petersen OM. Pathology of the Stillborn Infant for the General Pathologist, Part 1.
Adv Anat Pathol. 2015 Jan;22(1):1-28. doi: 10.1097/PAP.0000000000000054. PMID:25461778

Faye-Petersen OM, Heller DS. Pathology of the Stillborn Infant for the General Pathologist Part 2: Fetal Anomalies and Hydrops Fetalis. Adv Anat Pathol. 2015 Mar;22(2):71-93.

Cain MD, Siebert JR, Iriabho E, Gruneberg A, Almeida JS, Faye-Petersen OM. Development of novel software to generate anthropomentric norms at perinatal autopsy. Pediatr Develop Pathol. 2015;18:203-9. doi: 10.2350/14-11-1578-OA.1. Epub 2015 Jan 29. PMID: 25634794.
Faye-Petersen O, Ernst L. Placental maternal floor infarction/ massive perivillous fibrinoid deposition. Invited review. Surg Pathol Clinics. 2013;6:127-151. Baergen RN, Issue Editor for Placental Pathology
Faye-Petersen O, Kapur R. Placental mesenchymal dysplasia. Invited review. Surg Pathol Clinics. 2013;6:101-114. Baergen RN, Issue Editor for Placental Pathology.
Ho M, Faye-Petersen O, Goldenberg RL, Carlo WA, Cliver SP, Andrews WW. Elevated midtrimester alpha-fetoprotein is associated with increased perinatal death but a low rate of inflammation in a preterm population. J Matern Fetal-Neonat Med. 2012; 25:2424-7.   
Lo AA, Faye-Petersen O, Ernst LM. Intrauterine fetal death of a monchorionic twin with peripheral pulmonary infarcts: Potential thromboembolic events following death of co-twin. Pediatr Dev Pathol. 2012;15:142-5.
Faye-Petersen O. The Placenta in Preterm Birth. J Clin Pathol 2008;61:1261-1275; doi:10.1136.

Faye-Petersen OM, Crombleholme TM. Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome: Part 1: types and pathogenesis. NeoReviews. 2008;9:e370-e379.

Faye-Petersen OM, Crombleholme TM. Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. Part 2: Infant anomalies, clinical interventions and placental examination in chronic TTTS. NeoReviews. 2008;9:e380-e392.

Faye-Petersen OM, Crombleholme TM. Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. Part 3: Mortality and neurodevelopmental outcomes following clinical intervention in chronic TTTS. NeoReviews. 2008;9:e393-e398.

Faye-Petersen OM, Reilly SD. Demystifying the pathologic diagnoses of villitis and fetal thrombotic vasculopathy. NeoReviews. 2008;9:e399-e410.   
Reilly SD, Faye-Petersen OM. Chorioamnionitis and funisitis: their implications for the neonate. NeoReviews. 2008;9:e411-e417.   
Lakey M, Klein MJ, Faye-Petersen O. A comprehensive clinicopathologic analysis suggests that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is the most likely mediator of periosteal new bone formation (PNBF) associated with diverse etiologies. Clinical Medicine: Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2008;2:43-58.   
Andrews WW, Cliver S, Biasini F, Peralta-Carcelen M, Rector R, Arliksson-Schmidt A, Faye-Petersen O, Carlo W, Goldenberg R, Hauth JC. Early preterm birth: Association between in utero exposure to acute inflammation and severe neurodevelopmental disability at 6 years of age. Am J Obstetr Gynecol. 2008;198:466.e1-466.e11.  18395043 
Goldenberg RL, Andrews WW, Goepfert AR, Faye-Petersen O, Cliver SP, Hauth JC. The Alabama Preterm Birth Study: Umbilical cord blood Ureaplasma urealyticum and Mycoplasma hominus cultures in very preterm newborns. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008;198:43.e1-43.e5.   18166302 
Goldenberg RL, Faye-Petersen O, Andrews WW, Goepfert A, Cliver SP,. Hauth JC. The Alabama Preterm Birth Study: Diffuse decidual leukocytoclastic necrosis of the decidua basalis, a placental lesion associated with preeclampsia, indicated preterm birth, and decreased fetal growth. J. Mat Fet Neonatal Med. 2007;20:391-395.  17674243 
Faye-Petersen O, David E, Rangwala N, Seaman JP, Hua Z, Heller DS. Otocephaly-Report of five new cases & literature review. Fetal Pediatr Pathol. 2006;25:277-296.  17438667 
Faye-Petersen O, Heller DS, Joshi VV. Handbook of Placental Pathology. Taylor and Francis Medical Publishers, Oxford England, 2006.    
Redline RW, Faye-Petersen O, Heller D, Quereshi F, Savell V, Vogler C. Amnionic Fluid Infection: Nosology and reproducibility of placental reaction patterns. Pediatr Develop Pathol. 2003;6:435-438.

Faye-Petersen O, Guinn BA, Wenstrom KD Value of perinatal autopsy Obstets Gynecol 1999;94(6):915-920

perinatal pathology, congenital cardiovascular malformations