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Dr. Robert O. Atlas

Chairman, Department of Obstetrics
& Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Mercy Medical Center

American College of Obstetricians and GynecologistsThe minute Dr. Robert O. Atlas began his rotation as a medical resident in obstetrics and gynecology more than 30 years ago, he knew it was his calling. He always felt most comfortable being in a specialty that allowed him to give women advice and let them choose their medical path. Now, as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine at Mercy Medical Center, Atlas is sought out for his expertise on high-risk pregnancies and improved maternal fetal outcomes.

Atlas is a household name among circles of women who seek his medical advice – from women who are considered “advanced maternal age,” to those who have underlying medical conditions that could impact their pregnancies. Such medical conditions include what is known as cervical insufficiency, where a woman’s cervix is weakened or compromised, which can lead to pregnancy loss or premature births. Many patients travel from out of state to seek Atlas’s medical advice.

“The ability to help moms achieve their goals of having a family – I can’t think of a more satisfying way to spend my career,” Atlas said.

Atlas is involved in many organizations, including the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, the Board of the Family League of Baltimore City, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Baltimore City Health Department’s “Baltimore Babies Born Healthy Leadership in Action Program.” Atlas is dedicated to improving maternal fetal outcomes in Baltimore and Maryland.

Atlas also serves as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences in the Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he teaches and mentors residents and medical students.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Health Care Heroes awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.