Diana S Wolfe, MD MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. She is Associate Program Director of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program.
She established the MFM Cardiology Joint Program in 2015 in response to the rising contribution of cardiovascular conditions to pregnancy related morbidity and mortality. The aim was to establish a multidisciplinary program to optimize the care of high-risk pregnant patients with known or suspected cardiac disease, as there is a real potential for communication gaps when patients are seen separately in contrast with parallel visits by different specialists. Patients are at all stages of their reproductive lives including preconception, pregnancy and postpartum. She works closely with the department of Cardiology both in the outpatient and inpatient setting to establish delivery plans and continued care postpartum.
In addition, Dr. Wolfe has worked in global health, her most recent work in Africa was in Butare (Huye), Rwanda, serving as MFM subspecialist in the Human Resources for Health (HRH) program, directed by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Rwanda. Dr. Wolfe was the first MFM subspecialist from Einstein to commence HRH at CHUB, Butare, Rwanda. Her interest began locally when she volunteered as a bilingual pregnancy counselor in Escondido, California. She then started working in Africa in 1998 where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa. She was part of the national Maternal and Child Health Program. She worked as health educator in a remote village, Karangasso, located in the Sikasso region, with a birth assistant to develop health education for 7 local villages on subjects such as infant nutrition, prenatal care, family planning, and developing community health committees for each village. She also initiated a birth assistant training program with the head nurse of the nearest local health center that included training subjects such as management of postpartum hemorrhage, contraception, and first steps in obstetric emergencies. During medical school, Dr. Wolfe worked on “the Assessment of the Knowledge of Women’s Health,” a project that initiated with the Bedoin community of Israel. She implemented the same pre and post-training test to the 7 Malian villages where she served in the Peace Corps as well as to several villages in the Peruvian Amazon.