“I think there were two reasons I went into medicine. I think there is a responsibility to care for people. I've also enjoyed mental stimulation and problem solving.”
“Maternal-fetal medicine allows you to do internal medicine and has some surgical applications, so you get to do a little of both, which I think is enjoyable. I didn't want to be an internist only or a general surgeon only.”
“I most enjoy the interaction with the patients. I think part of the profession is to put their mind at ease as best you can, and to explain as best you can about how things can go forward.”
“If you look at a lot of cases, the health of mothers is getting somewhat worse. Hypertension, diabetes, tobacco use and obesity not only increase maternal complications, but also fetal complications.”
“Where the push really needs to be is early education, with a focus on identification and understanding of pre-diabetes to help with prevention.”
Dr. Tabb is board certified in the areas of obstetrics/gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Louisville and earned his medical degree from the University of Kentucky. He later completed internship, residency and a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at the University of Tennessee at Memphis and a related post-doctoral fellowship at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
As a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, Dr. Tabb has training and decades of experience in caring for high-risk pregnancies, including care of expecting mothers with health issues and babies with special care needs.
In his free time, Dr. Tabb enjoys physical fitness activities including swimming and spinning (cycling). He also enjoys reading.
Over the rainbow
Dr. Tabb was there to walk Laci through it all. He eased her anxieties, whether on the clock or off, even returning a message on Thanksgiving weekend. When Elsie Jo finally arrived, Dr. Tabb visited on his day off just to check in on the new family.
Read the Gaylen's story.
1. Elkins T. E., McNeeley S.G., Tabb, T. A new era in contraceptive counseling for early adolescents. J Adoles Health Care, (1986) Nov. 7 (6): 405-8.
2. Garfield, R.E., Tabb, T. and Thilander, G. 1990. Intercellular coupling and modulation of uterine contractility. In: Uterine contractility: Mechanisms of Control, ed. By R.E. Garfield, Serono Symposium, U.S.A., pp. 21-40.
3. Tabb, T. Thilander G., Grover A., Hertzberg E., Garfield R. An immunochemical and immunocytologic study of the increase in myometrial gap junctions (and connexin 43) in rats and humans during pregnancy. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (1992) Aug., 167 (2): 559-67.
4. Sakai, N., Tabb, T., Garfield, R.E. Studies of connexin 43 and cell-to-cell coupling in cultured human uterine smooth muscle. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 1992; 167 (5): 1267-77.
5. Khan I, Tabb T., Garfield R. E., Grover, A.K. Polymerase chain reaction assay of mRNA using 28S rRNA as internal standard. Neurosci Lett 1992; 147: 114-7.
6. Langer, J.C., Tabb T., Thompson P., Paes B.A., Caco C.C. Management of prenatally diagnosed tracheal obstruction: access to the airway in utero prior to delivery. Fetal Diagn Ther (1992); 7 (1): 12-6.
7. Sakai, N., Tabb, T., Garfield R.E. Modulation of cell-to-cell coupling between myometrial cells of the human uterus during pregnancy. Am J Ob/Gyn 1192; 167 (2): 472-480.
8. Tabb, T., Garfield, R.E. Molecular biology of uterine contractility. Clinical Ob/Gyn. 1992; 35 (3) 494-504.
9. Grover AK, Khan I, Tabb T, Garfield RE. Role of uterine CA 2+ - pumps in labor: a molecular biology approach. In: Basic Mechanisms Controlling Term and Preterm Birth. Ed: K Chwalisz, RE Garfield. Schering Foundation, 1993.
10. Khan, I., Tabb, T., Garfield R. E., Jones, L.R., Fomin, V.P., Samson S.E., Grover A.K. Expression of the internal calcium pump in pregnant rat uterus. Cell Calcium (1993) Feb; 14(2): 111-7.
11. Tabb, T.N. Immune Control of Myometrial Contractility: Role of Mast cells... In: Control of Uterine Contractility, Ed: RE Garfield and T.N. Tabb, CRC Press, 1994.
12. N. Sakai, T. Tabb, E.L., Hertzberg, M. Byam-Smith and R.E. Garfield. Studies of Connexin 43 and cell-to-cell cou1ing in cultured human myometrial cells. 1995; In: Gap Junction; Y. Kanno et al (eds) Elsevier Science Publishers-Progress in Cell Research, pp. 171-180.
13. Blass N.H., Tabb, T.N. The Morbidly Obese Pregnant Patient. In: Anesthetic and Obstetric Management of High-Risk Pregnancy; L. Craven et al (eds) Mosby-Year Book, Inc., 1996.
14. Tabb, T.N. Diabetes in Pregnancy: From the view of a Perinatologist. Kentucky Diabetes Connection. The Communication Tool for Kentucky Diabetes News. Fourth Quarter 2010.