Thomas Tabb, MD
Maternal & Fetal Medicine
- Year joined staff:
Education & Training
- University of Louisville, B.A. with Honors, Chemistry
- University of Illinois, M.S. Animal Science Reproductive Physiology Program
- University of Kentucky, M.D. with Honors
- University of Tennessee, Obstetrics & Gynecology
- McMaster University, Postdoctoral Fellowship
- University of Tennessee, Maternal Fetal Medicine
- University of Tennessee at Memphis, Flexible internship
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.
Teaching or Professional Positions
1987 - 1989 Instructor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology University of Tennessee at Memphis, Memphis, TN
1989 - 1991 Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
1991 - 1994 Assistant Professor, Director of Perinatal Ultrasound and Prenatal Diagnosis in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
2003 - 2005 Assistant Professor and Director of Obstetric Ultrasound and Prenatal Diagnosis in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY
2005 - 2008 Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health and Division Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
Fellowship of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Alpha Omega Alpha
Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine
International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
International Society of Prenatal Diagnosis
Lexington Medical Society
Editorial Consultant, Protocol Reviews in Obstetrics & Gynecology, affiliate of John Hopkins University
Louisville Obstetrics and Gynecology Society
Honors, Awards, etc.
1971 - 1975, University of Louisville, President's Scholarship
1975 - 1976, University of Illinois, Ford Foundation Fellow
1981, University of Kentucky, Alpha Omega Alpha
1985, University of Tennessee at Memphis, maternal Fetal Medicine Resident Award
1989, McMaster University, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology F.L. Johnson Award
2004, University of Kentucky, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Resident Teaching Award
2005, University of Louisville, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Resident Teaching Award
2010, Norton Healthcare Pinnacle Awards - "Building New Business in a Specialty practice"
Messages from patients
Read the messages sent to Dr. Tabb on National Doctors' Day.
"Dr. Tabb, Thank you so much for your amazing support throughout my pregnancy. You and your staff are all wonderful. It was so nice knowing you were always just a phone call away!!! You truly are a wonderful doctor!" - Jennifer
"Thank you so much for everything that you do to try and give someone a normal pregnancy, when it is a very scary road to be on! You are awesome!!!!! I appreciate everything that you have done for all 3 of my pregnancies!!!!!! Thank You again!!!!!!" - Brittany
"Dr. Tabb, I can’t thank you enough for all your wisdom and guidance throughout my pregnancies. I don’t believe there is another one quite like you! You’re a very kind and wise man and Owensboro is lucky to have you!" - Darrian
1982 National Board of Medical Examiners
1987 American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
1994 American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Subspecialty Maternal Fetal Medicine
2005 ABOG RE-certification
2006 ABOG RE-certification
2007 ABOG RE-certification
2008 ABOG RE-certification
2009 ABOG RE-certification
2010 ABOG RE-certification
2011 ABOG RE-certification
2012 ABOG RE-certification
2013 ABOG RE-certification
2014 ABOG RE-certification
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.
“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.”