Owensboro Health Welcomes New Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist to Owensboro Health Medical Group
Dr. Thomas Tabb isn’t just a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine. He’s also a builder.
In the past few years, Owensboro Health has made great strides to improve its services in maternity services, including recognition as a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 2015. Now, Dr. Tabb said he wants to help take the health system’s capabilities to the next level by offering care to mothers throughout the region who have high-risk pregnancies and health problems.
“I think there's an opportunity here to establish a high-risk program and to do outreach to counties that are underserved as far as medical care,” Dr. Tabb said. “That's something the health system seems to be very supportive of and that's very good for both the health system and the population.”
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.
Becoming a physician wasn’t always the plan, Dr. Tabb said. After completing his undergrad work, he attended the University of Illinois, where he earned a master’s degree in animal science. He chose to go into medicine instead because he felt it would be a better fit.
“I think there were two reasons I went into medicine. I think there is a responsibility to care for people,” Dr. Tabb said. “I've also enjoyed mental stimulation and problem solving.”
And maternal-fetal medicine is a field with a more varied scope of practice.
“It allows you to do internal medicine, 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,” Dr. Tabb said.
In a field that manages at-risk pregnancies, Dr. Tabb said he enjoys being there to help allay the fears of his patients.
“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,” Dr. Tabb said.
The need for maternal-fetal medicine specialists is growing, Dr. Tabb said.
“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,” Dr. Tabb said.
And Owensboro Health and the community have a lot to offer, Dr. Tabb said.
“There’s the revival of the waterfront, and it being a nice-sized town. The people are very nice, very friendly,” Dr. Tabb said.