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David N. McKinney, MD

  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, Fetal Care Center
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology



While growing up and still to this day my mother is my hero. She has made countless sacrifices for my benefit, many of which I am sure I am not even aware. My admiration for her and mothers like her inspired me to focus on women’s health. During my residency in obstetrics and gynecology I was drawn more specifically to take care of women with pregnancy complications which led me to pursue subspecialty training in maternal fetal medicine.

Now, as a maternal fetal medicine specialist, I care for mothers with complex medical conditions, pregnancy complications and fetal anomalies. As a member of Cincinnati Children’s Fetal Care Center my clinical interests and research focus on finding solutions for mothers with complex multiples and fetal anomalies.

I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work with a team of pediatric subspecialists to counsel patients, perform prenatal surgery and provide truly comprehensive prenatal care for women in my hometown of Cincinnati. I find it to be a great honor to help mothers and their families navigate through difficult pregnancies. In this field of work, we do not always get good outcomes as measured by the traditional standards, but I have found that making a family feel well cared for in the process is just as important.

In addition to providing clinical care, I serve as the clerkship director of the maternal fetal medicine elective providing guidance and counsel for medical students as well as serve on the obstetrics and gynecology residency selection committee for the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

My wife and I recently had our first child which was a preterm birth at 33 weeks. My own son needed a prolonged NICU stay and fortunately, thanks to the same phenomenal team I work with every day, he is doing very well. This created a unique opportunity enabling me to personally experience the patient side of pregnancy related complications. Although that was a difficult time, I feel better equipped to relate more directly to my patients.

When not at work I enjoy spending time with my wife, son, extended family, and two dogs. I enjoy landscaping, traveling, and Cincinnati sports.