Lami Yeo, M.D.
Dr. Yeo is the recipient of the WSUSOM, Professor, Research Excellence Award. The Professor level award is given to a faculty member who has a solid, continuing record of career accomplishments, international/national reputation in his/her field, and sustained extramural support. Six awards are presented annually and evenly distributed among Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, and Professors from the Basic Science and Clinical Departments based on criteria defined for each academic rank.
Dr. Yeo is Professor of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Director of Fetal Cardiology at the Perinatology Research Branch (PRB) of the NICHD, NIH, and Director of the PRB/Detroit Medical Center/WSU Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Yeo conducts research that mainly focuses on fetal cardiology (evaluation of anatomy and function) and prenatal diagnosis using ultrasound, including 3- and 4-dimensional sonography. The importance of this area is that congenital heart disease is the leading cause of infant mortality related to birth defects in the U.S., and its prenatal diagnosis improves the likelihood of survival and reduces morbidity.
Dr. Yeo has developed and published several unique and novel cardiac algorithms using 4-dimensional ultrasound that allow trained clinicians to generate key images to examine the fetal heart and detect cardiac defects. These techniques may simplify examination of the fetal heart and reduce operator dependency. One of the novel methods to examine the fetal heart led to the filing of a patent application in which Dr. Yeo is a co-inventor. The method is entitled “Fetal Intelligent Navigation Echocardiography (FINE)” and this allows examination of a fetal cardiac volume dataset using “intelligent navigation” technology. As a result, there is automatic generation and display of the nine standard fetal echocardiography views required to diagnose most cardiac defects. As testimony to the importance of the FINE method, it has recently been incorporated (known as “5D Heart”) into a premium ultrasound machine system which is available worldwide to those practicing women’s healthcare.
In addition to Dr. Yeo’s work on evaluation of fetal cardiac anatomy, she has conducted research on assessing fetal cardiac function using novel techniques combined with 4-dimensional ultrasound. She has also published on a wide variety of other subjects in our discipline (e.g. prenatal diagnosis, fetal magnetic resonance imaging, fetal growth, 3- and 4- dimensional sonography in obstetrics, preterm birth, intrauterine infection/inflammation, biomarkers and their relationship to obstetrical syndromes, and placenta pathology). Dr. Yeo has served, or is currently serving as Principal Investigator on two research protocols. She has received 12 research awards during her academic career (either as principal or co-investigator) for scientific work.