Dr. Farkouh grew up in New York City. She was first introduced to medicine and realized her calling as a high school student working summers in the research lab of her cousin, a surgeon. Instilled with a strong work ethic by her first-generation American parents, she was accepted into an accelerated undergraduate/medical school program as a high school senior. As part of this six-year program, she received her undergraduate degree in biology from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and her medical degree from Albany Medical College, also in New York. The program required participation in summer internships, which is where she was introduced to Maternal-Fetal Medicine, publishing her first paper and discovering her field.
Dr. Farkouh completed her OB/GYN residency at the State University of New York in Stony Brook and her Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. After completing her fellowship in 1997, she remained in Denver as a perinatologist in private practice for 16 years. She also served as the associate director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center-Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and as the medical director of the Center for Perinatal Medicine at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, both in Denver.
In caring for women with high-risk pregnancies, Dr. Farkouh’s passion is making sure her patients and their families understand what is happening, all their questions are answered and they never leave feeling confused. Her goal is to care for the whole patient, getting to know her, her family and their situation to arrive at treatment and management plans that are best for them. Clinically, she has particular interest in vaccinations during pregnancy. She is also internationally recognized in the area of delayed-interval delivery in multifetal pregnancies. This procedure can be used in select instances of multiple gestations to deliver one sibling and allow the other(s) to remain in the uterus for further development.
Dr. Farkouh and her family recently relocated to the Portland area from Denver. She and her husband and their two young daughters enjoy the outdoors, and she has recently started teaching her kids to ski.