Albert Franco, MD

Albert Franco, MD,

is a board certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist.  Dr. Franco earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Brown University.  While at Brown University Dr. Franco played goalkeeper for the men’s soccer team.  Dr. Franco went onto attend the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for medical school and completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at St. Barnabas Medical Center.  Following residency he completed his fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center.

Prior to joining Boston MFM Dr. Franco was Associate Professor and Associate Director of Charlotte Fetal Care Center at Carolinas Medical Center which specializes in caring for fetuses with complications necessitating in-utero therapy.  During this time Dr. Franco was also a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina School of Medicine.  Dr. Franco was named to Top Doctors North Carolina from 2010-2013.

Dr. Franco’s interests include multiple pregnancies and its complications, preterm labor, inflammation and in-utero procedures such as Percutaneous Umbilical Blood Sampling and In-Utero Transfusions.

He enjoys playing soccer and fitness.  Dr. Franco enjoys spending his free time with his wife and six year-old twins.  He speaks Spanish.

  1. Combs A, Gravett M, Garite TJ, Hickok DE…Franco A, et al.  Amniotic Fluid Infection, Inflammation, and Colonization in Preterm Labor with Intact Membranes. AJOG 2014; (accepted for publication, Editor’s Choice), 2014 Feb;210(2):125.e1-125.e15.  Editor’s Choice
  2. Temming L, Franco A, Istwan N, Rhea D, Desch C, Stanziano G, Joy S.  Adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2014 Jan;27(1):84-88.
  3. Schmouder VM, Prescott GM, Franco A, Fan-Havard P, PhD.  The Rebirth of Progesterone in the Prevention of Preterm Labor. Ann Pharmacother. 2013; 47(4):527-36. 
  4. Yancey JB, M.D.; Nussbaum M MS; Elliott M RN; Kullstam S BA; Franco A, M.D.  Antenatal Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening in Private and Indigent Clinics in a Community Hospital System.  AJOG. 2012; 206(6):525 e1-7. 
  5. Christian LM, Franco A, Iams JD, Sheridan J, Glaser R.  Depressive symptoms predict exaggerated inflammatory responses to an in-vivo immune challenge among pregnant women.  Brain Behav Immun. 2010;24: 49-53.
  6. Franco A, Rossi K, Krugh D, O’Shaughnessy R.  Management of pregnancies complicated by anti-Jka alloimmunization. J of Reprod. Med. 2009;54(3):121-25.
  7. Christian LM, Franco A, Glaser R, Iams JD. Depressive symptoms are associated with elevated serum proinflammatory cytokines among pregnant women. Brain Behav Immun.  2009 Aug; 23(6) 750-54.
  8. Cordero L, Franco A, Joy S.  Monochorionic Monoamniotic Twins:  Neonatal Outcomes.  J Perinatol., 2006 Mar;81(3):886-91.
  9. Cordero L, Franco A, Joy S, O’Shaughnessy RW.  Monochorionic diamniotic infants without twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. J Perinatol.  2005 Dec:25(12);753-8.


  1. High Risk Pregnancy:  Management Options
    Chapter 32:  Parasitic Infections
    Elsevier-Sanders-4th Edition
    January, 2011.
  2. Case Files-High Risk Obstetrics
    Chapter:  HIV and Hepatitis C Exposure in Pregnancy
    McGraw Hill-1st Edition
    March, 2009.

Oral Presentations 

  1. Oral Presentation:  Fetoscopic Laser Coagulation for Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome:  A novel training program and report of outcomes based on published learning curves.  Temming L, Franco A, et al.  IFMSS May 2013, Israel.
  2. Oral Presentation:  Microwave ablation for Twin Reversed Arterial Perfusion Sequence:  The first case report.  Temming L, Iannitti DA, Franco A, Stephenson C.  IFMSS May 2013, Israel
  3. Oral Presentation:  Use of Birth Simulator to Assess Force at DeliveryErin Stover, MD; Joseph Ernest, MD; Albert Franco, MD.  North Carolina Society of Ob/Gyn, April, 2012.
  4. Oral Presentation:  Antenatal Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening in Private and Indigent Clinics in a Community Hospital System.  Yancey JB, M.D.; Nussbaum M MS; Elliott M RN; Kullstam S BA; Franco A, M.D.  South Atlantic Association of Ob/Gyn; January, 2012.
  5. Oral Presentation:  Antibiotic Resistance Profiles of Group B Streptococcus in Charlotte, NC.  Blaha S, MD; Franco A, MD.  South Atlantic Association of Ob/Gyn; January, 2012.
  6. Oral Presentration:  HIV and Antiretrovirals in Pregnancy: Alterations in Endothelium at Maternal-Fetal Barrier.  Franco A, MD; Havard P, Pharm D, Drozdowicz M Pharm D. American Colleges of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Conference; November, 2011.
  7. Oral Presentation:  Aperio ImageScope algorithm: a more sensitive tool in detecting differences in IHC staining intensity of the placental vasculature as compared with visual scoring by a clinical pathologist.  Drozdowicz M PharmD; Jaenecke K, PharmD; Tong A, PharmD; Albert Franco, MD; Ramirez Nilsa, MD; Barr T, Beyer W, Brazeau D, PhD; Havard P, PharmD.   American Colleges of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Conference; November, 2011.


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