"Communication is an essential part of good medicine, particularly in the care of high-risk pregnancies. And communicating thoroughly isn't something that can be rushed. I need to understand my patients and their needs and concerns. I also must ensure that they understand their situations, their options, what we can do to help them and what we hope to accomplish. Doing this takes time and dedication, and I wouldn't have it any other way."
Robert W. Naef, III, MD
"I first realized that I was interested in medicine
when I was exposed to intense medical care for footbal injuries. Later, I was further encouraged by an acquaintance
who happened to be the author of one of the most-used physiology textbooks. In medical school, I found myself thoroughly
attracted to the challenges of problem-solving and the intense personal rewards of helping people overcome their health
problems. During my training, I realized that helping take care of pregnant women was the most rewarding, because of
the joys that come with bringing a new child into the world."
"Today, as a specialist in high-risk pregnancies, my mission
is to help provide these same joys for women whose pregnancies are at risk. After more than a decade practicing maternal-fetal
medicine, I've seen many thousands of cases, a wide range of conditions and situations and women from every walk of life.
In addition to informing my medical approach and building a dep repertoire of knowledge, these experiences have taught me that
no two cases are exactly alike. What every high-risk pregnancy does have in common is a need for focused, compassionate
care and a highly trained, experienced specialist who will work together with patients, their families and their doctor for
a successful delivery and a healthy, happy child."
Board-Certified: Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellow: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Fellow: American College of Surgeons
MD:: Summa cum laude, University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Jackson, MS
BA: University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, USAF Medical Center Keesler, Keesler Air Force Base, MS
Fellowship Training: Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS
Member: American Medical Association, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Author: Numerous articles published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Journal
of Perinatology, Journal of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Journal of Reproductive
Medicine, Journal of the Mississippi State Medcial Association and others; chapters in numerous obstetrics and gynecology textbooks.
Lecturer: Numerous presentations to professional organizations, medical students and hospital staffs.