Martina Badell, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Maternal-Fetal Medicine


Emory Perinatal Center

Assistant Director

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship

Office: Emory University Hospital Midtown, Medical Office Tower, 8th Floor

Phone: 404-778-3401



Education & Training   

Medical Education: University of Rochester School of Medicine, MD, 2006
Residency: Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2010
Fellowship: Emory University School of Medicine, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 2013


•  American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2011
•  American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 2015

Awards and Honors

•  Excellence in Teaching Award: Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 2015, 2016
•  Hidden Gem Award, Emory University School of Medicine, 2015
•  Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014-2015
•  Excellence in Teaching Residents Award, 2012, 2013
•  Outstanding Clinical Research Proposal by a Fellow, 2011
•  Outstanding Clinician Award in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 2010
•  Chief Administrative Resident, 2009-2010
•  Golden Apple Award, 2007-2009

Areas of Interest

•  High-risk pregnancy
•  Human immunodeficiency virus and pregnancy
•  Congenital heart defects and pregnancy

Society & Professional Memberships  

•  The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
•  Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
•  Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society 


Research Articles

Parra-Saavedra M, Reefhuis J, Piraquive JP, Gilboa SM, Badell ML, Moore CA, Mercado M, Valencia D, Jamieson DJ, Beltran M, Sanz-Cortes M, Rivera-Casas AM, Yepez M, Parra G, Ospina Martinez M, Honein MA. Serial Head and Brain Imaging of 17 Fetuses With Confirmed Zika Virus Infection in Colombia, South America. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Jul; 130(1);207-212. doi: 10.1097/AOG. 0000000000002105. PMID: 28594771

Rimawi BH, Johnson E, Rajakumar A, Tao S, Jiang Y, Gillespie S, Schinazi RF, Mirochnick M, Badell ML, Chakraborty R. Pharmacokinetics and Placental Transfer of Elvitegravir and Dolutegravir, and Other Antiretrovirals during Pregnancy. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2017 Mar 27. pii: AAC.02213-16. doi: 10.1128/AAC.02213-16. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28348149

Rimawi BH, Smith SL, Badell ML, Zahedi-Spung LD, Sheth AN, Haddad LB, Chakraborty R. HIV and reproductive healthcare in pregnant and postpartum HIV-infected women: adapting successful strategies. Future Virol. Epub 2016 Aug 5. 

Rimawi BH, Haddad L, Badell ML, Chakraborty R. Management of HIV Infection during Pregnancy in the United States: Updated Evidence-Based Recommendations and Future Potential Practices. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol. 2016;2016:7594306. Doi: 10.1155/2016/7594306. Epub 2016 Jul 18. Review. PMID: 27504071

Rahangdale L, Cates J, Potter J, Badell M, Seidman D, Miller ES, Coleman JS, Lazenby GB, Levison J, Short WR, Yawetz S, Cairanello A, Livingston E, Duthely L, Rimawi BH, Anderson JR, Stringer EM; HOPES (HIV OB Pregnancy Education Study) Group. Integrase inhibitors in late pregnancy and rapid HIV viral load reduction. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Mar; 214(3):385.e1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2015.12.052. PMID: 26928154

Krishna I, Badell M, Loucks TL, Lindsay M, Samuel A. Adverse perinatal outcomes are more frequent in pregnancies with a low fetal fraction result on noninvasive prenatal testing. Prenat Diagn. 2016 Mar;36(3):210-5. doi: 10.1002/pd.4779. PMID: 26783737

Rimawi BH, Krishna I, Sahu A, Badell M. Pregnancy in a Previously Conjoined Thoracapogus Twin with a Crisscross Heart. Case Rep Obstet Gynecol. 2015;2015:594537. doi: 10.1155/2015/594537. Epub 2015 Jul 27. PMID: 26273483. 

Badell ML, Meaney-Delman D, Tuuli MG, Rasmussen SA, Petersen BW, Sheffield JS, Beigi RH, Damon IK, Jamieson DJ. Risks Associated With Smallpox Vaccination in Pregnancy: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Jun; 125(6):1439-1451. PMID: 26000516

Martin A, Krishna I, Badell M, Samuel A. Can the quantity of cell-free fetal DNA predict preeclampsia: a systematic review. Prenatal Diagnosis. 2014 Jul;34(7):685-91.

Rahangdale L, Stewart A, Stewart RD, Badell M, Levison J, Ellis P, Cohn SE, Kempf MC, Lazenby GB, Tandon R, Rana A, Nguyen ML, Sturdevant MS, Cohan D. Pregnancy Intentions Among Women Living With HIV in the United States. HOPES (HIV and OB Pregnancy Education Study). J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2014 Mar 1;65(3):306-11. PMID: 24525467

Martin A, Krishna I, Ellis J, Paccione R, Badell MSuper obesity in pregnancy: difficulties in clinical management. Journal of PerinatologyJ Perinatol. 2014 Feb 6. doi: 10.1038/jp.2014.4. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24503915

Badell ML, Kachikas A, Haddad LB, Nguyen ML, Lindsay M. Comparison of pregnancies between perinatally and sexually HIV-infected women: an observational study at an urban hospital. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol. 2013;2013:301763. doi: 10.1155/2013/301763. Epub 2013 Sep 9. PMID: 24106419

Badell ML, Lindsay M. Thirty years later: pregnancies in females perinatally infected with human immunodeficiency virus-1. AIDS Res Treat. 2012:418630. PMID: 22970353.

Smith JA, Badell ML, Kunther A, Palmer JL, Dalrymple JL, Ramin SM, Use of complementary and alternative medications among patients in an obstetrics and gynecology clinic. J Reprod Med. 2012 Sep-Oct; 57(9-10):390-6. PMID: 23091985.

Goetzl L, Rivers J, Zighelboim I, Wali A, Badell M, Suresh MS. Intraparatum epidural analgesia and maternal temperature regulation. Obstet Gynecol 2007, March;109(3):687-90.

Badell ML, Ramin SM, Smith JA. Treatment options for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Pharmacotherapy. 2006 September;26(9):1273-87.

Goetzl L, Zighelboim I, Badell M, Rivers J, Mastrangelo MA, Tweardy D, Suresh MS. Maternal corticosteroids to prevent intrauterine exposure to hyperthermia and inflammation: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2006 October;195(4):1031-7.

Navo M, Kunthur A, Badell ML, Cofffer LW II, Markman M, Brown J, and Smith JA. Evaluation of the incidence of carboplatin hypersensitivity reactions in cancer patients. Gynecol Oncol. 2006 November;103(2):608-13.

Review Articles

Badell M, Raynor BD. Herpes Simplex Virus and Pregnancy. Postgraduate Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2011 Mar; 31(6)

Book Chapters

Badell M,Taylor RN. Chapter 16: The Endocrinology of Pregnancy. In: Gardner DG, Shoback D, eds. Greenspan’s Basic and Clinical Endocrinology, 9th Edition. The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2011:553-572.

Badell M. Acute heavy bleeding should be treated with estrogen or dilation and curettage. In: Roberts CP, Broomfield DP, eds. Avoiding Common Obstetrics and Gynecology Errors, Section VII: Abnormal Bleeding. Philadelphia PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2010:132-133.

Badell M. All postmenopausal bleeding is cancer until proven otherwise. In: Roberts CP, Broomfiled DP, eds. Avoiding Common Obstetrics and Gynecology Errors, Sectio XVII: Menopause. Philadelphia PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkings; 2010:360-1.