Kartik Venkatesh

Kartik Venkatesh, MD, PHD

  • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Physician

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Insurances We Accept


About Me

I’m a high-risk obstetrician and perinatal epidemiologist at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. I’m passionate about providing cutting-edge, evidence-based care to mothers with high-risk pregnancies. I understand that having a high-risk pregnancy can be anxiety-provoking and stressful for mothers and their families so my No. 1 goal is to make this a positive, inclusive, natural, patient-centered experience.

As a native son of Ohio, I’m proud to be serving our flagship state institution in providing the best high-risk pregnancy care. I’m humbled when we can implement the newest advances in scientific discovery to improve the lives of mothers and infants. I love being a physician and scientist in this academic and clinical powerhouse that is a true gem for the people of Ohio.

Currently, I’m directing our growing program within Ob/Gyn for perinatal epidemiology, which includes building public health research and programs to serve mothers and neonates affected by high-risk pregnancies. I also direct collaborations with public stakeholders in Ohio, including the Ohio Department of Health, to work to decrease maternal and infant mortality using evidence-based public health interventions.

In addition to patient care, I have just as much passion and drive when it comes to research. I have authored nearly 100 scientific manuscripts and have been funded by the National Institutes of Health. My prior research has included HIV transmission and prevention in women both in the U.S. and globally. Recognizing that a major risk factor for the spread of HIV in India was women wanting to have a baby with their partner despite the partner having a known HIV infection, my research helped push forward efforts to expand access to antiretroviral drugs for HIV prevention. Other research interests include psychiatric illness in pregnancy, and maternal morbidity and mortality. I also have methodological expertise in predictive analytics, cost-effectiveness modeling and longitudinal data analysis.

At Ohio State College of Medicine, I also actively mentor medical students, residents and fellows on clinical and epidemiologic research projects within high-risk obstetrics.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my son, daughter and wife (a physician at Ohio State). I also find time for outside activities such as gardening and exploring the beautiful landscape of central and southern Ohio. In addition, I try to cook nice meals and explore local gems, whether it be a new local garden store or farmers market, whenever I can.
  • Spent nearly a decade working in southern Africa and India serving underserved populations
Additional Languages I Speak
  • Spanish
  • Tamil

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Mood Disorders
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Obstetrics
  • Depression
  • Infectious Disease Medicine
  • Pregnancy, Twin
  • Twins
  • HIV Infections
  • Diabetes, Gestational
  • Hypertension, Pregnancy-Induced
  • Pregnancy, High-Risk

Locations Where I Practice

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Providence, RI
8/1/2006 - 5/31/2013


Brigham & Womens Hospital, Boston, MA
6/1/2013 - 6/30/2017


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
7/1/2017 - 6/30/2020

Board Certifications

American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology

American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology-Maternal & Fetal Medicine

Academic Information

My Department

Obstetrics & Gynecology

My Division

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

More About My Work

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 09/29/2023, Dr. Venkatesh has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

  • American diabetes association