Dr. Melissa Fries is the Director of Genetics and Fetal Medicine at Washington Hospital Center (WHC). She is certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Medical Genetics. In her clinical practice, she specializes in the evaluation of high risk pregnancies through ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis. Dr. Fries also serves as the Medical Director for the cancer genetics program at WHC. Her expertise as a gynecologist has been particularly useful for patients with positive BRCA1/2 test results who are considering prophylactic removal of their ovaries and/or dealing with the physical side effects that may accompany this type of surgery. Dr. Fries has published multiple peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reviews. Also, she has given numerous presentations as a clinical expert in prenatal diagnosis, inherited breast and ovarian cancer, genetic counseling, fetal intervention, maternal serum screening and resident/medical student education. In 2009-2010, she was named one of America’s Best Doctors.