Dr. Stefan Kane

MBBS BA BMedSc FRANZCOG
CMFM DDU(O&G)

Dr Stefan Kane is a maternal fetal medicine (MFM) subspecialist obstetrician based in inner Melbourne, serving St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Epworth Freemasons Hospital, and Frances Perry House. He is committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based, holistic care before, during and after pregnancy to women and their families, regardless of level of risk. Stefan firmly believes that optimal pregnancy outcomes can only be achieved with a therapeutic relationship underpinned by trust, honesty and openness, and strives to achieve this for every patient in his care.

Qualifications held by Stefan include bachelors degrees in Medicine/Surgery, Medical Science and Arts from the University of Melbourne, Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), Certification in Maternal Fetal Medicine from RANZCOG, and the Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound from the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine. He is nearing completion of a PhD, also through the University of Melbourne.

Stefan is the head of the Fetal Medicine Unit and acting head of the Diabetes Clinic at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Parkville. His clinical engagements cover the spectrum of high pregnancy care, and include preterm birth prevention, multiple pregnancy, fetal medicine, maternal medical disorders in pregnancy, and complex labour ward care. He also performs tertiary-level fetal and gynaecological ultrasound in both private and public settings.

Stefan is actively engaged in teaching at all levels, from medical students to advanced specialist trainees, and holds an honorary position as a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the University of Melbourne Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Further details on his professional roles and research endeavours are included under the tabs below.

Married with four children, family life happily consumes most of Stefan’s time outside work, but he also enjoys running, classical music/opera, and exploring Melbourne’s array of dining establishments.

Stefan’s primary research focus is the maternal neurological effects of pre-eclampsia. His PhD research project aims to evaluate the potential utility of maternal ophthalmic ultrasound in assessing changes in the cerebrovasculature and intracranial pressure of pre-eclamptic women. In pursuing this higher degree, Stefan has been awarded:

  • a Postgraduate Scholarship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
  • an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship
  • the RANZCOG Fellows’ Clinical Research Scholarship from the Research Foundation of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2015), and
  • a Research Grant from the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (2015).

 

Other research interests include structural and genetic fetal anomalies, red blood cell alloimmunisation, preterm birth prevention, and early pregnancy prediction of later complications. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers on these topics, and acts as site co-ordinator for a number of international randomised controlled trials.

Stefan is currently one of the chief investigators on the MRFF-funded MAGNOLIA trial, which aims to establish whether caseload midwifery care can reduce the preterm birth rate among disadvantaged women.

Please click on the links below to learn more about the research projects Stefan has undertaken.

Stefan’s primary research focus is the maternal neurological effects of pre-eclampsia. His PhD research project aims to evaluate the potential utility of maternal ophthalmic ultrasound in assessing changes in the cerebrovasculature and intracranial pressure of pre-eclamptic women. In pursuing this higher degree, Stefan has been awarded:

  • a Postgraduate Scholarship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
  • an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship
  • the RANZCOG Fellows’ Clinical Research Scholarship from the Research Foundation of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2015), and
  • a Research Grant from the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (2015).

 

Other research interests include structural and genetic fetal anomalies, red blood cell alloimmunisation, preterm birth prevention, and early pregnancy prediction of later complications. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers on these topics, and acts as site co-ordinator for a number of international randomised controlled trials.

Stefan is currently one of the chief investigators on the MRFF-funded MAGNOLIA trial, which aims to establish whether caseload midwifery care can reduce the preterm birth rate among disadvantaged women.

Please click on the links below to learn more about the research projects Stefan has undertaken.