Cynthia Shellhaas, MD, MPH

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
College of Medicine
395 W. 12th Ave., 5th Floor
Columbus, OH, 43210

Dr. Shellhaas specializes in maternal fetal medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and is a clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Ohio State College of Medicine. She serves as the chair of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Maternal and Infant Health Steering Committee and as vice-chair of The Ohio State University Biomedical Sciences Institutional Research Board.

She is the medical director for the Wexner Medical Center’s Women’s Health Imaging Services. In addition to providing obstetric ultrasound services, Dr. Shellhaas’ department also performs procedures such as amniocenteses, chorionic villus samplings, cordocenteses and intra-uterine transfusions.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Shellhaas has helped improve health care across the state in her role as medical consultant for the Ohio Department of Health’s Bureau of Maternal, Child and Family Health. She’s helped develop statewide policies for maternal and child health programs covering prenatal care, infant mortality reduction, family planning and more. She’s also helped plan and implement clinical programs for obstetric, pediatric and family planning patients.

Areas of Expertise

  • Reduction of maternal and infant mortality

  • Prenatal diagnosis

  • Obstetric ultrasound


  • Medical School: Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

  • MPH: The Ohio State University College of Public Health

  • Residency: Akron General Medical Center

  • Fellowship: Maternal Fetal Medicine, Duke University

Board Certifications

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine

Honors and Awards

  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors, 2015-2022
  • Exceptional Women in Medicine, 2019-2021
  • Best Doctors in America, 2017