Meet Our Doctors
Lawrence David Platt, M.D.
Dr. Lawrence Platt earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University and his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He went on to complete both an internship and a residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sinai Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, where he was selected as Chief Resident. Dr. Platt continued his training with a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. Upon completion of his fellowship, he was offered a full-time faculty position where he attained the rank of full professor after only seven years.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the National Board of Medical Examiners, Dr. Platt also holds a sub-specialty board certification in maternal-fetal medicine. In addition to his private practice work, he is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. A former chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and vice chairman at UCLA, Dr. Platt is currently on attending staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the UCLA Reagan Medical Center, and on the attending staff at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica where he co-directs the division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division.
Dr. Platt serves on numerous national and international committees and Board of Director of the major professional societies, including the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG), and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He also serves on the Biomarker Discovery Project Oversight Committee of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. In addition, he is a founding board member and current treasurer for the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Foundation, now called the Pregnancy Quality Foundation. He is also currently a board member of the Pregnancy Foundation. He has served as president of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Los Angeles OB/GYN Society and as chairman of the OB/GYN Assembly of Southern California.
Dr. Platt is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as a member of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis, Society for Gynecologic Investigation and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, among others. Throughout his career, Dr. Platt has served on the scientific review committees for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Society of Gynecologic Investigation, Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine as well as International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Platt has also received a plethora of honors and accolades throughout his career including being named annually to the “Best Doctors in Los Angeles” by Los Angeles Magazine and “Best Doctors in America” by Health Magazine. Additional awards include the Distinguished Alumni Award from Wayne State University as well as the William J. Fry Memorial Lecture Award and the Joseph H. Holmes Pioneer Award in Clinical Sciences from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. In 2008, he was the fourth American recipient of the Ian Donald Gold Medal Award from the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Platt actively maintains his involvement in research and has been principal investigator in many NIH and WHO studies, primarily in the areas of prenatal diagnosis and treatment, ultrasound in obstetrics and gynecology, biophysical assessment of fetal condition and ultrasound screening for ovarian cancer. He was a founding editor of the highly regarded international journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. An active reviewer for numerous publications, Dr. Platt holds or has held editorial board positions for the Journal of Maternal-Fetal Investigation, Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, Journal of Reproductive Sciences, Polish Journal of Gynecological Investigations and Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is the author of more than 350 peer-reviewed scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters. In addition, he has written four books and created educational audio tapes, movies, videotapes and CD-ROMs.
Neil S. Silverman M.D.
Dr. Neil Silverman earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and graduated magna cum laude from La Salle College in Philadelphia. He earned his medical school degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, then continued his training with a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital and a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, both in Philadelphia as well.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), Dr. Silverman is ABOG-certified both in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the subspecialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He also serves as an invited ABOG examiner for oral board certification exams in both general OBGYN and in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. In addition to his practice at the Center for Fetal Medicine and Women’s Ultrasound, he is a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UCLA School of Medicine, actively involved in the training of residents and fellows in that department. Dr. Silverman has been the recipient of many honors throughout his career, including the National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education of ACOG and the Golden Apple Teaching Award.
In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Dr. Silverman has both served on and chaired the College’s Practice Bulletin Committee for Obstetrics, which is charged with writing the numerous guidelines for patient care distributed to OBGYN practitioners nationally. He has also served as a member of ACOG’s Committee on Ethics, and currently sits on its Committee on Obstetric Practice and serves as an ACOG liaison to the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). As a member of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, he served a 3-year term as an elected member of its Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Society’s Publications Committee. Through the Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Silverman engages other OBGYN researchers and practitioners with interest in this field, and has served both on the Society’s Executive and Scientific Committees.
Dr. Silverman’s experience in clinical and research aspects of obstetric infectious diseases led to his being asked to serve as an invited perinatal consultant to the California Department of Public Health for the current Zika outbreak, and as a member of ACOG’s Zika Expert Work Group. He is also ACOG’s representative to AAP’s Project ECHO Zika faculty group, which was formed to develop ongoing real-time teleconferencing for educational outreach and clinical support to providers in underserved areas affected by the Zika epidemic, primarily Puerto Rico and American Samoa.
Dr. Silverman serves as a peer-reviewer for a number of national and international scientific journals, and has published dozens of articles and book chapters of his own. He also takes pride in his role as an invited lecturer, and has presented extensively on topics in maternal-fetal medicine and infectious diseases to audiences locally and nationally, as well as at national and international scientific conferences. In addition to family and friends, his interests outside medicine include theater, art, and literature; he is a subscriber to a number of local theater companies and is a member of the Fellows of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles.
Deborah Krakow, M.D.
Dr. Deborah Krakow earned her Bachelor of Science degree in History and graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University in Tempe. Her medical degree is from Chicago Medical School in Illinois. She continued her training with an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Krakow then went on to a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. This was followed by a Clinical Genetics Fellowship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at UCLA Intercampus Medical Genetics in Los Angeles.
A Diplomate of both the American Board of Medical Genetics and American Board of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Dr. Krakow is a professor of orthopedic surgery, human genetics and obstetrics and gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She presently serves on the Medical Advisory Boards of the National Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation and Little People of America. Dr. Krakow is also a mentor who trains post-doctoral candidates and an ad hoc reviewer for numerous prestigious publications.
Dr. Krakow is the recipient of many honors and accolades throughout her career, including the Reproductive Scientist Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, Golden Apple Teaching Award and Winnick Family Scholar Award. She is an active researcher, prolific presenter and lecturer both nationally and internationally. In addition, Dr. Krakow has written book chapters and numerous articles that have been published in prominent, peer-reviewed journals.
Christina S. Han, M.D.
Dr. Christina Han completed the combined B.S.-M.D. program at the University of California at Riverside (’01) and UCLA (’04), where she was Regent Scholar and was awarded the William H. Dignam, M.D. Award for Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology. During her residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (’08), she was active in the ACOG District IX Committee for Underserved Women, international medical missions, and hospital committees. She received the Gregory Dantzler, M.D. Chief Resident Teaching Award, Berlex Resident Teaching Award, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Outstanding Resident Award, CREOG Award, and Bruce and Sylvia Stern Resident Manuscript Award. Dr. Han then completed a Maternal-Fetal Medicine subspecialty fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine (’11), where she developed a strong interest in prenatal diagnosis, maternal complications in pregnancy, and endocrinologic disorders.
Dr. Han is an active researcher and has published extensively on preeclampsia, preterm labor, diabetes, and complications of pregnancy. She was a Women’s Reproductive Health Research program scholar, sponsored by the National Institute of Health, and an Albert McKern Scholar for perinatal research. Additionally, with a strong interest in information technology, she is developing novel web- and smartphone-based technology platforms to enhance the physician-patient, physician-physician, and educator-trainee interactions. Dr. Han is currently chair of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Communications committee.
Dr. Han is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is double board-certified in the subspecialties of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. She has been elected by her peers as a Super Doctors Rising Star since 2016. She is a member of the clinical faculty at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and continues to be actively involved in resident and fellow education at both UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, playing music, reading, hiking, and yoga. Dr. Han speaks Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, and medical Spanish.
Emily Mitchell MS, RD, CSSD, CDE, CLT
Emily is the Center For Fetal Medicine’s in house dietitian, nutritionist and diabetes specialist. At the practice, she designs customized nutrition plans and specializes in preconception, fertility, pregnancy and postpartum nutrition, weight management, exercise, diabetes management, special diets, anemia and eating disorders.
In the past, Emily was the Director of Sports Nutrition for UCLA Athletics where she managed the nutritional needs including performance enhancement, injury prevention and recovery for over 650 division one athletes and teams. In 2015, Emily assisted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their 2015 OTAs. Prior to UCLA, Emily worked as a Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she counseled, treated and educated patients suffering from diabetes and weight management problems.
Emily Co-founded Goddess Bars, a nutritionally balanced gourmet energy bar with *lactation* producing ingredients for all moms. Emily is also a Certified Leap Therapist which enables her to identify and treat food sensitivity and inflammatory related health problems.
Emily received a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and graduated with honors from Purdue University and holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. She as a Certified Sports Specific Dietitian and Certified Leap Therapist designations.