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Maria Fernanda Escobar Vidarte

Chief of Gynecology and Obstetrics Service and Chief of Critical Care Obstetric Unit at Fundación Valle del Lili

Mrs. Escobar is currently Chief of Gynecology and Obstetrics Service and Chief of Critical Care Obstetric Unit (Unidad de Alta Complejidad Obstetrica) at Fundación Valle del Lili, Cali- Colombia. She is also representative for the Latin American region FIGO Committee for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health.


After receiving her medical degree from Universidad del Valle in Cali- Colombia, Maria Fernanda specialized in gynecology and obstetrics at Universidad del Valle, performed a master in clinic epidemiology in Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco-Chile and a fellowship in critical care medicine in Universidad del Valle. She spent six months of the fellow on the Maggee Women Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh.

During the last five years, she has been chief of the Critical Care Obstetric Unit with 31 beds in Fundacion Valle del Lili (IV level of attention) in Cali - Colombia.  During this time, they have taken care of more than 10 mil patients and this expertise distinguishes the unit as a leader in critical care and obstetrics emergencies management in Colombia and Latin America.

As chief of critical care obstetric service, she participated in different groups to expand research, clinical services, education and training in a number of key which include the national program to reduce maternal mortality in Colombia and other Latin American countries with different international agencies in cooperation.

She also served since 2014, as director of the national committee for maternal and perinatal health of Federación Colombiana de Sociedades de Ginecología y Obstetricia and Representative for the Latin American region FIGO Committee for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health

She has recently been named chief of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Fundación Valle del Lili Medical Center, a new role that was assumed on March of 2015.

She really wants to continue her work to reduce maternal mortality and to help train the next generation of doctors in the latest procedures and processes. They will expand the access of the state-of-the-art of obstetric critical care on a local and national level.