May 2, 2017
- Fellowship - University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill (2007-2010), Maternal Fetal Medicine
- Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2003-2007), Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Medical School - UT Southwestern Medical School (1999-2003)
Ashley Zink, M.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics. She specializes in maternal-fetal medicine (perinatology) – particularly high-risk pregnancies.
Dr. Zink is a highly regarded maternal-fetal medicine physician serving Dallas and its northern suburbs. Growing up in Plano, Texas, she always wanted to be a physician, and her path to her passion included completing her undergraduate studies at Baylor University and earning her medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School.
She pursued residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where she found her heart for the complexities of pregnancy and prenatal diagnosis.
After completing a three-year fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Zink returned to her hometown. She has been providing exceptional care to pregnant women and their babies at UT Southwestern since 2010.
Dr. Zink is a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Texas Medical Association. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Outside the office, Dr. Zink actively contributes to the pregnancy community as a member of the board of directors for two national nonprofit organizations: Hopestory.org and AbelSpeaks.org. She firmly believes that support changes stories and has seen the benefit of the connection these two organizations provide her own patients.
Texas Monthly has recognized Dr. Zink as one of their Super Doctors, and in 2019, she received UT Southwestern's Patient and Family Recognition Award.
Dr. Zink speaks English and conversational Spanish.
In her off time, Dr. Zink is making progress toward visiting every national park with her husband in their Airstream, and if she's not on call, they can be seen at Baylor home games cheering on the Bears.
“I don’t want my patients to ever look back and feel like they missed any opportunities to experience joy during their pregnancies,” says UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Ashley Zink, M.D.
As a perinatologist, Dr. Zink specializes in maternal-fetal medicine, particularly high-risk pregnancies. Working closely with patients’ primary obstetricians and subspecialists at Children’s Medical Center, she determines the best strategies for helping high-risk families plan for healthy pregnancies.
Dr. Zink helps expectant mothers manage existing medical conditions that could harm them or their unborn babies – diabetes, hypertension, and some autoimmune disorders, for instance – as well as pregnancy-related conditions including gestational diabetes and pre-term labor.
She sees women with multiple gestations and those who have experienced problems or had poor pregnancy outcomes in the past. She also offers preconception and between-pregnancy (interconception) counseling, as well as delivery planning (although she doesn’t typically deliver babies).
Dr. Zink performs both routine ultrasound to assess fetal anatomy and targeted ultrasound to aid in screening for chromosomal disorders (aneuploidy) or other birth defects. She also performs specialized procedures that include amniocentesis, percutaneous umbilical blood sampling, intrauterine fetal blood transfusion, and shunting, a method sometimes used to remove excess fluid from fetal organs.
Patients consistently praise her warm and compassionate bedside manner and her unwavering dedication to going the extra mile for their well-being. Referring physicians appreciate her approachability, attention to detail and expertise in ultrasound, prenatal diagnosis, and management of complicated maternal conditions.
Despite the higher-than-normal risks faced by many of her patients, Dr. Zink strives to ease their minds by following them closely and keeping them in the loop.
“It’s my job to look for things to worry about, and I’m committed to communicating with my families so they understand anything that might be going on,” she says. “The relationships I develop with my families are what I love most about what I do.”
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