Ashley Hickman Zink, M.D.

Ashley Hickman Zink, M.D.

  • Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Maternal-Fetal Consultations
  • Perinatal Evaluation

Biography

Ashley Zink, M.D., is an Assistant 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 earned her medical degree at the UT Southwestern Medical School. She completed an obstetrics and gynecology residency at UT Southwestern, followed by a three-year maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Zink was named by her peers to the Super Doctors® Rising Stars℠ list for 2012 and 2013. She 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.

She speaks English and conversational Spanish. 

Personal Note

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, cooking, traveling, biking, and kayaking. She is active in her church and volunteers with the Dallas Pregnancy Resource Center.

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Meet Dr. Hickman Zink

Perinatologist and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist

“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.

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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Education & Training
  • 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)
Honors & Awards
  • Highest Resident Score 2004, CREOG
  • Rigoberto Santos 2007, Excellence in Ultrasonography
  • Young Researcher Award 2008, Bowes-Cefalo
  • Best Oral Presentation 2009, 29th Annual Meeting for Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Super Doctors in Texas 2013, Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Obstetrics/Gynecology
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Maternal-Fetal Consultations
  • Perinatal Evaluation

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Q&A by Dr. Hickman Zink

Leaders in Clinical Excellence video: Dr. Ashley Hickman Zink

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