12741-Shanks, Anthony

Anthony L. Shanks, MD

Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology

UH 2440
Indianapolis, IN
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Dr. Anthony Shanks has been practicing his specialty since 2010. He chose Maternal-Fetal Medicine because he feels the opportunity to care for women with complicated pregnancies is unlike any other. It presents unique challenges involving the care of two patients simultaneously as well as the opportunity for prenatal diagnosis and interventions to improve perinatal outcomes.  

Dr. Shanks earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He went on to complete an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency and a Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship, both at Washington University in St. Louis.


Poster Presentations


APGO Poster - Implementation of Ultrasound Simulation to Evaluate Residency Milestone Achievement


APGO Poster - Describing Self-Confidence in Ultrasound Performance with Increased Exposure

Key Publications

Treatment Utility of Postpartum Antibiotics in Chorioamnionitis Study.

Shanks AL, Mehra S, Gross G, Colvin R, Harper LM, Tuuli MG.

Am J Perinatol. 2016 Jul;33(8):732-7. doi: 10.1055/s-0036-1571327. Epub 2016 Feb 18.


Advanced Maternal Age and the Risk of Major Congenital Anomalies.

Goetzinger KR, Shanks AL, Odibo AO, Macones GA, Cahill AG.

Am J Perinatol. 2017 Feb;34(3):217-222. doi: 10.1055/s-0036-1585410. Epub 2016 Jul 11.


Administration of steroids after 34 weeks of gestation enhances fetal lung maturity profiles.

Shanks A, Gross G, Shim T, Allsworth J, Sadovsky Y, Bildirici I.

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Jul;203(1):47.e1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2010.02.038. Epub 2010 May 15.


Echogenic intracardiac foci: associated with increased risk for fetal trisomy 21 or not?

Shanks AL, Odibo AO, Gray DL.

J Ultrasound Med. 2009 Dec;28(12):1639-43.

Titles & Appointments

  • Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Education
    2010 Fellowship Washington University in St. Louis
    2007 Residency Barnes-Jewish Hospital
    2003 MD Indiana University
    1999 MS Indiana University
    1997 BS Purdue University
  • Research

    Dr. Shanks’ clinical research interests focus on optimizing medical care for complicated pregnancies.  A recent study evaluated the need for antibiotics after cesarean delivery in those with chorioamnionitis.  Other projects investigated the importance of ultrasound findings associated with aneuploidy.  

    As an educator, his interests are in training our next generation of students and physicians.  Projects have included OB simulation for teaching as well as identifying the best method of disseminating material in larger teaching settings.



  • Professional Organizations
    American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    American College of OB/GYNs
    American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)
    Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics
    Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Maternal and Fetal Medicine
    American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Obstetrics and Gynecology
    National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Clinical Interests

    Dr. Shanks’ practice philosophy is to use the best available evidence to make the best medical decisions for his patients. His clinical interests and areas of expertise include: 

    Medical complications of pregnancy 

    Preterm birth 

    Multiple gestations 

    Fetal ultrasound imaging 

    Amniocentesis and percutaneous umbilical blood sampling (PUBS) 


    Additionally, Dr. Shanks’ experiences as a teacher allows him to take complicated medical topics and make them easier for his patients to understand. This gives them the opportunity to be active participates in their own health care.


  • Awards
    Desc: Trustee Teaching Award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2021-05-01
    Org: Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
    Desc: Research Excellence for Oral Presentation
    Scope: National
    Org: Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics
    Desc: Excellence in Teaching Award
    Scope: University

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