Meredith Ordonez Cruz, MD

"Patient education, compassion, and clear, honest communication are vital to the partnership necessary to optimize the health of both mother and her unborn baby."

Meredith Ordonez Cruz, MD, MPH, MBA

Assistant Professor;
Director, Maternal Fetal Care Center and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program

Cruz, Meredith Ordonez, MD

July 15, 2013  |  Doctors

Introduction

Dr. Meredith Cruz joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Wisconsin as an Assistant Professor in October, 2012. She earned her B.S. with Honors from the University of Wisconsin, followed by a MPH/MBA from the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Cruz then pursued her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois Hospital where she served as Administrative Chief Resident. She recently completed a Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Illinois Hospital prior to joining the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Cruz specializes in Maternal Fetal Medicine with an emphasis on critical care and high risk obstetrics, prenatal diagnosis, and ultrasonography. Her other areas of expertise include hypertension, diabetes, and cardiac issues in pregnancy.

Dr. Cruz’s research interests include hypertensive and cardiac disease in pregnancy. She has had multiple peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed publications in her areas of research interest in addition to research presentations at national meetings. She holds multiple positions in ACOG and SMFM and is active in the community including volunteering at free medical clinics. She also has a special interest in public health and advocacy.

As a native of the Milwaukee area, Dr. Cruz enjoys spending time with family and friends and is active in a variety of activities including running, yoga, group fitness, tennis, snowboarding, piano playing, and ballroom dancing.

Areas of Expertise

  • High Risk Obstetrics, including: Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiac Disease, Thrombophilias, Lupus, and other high risk issues
  • Critical Care
  • Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Fetal Ultrasound
Meredith Ordonez Cruz, MD, MPH, MBA
Meredith Ordonez Cruz, MD, MPH, MBA

Board Certification(s)

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Patient Ages Seen

  • Infant (0-12 months)
  • Child (1-12 yrs)
  • Adolescent (13-18 yrs)
  • Adult (18 + )
  • Senior (60 +)

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Education / Training

  • Doctor of Medicine – University of Wisconsin Medical School
  • Ob/Gyn Residency – University of Illinois Hospital
  • MFM Fellowship – University of Illinois Hospital
  • MBA/MPH – University of Illinois at Chicago

MCW Start Date

  • 10/15/2012

Publications

Research

Principal InvestigatorTitle of Research Study
Awards / Publications / Presentations
Cruz, Meredith, MDNewborn Blood Spot Screening: Assessing the level of knowledge of genetic testing among mothers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Cruz, Meredith, MDNeuromuscular Function in Women Postpartum

In the News

Dr. Meredith Cruz Shares What to do After Receiving a Fetal Diagnosis of a Birth Defect or Other Medical Condition

Dr. Meredith Cruz Shares What to do After Receiving a Fetal Diagnosis of a Birth Defect or Other Medical Condition

11/17/2016  |  Department News

One of our high-risk pregnancy doctors, Dr. Meredith Cruz, and fetal surgeon, Dr. Amy Wagner, shares their advice on what expecting parents should know after… Read More ›

New Study Seeks to Change Postpartum Care for Mothers

New Study Seeks to Change Postpartum Care for Mothers

12/23/2015  |  Department News

Women’s bodies go through many physical changes during and after a pregnancy, but researchers say a mother’s attention to her own health care seems to… Read More ›

2014-2015 Awards for Residents & Faculty

2014-2015 Awards for Residents & Faculty

Dr. John J. and Joan M. Brennan Endowed Award in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Rachael Persons was presented the Dr. John J. and Joan M. Brennan Endowed… Read More ›

'A Pregnant Problem' featured in Milwaukee Magazine

‘A Pregnant Problem’ featured in Milwaukee Magazine

05/14/2015  |  Department News

With gestational diabetes on the rise, how can a woman prevent a diagnosis? And if she can’t, what does a diagnosis mean for her and… Read More ›

Class of 2016 Resident, Megan Foeller, Presents Research Poster at Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine

Class of 2016 Resident, Megan Foeller, Presents Research Poster at Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine

Megan Foeller, MD

Megan Foeller, class of 2016 OBGYN resident, along with her mentors Dr. Meredith Cruz and Dr. Judith Hibbard, presented… Read More ›

Outstanding Medical Student Teachers Award for 2013-2014

Outstanding Medical Student Teachers Award for 2013-2014

12/26/2014  |  Awards & Recognition

On December 5, 2014, MCW awarded the Medical Student Teachers Award to 228 educators.

In 2008, the College’s Curriculum and Evaluation Committee (CEC) initiated an annual… Read More ›

Women’s Health Research Program (WHRP) Awards Grants for 2014 Submissions

Women’s Health Research Program (WHRP) Awards Grants for 2014 Submissions

12/12/2014  |  Awards & Recognition

The Women’s Health Research Program has awarded two grants for research projects. Meredith Cruz, MD, MBA/MPH, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, along with Sandra… Read More ›

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program Approved

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program Approved

10/07/2014  |  Department News

We are very excited to announce that the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has been approved for a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program through the American… Read More ›

Meredith Cruz, MD

Perinatologist Meredith Cruz joins Medical College of Wisconsin faculty

10/17/2012  |  Department News

Dr. Meredith Cruz

Meredith Ordonez Cruz, MD, has been appointed to Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the division of Maternal… Read More ›

2012 News from the Residency Program Campuses

2012 News from the Residency Program Campuses

News from the Medical College of Wisconsin
This year we held the 2nd annual Eleanor Delfs, MD Lectureship for Pioneers. David G. Mutch, MD was our… Read More ›