Jennifer Lucero, MD

Associate Director of Clinical Obstetrical Anesthesia

Dr. Jennifer Lucero is an anesthesiologist who provides anesthesia care for pregnant women, specializing in those with complex maternal diseases. She has treated patients undergoing fetal surgeries as both an obstetrician and an anesthesiologist.

Lucero's research focuses on improving care for pregnant patients with serious conditions such as placenta accreta and preeclampsia. She also studies the use of nitroglycerin in cesarean delivery.

Lucero received her medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine. She completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at UCSF, then practiced obstetrics and gynecology elsewhere for two years before returning to UCSF to complete a residency in anesthesia. After her anesthesia training, she completed an obstetric anesthesia fellowship and a National Institutes of Health research fellowship at UCSF.

Lucero is a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology. She is the director of diversity and inclusion for the UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, and she mentors undergraduate students of color to encourage them to pursue careers in health care.


Fetal Treatment Center
1855 Fourth St., Second Floor, Room A-2432
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (800) 793-3887
Fax: (415) 502-0660

More about Jennifer Lucero


Yale University School of Medicine 2001


UCSF , Obstetrics and Gynecology 2005
UCSF , Anesthesia 2010


UCSF, Obstetric Anesthesia 2011

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Jha P, Behr S, Morgan T, Washburn E, Lucero J, Chen LM, Poder L. Imaging findings of concealed intra-amniotic hemorrhage in the setting of placenta previa and placenta accreta spectrum disorder. Emerg Radiol. 2018 Jun 17.
  2. Louie A, Feiner JR, Bickler PE, Rhodes L, Bernstein M, Lucero J. Four Types of Pulse Oximeters Accurately Detect Hypoxia during Low Perfusion and Motion. Anesthesiology. 2018 Mar; 128(3):520-530.
  3. Isquick S, Henry D, Nakagawa S, Moghadassi M, Thiet MP, Norton M, Lucero J. The association between nitroglycerin use and adverse outcomes in women undergoing cesarean delivery in the second stage of labor. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2017 Jun; 30(11):1297-1301.
  4. Kohi MP, Rizzuto GA, Fidelman N, Lucero J, Thiet MP. Retained Placenta Accreta Mimicking Choriocarcinoma. Case Rep Pathol. 2015; 2015:167986.
  5. Wilhelmsen K, Mesa KR, Lucero J, Xu F, Hellman J. ERK5 protein promotes, whereas MEK1 protein differentially regulates, the Toll-like receptor 2 protein-dependent activation of human endothelial cells and monocytes. J Biol Chem. 2012 Aug 03; 287(32):26478-94.
  6. Rollins M, Lucero J. Overview of anesthetic considerations for Cesarean delivery. Br Med Bull. 2012; 101:105-25.

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