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Fetal and Pregnancy Health Program Care Team

Our Fetal and Pregnancy Health experts provide you with access to world-renowned experts in medical and surgical care for expectant mothers, infants and children. Our comprehensive, collaborative approach means we all work together to assure the best possible treatment and outcomes for you and your baby.

Fetal and Pregnancy Health Program Directors and Staff

Susan Hintz

Susan Hintz, MD, MS Epi, is the Medical Director of the Fetal and Pregnancy Health Program and the Robert L. Hess Family Professor in Neonatal and Developmental Medicine. She is board certified in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Areas of Expertise: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology and Fetal Health

Karl Sylvester

Karl Sylvester, MD, is the Executive Director of the Fetal and Pregnancy Health Program. He is board certified in Pediatric Surgery.

Areas of Expertise: Surgery and Fetal Health

Yasser El-Sayed

Yasser El-Sayed, MD, is the Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Charles B. and Ann L. Johnson Obstetrician-in-Chief. He is board certified in Maternal & Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Areas of Expertise: Fetal Health, High Risk Pregnancies, Obstetrics and Maternal and Fetal Medicine

 Deirdre Lyell

Deirdre Lyell, MD, is the the Director of the Placental Disorders Program and the Pete Harman Endowed Faculty Scholar. She is board certified in Maternal & Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Areas of Expertise: Placental Disorders and Obstetrics

 Jane Chueh

Jane Chueh, MD, is the Director of Prenatal Diagnosis. She is board certified in Maternal & Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Areas of Expertise: High Risk Obstetrics and Prenatal Diagnosis

 Yair Blumenfeld

Yair Blumenfeld, MD, is the Director of Fetal Therapy. He is board certified in Maternal & Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Areas of Expertise: Fetal Health and Prenatal Diagnosis

 Richard Barth

Richard Barth, MD, is the Chief of Pediatric Radiology, Director of Pediatric Imaging and Radiologist in Chief. He is board certified in Radiology and Pediatric Radiology.

Areas of Expertise: Imaging

Louanne Hudgins

Louanne Hudgins, MD, is the Director of Perinatal Genetics. She is board certified in Clinical Genetics.

Areas of Expertise: Fetal Health and Genetics

Valerie Chock

Valerie Chock, MD, is a neonatologist. She is board certified in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Areas of Expertise: Neonatology and Neonatal Neurology

Ritu Chitkara

Ritu Chitkara, MD, is a neonatologist. She is board certified in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Areas of Expertise: Neonatology

 Alexis Davis, MD

Alexis Davis, MD, is a neonatologist.

Areas of Expertise: Neonatology

Jonathan Palma

Jonathan Palma, MD, is a neonatologist and the Medical Director of Clinical Informatics, Analytics. He is board certified in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Clinical Informatics.

Areas of Expertise: Neonatology

 Krisa Van Meurs

Krisa Van Meurs, MD, is a neonatologist. She is board certified in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Areas of Expertise: Neonatology and Neonatal Neurology

Barbora Pugh

Barbora Pugh is the Supervising Perinatal Sonographer.

Areas of Expertise: Imaging

 Meg Homeyer

Meg Homeyer, MS, CGC, LGC, is a Genetic Counselor Prenatal Supervisor and Patient Care Coordinator.

Areas of Expertise: Fetal Health

 Anastasia Richardson

Anastasia Richardson, MS, CGC, LGC, is a Genetic Counselor and Patient Care Coordinator. She is ABGC and CAGC certified.

Areas of Expertise: Fetal Health

 Iliana Flores

Iliana Flores is an Administrative Coordinator.

 Stephanie Neves Stephanie Neves is an Administrator Coordinator.
Beth Fluharty, NP

Beth Fluharty, NP, is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.

Diana Kobayashi, NP

Diana Kobayashi, NP, is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.

Nicole Weigel, NP

Nicole Weigel, NP, is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.

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Lorena Ramirez, RN, is a Fetal Intervention Nurse Coordinator.

Amy Quirin

Amy Quirin, BSN, RN, is a Fetal Cardiology Coordinator.

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April Schwegel, RN, MSN, FNP, is an OB Nurse.

Mary Jane Ajlouny Mary Jane Ajlouny, BSN, MSN, CNM, is a Certified Midwife.
Marianela Lobato Marianela Lobato, LCSW, is a Social Worker.
"" Natalie Cruz Navarro, LCSW, is a Social Worker.
"" Karen Jensen, MSW, is a Social Worker.
"" Vanessa Scarlata, LSCW, is a Social Worker.
""  Kim Curtis, MSW, is a Social Worker.
""  Ellen Crumly, MSW, is a Social Worker.
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Caitlin Greenberg, MSW, is a Social Worker.

Every pregnancy is unique. For this reason, we assemble a team of specialists unique to your and your baby’s needs. We also coordinate these specialists through a single point of contact to simplify care and coordination for you and your family. Your core care team will include:

Your team will include all specialists with expertise relevant to your unique pregnancy and fetal diagnosis. These may include specialists in general surgery, Children’s Heart Center specialists in fetal cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, urology, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, anesthesia, and any of our comprehensive medical and surgical services. They will work together to plan for and address your needs and your baby’s needs before birth, for delivery, in the neonatal period, and through childhood.

Our highly trained social workers are also important members of your care team. They can help you understand the hospital experience, provide support, and connect you with resources including lodging and housing assistance.

Other team members may include parent mentors, chaplains, and lactation specialists.