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  • Fetal and Pregnancy Health Program Care TeamFetal and Pregnancy Health Program Care Team

Fetal and Pregnancy Health Program Care Team

Our Fetal and Pregnancy Health Program provides you with access to world-renowned experts in medical and surgical care for expectant mothers, infants, and children.

When you become our patient, we assemble a team of specialists unique to your and your baby’s needs because every pregnancy is unique. We all work together to ensure the best possible treatment and outcomes for you and your baby. We also coordinate your multidisciplinary care through a single point of contact to simplify care and provide you and your family with a seamless experience. Your core care team will include the following:

Your team will include all specialists with expertise relevant to your unique pregnancy and fetal diagnosis. These may include specialists in general surgery; Betty Irene Moore Children’s Heart Center specialists in fetal cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery; and specialists in 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.

Fetal and Pregnancy Health Program directors and staff

Susan Hintz, MD, MS Epi

Susan Hintz, MD, MS Epi, is the 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, complex fetal care

Yair Blumenfeld, MD

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

Areas of expertise: high-risk obstetrics, prenatal diagnosis, fetal therapy

Karl Sylvester, MD

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

Areas of expertise: pediatric surgery

Yasser Y. El-Sayed, MD

Yasser Y. El-Sayed, MD, is the Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics 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: high-risk obstetrics, prenatal diagnosis, fetal therapy

Deirdre Lyell, MD

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

Areas of expertise: high-risk obstetrics, prenatal diagnosis, fetal therapy

Jane Chueh, MD

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, prenatal diagnosis, fetal therapy

Richard Barth, MD

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, MD

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

Areas of expertise: prenatal genetics

Valerie Chock, MD

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

Areas of expertise: neonatology and neonatal neurology

Ritu Chitkara, MD

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

Gerald Grant, MD, FACS

Gerald Grant, MD, FACS, is board certified in Pediatric Neurological Surgery.

Areas of expertise: neurosurgery

Paul Grimm, MD

Paul Grimm, MD, is board certified in Pediatric Nephrology.

Areas of expertise: nephrology

Calvin Kuan, MD

Calvin Kuan, MD, is board certified in Anesthesiology.

Areas of expertise: anesthesia

Jonathan Palma, MD

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

Mai Thy Truong, MD

Mai Thy Truong, MD, is board certified in Otolaryngology.

Areas of expertise: otolaryngology

Krisa Van Meurs, MD

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

Areas of expertise: neonatology, neonatal neurology

Courtney Wusthoff, MD

Courtney Wusthoff, MD, is board certified in Neurology.

Areas of expertise: neurology

Barbora Pugh

Barbora Pugh, is the supervising perinatal sonographer.

Areas of expertise: imaging

Meg Homeyer, MS, CGC

Meg Homeyer, MS, CGC, is a genetic counselor, prenatal supervisor, and patient care coordinator.

Areas of expertise: fetal health

Rojan Kavosh, MS, LCGC

Rojan Kavosh, MS, LCGC, is a genetic counselor.

Areas of expertise: prenatal genetics

Iliana Flores

Iliana Flores, is an administrative coordinator.

Stephanie Neves

Stephanie Neves, is an administrative 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.

Amy Quirin, BSN, RN

Amy Quirin, BSN, RN, is a fetal cardiology coordinator.

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

Mary Jane Ajlouny, BSN, MSN, CNM

Mary Jane Ajlouny, BSN, MSN, CNM, is a certified midwife.

Marianela Lobato, LCSW

Marianela Lobato, LCSW, is a social worker.

Natalie Cruz Navarro, LCSW, is a social worker.

Karen Jensen, MSW, is a social worker.

Vanessa Scarlata, LCSW, is a social worker.

Kim Curtis, MSW, is a social worker.

Ellen Crumly, MSW

Ellen Crumly, MSW, is a social worker.

Caitlin Greenberg, MSW, is a social worker.

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