• Meet the Team


    Foong-Yen Lim

    Foong received his MD from Medical University of South Carolina and trained in general surgery at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He also did a research fellowship and served as the fetal surgery fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Following completion of his general surgery residency, he returned to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to do his pediatric surgery fellowship. He is an associate professor in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at CCHMC and the Surgical Director for the Cincinnati Fetal Center. His research interests include innovation of fetal therapeutic interventions, development of prenatal prognostic indicators including biofluid markers, and long term outcomes in a variety of prenatal and congenital conditions. 

    Foong-Yen Lim


    Alan Coleman, MD

    Alan is a general surgery resident from Texas Tech University who has joined the team to pursue clinical and translation research in fetal therapy. He received his M.D. from Texas Tech University and wishes to ultimately pursue a career in pediatric surgery. He currently works in the Lim lab as a research fellow investigating the diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of various fetal conditions. He also collaborates with other members of the lab on the translational aspects of prenatal biomarkers and clinical outcomes.

    Alan Coleman, MD


    Patricia Burns, BSN

    Trish received her BS in Nursing from the College of Mt. St. Joseph and worked as a transport and neonatal intensive care nurse at CCHMC prior to assuming her role as Research coordinator for the Cincinnati Fetal Center. She manages our database which includes prenatal evaluations, perinatal management, and long-term follow-ups. She is also involved in the development of clinical/translational research protocols and acts as the liaison for multiple multicenter collaborations.

    Patricia Burns, BSN

  • Former Members

    Research fellows

    Jignesh Parvadia, MD (Corporate Chief Medical Director at Innovative Healing Systems, India)   

    Sachin Vaikunth, MD (General surgeon at The Jackson Clinic in Tennessee)                                

    Fernando Vulentin-Solis, MD (Pediatric surgeon at Hospital Clinico Universidad Catolica, Chile)

    Lee Morris, MD (Bariatric surgeon at Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas)

    Stefan Pokall, MD (Resident at The German Heart Centre Munich, Germany)                 

    Mounira Habli, MD (Assistant professor in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Cincinnati Fetal Center)     

    Shuichi Katayama, MD (Surgeon at Okayama Medical Center, Japan)     

    Jaehee Chung, MD (Pediatric surgeon at St. Mary’s Hospital, South Korea)                                  

    Nabil Ghobril, MD (Clinical fellow in pediatric endoscopic surgery at University of Tennessee)

    Fetal fellows 

    Jorge Beltran, MD (Pediatrician at Key Biscayne Pediatrics, Florida)

    Zaria Murrell, MD (Pediatric surgeon at University of Louisville, Kentucky)

    Naira Baregamian, MD (Endocrine surgery fellow at Yale University, Connecticut)