Cincinnati Fetal Center

  • Meet the Team

    Experts from the Cincinnati Fetal Center meet with you to outline the options available and to provide supportive care and non-directive counseling. They work in conjunction with your primary OB / GYN or maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialist to formulate a collaborative plan of care.

    Call 1-888-FETAL59 to make a referral or speak with a specialist.

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    Directors

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    Paul S. Kingma, MD, PhD
    Neonatal Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    513-636-2995

    paul.kingma@cchmc.org

    Paul S. Kingma, MD, PhD

    Neonatal Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2995

    Fax: 513-636-7868

    Email: paul.kingma@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Neonatology; congenital diaphragmatic hernia; neonatal infection

    Research Interests

    Innate immune systems; surfactant protein D; neutrophil function in cystic fibrosis

    Education and Training

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2005.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2003.

    PhD: Vanderbilt University, TN, 2000.

    MD: Vanderbilt University, TN, 2000.

    BS: Calvin College, MI, 1992.

    Publications

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    Foong-Yen Lim, MD
    Surgical Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    513-636-4371

    foong.yen.lim@cchmc.org

    Foong-Yen Lim, MD

    Surgical Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Email: foong.yen.lim@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Open fetal surgery and fetoscopic surgery; ex-utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT); congenital high airway obstruction syndrome (CHAOS); congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH); fetal gene therapy; neonatal surgery; thoracic surgery; minimally invasive surgery 

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    Education and Training

    Pediatric Surgery Fellowship: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2004-2006.

    General Surgery Residency: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 2002-2004.

    Pediatric Surgery Research Fellowship and Fetal Surgery Fellowship: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2000-2002.

    General Surgery Residency: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 1997-2000.

    MD: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 1993-1997.

    BS: Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, 1989-1993.

    Publications


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    Donna O. Patno, DNP, CNM
    Clinical Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    513-803-4153

    donna.patno@cchmc.org

    Donna O. Patno, DNP, CNM

    Clinical Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Phone: 513-803-4153

    Email: donna.patno@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Fetal diagnosis and treatment; reproductive ethics; diabetes in pregnancy; perinatal hospice.

    Biography

    Donna Orofino Patno DNP, CNM, graduated in 1987 from Union College, NY with a degree in biology and psychology. Choosing to pursue a career nursing, she went on to receive a Doctor of Nursing with a focus in women's healthcare in 1990, a Master of Nursing Science in nurse midwifery in 1991, and was then awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2006, all from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She has held a variety of clinical appointments in nurse midwifery and fetal diagnosis and therapy throughout Northeast Ohio prior to relocating to Cincinnati to continue to help care for pregnant women and their babies.

    Donna has lectured extensively on fetal diagnosis and treatment, diabetes during pregnancy, pregnancy in the adult survivor of congenital heart disease, the ethics of medical decision making in pregnancy, and anticipatory guidance in patient education.

    Education and Training

    BS: Union College, Schenectady, NY, 1987.

    ND: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1990.

    MSN: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1991.

    DNP: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2006.

    Publications

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    Jose L. Peiro, MD
    Endoscopic Fetal Surgery Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    513-636-6259

    jose.peiroIbanez@cchmc.org

    Jose L. Peiro, MD

    Endoscopic Fetal Surgery Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Pediatric Surgeon, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-6259

    Email: jose.peiroIbanez@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Neonatal surgery; fetal surgery

    Research

    Myelomeningocele intrauterine repair; fetal  tracheal occlusion for CDH

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    Education and Training

    MD: Medical School at Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 1989.

    MBA: Health and Hospital Management, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Barcelona, Spain,  2010-2012.

    Residency: Pediatric Surgery, Hospital Vall Hebron (UAB), Barcelona, Spain, 1991-1995.

    Observership: Fetal Surgery, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2001.

    Publications

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    William J. Polzin, MD
    MFM Co-Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    513-862-6200

    bill_polzin@trihealth.com

    William J. Polzin, MD

    MFM Co-Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Phone: 513-862-6200

    Email: bill_polzin@trihealth.com

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    Specialties

    Fetal growth restriction; antiphospholipid antibodies; premature rupture of membranes; incompetent cervix - diagnosis and management; antepartum fetal surveillance; prenatal diagnosis

    Biography

    William Polzin, MD, is well known regionally for his clinical excellence in assisting healthy babies and mothers through high-risk pregnancies. His extensive experience with complicated pregnancies is both reassuring to his many patients and also the foundation for his academic stature.

    Dr. Polzin serves as MFM co-director of the Cincinnati Fetal Center. He also is director of maternal-fetal medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, associate director of obstetrics at Good Samaritan Hospital, and medical director of the community-based prenatal center, Healthy Beginnings.

    Dr. Polzin joined Good Samaritan Hospital in 1993. He has been affiliated with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine since 1993. He also practiced obstetrics and gynecology from 1987-93 at various military locations, including assistant chief of maternal-fetal medicine at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, fellow in maternal-fetal medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, and staff physician at USA MEDDAC at Wuerzburg, Germany.

    A graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Polzin completed his residency and fellowships at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. He has been a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1989, and a diplomate in the ABOG's division of maternal-fetal medicine since 1995. In 2003, he received the American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award, a national award for his leadership in obstetrics and gynecology.

    Education and Training

    BA: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    MD: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1983.

    Internship: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington, 1983-1984.

    Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington, 1984-1987.

    Fellowship: Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington, 1989-1991.

    Publications

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    Aimen F. Shaaban, MD
    Director, Center for Fetal Cellular and Molecular Therapy

    513-636-9942

    aimen.shaaban@cchmc.org

    Aimen F. Shaaban, MD

    Director, Center for Fetal Cellular and Molecular Therapy

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-9942

    Email: aimen.shaaban@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Surgical treatment of fetal and newborn diseases including: open and minimally invasive fetal surgery; congenital lung and airway disease; congenital esophageal disease; sacrococcygeal teratoma; conjoined twins; neonatal surgery.

    Examination of the mechanisms of long-term immunologic tolerance to prenatally transplanted stem cells; developmental hematology, pluripotent stem cell biology; fetal gene therapy

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    Biography

    Dr. Shaaban served as an associate professor of surgery with tenure and as director of the Laboratory for Fetal Cellular Therapy at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine from 2008-2012. Prior to that he served as director of the Laboratory for Fetal Cellular Therapy at University of Wisconsin College of Medicine from 2002-2008.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1991.

    General Surgery Residency: University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, Jul 1991-Jun1996.

    Pediatric Surgical Residency: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jul 2000-Jun 2001.

    Post-doctoral Fellowship in Fetal Surgery Research: Children's Institute for Surgical Science, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jul 1996-Jun 1999.

    Certification: Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, 1991; diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, 1997, 2011; diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Surgery, 2006. 

    Publications

    Grants

    NK cell response to prenatal allotransplantation. Principal Investigator. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. 2011 - 2016. R01HL103745.

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    James W. Van Hook, MD
    MFM Co-Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    513-558-8448

    james.vanhook@uc.edu

    James W. Van Hook, MD

    MFM Co-Director, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-558-8448

    Email: james.vanhook@uc.edu

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    Biography

    James Van Hook, MD, is a 1981 graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a degree in biology. He completed his doctor in medicine training at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He finished his internship and residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He completed a fellowship in critical care OBGYN at Bowman Gray University School of Medicine in Winston Salem North Carolina and completed a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle Washington. After holding faculty positions at the University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas Tech University, where he was regional chair of the OBGYN department at Texas Tech’s Amarillo campus, Dr. Van Hook joined the University of Cincinnati in 2008. Dr. Van Hook is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Critical Care OBGYN, and Maternal Fetal Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Van Hook is Board Certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine in Addictionology.

    Dr. Van Hook is the director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Van Hook has published on a wide variety of topics in pregnancy. His current areas of interest are hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, women’s health and rehabilitation, physician health, and critical care OBGYN.

    Education and Training

    BS: Biology, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana, 1981.

    MD: Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1982.

    Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas 1986.

    Fellowship: Critical Care Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston Salem, North Carolina, 1990.

    Fellowship: Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, 1993.

    Added Qualification: Addiction Medicine, The American Society of Addiction Medicine, Chevy Chase, Maryland, 2002.

    Publications

    Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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    Mounira A. Habli, MD
    Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    mounira.habli@cchmc.org

    Mounira A. Habli, MD

    Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Fax: 513-636-2735

    Email: mounira.habli@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Modification of the Wigglesworth model of Intrauterine growth restriction in mice as the animal model; invitro assessment of Insulin like growth factors and adenoviral associated gene expression of insulin like growth factor-I in a rat trophoblast cell line (RCHO-1).

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    Education and Training

    BS: Biology, American University of Beirut, Beirut Lebanon.

    MS: Masters Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Translational Research, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2010.

    MD: American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, 1998.

    MFM: University of Cincinnati Maternal Fetal Medicine, 2009.

    Publications

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    Ronald K. Jaekle, MD
    Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    jaekler@ucmail.uc.edu

    Ronald K. Jaekle, MD

    Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Professor, UC Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

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    Education and Training

    MD: University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences, Memphis, TN, 1985.

    BA: Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 1981.

    Residency and Internship: The John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1985-1989.

    Fellowship: The North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Wake Forest University College of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, 1989-1991.

    Certification: Diplomate, National Board of Examiners, 1986; Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 1992, 1995 and recertification in 2001.

    Licensure: Louisiana, Ohio, Kentucky.

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    Fetal / Pediatric Surgery

    A photo of Sundeep Keswani.

    Sundeep G. Keswani, MD
    Pediatric Surgeon, Division of General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery

    513-803-2219

    Sundeep G. Keswani, MD

    Pediatric Surgeon, Division of General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery

    Fetal Surgeon, Cincinnati Fetal Center

    Director, Pediatric Advanced Wound Care and Skin Services

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-803-2219

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    Specialties

    Gene therapy applications; bone marrow contribution to tissue repair; fetal diagnosis and treatment.

    Visit the Keswani Lab.

    Biography

    Dr. Sundeep G. Keswani is a pediatric and fetal surgeon. He is also the director of the Pediatric Advanced Wound Care and Skin Service (PAWS), which is a state-of-the-art wound care center devoted to the care of children. Dr. Keswani is the lead principal investigator in the Cincinnati Children’s Wound Healing Research Group, which is an NIH-funded laboratory that focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms which underlie the fetus’ ability to regeneratively heal wounds with the goal of developing novel therapeutics to achieve regenerative wound healing in postnatal tissue.

    Education and Training

    BA: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1994. 

    MD: Ross University School of Medicine, 2000. 

    Residency: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA, 2000-2007. 

    Fellowship: The Children's Institute for Surgical Science, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia & The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2002-2004. 

    Fellowship: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Center for Molecular Fetal Therapy, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004. 

    Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2007-2009. 

    Licensure: American Board of Surgery Certified; Missouri State Medical Licensure, active; Ohio State Medical Licensure, active.

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    Genetic Counselors

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    Michelle Baric, LGC
    Genetic Counselor, Division of Human Genetics

    513-803-5460

    michelle.baric@cchmc.org

    A photo of Emily King.

    Emily J. King, LGC
    Genetic Counselor II, Division of Human Genetics

    513-803-5442

    emily.king@cchmc.org


    Social Worker

    A photo of Erin Hillman.

    Erin E. Hillman, MSW, LSW
    Social Worker II, Division of Social Services

    513-803-1641

    erin.hillman@cchmc.org

    Cardiology

    James F. Cnota, MD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0426

    Email: james.cnota@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Fetal cardiology including fetal echocardiography

    Research Interests

    Impact of insulin sensitivity on left ventricular mass in healthy teens; blood pressure in offspring of preeclamptic mothers; fetal programming of cardiovascular outcomes; multicenter trials in pediatric heart disease

    Education and Training

    BS: Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1991

    MD: Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1995

    Residency: University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, Arizona, 1998

    Fellowship: Cardiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2001

    MS: Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 2005

    Publications

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    Allison A. Divanovic, MD
    Co-Director, Medical Student/Resident Education, Heart Institute

    513-636-3867

    allison.divanovic@cchmc.org

    Allison A. Divanovic, MD

    Co-Director, Medical Student/Resident Education, Heart Institute

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3867

    Fax: 513-636-9747

    Email: allison.divanovic@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric cardiology; fetal and neonatal cardiology; transthoracic, transesophageal and fetal echocardiography

    Research

    Echocardiographic predictors of cardiac involvement in the fetus with twin-twin transfusion syndrome; risk factors for intrauterine fetal demise in the fetus with congenital heart disease; Improvement in the prenatal identification of fetal coarctation; prediction of atrial septal restriction in the fetus with HLHS

    Education and Training

    MD: Univeristy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

    Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

    Publications

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    Haleh C. Heydarian, MD
    Cardiologist, Cardiology Clinic

    513-636-6646

    Haleh C. Heydarian, MD

    Cardiologist, Cardiology Clinic

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6646

    Fax: 513-636-3982

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Echocardiography

    Research Interests

    Dyssynchrony; quality improvement

    Education and Training

    MD: Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Peace C. Madueme, MD, MS

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3866

    Fax: 513-363-3952

    Email: peace.madueme@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Echocardiography, fetal echocardiography, cardiac MRI/CT

    Biography

    Peace Madueme is an assistant professor of pediatrics with the University College of Medicine. He is a faculty member that specializes in cardiac imaging.

    Dr. Madueme completed his residency and fellowship training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and has been at the hospital since 2005. Dr. Madueme has been a member of the Division of Cardiology/Heart Institute since 2008. His clinical and research focus relate to cardiac imaging by echocardiography, fetal echocardiography and cardiac MRI.

    Dr. Madueme is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography and the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.

    Education and Training

    Undergraduate: BSc & BPHE Queen's University, Canada, 2001.

    MD: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, 2005.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

    Advanced Fellowship: Cardiac Imaging, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2011 and Pediatric Cardiology, 2012.

    Publications

    Grants

    Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD). Co-Investigator, Imaging. National Institutes of Health. 2013 –present.

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    Erik C. Michelfelder, MD
    Co-Director, Cardiac Imaging Services, Heart Institute

    513-636-1199

    erik.michelfelder@cchmc.org

    Erik C. Michelfelder, MD

    Co-Director, Cardiac Imaging Services, Heart Institute

    Director, Fetal Heart Program, Heart Institute

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-1199

    Fax: 513-636-7468

    Email: erik.michelfelder@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Echocardiography; fetal cardiology; pediatric cardiology

    Biography

    Erik C. Michelfelder Sr., MD, is a professor of pediatrics with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is currently director of the Fetal Heart Program, and co-director of Cardiac Imaging Services for the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    Dr. Michelfelder graduated with a degree in biology from Bucknell University and earned his MD from the Penn State University College of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, and his cardiology fellowship at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

    Dr. Michelfelder has been a member of the Division of Cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center since 1998. His clinical and academic focus relate to fetal cardiology and echocardiography.

    He is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography, The American Heart Association, The American College of Cardiology, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society for Pediatric Research.

    Education and Training

    BS: Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, 1986.

    MD: Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania, 1990.

    Residency: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1990-1993.

    Fellowship: C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1993-1996.

    Certification: Pediatrics 1991, Pediatric Cardiology 1998.

    Publications

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    Neurosurgery

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    Karin Bierbrauer, MD
    Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

    513-636-4726

    karen.bierbrauer@cchmc.org

    Karin Bierbrauer, MD

    Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4726

    Email: karen.bierbrauer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Fetal malformations of the brain and spinal cord; spina bifida; tethered cord; head injury

    Research Interests

    Head injury; biomedical informatics 

    Biography

    Karin Bierbrauer, MD, is an associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She has been a member of the faculty of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center since January 2005 .

    Dr. Bierbrauer graduated from medical school at the Medical University of SC in Charleston, S.C. She received her neurosurgical training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago in 1991. From 1991 to 2004, she practiced pediatric neurosurgery in Philadelphia, first at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and then at Temple University Children's Medical Center, where she directed the pediatric neurosurgery program.

    Dr. Bierbrauer's special areas of interest include spina bifida and all other types of spinal dysraphism, (tethering of the spinal cord), and the evaluation of congenital disorders of the central nervous system. She is a member of the Cincinnati Fetal Center's team of subspecialists and directs the neurosurgical evaluation of children enrolled in the comprehensive Spina Bifida Clinic at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Education and Training

    MD: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 1980-1984

    Residency: Neurosurgery, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1985-1989

    Fellowship: Pediatric Neurosurgery, The Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

    Publications

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    Doctor Stevenson is a Neurosurgeon at Cincinnati Children's.

    Charles B. Stevenson, MD
    Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

    513-636-4726

    charles.stevenson@cchmc.org

    Charles B. Stevenson, MD

    Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Neurosurgery

    Phone: 513-636-4726

    Email: charles.stevenson@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Brain tumors; spasticity; Chiari malformations; fetal surgery; neurovascular disorders; minimal access surgery

    Research Interests

    Neuro-oncology; epilepsy; spasticity

    Biography

    Charles Stevenson, MD, rejoined the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in July 2010, after having served for one year as staff neurosurgeon at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to completing his fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children’s, he received his neurosurgical training at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time, he also completed a two-year research fellowship in neurosurgical oncology. He graduated from medical school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennesee.

    Dr. Stevenson’s interest, specialized training and research background in neuro-oncology make him uniquely qualified to lead our division in its collaborative efforts with the division of neuro-oncology in the Brain and Spinal Tumor program to treat children with primary and recurrent brain tumors. He is assisted in these efforts by leading-edge technology such as the operating room BrainSUITE™, which creates precise three-dimensional maps of the brain and allows for intraoperative MRI imaging to more safely remove particularly complex and deep-seated tumors. Cincinnati Children’s was the first pediatric hospital in the world to offer this technology.

    In addition, Dr. Stevenson brings expertise in selective dorsal rhizotomy as a treatment for spasticity, which, when added to implantation of baclofen pumps and medical therapy, allows for a wide range of treatment options for patients with spasticity from cerebral palsy or spinal cord injury. He is a member of a multidisciplinary team of specialists that includes neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as and physical and occupational therapies that offers comprehensive care for children with spasticity.

    Dr. Stevenson is a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons.  He was board certified in 2013 in neurological surgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

    Education and Training

    MD: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, 2001

    Residency: Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

    Fellowship: Pediatric Neurosurgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2008-09.

    Board Certification: Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgeons, 2013.

    Publications

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    Radiology

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    Maria A. Calvo-Garcia, MD
    Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging

    513-636-6696

    maria.calvo@cchmc.org

    Maria A. Calvo-Garcia, MD

    Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Radiology

    Phone: 513-636-6696

    Fax: 513-636-8145

    Email: maria.calvo@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Fetal imaging; body imaging; ultrasound

    Biography

    Maria A. Calvo-Garcia, MD, received her medical degree from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. She completed her residency at Gregorio Maranon University General Hospital, University of Madrid, Spain. She was a staff radiologist at Ambulatorio Moratalaz, Virgen de la Torre Hospital, Madrid, Spain. In 1994 she served as staff radiologist at Badalona Hospital, Badalona, Barcelona, Spain until June 2001 with a 6 month visiting fellowship at Dijkzigt Hospital, Erasmus Univ. of Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Feb 1998-July 1998). She came to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center first as a research assistant in radiology and then as a clinical fellow until 2004, when she became staff.

    Education and Training

    MD: Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain.

    Residency: Radiology, Gregorio Maranon University General Hospital, University of Madrid, Spain, 1990-1993.

    Degree of Specialty: Radiology, University of Madrid, Spain, 1993.

    Certification: Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology, 2007;
    Pediatric Radiology, CAQ American Board of Radiology, 2009.

    Publications

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    Beth M. Kline-Fath, MD
    Chief, Fetal Imaging

    513-636-1856

    beth.kline-fath@cchmc.org

    Beth M. Kline-Fath, MD

    Chief, Fetal Imaging

    Neuroradiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Radiology

    Phone: 513-636-1856

    Email: beth.kline-fath@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Fetal imaging; pediatric neuroimaging

    Biography

    Beth M. Kline-Fath, MD, received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Cincinnati. After completing a residency in radiology at the University of Cincinnati, she completed a fellowship in pediatric radiology at Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Kline-Fath worked in private practice for several years before returning to Cincinnati Children’s for fellowship training in pediatric neuroradiology.

    Since joining the neuroradiology staff, Dr. Kline-Fath has developed the Fetal Imaging Program for the department and is a staff member of the Cincinnati Fetal Center. In addition to general pediatric neuroradiology, her areas of interest include fetal imaging and MR spectroscopy.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1989.

    Residency: University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 1989-1993.

    Fellowships: Pediatric Radiology, Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH 1993-1994; Pediatric Neuroradiology, Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH, 2003-2004.

    Certification: Certificate of Added Qualifications in Pediatric Radiology, American Board of Radiology, 1998; Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology, June 1993.

    Publications

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    Arnold Carlson "Carl" Merrow Jr., MD
    Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging

    513-636-7775

    carl.merrow@cchmc.org

    Carl Merrow, MD

    Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Radiology

    Phone: 513-636-7775

    Email: carl.merrow@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Musculoskeletal and fetal imaging; imaging of vascular anomalies including vascular neoplasms and vascular malformations

    Biography

    Arnold Carlson “Carl” Merrow Jr., MD, grew up in Alabama and received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Auburn University in 1997. After completing medical school and residency in Birmingham, AL, he spent two years in fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. While the first fellowship year was focused on general pediatric radiology, the second year was split between pediatric body/musculoskeletal MRI and pediatric neuroimaging. After spending the next two years in a pediatric radiology private practice, Dr. Merrow returned to Cincinnati Children's where he fostered new interests in fetal imaging, vascular anomalies and fellow education.

    Since his return in 2010, Dr. Merrow has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed publications and has helped to develop interactive web-based educational products in pediatric radiology. He has been selected from departmental faculty for the Corning Benton Outstanding Educator Award by each graduating class of pediatric radiology fellows from 2011 to 2013. Dr. Merrow was also selected for the first annual Faculty Educational Achievement Award from amongst all junior faculty of Cincinnati Children's in 2011.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, 2001.

    Internship: Transitional, Baptist Health Systems, Birmingham, AL, 2002.

    Residency: Diagnostic Radiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 2006.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Radiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cinicinnati, OH, 2007. 

    Certification: Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology, 2006; Certificate of Added Qualification in Pediatric Radiology, American Board of Radiology, 2008.

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    Urology

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    Paul H. Noh, MD, FACS, FAAP
    Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery

    513-636-4975

    paul.noh@cchmc.org

    Paul H. Noh, MD, FACS, FAAP

    Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4975

    Fax: 513-636-6753

    Email: paul.noh@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Minimally invasive laparoscopic-assisted surgery; robotic-assisted surgery; prenatal evaluation; fetal care; UTIs

    Education and Training

    BS: Pennsylvania State University.

    MD: Jefferson Medical College.

    Internship: Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999-2000.

    Residency: Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, 2000-2004.

    Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2004-2005.

    Certification: American Board of Urology, Subspecialty Certification in Pediatric Urology - American Board of Urology.

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    Pramod P. Reddy, MD
    Director, Division of Pediatric Urology

    513-636-4975

    Pramod P. Reddy, MD

    Director, Division of Pediatric Urology

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4975

    Fax: 513-636-6753

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Kidney stones; ESWL; genitourinary surgery; clinical trials

    Research Interests

    Bladder organogenesis; tissue engineering of bladder matrix

    Biography

    Pramod P. Reddy, MD, is a pediatric and fetal urologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Fetal Center. His special interests include kidney stones; ESWL; genitourinary surgery; clinical trials.

    Education and Training

    MBBS: Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India 1990.

    Residency: Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY.

    Residency: Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY.

    Fellowship: The Hospital For Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada.

    Certification: American Board of Urology 2001.

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    Nurse Coordinators

    Melissa Minges, BSN, RN 
    Registered Nurse, Cincinnati Fetal Center
    513-636-9582
    melissa.minges@cchmc.org

    Judith A. Hostiuck, MSN, RNC-OB
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Perinatal Outreach
    513-584-0566
    judith.hostiuck@cchmc.org

    Steven C. Imhoff, MSN, RNC, CNP
    Coordinator, Cincinnati Fetal Center
    steven_imhoff@trihealth.com

    Avery A. Davis, BSN, RN 
    Registered Nurse, Cincinnati Fetal Center
    avery.davis@cchmc.org

    Lisa Pickett, RN
    Registered Nurse, Cincinnati Fetal Center
    lisa.pickett@cchmc.org

    Amy B. Ross, MSN, RN, CPN 
    Registered Nurse, Cincinnati Fetal Center
    513-803-1709
    amy.ross@cchmc.org

    Administrative Staff

    Emmie Meyer
    Administrative Assistant, Cincinnati Fetal Center
    513-636-9608
    amelia.meyer@cchmc.org

    Amber Witt
    CSR II, Cincinnati Fetal Center
    513-636-4483
    amber.witt@cchmc.org

    Caroline Troughton
    Clerical Assistant II, Cincinnati Fetal Center
    caroline.troughton@cchmc.org