About Us

At the University of Maryland Medical Center, our fetal heart program includes a team of doctors, sonographers, genetic counselors, nurses and social workers who are specially trained to diagnose and treat a variety of heart conditions.

Meet our Team

Shifa Turan M.D.Shifa Turan, MD - Director, Fetal Heart Program

Dr. Turan specializes in detailed evaluation, counseling and treatment of fetal heart conditions. She has extensive experience in fetal cardiology and evaluates fetal hearts in the womb as early as 12 weeks. She also assesses your baby for other conditions, or those at higher than normal risk for complications.




HarmanChristopher Harman, MD - Director for Maternal and Fetal Care

Dr. Harman is a world-renowned expert in fetal health evaluation. He specializes in caring for mothers and unborn babies at higher than normal risks for complications. He will be one of the first physicians to assess your unborn baby's heart. He is responsible for follow-up care and your overall delivery plan.

 


ChavesAlicia Chaves, MD - Pediatric Cardiologist

Pediatric cardiologists take care of children with any kind of heart problem. Dr. Chaves is also trained to evaluate heart problems before birth. The information that is discovered by a fetal echocardiogram helps the cardiologist to predict what will happen after birth. Dr. Chaves or one of the other pediatric cardiologists will follow your baby after birth and throughout their childhood.

Learn more about the Children's Heart Program at UMMC

 

Dr PietrisNicholas Peter Pietris, MD - Pediatric Cardiologist

Pediatric cardiologists take care of children with any kind of heart problem. Dr. Peitris is also trained to evaluate heart problems before birth. The information that is discovered by a fetal echocardiogram helps the cardiologist to predict what will happen after birth. Dr. Peitris or one of the other pediatric cardiologists will follow your baby after birth and throughout their childhood.

Learn more about the Children's Heart Program at UMMC


RosenthalGeoffrey Rosenthal, MD - Pediatric Cardiologist

Pediatric cardiologists take care of children with any kind of heart problem. Dr. Rosenthal is also trained to evaluate heart problems before birth. The information that is discovered by a fetal echocardiogram helps the cardiologist to predict what will happen after birth. Dr. Rosenthal or one of the other pediatric cardiologists will follow your baby after birth and throughout their childhood.

Learn more about the Children's Heart Program at UMMC


KaushalSunjay Kaushal, MD - Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon

Dr. Kaushal specializes in operating on the types of heart problems that happen in babies and children. He works closely with the team to care for infants with congenital heart defects both before and after surgery. Before birth or before the surgery, he will explain all the details about the operation and what the expected outcome is.

Learn more about the Children's Heart Program and pediatric cardiac surgery at UMMC


Colleen Hughes DriscollColleen Driscoll, MD - Neonatologist

Dr. Driscoll specializes in taking care of newborns with serious medical problems. She and her team will monitor and stabilize your baby while the heart doctors and surgeons learn more about your baby's heart. They take care of any other health problems that your baby may have. They will focus on the daily needs of your baby and organize the care your baby needs when he or she is ready to leave the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Dr. Driscoll will help plan the safest time and place to deliver your baby and speak to you before birth about what your experience in the NICU will be like.

Learn more about the neonatologists and NICU at UMMC


HiggsAmanda Higgs - Genetic Counselor

Amanda is an expert in genetic syndromes and chromosomal abnormalities. She will explain to you the risk of your baby having a genetic problem as well as a heart defect. She will counsel you about the types of testing that we can do before and after birth, as well as explain the results of the testing. She may also explain the risk of recurrence of genetic problems in future pregnancies.



Kim GreveKim Greve, RNC, BSN - Program Nurse Coordinator

Kim is an expert cardiac nurse coordinator. She will arrange all of your appointments with high risk obstetrics, genetics, pediatric cardiology, neonatal intensive care unit and cardiac surgery. She will help you navigate through the University of Maryland care system and will be your primary point of contact.



Brittany Kelley, RDMS, BS - Program Sonographer Coordinator





Fetal Sonographers

Briana Rogalski, RDMS; Lindsey Bonomo, RDMS; Ashley Wolfsheimer, RDMS; Kim Monagle, RDMS (Fetal Ultrasound Coordinator); Brittany Kelley, RDMS; Pragati Sidh, RDMS; Deanna Eastman, RDMS.
(Not pictured: Chaya Garfunkel, RDMS; Suzanne Jefferies, RDMS; Erin Jones, RDMS;, Aliza Loeb, RDMS; Jeanne Miklos, RDMS; Jillian Wood, RDMS.)

Social Work Team

Catherine Miller, Ashley Langmead

Nursing Team

Nicole Pedersen, Debbie Kirby, Kim Greve

For additional information, or to make an appointment, please contact the center for Advanced Fetal Care at 410-328-3865.

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