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The Team 

The St. Louis Fetal Care Institute is comprised of a team of  knowledgeable fetal and pediatric surgeons and maternal fetal medicine specialists, with the guidance of fetal care coordinators, neonatologists, pediatric specialists, anesthesiologists, genetic counselors and ultrasound technicians.

The staff of the St. Louis Fetal Care Institute is supported by a team of world-class specialists from SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, SSM St. Mary’s Medical Center and the St. Louis University School of Medicine.

Cardiology/Cardiothoracic Surgery

This team performs fetal echocardiograms and assists with babies who have heart trouble.
Commonly, patients who are diagnosed with the following conditions will meet with our cardiology team:

  • Bladder Outlet Obstruction (BOO)
  • Cleft Palate
  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
  • Lung Masses (Bronchopulmonary Sequestration (BPS), Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation (CCAM))
  • Myelomeningocele (MMC)
  • Neck Masses
  • Omphalocele
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Prune Belly
  • Sacrococcygeal Teratoma (SCT)
  • Twin Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)

Cardiology/ Cardiothoracic Surgery Team 

Renuka Peterson, MD
Angela Sharkey, MD
Charles Huddleston, MD
Andrew Fiore, MD


Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial
The cleft-craniofacial team works with our patients who are diagnosed with cleft lip or cleft palate.

Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Team

Alexander Y. Lin, MD - Director, St. Louis Cleft-Craniofacial Center
Christina Plikaitis, MD - Pediatric Plastic Surgeon

Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology
Our imaging and radiology team assists with reading determining the results of Fetal MRIs and other medical imagery.  Many of our patients will meet with this group.

Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology Team

Karen Caudill, MD
Gregg Launius, MD
Keith Kronemer, MD
Joan Zawin, MD


Maternal Anesthesia
Any of our patients who will have fetal surgery,or an EXIT procedure will meet with our maternal anesthesia team prior to surgery.

Maternal Anesthesia Team


Medical Genetics
The medical genetics team assists with the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients facing a genetic anomoly.

Medical Genetics Team

Stephen Braddock, MD - Director of Pediatric Genetics
Margaret Hefner, MS
Rachael Bradshaw, MS
Darbey Raible, MS



The neonatology team is a group of physicians who are specialized in caring for the unique needs of newborns. All of our families meet with a member of this team.

Neonatology Team

Farouk Sadiq, MD, Division Director

Mohamad Al-Hosni, MD
Ayoob Ali, MD
Connie Anderson, MD
Thomas Bender, MD
Gregory Booth, MD
Robert Brooker, MD

Daniel Bruzzini, MD
Laura Cerny, MD

Catherine Cibulskis, MD
Robert Fleming, MD
Michael French, MD
Heather Hall, MD
Thomas Havranek, MD
William Keenan, MD
Joyce Koenig, MD
Akihiko Noguchi, MD
Kimberly Spence, MD

The nephrology team provides comprehensive care for infants, children and adolescents with various forms of kidney or urologic disorders. Our patients who have been diagnosed with Bladder Outlet Obstruction (BOO), or Hydronephrosis often meet with a nephrologist.

Nephrology Team

Ellen Wood, MD, Director
Craig Belsha, MD
Richard Feldenberg, MD, FAAP
Elizabeth Abraham, MD


The neurology team specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the nervous system, brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. Patients with hydrocephalus, hydronephrosis and myelomeningocele can plan to meet with a neurologist.

Neurology Team

Sean Goretzke, Director
David Walsh
Glen Fenton, MD
Thomas Geller, MD
Alpa Vashist, MD
Deepa Arun, MD



The Neurosurgey team handles any surgeries that are related to a baby’s brain, spinal cord and central nervous system.

Typically, those diagnosed with Myelomeningocele, Spina Bifida or Hydrocephalus will meet with the neurosurgery team.

Neurosurgery Team

Samer K. Elbabaa, MD
Ann Marie Flannery, MD, FACS
Kurt Eichholz, MD


The Orthopedics team is devoted to treating a variety of conditions including spinal disorders, congenital problems, bone and joint infections, neuromuscular disorders and injuries. St. Louis Fetal Care Institute patients diagnosed with Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS) can plan to meet with orthopedics.

Orthopedics Team

Elizabeth Engel, MD, Director of Orthopedic Surgery
Aki Puryear, MD


The Pediatric Urology team works with patients facing challenges with the genitourinary system (the organ system of the reproductive organs and the urinary system). Patients whose babies have been diagnosed with myelomeningocele, hydronephrosis or bladder outlet obstruction can plan to meet with the Pediatric Urology team.

Pediatric Urology Team

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