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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.

Fetal Heart Program
Cardiology/Cardiothoracic Surgery

This team from The Dorothy and Larry Dallas Heart Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital 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)
Fetal Heart Team 
Chetana Reddy, MD

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Team  

 

 

Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial
The pediatric plastic surgery team at the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital St. Louis Cleft-Craniofacial Center works with our patients who are diagnosed with cleft lip or cleft palate.

Pediatric Plastic Surgery Team
Alexander Y. Lin, MD
Christina Plikaitis, MD 

 


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.

Fetal Imaging Team
Ting Tao, 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
Amelia Kirby, MD
 

 

Neonatology

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
Justin Josephsen, MD
Laura Cerny, MD
Colleen Claassen, MD
Amber Ratliff, MD
Kimberly Spence, MD
Marya Strand, MD, MS
Wambui Waruingi, MD

 

 

Nephrology
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.

Pediatric Nephrology Team
Richard Feldenberg, MD, FAAP

 

Neurology

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.

Pediatric Neurology Team 
Sean Goretzke, MD
Deepa Arun, MD

 

 

Neurosurgery

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.

Pediatric Neurosurgery 
 

 

Orthopedics

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.

Pediatric Orthopedics Team


 

Pediatric Surgery

The Pediatric Surgery team performs general surgeries. St. Louis Fetal Care Institute patients diagnosed with conditions such as a fetal lung or neck mass, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, Sacrococcygeal Teratoma, Gastroschisis, Omplaocele, or Intestinal Atresia will likely meet with one of our pediatric surgeons.

Pediatric Surgery Team
Dennis Vane, MD
Kaveer Chatoorgoon, MD
Colleen Fitzpatrick, MD
Jose Greenspon, MD
Gustava Villalona, MD

 

Urology

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 
John Van Savage, MD
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And we are available to you 24 hours a day!
Call: (314) 268-4037
Toll-Free:
(877) SSM FETL
(877) 776-3385
E-mail:
fetalcare@ssmhc.com

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