Program Directors

Christopher Lindblade, MD
Symposium Program Chair
Director, Fetal Cardiology Program
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix, AZ
Julia Solomon, MDCM
Director, Fetal Diagnostic Center
Physicians Group of Arizona
Steward Healthcare
Mesa, AZ
Norman Silverman, MD
Professor Emeritus in Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology – Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Anita Moon-Grady, MD
Director, Fetal Cardiovascular Program – UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology

Phoenix Fetal Cardiology Symposium

Fetal Cardiology Symposium Leaders  

WOW! Thank you to everyone who attended the 9th Annual Phoenix Fetal Cardiology Symposium.

It was, by far, one of the best! You know, it's not too early to mark your calendars to attend the 10th Annual Phoenix Fetal Cardiology Symposium on November 7-11, 2019 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. We hope to see you there!

This year's Symposium was a dynamic and memorable educational event. Here are a few highlights from the Symposium:

  • WE GET YOU. More than 255 attendees comprised of pediatric cardiologists, maternal fetal medicine specialists, obstetricians, neonatologists, radiologists, geneticists, pathologists, cardiac sonographers, obstetrical sonographers, advanced practitioners, nurses and trainees gathered here.
  • GLOBAL REACH. The symposium attracted 43 international attendees from 13 different countries who attended in person and via live stream connection.
  • EDUCATION REIGNS. Three pre-conference tracks were attended by more than 100 people this year. The Essentials of Fetal Cardiac Screening Hands-On Scanning course paired attendees with physician and sonographer faculty to give everyone the opportunity to learn how to perform a fetal echo in a stepwise fashion based on standard guidelines. Beautiful cardiac specimens were presented during the Fetal and Neonatal Cardiac Pathologic Specimen and Echo Correlation alongside the fetal echo correlates. The Fetal Nurse Coordinator Collaborative attracted nearly 30 nurses from institutions across North America to learn about the psychosocial aspects of care, potential for collaborative projects under the umbrella of the Fetal Heart Society, and development of patient education materials.
  • CONTENT, CONTENT, CONTENT. World experts in the field of fetal cardiology delivered top-notch lectures during the four day General Session. Panel discussions and debates took place throughout the Session.
  • DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS. We were honored to have Dr. Abraham Rudolph, one of the pillars in our field, speak on his research in fetal cardiovascular physiology. Dr. William Evans delivered a most memorable keynote address on the History of the Maude Abbott Collection.
  • GAMES. Dr. Chris Lindblade hosted Fetal Echo Jeopardy where the faculty panel showed off their knowledge and competitive spirit!
  • ACCOLADES. The newly-named Norman H. Silverman “The Case that Gave Me Chest Pain” Competition was a true highlight of the course. All of the presenters did a fantastic job showing challenging fetal cardiology cases which sparked great open discussion amongst the faculty and attendees. Mika Saito from The Hospital for Sick Children won the coveted Nitroglycerin Award for her case presentation, “Arrhythm-a-Palooza”.
  • COLLEGIAL KNOWLEDGE-SHARING. Oral and poster abstracts highlighting fetal cardiology research were presented with the best abstract oral presentation delivered by Hiba Mustafa on “Preterm Birth of Infants Prenatally Diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease."
  • MEMBERSHIP. The Fetal Heart Society held their annual membership meeting during the conference presenting current research projects and outlined how centers can get involved in multi-center research. For more information about the Fetal Heart Society membership and their projects, go to their website
  • TOURS. Attendees also took advantage of evening activities which included a Welcome Reception and a tour of the Phoenix Children's Hospital Heart Center, 3-D Print Lab and CVICU.

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact us at or 602-933-0099. Hope to see you at next year's Symposium!