Fetal Cardiology Symposium Faculty

Beverly Coleman, MD, FACR is the Director of Fetal Imaging in the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  She received her BA degree from Vassar College and M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. She has lectured widely, published extensively and was elected to Fellowship in the American College of Radiology, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Philadelphia.
Mary Donofrio, MD, FAAP, FACC, FASE is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Cardiology at Children’s National Health System. She is Director of the Fetal Heart Program and Critical Care Delivery Program, Director of the Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship, and Co-director of the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Program. Dr. Donofrio specializes in fetal diagnosis and in-utero management of congenital heart disease, critical care delivery room management and transitional care for complex disease, and neurodevelopmental outcome assessment of children with congenital heart disease. She is a national expert in fetal cardiology and has published over 80 papers, including the American Heart Association Scientific Statement on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Fetal Cardiac Disease. She is one of the founders and president of the Fetal Heart Society, a non-profit organization to support collaborative, multidisciplinary research and education.
Mark Evans, MD has been a pioneer in the development of many advances in obstetrics including for prenatal diagnosis: chorionic villus sampling, screening techniques for chromosome abnormalities, and in utero fetal muscle biopsy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy:  He has been an integral part of the development of many aneuploidy screening programs.  In fetal therapy Dr. Evans developed the method for the first prevention of a birth defect preventing genital masculinization in congenital adrenal hyperplasia, and was part of the team that did the first open fetal surgery for diaphragmatic hernia and fetoscopic umbilical cord ligation to treat TRAP sequence anomalies.

Dr. Evans has over 1100 scientific publications including 30 text books. He has had multiple NIH grants including being a principal investigator for the search for fetal cells in maternal blood. He has received numerous national and international honors including receiving the President’s Award for Achievement from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, and being elected President of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society twice.  He has received awards from Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women for his work in defending women’s rights.

Helena Gardiner, MD, PhD is Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Fetal Center, McGovern Medical School at UtHealth, Houston, Texas and Director of the Fetal Cardiovascular program since 2013. She is a fetal cardiologist who trained in England and received her PhD from the University of Lund, Sweden. She was appointed as Senior Lecturer then Reader in Perinatal Cardiology at Imperial College, London in 1997 with clinical attending status at the Royal Brompton Congenital Cardiac unit and the Fetal Center in Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital. Dr Gardiner’s interests include: Fetal congenital heart malformations, the physiology of complex circulations such as TTTS, cardiovascular programming and prenatal population screening for congenital heart disease.
Jason Grabham, RDCS, FASE manages non-invasive cardiology at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He has over 25 years of experience in pediatric and fetal echocardiography, with specific interests in teaching and program development. Jason is a clinical reviewer for the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission and a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography.
Lisa Hornberger, MD has been involved in clinical, educational and research endeavors in fetal cardiovascular health and disease for more than two decades. She has published over 130 articles and co-authored textbooks in the clinical and fundamental sciences focused on the early diagnosis, evolution, management and outcomes of fetal heart disease including the diagnosis and treatment of rhythm-related abnormalities. Dr. Hornberger has established 4 world class Fetal Cardiovascular Programs at the Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School (1992-1996), the University of Toronto (1996-2003), the University of California, San Francisco in collaboration with the internationally recognized UCSF Fetal Treatment Center (2003-2008), and now at the University of Alberta.
Edgar Jaeggi, MD, FRCP(CP) graduated from the Medical School at the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 1984. Following his pediatric residency in Switzerland, Jaeggi trained in pediatric cardiology at the University Children’s Hospitals of Zurich and Geneva, Switzerland, the Westmead Hospital in Sydney, Australia, in fetal and interventional cardiology at the Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal and electrophysiology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto.

In 1998, Jaeggi joined the clinical staff at the University Hospital of Geneva where he directed the Pediatric Electrophysiology Service. In September 2002, he returned to Toronto to join the Division of Cardiology and the Translational Medicine program at SickKids. In December 2003, Jaeggi became the section head of the Fetal Cardiac Program, one of the largest and most successful fetal cardiac programs world-wide. Main areas of his research include fetal cardiac rhythm and conduction anomalies with a special interest.

Anthony Johnson, DO, is a professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at The John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, TX.  Dr. Johnson is a co-director of The Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.  He is board certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics in Clinical Genetics and by the American Osteopathic Association in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as in Maternal Fetal Medicine.  Dr. Johnson earned his osteopathic medical degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, WV, completed his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, MI and fellowships in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA and in Clinical Genetics at Thomas Jefferson University also in Philadelphia.  His clinical interests include fetal malformation, prenatal diagnosis, antenatal ultrasound, and fetal intervention and therapy.
Christopher Lindblade MD, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine, is the Director of the Fetal Cardiology Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  He received his BS from Wheaton College and completed his pediatric cardiology training at Indiana University. His clinical interests are echocardiography, including fetal and transesophageal, general cardiology, and medical education.  He serves as Co-Director of the Phoenix Fetal Cardiology Symposium.
Lynn Litwinowich, RN, MBA, MHSA has been the Fetal Nurse Coordinator with the Fetal Heart Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital for the past 7 years. Her primary responsibility is coordinating the care of women with the prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease in their fetus. Lynn works closely with a multidisciplinary team to coordinate care for the best possible outcome. She has a passion to support her patients and their families throughout their prenatal care and to give them the best possible patient experience.
Ericka McLaughlin, DO is a member of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She completed her pediatric residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. She then went to the Sibley Heart Center in Atlanta, Georgia to complete her advanced training in non-invasive imaging and fetal echocardiography. She specializes in fetal echocardiography and has an interest in perinatal management, counselling and outcome of fetuses with congenital heart disease.
Erik Michelfelder, MD is Medical Director of the Fetal Cardiac Program at Sibley Heart Center/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.  His major clinical and research interests are in fetal cardiology, with an emphasis on describing fetal cardiovascular function and physiology in conditions such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, twin-twin transfusion syndrome, and in high cardiac output fetal anomalies.
Anita Moon-Grady, MD, director of the Fetal Cardiovascular Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, uses her training in pediatric cardiology and neonatal/perinatal medicine to raise awareness and increase detection of fetal heart problems. She earned a medical degree from Stanford University, where she also earned a Dean’s Award for research in human genetics. At the UC Davis she completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in neonatal/perinatal medicine. Her fellowship in pediatric cardiology was completed at UCSF. She is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography and the American Medical Association. She has been elected fellow of the American College of Cardiology, fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography and serves on the Board for the Pediatric Council of the American Society of Echocardiography. She is also a founding member of the steering committee for the International Fetal Cardiac Intervention Registry and the UCSF steering committee representative to the North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTNet).
Shaine Morris, MD, MPH is fetal and pediatric cardiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She is the Cardiology Associate Program Director for Research at TCH, and uses her combined training in cardiovascular imaging and clinical research design and analysis to lead and collaborate in many types of fetal cardiology research. These investigations range from prospective studies of catheter-based and oxygen-based fetal interventions to state and national population level research. Her overarching focus is using the prenatal and perinatal period to optimize outcomes in children with congenital heart disease. She also currently serves on the Executive Board and Research Collaborative Committee of the Fetal Heart Society.
Mishella Perez, BS, RDMS, RDCS, is a Maternal Fetal-Medicine and Fetal Echo Sonographer from the University of California San Diego Medical Center. She has over 10 years of experience in high-risk obstetrics and during the span of time, developed a specialized passion in Fetal Echocardiography. Mishella loves to teach, mentor and share her knowledge in Fetal Ultrasound. She currently leads the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship Ultrasound Training and Education Program and is a Clinical Practice Instructor for the Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Program at the University of California San Medical Center.
Michael Puchalski, MD is Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Radiology at the University of Utah. Dr. Puchalski serves as an Associate Director on the leadership team for the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and am Director of Non-Invasive Imaging of the Heart Center at Primary Children’s Hospital.
Kavitha Pundi, MD is a native of Minnesota and attended Mayo Medical school in Rochester MN followed by pediatric residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She subsequently completed an advanced imaging fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital (Baylor College of Medicine) with a focus on fetal echocardiography. Her research interests include long term outcomes of single ventricle physiology, specifically the Fontan operation and understanding the pathophysiology of complex congenital heart disease in the fetus.
Robert Puntel, MD, FAAP, FACC attended the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, and completed his residency in Pediatrics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He worked as a general pediatrician in Alabama for 3 years. Dr. Puntel then completed Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship training at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA in 1998. After this he worked in Tacoma and Seattle, Washington. He moved to Phoenix in 2010 and is a staff cardiologist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  He is active in non-invasive imaging in fetal and congenital cardiology and surgical support with transesophageal echocardiography. His main activities are in fetal, child and adult congenital cardiology clinics at PCH and at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and many outreach clinics in Arizona. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology.
Rashmi Rao, MD joined the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 2014. She completed her pediatric residency at UCLA and her pediatric cardiology fellowship at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. After completing a year of advanced training in non-invasive imaging and fetal echocardiography, and then 2 years on staff as a pediatric cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, she sought warmer weather and moved with her family to Phoenix. She specializes in non-invasive imaging including fetal echocardiography, transthoracic and transesophageal imaging.
Norman Silverman, MD is currently professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) at the University of California at San Francisco. He has also worked at Stanford University where he is professor emeritus.  He has worked in fetal physiology under Dr. Abraham Rudolph. He began his career in cardiac ultrasound in 1972 and became director of pediatric echocardiography at that institution. His interest in fetal cardiology is tied to these two interests. He has over 80 publications on fetal cardiology and has participated in the training of many of the current leaders in the field.
Julia Solomon, MDCM, FACOG earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree and medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She completed an OBGYN residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and a Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.  She holds numerous committee positions, and reviews for several prestigious scientific publications. She is a national and international authority on 3-4D ultrasound and fetal echocardiography, and lectures on these subjects worldwide. Her practice is limited to advanced prenatal diagnosis and fetal echocardiography.Dr. Solomon is a Senior Member and currently Vice-Chair for Obstetrics for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. She is a Fellow and Member of American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a Member of Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Fetal Heart Society, and American Societyof Echocardiography.
Diane Spicer, PA was initially trained as a pathologists’ assistant at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and has been a fellow member of the AAPA since 1991.  Over the past 33 years she has worked with adult pathology along with fetal and pediatric pathology with a special emphasis on pediatric pathology and congenital heart disease.  She is owner of SpicerPath, Inc. which provides locum tenens coverage for other pathologists’ assistants along with fetal and pediatric autopsy services.  Currently, she serves as the curator of the Van Mierop Congenital Heart Archive at the University of Florida and is the senior archivist for the Archive Working Group which is a part of the International Society for Nomenclature for Paediatric and Congenital Heart Disease.  As well, she has participated in many peer reviewed publications and has been on the faculty of many national conferences.
Amy Svenson, MD moved to Phoenix, AZ in 2009 where she has been practicing as a full time cardiologist with Phoenix Children’s Hospital specializing in non-invasive imaging including fetal echocardiograms, transthoracic and transesophageal imaging, 3D imaging and serving as the Co-Director of the interstage monitoring program for our fragile shunt dependent single ventricle population prior to their second stage in palliation.
Wayne Tworetzky, MD
Kathleen Van Leeuwen, MD is double-boarded in pediatric and general surgery by the American College of Surgeons. She founded and serves as medical director of the Arizona Fetal Care Network at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Dr. van Leeuwen oversees Arizona Mother-Baby Care’s team of surgeons and neonatologists in the treatment of babies with congenital problems and ensures the smooth transition of infants to pediatric subspecialists.

Dr. Van Leeuwen performed Phoenix’s first thoracoscopic repair of a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, is regularly named one of Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doctors and has been featured among the Best Doctors in America since 2007.

Tim Van Mieghem, MD, MPH is a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital,Toronto and associate professor at the University Of Toronto. He received his basic obstetrics training and PhD at the University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium. His research and clinical practice concentrate on prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy. He is an editor for the journals ‘Prenatal Diagnosis’ and ‘Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation.’