2018 Symposium Faculty

Alfred Abuhamad, MD, currently serves as Professor and Chairman for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Abuhamad is the immediate past President of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He is the past- Chair of the Council for Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care and the past President of the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed manuscripts, received numerous national awards and has authored six textbooks in fetal echocardiography, ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, first trimester ultrasound and office procedures. He is the recipient of the National Institute of Health R01 grant to study Novel Tools for the Noninvasive Evaluation of the Human Placenta. Dr. Abuhamad established the International Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) outreach program and has led several ultrasound training missions to the developing world to include Haiti, Ghana and Somaliland. He is well known internationally for his work in ultrasound, prenatal diagnosis, fetal echocardiography, global outreach and patient safety.

Dianna M. E. Bardo, MD, FSCCT, FNASCI, is the Director of Body MR and the Co-Director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and is Professor of Radiology and Child Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Associate Professor of Radiology at The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ. Her main areas of clinical and research interest are congenital heart disease, neurodevelopment in children with congenital heart disease and 3D image processing.

Dr. Bardo graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL and performed Radiology residency training at The Cleveland Clinic, followed by two fellowships, the first in Pediatric Radiology at Northwestern University and the second in Neuroradiology at The University of Chicago. She has earned subspecialty certification in Pediatric Radiology, Neuroradiology and Cardiovascular Imaging. After training Dr. Bardo worked as faculty at the University of Chicago where she further developed the Fetal MR and Cardiac MR and CT programs and subsequently moved to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR where she was the Director of Cardiac Imaging.

Ginger Carlson, PhD, ABPP, is the Interim Section Chief of Psychology at Phoenix Children’s and has provided psychotherapy to children with special medical and mental health needs in Phoenix Children’s East Valley Center since 2008. Ginger has recently created a new psychology program within the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and provides care in a multidisciplinary clinic for children and adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. She recently advocated for the creation of a psychology program in Cardiology and has begun collaborating with Cardiology and Psychiatry to begin to identify next steps to address the mental health needs of Fetal Cardiology patients.

Jude Crino, MD, a Youngstown, Ohio native, earned his baccalaureate degree from Miami University and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Wright State University. Following his Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at Wright State University and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Crino joined the faculty of the University of Texas – Houston where he was Director of Obstetric Ultrasound. He then returned to Johns Hopkins and served as Director of Perinatal Ultrasound for 17 years. His areas of expertise and interest include prenatal diagnosis and therapy, fetal echocardiography, high risk obstetrics, medical education and global health.

Bettina Cuneo, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics, University of Colorado Hospital School of Medicine, Director, Perinatal Cardiology and Fetal Telemedicine, Heart Institute and Colorado Fetal Care Center, Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Cueno is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. She is the Director of Perinatal Cardiology and Fetal Telemedicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado School of Medicine. She began September 1, 2013 and her academic/research interests include fetal cardiology and fetal arrhythmias, especially fetal long QT syndrome and AV block.

Mary T. Donofrio, MD, FAAP, FACC, FASE, is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Cardiology at Children’s National Health System. Dr. Donofrio 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. She 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 an international expert in fetal cardiology and has published over 90 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.

William Evans, MD, completed a Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Evans established Nevada’s Congenital Heart Program in 1980. He’s a past- President of the Western Society of Pediatric Cardiology, an elected member of the American Osler Society, and has published several articles on the history of Pediatric Cardiology.



Shipra Garg, MD, is a board certified pediatric pathologist, on staff at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, from the year 2011. She has vast experience in diagnosing both pediatric and adult pathologic conditions, with a focused interests on bone and soft tissue tumors, gastrointestinal pathology, cardiac pathology and pediatric developmental lesions.

Dr. Garg did her medical school at Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi, India. She is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology after completing her training at St. Joseph’s Hospital Medical Center and in Pediatric Pathology at Wayne State University. Dr. Garg published the 1st edition of a medical book in 2016 ‘Pediatric Pathology a Course Review,’ and is on faculty with the Osler institute. She is regularly invited to lecture pathology residents in pediatric pathology as part of their board review course as an assistant professor in pathology and child health, with the University of Arizona. Dr. Garg is also the site director for Pathology education at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Fraser Golding, MD, FRCP(C), joined the Division of Cardiology at SickKids in 2004 as a Clinician Specialist with a clinical, research and educational focus within the Section of Echocardiography and the Fetal Cardiac Program. Dr. Golding has a strong interest in teaching for both pediatric cardiology and pediatric trainees. He is the Electives Coordinator for the University of Toronto Electives Program for local, national and international medical students and pediatric residents. He is the program Co-Director for the annual Fetal Outreach meeting, which focuses on enhancing prenatal detection of congenital heart disease.


Luis F. Gonçalves, MD, has over 26 years of experience in Fetal Imaging, including obstetrical ultrasonography, Doppler velocimetry, fetal echocardiography, 3D ultrasound and fetal MRI. Dr. Gonçalves received his medical degree from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, in 1987. His first residency was in Obstetrics and Gynecology, in Brazil. After residency, Dr. Gonçalves received training in Fetal Medicine and completed two research fellowships, the first in Obstetrical Ultrasonography at the Radiology Department of Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, TN, and the second in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Perinatology Research Brach of the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), located at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Upon returning to Brazil in 1995, Dr. Gonçalves continued to practice Fetal Medicine, focusing on prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies and antenatal testing. During that time, he obtained a Master Degree in Medical Sciences.

Dr. Gonçalves returned to the United States in 2003 to lead the ultrasound unit of the Perinatology Research Branch of the NICHD in Detroit, under the direction of Dr. Roberto Romero, a position that he held until 2006. In 2007, he decided to pursue an additional residency in Diagnostic Radiology followed by fellowship in Pediatric Radiology at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. He subsequently served as Co-Director of Fetal Imaging and staff Pediatric Radiologist at Beaumont Hospital, in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he led the hospital’s Fetal MRI program until 2017. He also served as Professor of Radiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He currently co-directs the Division of Fetal Imaging at Phoenix Children’s, in Phoenix, Arizona. His main areas of interest are prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies by ultrasonography and fetal MRI, fetal echocardiography, 3D ultrasonography and Doppler velocimetry applied to the evaluation of fetal well-being. He has co-authored over 100 peer reviewed articles and book chapters.

Patrick Goodman, MC, LPC, completed his undergraduate degree in Education at Arizona State University in 1992 and continued his education at ASU to obtain his Masters of Counseling in 1998. Currently, Patrick is a Mental Health Therapist here at Phoenix Children’s where he provides ongoing, individual and family therapy for children on an outpatient basis. He also provides assessment, treatment planning, individual and family counseling services to youth and adolescents referred through outpatient services. In the inpatient setting, he provides clinical consultation services as a member of the Consult Liaison Team working with youth and families to meet their counseling and therapeutic supportive needs.

Lisa Hornberger, MD, has been involved in clinical, educational and research endeavors in fetal cardiovascular health and disease for more than two decades. Dr. Hornberger 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. She 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(C), graduated from the Medical School at the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 1984. Following his pediatric residency in Switzerland, Dr. 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, Dr. 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, he 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.

Christopher Lindblade MD, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine, is the Director of the Fetal Cardiology Program at Phoenix Children’s. Dr. Lindblade 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.


Kristin Lindstrom, MD, is a clinical geneticist in the Division of Genetics and Metabolism at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Dr. Lindstrom received her BS in biology from Cornell University, attended residency, and did a chief residency, at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, and completed genetics and metabolism fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She sees a variety of general genetics and metabolic patients, as well as specialty clinics for lysosomal storage disorders and skeletal dysplasia. She has a particular interest in educating and empowering families about their conditions in a way they can understand and use to better their navigation of the medical world.

Lynn Litwinowich, RN, MBA, MHSA, has been the Fetal Nurse Coordinator with the Fetal Heart Program at Phoenix Children’s for the past 7 years. Lynn’s primary responsibility is coordinating the care of women with the prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease in their fetus. She 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. Dr. McLaughlin 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.


Anita Moon-Grady, MD, FAAP, FAAC, FASE, 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. Dr. Moon-Grady 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.

Dr. Moon-Grady 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).

Karina Seidl-Nall, MS, is a board certified genetic counselor. Karina earned her Masters degree in Genetic counseling at the Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia and has been practicing for 13 years. Her philosophy is patient centered and strives to incorporate emerging genetic knowledge and recent technological advances to offer exemplary patient care.



Shabnam Peyvandi, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital. Dr. Peyvandi is a pediatric cardiologist that specializes in fetal diagnosis and management of congenital heart disease. Her main research interest is identifying fetal markers of neurodevelopmental outcomes in fetuses with critical CHD. She directs a longitudinal neurodevelopmental follow-up program (Healthy Hearts and Minds Program) as part of the Pediatric Heart Center at UCSF.


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. Dr. Pundi 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. Dr. Puntel worked as a general pediatrician in Alabama for 3 years, then completed Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship training at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA in 1998. After this, he worked in Tacoma and Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Puntel moved to Phoenix in 2010 and is a staff cardiologist at Phoenix Children’s. 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 in 2014. Dr. Rao 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.


Randall Ricardi, DO, is a child and adolescent psychiatry specialist in Phoenix, Arizona and has been practicing for 29 years. Dr. Ricardi graduated from Midwestern University Chicago College Of Osteopathic Medicine in 1984 and specializes in child & adolescent psychiatry.



Rodrigo Ruano, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mayo Clinic Rochester. Dr. Ruano’s medical degree is from Medical School of University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (1992-1997). He completed his residency Hospital das Clinicas Medical School of University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (1998-2001). Additional training included a Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at Hopital Necker-Enfats Malades, AP-HP, Universite de Paris V, Paris, France (2001-2003) and Fetal Surgery fellowship at Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal Saint-Germain­ en-Laye, Universite de Versailles Saint-Quentin-em-Yvelines, France (2003-2004). He concluded his PhD thesis “Evaluation of lung volumes by 3D-ultrasonography in fetuses with diaphragmatic hernia congenital isolation” at Medical School of University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2005.

Dr. Ruano has authored over 170 peer-reviewed articles (PUBMED) and 50 book chapters pertaining to maternal-fetal medicine, prenatal detection of congenital anomalies, 3D/4D fetalultrasonography, and fetal surgery. He focuses his clinical efforts on developing and investigating new fetal minimally invasive fetal therapies such as fetal endoscopic tracheal occlusion (FETO) for congenital diaphragmatic hernia, fetal cystoscopy for fetal bladder obstruction and fetoscopic laser ablation for twin-twin transfusion syndrome.

Abraham Rudolph, MD, started his career in pediatric cardiology in 1951. Dr. Rudolph’s initial interests were in recognizing the changes in the circulation at the time of birth and how these changes influenced the clinical manifestations of congenital cardiovascular malformations. Subsequently, he did extensive studies on the circulation in fetal sheep. More recently he has been assessing the influences of congenital cardiovascular malformations on the circulation and on cerebral development in the human fetus.


Jack Rychik, MD, is the Robert and Dolores Harrington Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology, Associate Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rychik is a pediatric cardiologist with specific clinical and research interests in fetal and pediatric echocardiography and in the outcomes of children with single ventricle type heart disease after Fontan operation. He is Director of the Fetal Heart Program, a clinical service, which provides care for the fetus with cardiovascular disease and its family. The program is one of the largest in North America with over 3500 fetal echocardiograms performed annually. He is also founder and director of the Single Ventricle Survivorship Program and the “FORWARD” clinic – Fontan Rehabilitation Wellness and Resilience Development clinic – a unique multidisciplinary service, focusing on comprehensive sub-specialty services to assess and manage the consequences of single ventricle type of complex heart disease in children and young adult survivors.

Dr. Rychik has made many contributions to our understanding of congenital and pediatric cardiovascular conditions. He has lectured around the world and has authored over 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts, review articles, and editorials as well as edited multiple books, most recently a textbook on Fetal Cardiovascular Imaging. He lives in Merion, Pennsylvania, USA with his wife Susan and 3 daughters.

Norman Silverman, MD, D Sc (Med), FACC, FASE, FAHA, is currently professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) at the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Silverman 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. Dr. Soloman 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 (ASCP), 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, Diane 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. She has participated in many peer reviewed publications and has been on the faculty of many national conferences, as well.

Amy Svenson, MD, moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2009 where she has been practicing as a full time cardiologist with Phoenix Children’s, 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, is a Senior Associate in Cardiology; Director of Fetal Cardiac Imaging; and Director of the Fetal Cardiology Program. Dr. Tworetzky specializes in Fetal Echocardiography, Fetal Imaging, and Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging. He received his medical education from University of Stellen Bosch and completed his training at Groote Schuur Hospital and University of California.



Sonographer Faculty

Sarita Bergstrom, BS, RDCS
Mary Davis, RDCS, RCS, FASE
Veronica Duran, RDCS
Jonathan Quintana, BS, RDCS, RDMS, RVT
Shala Smith, RDCS
Patti Sutherland, RDCS, FASE
Cheryl Valdez, RDCS
Jason Grabham, RDCS, FASE
Lacey Schoppe