At the University of Maryland Medical Center, our fetal heart program includes a team of doctors, sonographers, genetic counselors, nurses and social workers who are specially trained to diagnose and treat a variety of heart conditions.

Shifa Turan, MD

Shifa Turan, MD

Director of Fetal Heart Program

Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists

Chris Harman, MD

Chris Harman, MD

Sylvan Frieman, MD Endowed Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Ozhan Turan, PhD, FACOG

Ozhan Turan, PhD, FACOG

M. Carlyle Crenshaw Jr., MD Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Executive Vice Chair, Director, Fetal Therapy & Complex Obstetric Surgery, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Katherine R. Goetzinger, MD

Katherine R. Goetzinger, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Jude Philip Crino, MD

Jude Philip Crino, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Pediatric Cardiologists

Geoffrey Rosenthal, MD, PhD

Geoffrey Rosenthal, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics

Alicia Chaves, MD

Alicia Chaves, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Nicholas P. Pietris, MD

Nicholas P. Pietris, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon

Joseph M. Forbess, MD

Joseph M. Forbess, MD

Professor of Surgery

Surgical Director, Children’s Heart Program

K. Barry Deatrick, MD

K. Barry Deatrick, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Neonatology Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Sripriya Sundararajan, MD

Sripriya Sundararajan, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care

Stacie Bershak Peddy, MD

Stacie Bershak Peddy, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Medical Director, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit; Director, Pediatric ECMO Program

Genetic Counselors

We are healthcare providers trained in both genetics and counseling to help you understand if your pregnancy is at risk for genetic syndromes, chromosome abnormalities or birth defects and the testing options available to get more information. Our goal is to help empower you to make the best decisions for you and your family in your current or future pregnancy

Genetic Counselors


Left to right: Austin Janaitis, MS, CGC; Hannah Johnstonbaugh, MCG; Amy Malinowski, MCG, CGC; Amanda Higgs, MCG, CGC; Patrick Semesky, MCG, CGC


Social Worker

  • Ashley Dumais, LMSW

Program Coordinators

  • Nicole Pedersen, BSN for Fetal Heart Nicole Pedersen, BSN, RN, Program Nurse Coordinator: Nicole is an expert cardiac nurse coordinator She will arrange all of your appointments with high risk obstetrics, genetics, pediatric cardiology, neonatal intensive care unit and cardiac surgery. She will help you navigate through the University of Maryland care system and will be your primary point of contact. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 410-328-3865.

  • Lindsey Seger, BS, RDMS ObGynFELindsey Seger, BS, RDMS Ob/Gyn/FE
    Program Sonographer Coordinator

  • Jamie Mech, FDMS for Fetal HeartJamie Mech, RDMS Ob/Gyn/FE
    Program Sonographer Coordinator

Fetal Sonographers

Center for Advanced Fetal Care


Back row left to right: Maria Ruiz, Noelle Zepp, RDMS; Pragati Sidh, RDMS; Kim Monagle, RDMS; Erin Sears, RDMS; Suzanne Jefferies, RDMS
Front row left to right: Rachael Yuhas, RDMS; Jamie Hudson, RDMS; Lindsey Seger, RDMS
Not pictured: Ariel Dean, RDMS, Christina Hwang, RDMS; Deanna Eastman, RDMS; Erin Jones, RDMS; Lindsey Reetz, RDMS

Fetal Care Nursing Team

Center for Advanced Fetal Nurses


Left to right: Debbie Kirby, RN; Nicole Pederson, RN; Felicia Grube, RN; Gina Esposito, RN; Sherri Brice, practice assistant; Sommer Chappelle, RN; Nicole Capazzoli, RN; Kelsey Castro, RN; Elaina Hillard, nursing student, Shade Salako, nursing student
Not pictured: Cyndy Jackson, RN; Kim Greve, RN