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

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Chris Harman, MD

Christopher Harman, MD

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Ozhan Turan, MD

Ozhan Turan, MD

Vice Chair for Obstetric Services, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Katherine R. Goetzinger, MD

Katherine R. Goetzinger, MD

Assistant 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

Genetic Counselors

Genetic Counselors


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

Program Coordinators

  • 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 Ob/Gyn/FE 
    Program Sonographer Coordinator
  • Jamie 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