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

Ozhan Turan, MD, PhD, FACOG

Ozhan Turan, MD, PhD, FACOG

M. Carlyle Crenshaw, Jr., MD and Lillian Ruth Blackmon, MD Professorship in Maternal Fetal Medicine, Executive Vice Chair; Director, Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine; Director, Fetal Therapy and Complex Obstetric Surgery; Director, Center for Advanced Fetal Care; Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences University of Maryland School of Medicine

Katherine R. Goetzinger, MD

Katherine R. Goetzinger, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Jude Philip Crino, MD

Jude Philip Crino, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Pediatric Cardiologists

Alicia Chaves, MD

Alicia Chaves, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Nicholas P. Pietris, MD

Nicholas P. Pietris, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Neonatology Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Sripriya Sundararajan, MD

Sripriya Sundararajan, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

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