Fetal Specialists

At The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health, our comprehensive team works together to develop the best plan for every baby. Our Fetal Health Advisory Group is a multidisciplinary group of specialists that meets regularly to discuss patient cases, develop treatment plans that incorporate all aspects of care and communicate those plans to your care providers throughout your pregnancy.

Our team also works closely with Lurie Children’s social workers and child life specialists to address the non-medical needs of our patients and families.


Aimen F. Shaaban, MD

Director, The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health

Anesthesiology Specialists

Our anesthesiology team safely supports the mother and the baby through the perioperative period.

Nicole Higgins, MD

Obstetrical Anesthesia

Cardiology Specialists

The fetal cardiology team diagnoses and treats congenital heart defects, heart failure, valvular heart disease and other related heart conditions.

Sheetal R. Patel, MD, MSCI, FAAP

Co-Director, Fetal Cardiology

Michael R. Carr, MD

Fetal Cardiology

Kelly L. Cox, MD

Fetal Cardiology

Nina L. Gotteiner, MD

Fetal Cardiology

Nazia Husain, MPH, MBBS

Fetal Cardiology

Amy S. Lay, MD

Fetal Cardiology

Angira Patel, MD, MPH

Fetal Cardiology

Stefani Samples, MD

Fetal Cardiology

Michael B. Satzer, MD

Fetal Cardiology

Fetal Surgery

Our fetal surgeons repair birth defects in the womb, requiring the most expert care for both mother and the unborn baby.

Amir Alhajjat, MD

Fetal Surgery Specialist

Genetics Specialists

Our genetics counselor advises individuals and families affected by or at risk of genetic disorders to help them understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease.

Hailey Funk, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor

Kristen Young, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists

Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician subspecialists are high-risk pregnancy experts.

Janelle Bolden, MD

Co-Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Xavier Pombar, DO

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Priya Rajan, MD

Fetal/Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Medical Imaging Specialists

Our fetal radiologist uses imaging modalities, such as ultrasound, to create a picture of the fetus before the baby is born.

Safwan S. Halabi, MD

Co-Director, Fetal Imaging

Dianna M. Bardo, MD

Fetal Imaging

Neonatology Specialists

Our expert team of neonatologists specialize in caring for premature babies and newborns with highly complex conditions.

Meghan A. Coghlan, MD

Co-Director, Fetal Neonatology

Jessica T. Fry, MD

Fetal Neonatology and Perinatal Palliative Care

Justyna Grothaus, MD

Fetal Neonatology

Aaron Hamvas, MD

Division Head, Neonatology, Fetal Neonatology

Natalia Henner, MD

Fetal Neonatology, Fetal Palliative Care

Megan B. Lagoski, MD

Fetal Neonatology

Kerri Z. Machut, MD

Fetal Neonatology

Nicolas F. Porta, MD

Fetal Neonatology

Daniel T. Robinson, MD

Fetal Neonatology

Shamik B. Trivedi, MD

Fetal Neonatology

Nephrology Specialists

Specializing in diseases and conditions related to the kidney, our nephrologist is a key member of the clinical team.

Kavita S. Hodgkins, MD

Fetal Nephrology

Jerome C. Lane, MD

Fetal Nephrology

Neurology Specialists

Our neurologist is a clinical member of the team who diagnoses and treats a variety of brain and nervous system problems.

Neurosurgery Specialists

Our experienced neurosurgery team surgically treats conditions related to the head, spine, or nervous system, and especially surgery related to myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida.

Tord D. Alden, MD

Fetal Neurosurgery

Nursing Specialists

An integral part of the clinical team, our nurses support the mother and her family through all aspects of care during the pregnancy and the neonatal period.

Kristine Rimbos, MS, RNC-OB, C-EFM, NE-BC, FAWHONN

Director, Nursing

Kristine leads the nursing care component of The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health. She received her master of science in nursing degree at the University of Minnesota, with a parent-child focus. She completed her bachelor of science in nursing from Northern Illinois University. Kristine is a registered nurse, certified in electronic fetal monitoring and inpatient obstetrics.

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Tricia Beelman, BSN, RN

Nurse Coordinator

Catherine Fitt, BSN, RN

Nurse Coordinator, Fetal Cardiology

Stefanie Madison, MSN, RN

Nurse Coordinator

Kathleen McGowan, BSN, RNC-OB

Nurse Coordinator

Robin Norwood, BSN, RN

Nurse Coordinator, Fetal Cardiology

MaryElizabeth (Betsy) Van Etten, BSN, RNC-OB

Nurse Coordinator

Joy Ito, RN, CCRP

Clinical Research Nurse

Joy is the clinical research nurse for The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health. She received her nursing degree from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. She completed a bachelor of arts in management and education in allied health. Joy is a registered nurse and a certified clinical research professional.

Otolaryngology (ENT) Specialists

Our otolaryngologists are specialists that deal with conditions related to the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck.

Jonathan B. Ida, MD, MBA, FACS, FAAP

Co-Director, Fetal Otolaryngology

Palliative Care Specialists

Perinatal Palliative Care focuses on providing comprehensive care to families who are coping with a possibly life-limiting prenatal or neonatal diagnosis.

Grace Knowles, APRN-NP, CPNP-PC, CHPPN

Perinatal Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care

Pediatric Surgery Specialists

Our pediatric surgeon is an expert in surgically treating fetuses, as well as infants, and children.

Erin E. Rowell, MD

Co-Director, Pediatric Surgery

Social Work Specialists

Our social worker supports families and helps them process and move through a serious diagnosis that they have received for their baby, so they can be as prepared as possible for each stage.

Elizabeth Moorhouse, MSW, LCSW, PMH-C

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Rebecca Reed, MSW, MS, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Urology Specialists

The urology team diagnoses and treats conditions related to the urinary tract system.

Edward M. Gong, MD

Co-Director, Fetal Urology