The Fetal Cardiology Program, which includes specialists from the Heart Center and The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health, ensures that families expecting a new baby with heart concerns receive the best diagnostic and counseling care available. 

Our fetal heart program provides specialized ultrasound imaging of the fetal heart during pregnancy (fetal echocardiography). Each year, our pediatric cardiologists perform more than 2,000 fetal echocardiograms at multiple sites in the greater Chicago area, with a diagnostic accuracy that exceeds 95%. The pediatric cardiologist is able to provide immediate results and counseling at the time of the scan.

Our partnership with Prentice Women's Hospital allows Lurie Children’s to offer comprehensive heart care for expectant mothers’ babies, as well as their newborn infants. Prentice is connected to Lurie Children's by a bridged walkway, enabling rapid intervention by our cardiology team in cases of complex heart disease. It also provides seamless transition of the newborn’s care to the state-of-the-art Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit at Lurie Children’s.

Our cardiac surgical team at Lurie Children’s is supported by neonatologists, dedicated cardiac anesthesiologists and our team of cardiac intensivists and dedicated cardiac nurses. We participate in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons database, and our surgical outcomes are in the top 5% of 111 participating programs in the United States and Canada. 

Our Fetal Cardiac Nurse Coordinator ensures that families have access to the cardiac team throughout the pregnancy, and the support and resoures needed. To contact our team, please email

Why Choose Lurie Children's?

The Heart Center at Lurie Children’s offer services that are not widely available elsewhere, including:

Best Children's Hospitals by US News & World Report - Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery - 2023-2024 Badge

Nationally-Ranked Care

Lurie Children's is ranked 23rd in the nation for child cardiology and heart surgery by U.S.News World Report

Fetal Heart Conditions We Treat

Our fetal heart care team evaluates fetuses of mothers with health conditions such as diabetes, lupus and Sjögren syndrome, which can affect heart development. We also treat a wide range of fetal and neonatal cardiac conditions, including:

What to Expect at Your Fetal Cardiology Appointment

At your first appointment, you can expect to receive a fetal echocardiogram. A pediatric cardiologist will perform this heart ultrasound and will discuss the findings and treatment options with you immediately after the scan. The pediatric cardiologist also will discuss the test results with your obstetrician and coordinate any needed treatment.

Comprehensive Fetal Care Consultations

If an abnormality is identified on prenatal screening, a comprehensive fetal care consultation to discuss anticipated surgery or other care after birth can be arranged at Lurie Children's through The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health. This consultation will be arranged with the cardiac specialists who will be involved in your child’s care after birth. In addition to a cardiologist, this team may include a cardiac surgeon, cardiac critical care specialist and neonatologist. The specialists will discuss and coordinate the best treatment plan for your baby after birth, and may review anticipated procedures, expected length of stay and anticipated surgical results. Our specialty programs offer a multi-disciplinary team of specialists committed to the best outcomes. For an example of what this care journey could include, please refer to the Comprehensive Single Ventricle Fetal Roadmap

Our Fetal Cardiology Specialists

Pediatric Cardiologists

All are board-certified pediatric cardiologists with extensive experience in fetal and neonatal imaging and care.

Sheetal R. Patel, MD, MSCI, FAAP

Medical Director, Fetal Cardiology Program; Fetal Cardiac Co-Director, The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health

Michael R. Carr, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology; Fellowship Program Director

Kelly L. Cox, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

Nina L. Gotteiner, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Nazia Husain, MPH, MBBS

Attending Physician, Cardiology; Cardiology Lead, Clinical-Translational Cardiac MRI/CT

Amy S. Lay, MD

Director, Non-Critical Care Inpatient Cardiology; Associate Medical Director, Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit; Attending Physician, Cardiology

Bethan A. Lemley, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

Angira Patel, MD, MPH

Associate Chair of Faculty Development, Department of Pediatrics; Co-Director, Education, Ethics Advisor Board; Attending Physician, Cardiology; Medical Director, Echocardiography Lab

Stefani Samples, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

Michael B. Satzer, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

Joyce Woo, MD, MS

Attending Physician, Cardiology

Catherine Fitt, BSN, RN, CPEN, CPN

Fetal Cardiology Nurse Coordinator

Robin Norwood, BSN, RN

Fetal Cardiology Nurse Coordinator

Pediatric Heart Surgeons

David S. Winlaw, MBBS, MD, FRACS

Division Head, Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery; Co-Executive Director, Heart Center; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation; Willis J. Potts, MD Founders’ Board Professorship in Surgery

Osama M. Eltayeb, MD

Director, Vascular Rings Program; Attending Physician, Cardiovascular-thoracic Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Associate Professor of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Michael C. Mongé, MD

Surgical Director, Heart Failure/Heart Transplant Program; Attending Physician, Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit Specialists

Kiona Y. Allen, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology; Interim Medical Director, Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit; Medical Director, Single Ventricle Center of Excellence; Co-Director, NICU-Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Erin Bressler, MD

Cardiac Intensivist, Cardiology

Catherine Collins, MD

Cardiac Intensivist, Cardiology

Conrad L. Epting, MD, FAAP

Attending Physician, Critical Care

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Mary E. McBride, MD, MEd

Attending Physician, Cardiology

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Education, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Karl Migally, MD

Cardiac Intensivist, Cardiology; Director, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Fellowship Program

Amy O'Connor, DO, MSCI

Cardiac Intensivist, Cardiology

Jamie S. Penk, MD

Cardiac Intensivist, Cardiology

Eric L. Wald, MD, MSCI

Attending Physician, Critical Care


Meghan A. Coghlan, MD

Attending Physician, Neonatology

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Fetal Health Team

Rebecca Reed, MSW, MS, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Kristen Young, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor

Make an Appointment

In addition to in-person visits, we now offer telemedicine visits via video or phone. Some appointments will still require you to be seen in-person, but your physician and care team will let you know if a telemedicine appointment is available.

For Fetal Patients
To make an appointment with The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health​ or for a second opinion about in utero heart defects, please call 1.866.338.2524 (1.866.FETAL24) or email

For Physicians 
For urgent consultations, MFMs or pediatric cardiologists can reach our specialists by calling 1.866.338.2524 (1.866.FETAL24) or emailing​

For Infants/Children
For families or providers seeking a second opinion about treating infants and children with heart defects, we offer a Priority Second Opinion Clinic.

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Our Locations

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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Prentice Women's Hospital at Northwestern Medicine

250 E. Superior Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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Lurie Children's at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Pediatric Outpatient Center

25 N. Winfield Road
East Entrance
Winfield, Illinois 60190

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Arlington Heights

Busse Center for Specialty Medicine
880 W. Central Rd, Ste 6400
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Lake Forest

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Campus
900 N. Westmoreland, Suite 110 (Bays Medical Office Building, 1st Floor)*
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in New Lenox

1870 N. Silver Cross Blvd. (formerly Clinton Street)
Suite 100
New Lenox, Illinois 60451

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Westchester

Surgical Treatment Center
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, Illinois 60154

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Outpatient Center in Huntley

10350 Haligus Road
Northwestern Medicine, Huntley Hospital Medical Office, Suite 110
Huntley, Illinois 60142

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Educational Resources for Parents


We work one-on-one with families to be able to safely provide breast milk for their babies – whether through direct breastfeeding, bottle feeding expressed breast milk or expressed milk through a feeding tube. 

Learn more in our breastfeeding video series >


Telehealth Monitoring

Every patient who is diagnosed with single ventricle in infancy will be provided with additional telehealth support until their second surgery as part of the Interstage Home Monitoring Program

Learn more about Telehealth Monitoring >

Heart Center Family Resource Guide

To help prepare families for their care with our Heart Center, we have compiled a list of resources that may be of use throughout treatment — whether it's preparing for an inpatient stay or outpatient visit, or learning more about the support services available to patients and families.

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Training & Education

Our team is dedicated to improving education for obstetricians and maternal fetal medicine specialists to increase prenatal detection of congenital heart defects.

Each year, we host Fetology Chicago: Practice & Discovery, an educational program focused on the multi-disciplinary approach to evaluation, care and intervention for a spectrum of congenital diseases. 

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