Midwest Fetal Care Center: Meet the team

Midwest Fetal Care Center: Meet the team

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When you choose treatment at the Midwest Fetal Care Center, you will receive the best care possible from highly trained specialists in maternal fetal therapies all the way through neonatal care to follow-up. Our fetal therapy team combines the expertise of maternal fetal medicine specialists from one of the largest perinatal groups in the country with internationally-trained fetal surgeons, and care coordinators who are with you every step of the way.

Thanks to the unique collaboration between Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Children’s of Minnesota, you also have, if necessary, the support of specialists in cardiology, neurosurgery, pediatric surgery, genetics, obstetrics/perinatology, radiology, nursing and neonatal medicine. Our team of doctors, nurses and social workers work together to coordinate all aspects of your care from diagnosis to postoperative recovery and long-term follow-up.

It’s this collaboration among teams which allows us to create unified care plans for patients and drive exceptional outcomes.

Leading the team

William Block, MD, MBA

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Medical director, fetal care program
Maternal fetal medicine specialist

Specialties:
Maternal and fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
Fetal intervention

Board Certification:
Maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)

Professional Education:
MD - East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine
MBA – Emory University, Goizueta Business School

Residency:
University of South Carolina

Fellowship:
Wake Forest University, Bowman Gray School of Medicine


 

Brad Feltis, MD, PhD

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Surgical director, fetal care program
Pediatric surgeon

Specialties:
Pediatric surgery
Fetal intervention

Board Certification:
Pediatric surgery
General surgery

Professional Education:
PhD Surgery, General - University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis
MD - University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis

Residency:
Surgery, General - University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis

Fellowship:
Surgery, Pediatric - University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle


 

David Lynch-Salamon, MD

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Maternal fetal medicine specialist

Specialties:
Maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
Fetal intervention

Board certification:
Maternal and fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)

Professional Education:
MD - University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

Internship:
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Residency:
University of Alberta Hospital

Fellowship:
University of Cincinnati


 

Other members of the Midwest Fetal Care Center

Perinatal nurse care coordinators

Professional nurses are an integral part of a great medical team. At the Midwest Fetal Care Center, our perinatal care coordinators are specially trained registered nurses who know about the unique care that mothers and new babies need. Through constant communication with doctors, surgeons and other members of the our extensive staff, our care coordinators help you and your baby experience seamless access to the healthcare you need.

Tess Jentink, RN

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Specialties:
Maternal and fetal medicine, high-risk pregnancy; care coordination for fetal surgery and intervention

Professional Education:
St. Mary’s College
Normandale Community College


Kristine LeCuyer, RNLecuyer Kris-5x7

Specialties:
Maternal and fetal medicine, high-risk pregnancy; care coordination for fetal surgery and intervention

Professional Education:
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire


 

Melinda Leiran, RNLeiran

Specialties:
Maternal and fetal medicine, high-risk pregnancy; care coordination for fetal surgery and intervention

Professional Education:
Winona State University

 


Shannon Van Brunt, RN

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Specialties:
Maternal and fetal medicine, high-risk pregnancy; care coordination for fetal surgery and intervention

Professional Education:
University of North Dakota

 


Maternal fetal geneticist

A maternal fetal genetics specialist helps families who may have a health problem that is passed from parent to child. At the Midwest Fetal Care Center, our geneticists work with doctors and families to look at possible health complications a fetus might face. They also use their years of experience to help counsel families on the implications of some situations.

Heidi Thorson, MD

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Specialties:
Genetics
Maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)

Board certification:
Genetics
Maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)

Professional Education:
University of Minnesota
University of South Dakota

Residency:
Washington University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Fellowship:
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


 

Neonatologists

Neonatologists are physicians with special training to handle complex and high-risk pregnancy and newborn situations. The neonatologists with the Midwest Fetal Care Center understand that pregnancy complications, birth defects, illness and injury involving a new baby are stressful experiences. By working with a well-rounded team of professionals, our neonatologists will make sure your baby gets the best possible care.

Ellen Bendel-Stenzel, MD

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Specialties:
Neonatology

Board certification:
Neonatal-perinatal medicine

Professional Education:
University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis

Residency:
Pediatrics - University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis

Fellowship:
Pediatrics - University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis


 

Andrea Lampland, MD
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Specialties:
Neonatology

Board certification:
Neonatal-perinatal medicine
Pediatrics

Professional Education:
University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis

Residency:
Pediatrics - University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis

Fellowship:
Neonatology - University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis


 

Pediatric Cardiologists

Babies can have specialty physicians just like adults do. A pediatric cardiologist is trained in the systems of the heart, but instead of concentrating on adults, they study the tiny hearts of babies. The cardiac team at the Midwest Fetal Care Center is called in when a doctor suspects a heart condition, sometimes even before the baby is born. Our pediatric cardiologists work with the other medical team members to find the best course of treatment for you and your child.

Kirsten Dummer, MD

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Specialties:
Pediatric cardiology
Adult congenital heart disease

Board certification:
Pediatric cardiology

Professional Education:
University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson

Residency:
Pediatrics - University of Colorado Hospital and Health Sciences Center

Fellowship:
Cardiology, pediatric – Children’s Hospital Boston


David Gremmels, MD

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Specialties:
Pediatric cardiology

Board certification:
Cardiology
Pediatrics

Professional Education:
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Residency:
Pediatrics - University of Colorado Hospital and health Science Center

Fellowship:
Cardiology, pediatric – University of California Medical Center, San Francisco


Pediatric otolaryngologists (ENT)

Childhood illness, disease or birth defects that affect the ear, nose and throat are referred to a pediatric otolaryngologist, or pediatric ENT. These doctors study as ENT specialists, and then receive extra training to address the special needs of children. At the Midwest Fetal Care Center, our pediatric ENT staff works with the entire medical team to treat ear, nose and throat issues as part of an overall treatment plan.

James Sidman, MD

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Specialties:
Otolaryngology

Board certification:
Otolaryngology

Professional Education:
Dartmouth College Medical School

Residency:
Otolaryngology - University of North Carolina Hospital Chapel Hill


 

Pediatric neurosurgeons

A pediatric neurosurgeon is a highly trained surgeon who performs procedures on the brain, spine and nervous system of babies and children. The pediatric neurosurgeons at the Midwest Fetal Care Center are experienced doctors who often establish a lifelong connection to their patients and families.

Mahmoud Nagib, MD

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Specialties:
Trauma services
Pediatric neurosurgery

Board certification:
Pediatric neurological surgery

Professional Education:
Cairo University, Egypt

Residency:
Neurosurgery - University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Neurology - Oslo University, Norway


 

Joseph Petronio, MD

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Specialties:
Pediatric neurosurgery

Board certification:
Neurological surgery
Pediatric neurological surgery

Professional Education:
Northwestern University Medical School

Residency:
Neurosurgery - University of Pennsylvania Hospital

Fellowship:
Neurosurgery, pediatric – University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, School of Medicine


Urologists

Urologists diagnose and treat problems with urination. The Midwest Fetal Care Center offers urological care to newborns, infants and children who may need specialized diagnosis and surgery. Our urologists are trained in the latest techniques on the most advanced equipment.

Obstetric anesthesiologists

There are a variety of pain management options during childbirth. The Midwest Fetal Care Center has experienced obstetric anesthesiologists who administer local or regional pain medication including epidural, spinal and general anesthesia. Working closely with your obstetrician, the anesthesia team is there to help you during labor and delivery, and in special cases, during fetal surgery procedures.

Fiona Danahy, MD

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Specialties:
Obstetric anesthesiology

Professional Education:
University of Minnesota School of Medicine

 


Steve Dentz, MD

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Specialties:
Obstetric anesthesiology

Board certification:
Anesthesiology

Professional Education:
University of Michigan Medical School

Residency:
William Beaumont Hospital

Fellowship:
Duke University Medical Center


 

Perinatal social workers

Perinatal social workers provide a single point of contact to support pregnant patients and families across the continuum of care from pregnancy through discharge from neonatal or cardiovascular care. Perinatal social workers will address the social, developmental, behavioral, financial, educational and medical needs to provide the best outcomes for patients and their families. Perinatal social workers are licensed independent clinical social workers who are able to provide mental health services such as adjustment, post partum depression assessment/support and grief/ loss services.

Mariah Hofmeister, MSW, LICSWHofmeister M

Specialties:
Clinical social work

Professional Education:
Colorado State University, Fort Collins

 


Sara Moeller, MSW, LICSW

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Specialties:
Clinical social work

Professional Education:
University of New Hampshire, Durham

 


 

Anne Seaton, MSW, LICSW

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Specialties:
Clinical social work

Professional Education:
University of St. Thomas, School of Social Work

 


 

Sonographers

Sonographers perform diagnostic tests using ultrasonic imaging. This non-invasive imaging allows doctors to get a look inside the body. The Midwest Fetal Care Center has an experienced staff to administer and read sonograph images to help you and your medical team understand any issues you may face.

Ellen Carlson, RDMSEllenCarlson

Specialties:
Maternal fetal medicine and high-risk obstetrics

Certifications:
Registered diagnostic medical sonographer

Professional education:
St. Catherine’s University, St. Paul MN

 


 

Paula Wickham, RDMSPaula Wickham

Specialties:
Maternal fetal medicine and high-risk obstetrics

Certifications:
Registered diagnostic medical sonographer

Professional education:
Tidewater College, Virginia Beach, VA

 

 

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