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The Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy offers an unmatched scope of fetal diagnosis, treatment and surgery, paired with the highest standard of maternal care, all in a single location. Our multidisciplinary team develops a plan tailored to the needs of the entire family to provide the most optimal treatment. Monitoring the patient, every step of the way, we work with our neonatal and pediatric surgery team to coordinate a continuum of care that offers the highest chance of survival and quality of life.

Our Center for Fetal Therapy Team

Photo of Dr. Ahmet Alexander Baschat, M.D.

Baschat, Ahmet Alexander, M.D.

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Joint Appointment in Surgery
Director, Center for Fetal Therapy
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS), Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, Exit Procedure, Fetal Cardiac Defects, Fetal Echo, Fetal Hydrops, Fetal Hydrothorax, Fetal Surgery, Fetal Tracheal Balloon Occlusion, Fetoscopy, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Intrauterine Growth Restriction, Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics, Placental Dysfunction, Prenatal Ultrasound, Spina Bifida, Twin Anemia Polycythemia Sequence, Twin Reversed Arterial Perfusion, Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome
 
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Miller, Jena Lyn, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS), Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, Exit Procedure, Fetal Cardiac Defects, Fetal Echo, Fetal Hydrops, Fetal Surgery, Fetoscopy, Gynecology, High Risk OB, Intrauterine Growth Restriction, Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics, Placental Dysfunction, Prenatal Ultrasound, Spina Bifida, Twin Anemia Polycythemia Sequence, Twin Reversed Arterial Perfusion, Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome
 
Photo of Dr. Mara Rosner, M.D., M.P.H.

Rosner, Mara, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS), Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, Exit Procedure, Fetal Cardiac Defects, Fetal Echo, Fetal Hydrops, Fetal Surgery, Fetoscopy, Gynecology, High Risk OB, Intrauterine Growth Restriction, Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Multiple Gestations, Obstetrics, Placental Dysfunction, Prenatal Ultrasound, Spina Bifida, Twin Anemia Polycythemia Sequence, Twin Reversed Arterial Perfusion, Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome
 

Our Pediatric Surgical Team

Photo of Dr. Alan R Cohen, M.D.

Cohen, Alan R, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery
Professor of Oncology
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Johns Hopkins Pediatric Neurosurgery
Director, American Board of Pediatric Neurological Society
Director, American Board of Neurological Surgery
Carson-Spiro Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Arachnoid Cysts, Brain Cancer, Brain Tumors, Chiari Malformations, Craniosynostosis, Endoscopic Neurosurgery, Hydrocephalus, Pediatric Brain Cancer, Pediatric Brain Tumors, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Pediatric Spinal Cord Tumors, Spinal Cord Tumors, Spinal Dysraphism, Tethered Spinal Cord
 
Photo of Dr. Mari Louise Groves, M.D.

Groves, Mari Louise, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Brain Tumors, Chiari Malformations, Epilepsy Surgery, Hydrocephalus, Intramedullary Spinal Cord Tumors, Lipoma, Myelomeningocele, Neurological Surgery, Pediatric Spinal Deformity, Scoliosis, Skeletal Dysplasias, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Cord Tumors, Spinal Dysraphism
 
Photo of Dr. Eric Bradley Jelin, M.D.

Jelin, Eric Bradley, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director, Fetal Program, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Advanced Laparoscopy, Anti-reflux Surgery, Biliary Atresia, Biliary Tract Surgery, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, Esophageal Surgery, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), Fetal Surgery, Fetoscopy, Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Neonatal Surgery, Pectus Carinatum, Pectus Excavatum, Pediatric Oncologic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Trauma, Thoracic Surgery, Tracheoesophageal Fistula, Wilms Tumor
 

Our Multidisciplinary Care Team

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Baranano, Kristin Whitford, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Neurogenetics, Neurology
 
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Coulson, John Dana, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Pediatric Cardiology
 
Photo of Dr. Heather Noelle Di Carlo, M.D.

Di Carlo, Heather Noelle, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Urology
Director, Pediatric Urology Research
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Bladder Cancer, Bladder Exstrophy, Hernias, Hypospadias, Kidney Cancer, Pediatric Urology, Prostate Cancer, Undescended Testis, Urology, Vesicoureteral Reflux
 
Photo of Dr. David Joel Hackam, M.D., Ph.D.

Hackam, David Joel, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Surgery
Professor of Cell Biology
Surgeon-in-Chief, Johns Hopkins Children's Center
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Crohn's Disease, Diaphragmatic Hernia, General Surgery, Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Neonatal Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Short Bowel Syndrome, Tracheoesophageal Fistula
 
Photo of Dr. Julie Elizabeth Hoover-Fong, M.D., Ph.D.

Hoover-Fong, Julie Elizabeth, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Greenberg Center for Skeletal Dysplasias
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Achondroplasia, Genetics, Medical Genetics, Skeletal Dysplasias
 
Photo of Dr. Rahul Koka, M.D.

Koka, Rahul, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine
 
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McCloskey, John Joseph, M.D.

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Division Chief, Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine
Pediatric Anesthesiologist-in-Chief, Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Anesthesiology
 
Photo of Dr. Jamie Deneen Murphy, M.D.

Murphy, Jamie Deneen, M.D.

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director of Obstetric Anesthesia
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Anesthesiology, Obstetric Anesthesiology
 
Photo of Dr. Lawrence Mark Nogee, M.D.

Nogee, Lawrence Mark, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology
 
Photo of Dr. Priya Sekar, M.D., M.P.H.

Sekar, Priya, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Echocardiography, Fetal Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology
 
Photo of Dr. Margaret Leigh Skinner, M.D.

Skinner, Margaret Leigh, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Co-Director - Multidisciplinary Pediatric Aerodigestive Clinic Team
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Diseases of the Ear and Nose, Diseases of the Throat in Children, Head and Neck Surgery, Head and Neck Tumors, Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Pediatric Airway Disorders, Pediatric Airway Reconstruction, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Pediatric Sinus Problems, Speech and Swallowing Disorders in Children, Swallowing Disorders
 
Photo of Dr. Paul David Sponseller, M.D.

Sponseller, Paul David, M.D.

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Urology
Chief, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Sponseller Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Achondroplasia, Blount's Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Fractures, Hip Dislocations, Hip Dysplasia, Kyphosis, Leg Length Inequality, Marfan Syndrome, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Osteomyelitis, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Pediatric Spinal Deformity, Scoliosis, Skeletal Dysplasias, Spina Bifida, Spinal Fixation, Spinal Fusion, Spine and Spinal Deformities, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylosis
 
Photo of Dr. David Eric Tunkel, M.D.

Tunkel, David Eric, M.D.

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Airway Disorders, Chronic Sinonasal Infection and Ear Disease, Diseases of the Ear and Nose, Diseases of the Throat in Children, Head and Neck Surgery, Neck Masses, Otolaryngology, Pediatric Chronic Sinonasal Infection and Ear Disease, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Neck Masses, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Pediatric Sleep Apnea, Sleep Apnea
 

Our Staff at the Center for Fetal Therapy

Majbritt Jensen, MSW, LCSW-S

Majbritt Jensen, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.-S
Social Worker

Majbritt Jensen provides support and resources for patients dealing with the difficult diagnosis of fetal anomalies and high-risk pregnancies. Majbritt received her Bachelor's from Elon University and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Prior to her work at Johns Hopkins, Majbritt worked at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center where she received multiple awards. Majbritt is a member of the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers.

Jennifer Kearney, Registered Nurse, Certified

Kearney, Jennifer, R.N.C.
Registered Nurse, Certified

Jennifer Kearney, R.N.C., is a career obstetric nurse specializing in fetal therapy for the past five years. She is a compassionate, professional nurse committed to seamless coordination of care for the special population she serves. Kearney uses excellent clinical skills to provide comprehensive nursing care during prenatal appointments, fetal testing and surgical procedures. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Melissa Laurie, Chief Sonographer photo

Laurie, Melissa
Chief Sonographer

As a military spouse, Melissa Laurie has worked for more than 10 years in multiple maternal-fetal medicine units throughout the country, honing her expertise in the diagnosis of fetal anomalies. Most recently, she was the Lead Sonographer at Medstar Washington Hospital. Melissa graduated summa cum laude from the Ferris State University Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program after earning a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from Central Michigan University. She strives to make every visit for each patient and their loved ones a meaningful and positive experience despite the challenging nature of their pregnancy.

Cyrethia McShane, Senior Sonographer II/Data Coordinator

McShane, Cyrethia
Senior Sonographer II/Data Coordinator

Cyrethia “CiCi” McShane graduated as valedictorian of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program and magna cum laude from Weber State University, with a major in diagnostic medical sonography and a minor in health care administration. McShane has worked for the Johns Hopkins Health Systems for over 20 years. She started her career in the Johns Hopkins Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment Center, then transferred to Howard County General Hospital. As senior sonographer II/data coordinator, she combines her unique skill sets in diagnostic medical sonography and information technology in the cutting-edge field of fetal therapy.

Sarah Millard, Senior Sonographer

Millard, Sarah
Senior Sonographer

Sarah Millard has more than 10 years of experience as a high-risk obstetrical sonographer at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, specializing in multiple gestations, the diagnosis and treatment of high-risk maternal and fetal conditions, ultrasound guidance for fetal procedures, and fetal echocardiography. Millard graduated from the Johns Hopkins Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program after earning a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Towson University. She strives to give all of her patients exceptional care, undivided attention and support.

Katherine Rock, Genetic Counselor

Rock, Katherine, M.S., C.G.C.
Genetic Counselor

Katherine “Katie” Rock, M.S., C.G.C., meets with patients whose children may be at an increased risk for a genetic condition or birth defect. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Virginia and her master’s degree in genetic counseling at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

Ashton Spring, Nurse

Seitz, Erika, M.S.W.
Outreach Coordinator

Erika Seitz, M.S.W., started on the Center for Fetal Therapy team as a social worker and is now the Outreach Coordinator. Seitz has many years experience in obstetrics, helping women throughout Baltimore City. Her clinical practice is focused on the maternal adjustment to fetal anomalies during and after pregnancy. Seitz aims to provide the tools for psychological, emotional and social stability of all patients. Seitz earned her master’s degree in social work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She earned her undergraduate degree in behavioral health at Pennsylvania State University.

Ashton Spring, Nurse

Ashton Spring, R.N., B.S.N.
Registered Nurse

Ashton Spring, R.N., B.S.N., joined the Johns Hopkins Fetal Therapy Center in 2018. A registered nurse, Ashton has extensive experience working with high risk obstetric populations and is passionate about providing personalized, family-oriented care. Ashton graduated cum laude from Salisbury University with a BSN in Nursing in 2010. She started her career as a perinatal nurse at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center from 2010-2013. Over the next four years, she then worked as a labor and delivery nurse all over the country, serving patients in Texas, Hawaii, California and Colorado. Ashton is excited to bring her skills back to Baltimore and the growing field of fetal therapy.

Fetal Therapy Core Clinical Teams

Center for Fetal Therapy care team

Dr. Baschat and the Center for Fetal Therapy staff work with several Johns Hopkins pediatric and adult clinical teams, including:

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