2022 Webinar Archives

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November 2022
The Two Faces of Fetal Echocardiography: Training Sonographers in Maternal-Fetal Medicine vs. in Pediatric Cardiology Environment

Description: Mishella Perez, RDMS, RDCS, from Scripps Health, and Katie Jo Stauffer, RDCS, from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford present the different approaches to sonographer training and assessment in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) practice vs. Pediatric Cardiology environments for Fetal Echocardiography. We follow with a panel discussion featuring multiple experts in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Pediatric Cardiology including Dr. Lynn Simpson from Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Dr. Alfred Abuhamad from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Angira Patel from Lurie Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Gary Satou from David Geffen School of Medicine a UCLA. This discussion is sure to be of broad interest to pediatric cardiologists, MFMs, obstetricians, and sonographers with special interest in fetal echocardiography.

October 2022
Stronger together: Paving paths to success in fetal research through mentorship and collaboration 

Description: Dr. Jack Rychik from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia presents on “Advancing the field of fetal cardiology” giving his perspective on paths to contributing to fetal cardiac science. Next, Dr. Shaine Morris from Texas Children’s Hospital discusses “Keys to Successful Collaborations” based on her insights from her own research career as well as her experience as the FHS Research Committee Chair. Dr. Kanwal Farooqi from Columbia University Irving Medical Center presents on “The Pediatric Cardiology Research Initiative in Imaging to Support Mentoring” to introduce PRIISM and its goals. Drs. Lisa Hornberger, Shabnam Peyvandi, Wayne Tworetzky, and Anita Moon-Grady share their thoughts and personal experience during the panel discussion.

September 2022
Maternal Hyperoxygenation: Diagnostic Tool and Therapeutic Agent in CHD

Description: Dr. Anita Szwast from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia presents on “Application of Maternal Hyperoxygenation in Provocative Diagnostic Testing”, discussing the effect of acute MH on fetal physiology, evaluation by fetal echo, and lesions that can be helpful for prognosis and delivery planning. Next, Dr. Jennifer Co-Vu from University of Florida Health Congenital Heart Center discusses “Efficacy of Chronic Maternal Hyperoxygenation Therapy”, reviewing protocols for chronic MH, barriers to this type of therapy, and its efficacy. Dr. Whitnee Hogan from University of Utah presents on “Impact of Maternal Hyperoxygenation on Cerebral Blood Flow in the Context of CHD”, focusing on cerebral blood flow evaluation and potential impact on neurodevelopmental outcomes. Drs. Mary Donofrio, Mike Seed, and Anita Moon-Grady from Children’s National, The Hospital for Sick Children, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital join for a panel discussion.

July 2022
My BIG, Beautiful Teaching Case

Description: The goal of this webinar is to focus not so much on rare disease, but instead to highlight cases that demonstrate fetal cardiac disease and physiology spectacularly well. Several cases are presented followed by a panel discussion with Ann Kavanaugh McHugh, MD, Renee A. Bornemeier, MD, Dor Markush, MD, and Katie Jo Stauffer, BS, RDCS.

May 2022
Diagnostic and Management Challenges of Fetal Complete Heart Block

Description: Lynn Simpson, MD, Division Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center discusses screening indications for Congenital Heart Block and Obstetrician overview if Congenital Heart Block is suspected during a routine fetal screening. Lisa Howley, MD, Fetal Cardiology Program Director at The Children’s Heart Clinic/Children’s Minnesota, discusses cardiac findings of SSA disease beyond AV block, and Bettina Cuneo, MD, Director of Perinatal Cardiology at Children’s Hospital Colorado, speaks about the current research on “Stop BLOQ- surveillance, and treatment to stop fetal AV Block.” Edgar Jaeggi, MD, and Jill Buyon, MD, join for a panel discussion focusing on the challenges of diagnosis and providing a collaborative approach to the management of Congenital Heart Block.

April 2022
Advanced Fetal Cardiac Imaging Using MRI (endorsed by the Congenital Heart Academy)

Description: Fabian Kording, PhD, Managing Director of Northh Medical, presents on “Breaking Down Barriers to Fetal Cardiac MRI in Clinical Practice”, focusing on technology, types of centers using MRI, FDA approval and the path to success. Erik Hedström, MD, Clinical Physiology Consultant at Lund University, presents on “Clinical Impact of Fetal Cardiac MR Imaging”. Mike Seed, MD, Cardiology Division Head at The Hospital for Sick Children, speaks about “Understanding Fetal Cardiovascular Physiology Using MRI in Clinical Practice” focusing on how cardiovascular physiology and interventions impact clinical practice. Alexander Barker, PhD, Advanced Imaging Lab Director at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Luis Goncalves, MD, Director of Fetal Imaging at Phoenix Children’s, presents fetal cardiac MRI cases on 4-D flow and 3-D reconstruction and a panel discussion follows.

March 2022
Always Striving to Better:  Implementing Quality Improvement in Your Fetal Echo Lab
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Description: Mira Trivedi, MD, 4th year Fellow at Texas Children’s Hospital, presents on “Applying Quality Improvement Principles to Cardiac Imaging”, focusing on the fundamental principles of quality improvement. Luciana Young, MD, Professor of Pediatrics from University of Washington, discusses the development and current status of the American College of Cardiology Quality Network Fetal Metrics. Lacey Schoppe, fetal cardiac sonographer from Texas Children’s Hospital, and William Evans, MD, Founder and Co-Director of the Congenital Heart Center Nevada, speak about the quality improvement programs at their respective practices. Theresa Tacy, MD and Kenan Stern, MD join for a panel discussion about QI focusing on barriers, challenges and how to bring about meaningful change to the fetal echo lab.

February 2022
Noninvasive Pregnancy Testing: Screening ≠ Diagnostic

Description: Recently the New York Times focused on some negative aspects about Noninvasive Pregnancy Testing (NIPT). We present 2 contrasting cases where NIPT played a major role in care and counseling. Allison Schartman, MS, CGC from Riley Children’s Hospital MFM and Fetal Center discusses the strengths and limitations of NIPT and how results are assessed. Mary Norton, MD, Professor and Division Chief Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at UCSF, Kristyne Stone MS, CGC from Riley Children’s Hospital MFM and Fetal Center, and Sheetal Patel, MD, MSCI Assistant Professor from Lurie Children’s Hospital join the panel. Discussions range from counseling for possible genetic abnormalities in general and with respect to NIPT results, challenges with broad and unsupported screening, the role on early NIPT in a challenging landscape of pregnancy laws, to how MFM and Fetal cardiologists can counsel in ways that are helpful to our Genetic Counseling colleagues.

January 2022
The Trouble with Twins: Cardiovascular Considerations and CHD Risk in Monochorionic Twin Pregnancies
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Description: Our discussion centers on various cardiac considerations in monochorionic twin pregnancies. Stephanie Loew presents imaging tips and tricks for twins. Dr. Lynn Simpson discusses cardiovascular physiology and concerns. Dr. Shaine Morris presents on risk of CHD in twin pregnancies. Dr. Lisa Hornberger, Dr. Anita Moon-Grady and Dr. Jack Rychik join for a panel discussion.

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