Sean Blackwell, M.D., specializes in maternal-fetal medicine and has clinical and scientific expertise in preterm birth, medical complications of pregnancy, role of obesity in pregnancy outcomes, pregnancy in women with physical disabilities, fetal brain injury and shoulder dystocia. He also is the UTHealth principal investigator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network.
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Lara Friel, M.D., Ph.D., is a high-risk pregnancy obstetrician. Her clinical and research interests include preeclampsia and preterm rupture of fetal membranes. She is a member of the UTHealth Maternal-Fetal team at the Texas Fetal Center, one of only eight institutions in the country designated as a research center by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Jennifer Hoskovec, M.S., CGC, has clinical and research expertise in prenatal testing and screening, psychosocial counseling for prenatal patients, genetic counseling graduate student education and genetic counseling professional issues. She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counselors and serves as the 2014 president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Kenneth J. Moise, Jr., M.D., has a special interest in the prenatal diagnosis and minimally invasive surgical treatment of fetal disorders. These include fetal anemia secondary to maternal red cell alloimmunization, twin-twin transfusion, discordant fetal anomalies in monochorionic twins and twin-reversed arterial perfusion sequence (TRAP). Moise is also actively involved in the open fetal surgical repair program for myelomeningocele at the Texas Fetal Center, one of only eight institutions in the country designated as a research center by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
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The clinical interests of Hope Northrup, M.D., include metabolic diseases, neurogenetic diseases and chromosome disorders. For more than 20 years, she has led a laboratory researching tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) and spina bifida and her research team has contributed to the discovery of two genes that cause TSC. Dr. Northrup is the author of a paper detailing new diagnostic criteria for TSC, which was published in the September 2013 issue of Pediatric Neurology. In 2006, she founded the Tuberous Sclerosis Center at UT Physicians, one of just 20 clinics in the country devoted to research and the treatment of TSC. She was named the 2012 Wise Woman HER Award recipient by Houston Woman Magazine.
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John Riggs, M.D., is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as clinical informatics. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In addition to his medical degree, he has a master’s degree in health informatics from the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics. His research and clinical interests include gynecological surgery and health informatics. As chief medical informatics officer at Harris Health System, he implemented a comprehensive electronic patient medical record for its more than 40 locations – hospitals, health centers, clinics and specialty facilities.