Meet the team

In partnership with Allina Health

Midwest Fetal Care Center combines years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of complex fetal conditions. Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive care plans available leading to excellent outcomes.

Our team of doctors, nurses and perinatal social workers coordinate all aspects of your care from diagnosis to postoperative recovery and long-term follow-up. It’s this collaboration that allows us to create the very best care plan for your unique situation.

Leadership

Saul Snowise, MD

Medical Director

Maternal-Fetal Specialist

Lead Fetal Interventionist

Dr. Snowise is a board-certified maternal-fetal medicine physician with subspecialty training in fetal surgery. As director of MWFCC, Dr. Snowise has clinical expertise in prenatal diagnosis and management of fetal anomalies, complicated twin pregnancies, and fetal intervention procedures. He performs both operative fetoscopy and fetal surgery.

Lisa Howley, MD

Director of Fetal Cardiology

Pediatric and Fetal Cardiologist

Dr. Howley is a board-certified pediatric cardiologist with subspecialty training in pediatric and fetal echocardiography. Her expertise spans from prenatal cardiac diagnosis and management to cardiac monitoring during fetal surgery. In addition, Dr. Howley is a skilled cardiology educator and research investigator.

Joseph Lillegard, MD, PhD

Research Director

Pediatric Surgeon

Fetal Surgeon

Dr. Lillegard is a board-certified pediatric surgeon with subspecialty training in fetal surgery. His clinical expertise includes fetal repair of myelomeningocele, in utero tumor resections, and EXIT procedures. He is the MWFCC research director and is actively involved in both single and multi-center research studies.

James Fisher, MD

Assoc. Research Director

Pediatric Surgeon

Fetal Surgeon

Dr. Fisher is a board-certified pediatric surgeon with subspecialty training in fetal surgery. His clinical expertise includes performing operative fetoscopy for Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome and fetal surgery for open neural tube defects. In addition, Dr. Fisher is involved in numerous fetal research studies.

Joseph Petronio, MD

Neurosurgeon

Dr. Petronio is a board-certified neurosurgeon with clinical expertise in caring for babies with suspected congenital malformations involving the brain and spine. He is an integral member of the MWFCC fetal surgery team and leads the team during surgical closure of a neural tube defect.

Andrea Lampland, MD

Neonatologist

Neonatal Director

Dr. Andrea Lampland is a board-certified neonatologist with expertise in neonatal respiratory support, care of extremely preterm infants, neonatal transport and medical education. She has an extensive research background and continues to direct the research laboratory and neonatal research department.

Departments

Abby Meyer, MD

Robert Tibesar, MD

Melinda Stober, RN, BSN

Fetal Care Coordination Lead

Shukri Jumale, RN, BSN

Jennifer Kouri, RN

Kimberly Palmer, RNC

Shannon Van Brunt, RN

Michelle Wenner, RN

Pam Velasco MA, BSN, RN

Amber Volk, MS, MA, LGC

Lead Genetic Counselor

Jamison Beek, MS, CGC

Beth Hall, MS, CGC

Saul Snowise, MD

Medical Director

Maternal-Fetal Specialist

Lead Fetal Interventionist

Dr. Snowise is a board-certified maternal-fetal medicine physician with subspecialty training in fetal surgery. As director of MWFCC, Dr. Snowise has clinical expertise in prenatal diagnosis and management of fetal anomalies, complicated twin pregnancies, and fetal intervention procedures. He performs both operative fetoscopy and fetal surgery.

Kristi Borowski, MD

David Lynch-Salamon, MD

Heidi Thorson, MD

Donald Wothe, MD

Andrea Lampland, MD

Neonatologist

Neonatal Director

Dr. Andrea Lampland is a board-certified neonatologist with expertise in neonatal respiratory support, care of extremely preterm infants, neonatal transport and medical education. She has an extensive research background and continues to direct the research laboratory and neonatal research department.

Katie Braski, MD

Tom George, MD

Heidi Kamrath, DO

Cristina Miller, MD

Erin Plummer, MD

Elizabeth Zorn, MD

Benjamin Reynolds, MD

Lead

Fiona Danahy, MD

Lisa Howley, MD

Director of Fetal Cardiology

Pediatric and Fetal Cardiologist

Dr. Howley is a board-certified pediatric cardiologist with subspecialty training in pediatric and fetal echocardiography. Her expertise spans from prenatal cardiac diagnosis and management to cardiac monitoring during fetal surgery. In addition, Dr. Howley is a skilled cardiology educator and research investigator.

Bradford Chu, MD

David Gremmels, MD

Christina Hills, MD

Joanna Lowisz, MD

Amy Lund, APRN, CNP, DNP

Rodrigo Rios III, MD

Joseph Petronio, MD

Neurosurgeon

Dr. Petronio is a board-certified neurosurgeon with clinical expertise in caring for babies with suspected congenital malformations involving the brain and spine. He is an integral member of the MWFCC fetal surgery team and leads the team during surgical closure of a neural tube defect.

Joseph Lillegard, MD, PhD

Research Director

Pediatric Surgeon

Fetal Surgeon

Dr. Lillegard is a board-certified pediatric surgeon with subspecialty training in fetal surgery. His clinical expertise includes fetal repair of myelomeningocele, in utero tumor resections, and EXIT procedures. He is the MWFCC research director and is actively involved in both single and multi-center research studies.

James Fisher, MD

Assoc. Research Director

Pediatric Surgeon

Fetal Surgeon

Dr. Fisher is a board-certified pediatric surgeon with subspecialty training in fetal surgery. His clinical expertise includes performing operative fetoscopy for Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome and fetal surgery for open neural tube defects. In addition, Dr. Fisher is involved in numerous fetal research studies.

David Schmeling, MD

Anne Seaton, MSW, LICSW

Lead Perinatal Social Worker

Heather Daugherty, MSW, LICSW

Jill Palmer, LICSW

Heather Prudden, MSW, LICSW

John Nicotra, MD

Lead Fetal Radiologist

William Mize, MD

Lisa LaForest, MD

Paula Wickham, RDMS

Ultrasound Supervisor

Jeanine Walk, RDMS

Fetal Lead Sonographer

Ellen Carlson, RDMS

Maria Haugh, RDMS

Katie Willihnganz-Lawson, MD

Joel Hutcheson, MD

Yuri Reinberg, MD

A service of Abbott Northwestern Hospital