Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment

The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an internationally recognized leader in fetal diagnosis, fetal surgery and fetal care. We offer highly specialized care to mothers carrying fetuses with known birth defects that require fetal surgery and treatment before or after birth.

Our fetal center is the only one offering comprehensive care in one location, from diagnosis through birth in a special delivery unit for mothers carrying babies with known birth defects, and is one of only a few centers in the world to offer open fetal surgery for life-threatening conditions including:

  • Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM)
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)
  • Conjoined twins
  • Gastroschisis
  • Giant neck mass (GNM)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • In utero stem cell transplantation
  • Lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO)
  • Omphalocele
  • Sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT)
  • Spina bifida
  • Twin reversed arterial perfusion sequence (TRAP)
  • Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS)

The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at CHOP is unique for many reasons:

  • It has a high volume of patients. Since 1995, we've cared for more than 12,000 expectant parents from all 50 states and 50 countries.
  • Its team members are pioneers in fetal diagnosis, fetal surgery and fetal medicine and constantly work to refine and advance the techniques used to treat fetal conditions.
  • The Center offers a full range of the most advanced fetal diagnostic testing available, and treats the full range of fetal anomalies, many so rare that a physician may encounter only one or two cases in a career.
  • Its surgeons are recognized worldwide for their skill and excellent outcomes.
  • The Fetal Heart Program diagnoses fetal heart defects early in pregnancy and coordinates care. After birth, babies are treated in the Cardiac Center, one of the world's top pediatric heart programs.
  • Babies who require care after birth receive advanced care in CHOP's Harriet and Ronald Lassin Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit, ranked #1 in the nation for newborn care.
  • We work closely with your physician to coordinate care — many expectant mothers can be monitored at home during their pregnancies.
  • We educate other physicians about fetal conditions, fetal diagnosis and fetal surgeries and treatments.
  • Our doctors and staff will work with you through the fetal diagnosis process to formulate a custom plan for treatment.

Featured Faculty

N Scott Adzick, MD, MMMN. Scott Adzick, MD, MMM, FACS, FAAP
Surgeon-in-Chief, Department of Surgery
Chief, General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery
Director, Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment
C. Everett Koop Endowed Chair, Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Adzick is the C. Everett Koop Professor of Pediatric Surgery at CHOP and the founder and director of the Hospital’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. He also serves as CHOP’s Surgeon-in-Chief, Director of the Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery, and Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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