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Third Annual Texas Two Step Conference: Improving Maternal and Fetal Care

The Texas Two-Step Conference: Improving Maternal and Fetal Patient Care, hosted by Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth,  is a two-day educational and interactive conference aimed to provide physicians, nurses and other prenatal healthcare providers with the knowledge and understanding of the state-of-the-art advances in detecting, evaluating and treating high-risk pregnancy conditions and selective fetal anomalies with the goal of integrating guidelines into clinical care in order to improve patient outcome.

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of early determination of chorionicity in multiple gestations and incorporate current protocols in the management of prenatal care.
  • Explain and utilize the current recommendations for progesterone therapy, non-invasive prenatal testing, ultrasounds for early detection and other imaging modalities in the diagnosis of congenital heart disease screening.
  • Describe the risks, benefits and clinical criteria of candidates for open fetal surgery for Myelomeningocele.
  • List the complications of cardiac disease in pregnancy and utilize the management and modification suggestions for delivery.
  • Identify the guidelines for diagnosis and management of high risk pregnancy conditions including preeclampsia and hypertension, severe sepsis, postpartum hemorrhage, gestational diabetes,  thyroid disorders and pulmonary disease in pregnancy.

Presentation Topics

The Trouble with Twins
Kenneth Moise Jr., M.D.
Co-Director, Texas Fetal Center, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
Professor, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 
McGovern Medical School

The New Genetics:  Paradigm Shifts in Prenatal Diagnosis
Jennifer Hoskovec, M.S., C.G.C.
Assistant Professor, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Director, Prenatal Genetic Counseling Services, 
McGovern Medical School

Ultrasound in Obstetrics: Who, Where, When and How Many?
Anthony Johnson, D.O.
Co-Director, Texas Fetal Center, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
Professor, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 
McGovern Medical School

What's with Ultrasounds and the Cervix?
Ramesha Papanna, M.D.
Visiting Scientist, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 
McGovern Medical School

Ultrasound and MRI - Complementary Tools in Evaluating Fetal Anomalies
Julie Moldenhauer, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Clinical OB/GYN, Department of Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Fetal Testing: What Do I Order and When?
Genevieve Campbell, R.D.M.S.
Perinatal Sonographer,
 Texas Fetal Center, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital

The Fetal Heart: Above and Beyond the Four-Chamber View
Helena Gardiner, M.D.
Professor, Department of OB/GYN
Co-Director, Fetal Cardiology Program, Texas Fetal Center, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital

Hypertension in Pregnancy:  The New ACOG Guidelines
John Barton, M.D.
Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, KY

Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism in Pregnancy
Alfredo Gei, M.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 
McGovern Medical School

Pulmonary Disease in Pregnancy
Luis Pacheco, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of OB/GYN and Anesthesiology, UTMB Health, Galveston

Postpartum Hemorrhage
Gayle Olson, M.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, UTMB Health, Galveston

Management of Gestational Diabetes and Type-2 Diabetes in Pregnancy
Jerrie Refuerzo, M.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 
McGovern Medical School

Sepsis and Septic Shock in Pregnancy
John Barton, M.D.
Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, KY

Thyroid Disorders in Pregnancy
George Saade, M.D.
Professor, Departments of OB/GYN and Cell Biology 
Chief of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine ; Director, Perinatal Research Division, UTMB Health, Galveston