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Anthony Johnson, D.O., Appointed to the NAFTNet Executive Committee

Dr. Anthony Johnson

Dr. Tony Johnson

Anthony Johnson. D.O. has been elected to the executive committee of the North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTNet). He is joined by three other NAFTNet members who were elected by their peers from a group of 46 eligible candidates. Dr. Johnson’s recent appointment reinforces The Fetal Center’s at Children Memorial Hermann Hospital mission of continuing to actively participate in the study of the natural history of fetal diseases and in the research and development of therapeutic prenatal interventions to improve outcomes.

As one of the founding members of NAFTNet, Dr. Johnson was instrumental in obtaining funding for the organization from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and served as the network's secretary treasurer from 2005-10. After his term ended, he remained active in the network as one of the ad hoc NAFTNet members to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s (NICHD) Task Force to develop minimum criteria for the centers that are considering the option of open fetal surgery for the repair of fetal myelomeningocele (fMMC). Establishing these criteria is essential in order to ensure optimal maternal and fetal/pediatric outcomes, to optimize patient safety and to advance the knowledge of the role and benefit of fetal surgery in the management of fMMC following the publication of a randomized trial of prenatal versus postnatal repair of myelomeningocele (N Engl J Med.2011, Mar 17;364(11).

The Fetal Center is one of five fully integrated fetal centers in the country and is the most experienced fetal program in the southwest United States. With Dr. Johnson’s return to the NAFTNet leadership, The Fetal Center will remain on the forefront in the development of therapeutic prenatal interventions to improve maternal and fetal outcomes in high-risk pregnancies affected by fetal disease.

For more information about the North American Fetal Therapy Network, visit naftnet.org.