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The Fetal Center at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital welcomes Ramesha Papanna, M.D., M.P.H., to the team of physicians and researchers

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Ramesh Pappana 200px wideRamesha Papanna, M.D., M.P.H., joined The Fetal Center and the division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UTHealth Medical School in July as an assistant professor. Dr. Papanna is an internationally recognized physician for his research and presentations about improving outcomes following fetal intervention and investigating methods for the prevention of preterm delivery.

Dr. Papanna received his medical degree in India and relocated to Houston where he received his master’s in public health from UTHealth Medical School. He completed his residency training at Rochester General Hospital with a research focus in the diagnosis of preeclampsia. He completed a fetal intervention fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, under the direction of Kenneth Moise Jr., M.D., and Anthony Johnson, D.O., and recently completed a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Yale University focusing on fetal membrane biology for the prevention of preterm, premature rupture of the membranes after fetal surgery.

Dr. Papanna has published over 24 peer-reviewed articles in leading scientific journals and has written four chapters related to fetal intervention. He serves as a reviewer for national publications including Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Journal of Perinatology, Reproductive Sciences, Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Pediatric Research, Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science. He is also an active member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Dr. Papanna’s specialty interests include prevention of preterm delivery after fetal intervention and surgery. He is currently involved in multiple research studies, including:

  • NIH-funded research investigating sealing of iatrogenic defects at fetoscopy using a decellularized amniotic membrane patch secured by underwater glue, in collaboration with Russell J Stewart, Ph.D., from the University of Utah and Scheffer C.G. Tseng, M.D., Ph.D., from Ocular Surface Center, P.A. in Miami.
  • Dr. Papanna is beginning to establish his laboratory to study the various factors associated with preterm premature rupture of the membranes and premature labor after fetal intervention. He has recently submitted an application for the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM)/American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (AGOS) training grant to support his investigation.
  • Dr. Papanna is in the early planning stages of a multi-center randomized trial to study the use of vaginal progesterone to prevent preterm labor after laser therapy for twin-twin transfusion syndrome.

New Team Members

David Boudreaux Dedicated Fetal Echocardiography Technician
David Boudreaux, R.D.M.S.


David Boudreaux, R.D.C.S., is a trained ultrasonographer with special expertise in fetal imaging who brings more than eight years of experience in noninvasive cardiology to our Fetal Cardiology Program. He works closely with the team of fetal cardiologists to perform fetal echocardiograms.
   
Elizabeth Gould Fetal Cardiology Nurse Coordinator
Elizabeth Gould, RN

Beth Gould, R.N., is a clinical nurse coordinator at The Fetal Center with experience in pediatric cardiovascular surgery. She graduated from Cedarville University with a bachelor's in nursing. Prior to joining The Fetal Center, she worked as the nurse coordinator for the Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery team at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and previously at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Kentucky Children's Hospital. She brings her experience and knowledge of congenital heart disease to The Fetal Center and has a passion for caring for and educating patients and families who have been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. Each year, Gould has been invited to participate in a mission trip to Nicaragua to assist in pediatric open heart surgeries. She has been able to participate in multiple mission trips including almost 40 surgeries.
   
Jennifer Johnston Fetal MRI Specialist
Jennifer Johnston, M.D.


Jennifer Johnston, M.D., is an assistant professor in the department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging at UTHealth Medical School. She is a specialty trained pediatric radiologist with a sub-specialty in fetal MRI. She received her medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and went on to complete her residency in diagnostic radiology at Tulane University School of Medicine and a fellowship in pediatric radiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Contact Us

The Fetal Center at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
The University of Texas Professional Building
6410 Fanin, Suite 210
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: (832) 325-7288
Toll free: (888) 818-4818
Fax: (713) 383-1464
Email: thefetalcenter@uth.tmc.edu