The Fetal Heart Program at Primary Children’s Heart Center is a service provided by Intermountain Healthcare and the University of Utah. Our goal is to improve the care of infants with congenital heart disease through early fetal detection, prenatal planning, and expedient management after birth.
Coordination of Care
By emphasizing family-centered education and counseling we work to improve the quality of care for every child born with congenital heart disease. In order to accomplish this, we are fostering comprehensive coordination of care between pediatric cardiology, perinatology, obstetrics, neonatology, and cardiovascular surgery.
Your Visit to the Fetal Heart Program
During your initial visit to the Heart Center, you will receive:
- A fetal echocardiogram which is a noninvasive ultrasound that is used to assess the structure and function of your baby’s heart.
- Consultation with one of our fetal cardiologists. This consultation will allow the physician to explain the fetal echocardiogram results as well as allow time for questions you may have for the cardiologist.
- Coordination of resources and patient education provided by a Fetal Heart Nurse Coordinator.
- Consultations with other services as needed, such as maternal-fetal medicine, genetics and social services.
- Tours of the University of Utah Labor and Delivery floor and the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit located at Primary Children’s Hospital.
If a heart problem is identified on the fetal echocardiogram during your visit, then our team will work with you and your OB/GYN to plan the best care for your baby.
Our Care Team for the the Fetal Heart Program includes:
Dr. Menon is a pediatric cardiologist who has special
interests in noninvasive imaging to include echocardiography and cardiac MRI.
He is also interested in cardiomyopathy and long term outcomes of patients with
single ventricle physiology. He sees patients at Primary Children’s Hospital and
at Riverton, UT.
In addition to practicing pediatric cardiology, Dr. Miller
has a subspecialty focus in fetal cardiology and echocardiography. He also is
actively involved in both clinical and basic science research. His current
research focus is on fetal development with regard to congenital heart disease.
He has clinic at Primary Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Pinto is a pediatric cardiologist specializing in
imaging and specifically fetal echocardiography. Her main research area
are improving prenatal detection of heart defects and improving delivery of
specialty care. She is also the Associate Director of the Women in Medicine and
Science Program in the Office of Faculty Development for the Health Sciences.
She has pediatric cardiology and fetal clinics at Primary Children’s Hospital
and Riverton, UT.
Dr. Puchalski is the Director of Non-Invasive Imaging. He is
responsible for and performs all imaging modalities including transthoracic and
transesophageal echocardiograms, fetal echocardiograms, cardiovascular MRI and
CT’s. He directs the Fetal Heart Center and oversee all staff (nurse
coordinator, social worker, sonographers and physicians) and coordinate our
education and outreach activities. His research interests span from aiding the
development of a new fetal transducer, to studying fetal vascular hemodynamics,
prenatal predictors of postnatal outcomes to quality improvement initiatives as
Director of Quality within the division.
He is also the Medical Director of Outpatient Services at
PCH Riverton and see patients there once/month.
Interests include advanced non-invasive imaging of patient
with congenital heart disease using cardiac MRI, cardiac CT, and all forms of
echocardiography – including transthoracic, transesophageal, and fetal
echocardiography. Also a specified interest in aortopathy in children and
adults, tracking aortic pathology in patients with collagen vascular disease.
Dr. Su has a general Pediatric Cardiology Clinic at Primary
Children’s Hospital and Riverton, UT as well as Jackson, WY. He has Fetal
Heart Clinics at Primary Children’s Hospital and Riverton as well as Utah Valley
Regional Medical Center in Provo, UT. In addition, he has a Pediatric
Aortopathy Clinic at Primary Children’s Hospital.