PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment (CFDT), a world leader in fetal surgery and therapy, announces two new members of its team, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Juan Luis Martinez-Poyer, M.D., and General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgeon William Hughes Peranteau, M.D.
In addition to his attending physician role at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Dr. Martinez-Poyer will also serve as a clinical assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining CHOP, Dr. Martinez-Poyer served as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Northwest Perinatal Center, a provider of comprehensive medical services for high-risk pregnancies in Portland, Ore. He also served as a visiting physician at the Harris Birthright Research Center for Fetal Medicine in London's King's College Hospital, and chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Three Rivers Health, Three Rivers, Mich.
Dr. Martinez-Poyer was born and raised in Venezuela. He earned his medical degree from the Luis Razetti, M.D., School of Medicine at the Central University of Venezuela. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. His areas of interest within maternal-fetal medicine include prenatal diagnosis, fetal therapy, multiple gestations and fetal cardiovascular hemodynamics.
Dr. Peranteau, an attending surgeon in CHOP's Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery, will also serve as an assistant professor of Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the CFDT team, Dr. Peranteau completed his residency in general surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Mass., and a fellowship in pediatric general surgery at CHOP. He also served as a research fellow in CHOP's Center for Fetal Research for four years, investigating the role of in utero bone marrow and stem cell transplantation for the management of congenital hematologic disorders such as sickle cell disease.
Dr. Peranteau earned his bachelor's degree summa cum laude in molecular biology from Princeton University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of interest include fetal and neonatal surgery, and pediatric general surgery.
About the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at CHOP
The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an internationally recognized leader in fetal surgery and fetal care. One of the only programs of its kind in the world, it offers a comprehensive breadth of services, including fetal therapy, to support patients from prenatal evaluation through delivery, postnatal care, and long-term follow-up. Established in 1995, the Center has welcomed more than 12,000 expectant parents and received referrals from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. Its multidisciplinary team brings decades of experience to the care and treatment of the fetus and the expectant mother. The Center has performed over 900 fetal surgeries, including complex open procedures for birth defects such as spina bifida; less invasive fetoscopic or ultrasound-guided surgeries for conditions such as twin-twin transfusion syndrome; and specialized coordinated delivery approaches for babies that require surgical intervention while still on maternal-placental life support (EXIT delivery). For more information visit http://fetalsurgery.chop.edu.
About The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia:
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country, ranking third in National Institutes of Health funding. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 516-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.
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