New space and technology will been added to the Midwest Fetal Care Center (MWFCC), thanks to a $1 million dollar gift from Mike and Ann Ceresi. The MWFCC, a partnership of Pediatric Surgical Associates, Children’s Hospital and Abbott Northwestern Hospital, is national leader in the advancement of caring for fetal abnormalities or conditions in a baby before birth. “Philanthropy and support from the community have been a game changer for us; we have the staff, resources and now the facility to take the Midwest Fetal Care Center to the next level,” said Brad Feltis, MD, PhD, surgical director, Midwest Fetal Care Center. “Currently we perform only a few procedures inside the womb. In the next five to ten years, we’ll be able to advance to even more complex in-utero surgeries while expanding peer-reviewed data to improve outcomes for babies around the world. We’re really launching into the next frontier in medicine and the Midwest Fetal Care Center is poised to be among the national leaders in fetal diagnosis and therapy.” The Center will be named the Michael and Ann Ciresi Midwest Fetal Care Center and will be co-located with the Minnesota Perinatal Physicians Clinic, part of Allina Health. For the full article, click here. Check out this a great story from ABC KSTPTV5 news, Minneapolis to become Midwest Hub for Pre-Natal Care!
Pediatric Surgical Associates is delighted to announce the addition of Katie Willihnganz-Lawson, M.D. to our growing pediatric urology team. Dr. Katie Willihnganz-Lawson grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. She attended medical school and completed her urology residency training at the University of Minnesota. She then completed her fellowship training in pediatric urology at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Willihnganz-Lawson enjoys all aspects of pediatric urology but is especially interested in genitourinary reconstruction, sex development, neurogenic bladder and congenital anomalies of the urinary tract. She is also trained in minimally invasive robotic surgery. During her training she has researched surgical outcomes for patients with bladder exstrophy, vascular anomalies, and disorders or sex development. She has performed quality improvement projects and improve standardization of care and quality of life for pediatric urology patients. In both education and treatment, Dr. Willihnganz-Lawson uses a family centered care model to engage her pediatric patients. She is excited to be returning to Minnesota and bringing her talents and skills as a physician and reconstructive surgeon to the Twin Cities!
A native of the Twin Cities, Dr. Short and his family are happy to return to Minnesota. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and then completed the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He performed his general surgery residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and Hennepin County Medical Center. He completed a Minimally Invasive Surgery/Bariatric fellowship at the University of Minnesota and then completed his Pediatric Surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He cares for and enjoys the full spectrum of neonatal and pediatric diseases, with a particular interest in minimally invasive surgical approaches.
Dr. Joseph Lillegard attended medical school at the University of Nevada where he completed his MD and PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology. He completed his surgical training at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN in General Surgery and his Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His areas of interest are Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery including minimally invasive laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery, neonatal congenital anomalies, congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair, childhood malignancies, thyroid and parathyroid disease, anal rectal malformation repair, and the repair of chest wall deformities such as pectus excavatum and carnatum. He will be participating with the fetal surgery team performing operative fetoscopy and will be working to help start an open fetal surgery program. He is the Director of Research at the Midwest Fetal Care Center and conducts research related to ex-vivo and in-utero cell and gene correction strategies related to in born errors of metabolism of the liver
The Midwest Fetal Care Center (MWFCC), a partnership of Pediatric Surgical Associates, Children’s Hospital and Abbott Northwestern Hospital, provides maternal and fetal care when a high-risk pregnancy poses challenges. As the only advanced fetal care center in the Upper Midwest – and one of only a few in the United States – MWFCC brings together maternal fetal experts and the latest technology and treatments in a coordinated setting. We’re with patients every step of the way from prenatal diagnosis and fetal treatment to delivery, postnatal care and long-term follow-up.
Highly trained experts. Our fetal surgeons acquired training from world-renowned experts in fetal care surgery, making MWFCC one of only a small number of centers in the U.S. to offer diagnosis and treatment options like in-utero fetoscopy.
Impressive outcomes. For babies needing fetal surgery, MWFCC has among the highest survival rates and the lowest rate of post-operative complications. For premature babies requiring surgery, we have the lowest rate of surgical complications in the nation.
Second to none facilities, all in one location. We perform our fetal interventions and surgeries at The Mother Baby Center, which combines Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s fetal, labor and delivery services with Children’s neonatal program. No matter what level of care is needed, the best mom and baby experts are in one spot in available 24/7.
To contact the MWFCC, please call 855-MWFETAL (855-693-3825). To contact Pediatric Surgical Associates, please call 612-813-8000.