Families in the Sacramento region and beyond now are able to benefit from advancements in fetal surgery and maternal-fetal medicine that allow for intervention in utero or in real-time during the birthing process close to home. As part of growth in its pediatric subspecialties, UC Davis Health now offers the first comprehensive multidisciplinary fetal diagnosis and therapy center in inland Northern California. The program is also home to an extensive fetal care research program, including stem cell and tissue engineering for several fetal diseases.

Diana Farmer, Shinjiro Hirose, David SchrimerLeft to right: Diana Farmer, Shinjiro Hirose and David Schrimmer.

The UC Davis Fetal Care and Treatment Center offers on-site fetal surgery as an option to help save infants at the earliest stages of life and give them the best opportunity for high-quality of life. The service, provided at only a handful of hospitals around the nation, is made possible by the arrival of three of the country’s top authorities and technicians on fetal surgical intervention:

  • Diana Farmer, an internationally renowned fetal and neonatal surgeon, surgeon-in-chief of UC Davis Children’s Hospital and chair of the Department of Surgery at UC Davis
  • Shinjiro Hirose, a nationally recognized pediatric and fetal surgeon, chief of pediatric surgery at UC Davis Children’s Hospital and director of pediatric surgery for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California
  • David Schrimmer, a perinatologist/obstetrician and renowned expert on twins and multiple fetuses, who successfully delivered the first set of healthy, surviving sextuplets in California

Their combined leadership in fetal diagnostics and intervention rounds out the roster of the new UC Davis center, which also offers nonsurgical therapy and taps the university’s nationally ranked expertise in related specialties such as neonatology, gynecology and pediatric orthopaedics, urology, neurology/neurosurgery and endocrinology.

“We have established a world-class center to serve the needs of the children in the Sacramento region, the Central Valley and beyond,” said Hirose, the center’s chief. “We want to give young families in these fast-growing areas the highest level of care close to home, without the additional stress and expense of distant travel in circumstances that are already challenging.”

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