July 22, 2011
The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at CHOP was highlighted in "All Children Need Children's Hospitals," a publication by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions. The publication includes a photo of fetal surgery performed at CHOP (p. 17) and a story about the breakthrough treatment for spina bifida that was led by clinicians at CHOP (p. 28).
Led by N. Scott Adzick, MD, surgeon-in-chief of the Hospital and director of the Center, team members pioneered a prenatal surgical procedure to repair myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida. Surgeons have been performing the procedure at CHOP since 1998 and were part of a landmark national study that clearly established its effectiveness. The story also featured 10-year-old Sean Mulligan and his family from Cincinnati, OH.