Fellowship in Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Therapy

In the two-year fellowship in prenatal diagnosis or fetal therapy at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), you will gain broad experience in the clinical arena and academically. The field of fetal diagnosis and therapy is constantly evolving and you will learn from physicians on the cutting-edge of new treatments and surgical techniques, using the most comprehensive diagnostic tools available.

As a fellow, you will help evaluate and manage a wide variety of fetal malformations and genetic syndromes, learn fetal surgical techniques and participate in research that will change the course of fetal therapy for years to come.

Program highlights 

Highlights of this advanced fellowship program include:

  • Expanding your understanding of the use of fetal echocardiography, ultrafast fetal MRI and high resolution ultrasound in the evaluation of various fetal malformations and syndromes.
  • Participating in fetal interventions including open fetal surgery, ex utero intrapartum therapy (EXIT) deliveries, percutaneous fetal shunt placement, fetoscopic tracheal occlusion for congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and fetoscopic treatment of twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) and twin reversed arterial perfusion (TRAP) sequence.
  • This is a fully funded position, including benefits.

The history, expertise and compassion that make Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia unique are also what makes it the best place for medical trainees.

Prerequisites for application

  • Completion of recognized OB-GYN residency program
  • Completion of fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine or clinical genetics
  • Eligibility for Pennsylvania state licensure


Training is conducted at the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Teaching staff include members of the center team, including pediatric surgeons, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, clinical geneticists and pediatric specialists from Children’s Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

During training, fellows will participate in a variety of educational and clinical components, including:

  • Evaluation and diagnosis of a wide variety of fetal malformations and genetic syndromes
  • Inpatient and outpatient care of pregnancies complicated by congenital anomalies
  • Pre- and post-op care of patients undergoing fetal interventions
  • Educational conferences with fetal surgery and maternal-fetal medicine specialists
  • Multidisciplinary meetings with new and returning patients
  • Clinical research projects

Fellows will also gain experience in fetal surgical procedures, including:

  • Fetal shunt placement for bladder obstruction, pleural effusion or cystic lung masses
  • Fetoscopic laser photocoagulation for twin-twin transfusion syndrome
  • Intrauterine transfusion
  • Radiofrequency ablation and bipolar umbilical cord coagulation for the management of complex monochorionic twin gestations
  • Open fetal procedures including repair of myelomeningocele, resection of sacrococcygeal teratoma and lung masses
  • EXIT procedures for a variety of congenital anomalies
  • Therapeutic strategies for fetal stem cell and gene therapy in animal models

To apply or request more information

Call 1-800-IN-UTERO (1-800-468-8376) or fill out our online contact form. Submit inquiries to the attention of Nahla Khalek, MD, MPH.

Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014, will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

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Tour our Fetal Center

Watch this video tour to learn what to expect at your first visit to the Wood Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment.

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What to Expect

From the moment of referral through delivery and postnatal care, your family can expect a supportive experience when you come to us with a diagnosis of a birth defect.