Creation of the UC Davis fetal care team began with the arrival of Diana Farmer, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies – one of the highest honors in medicine – and a fellow of the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of England. In the late 1990s Farmer was the first woman in the world to perform open fetal surgery.
Farmer is known for skilled surgical treatment of congenital anomalies and cancer, airway and intestinal surgeries in newborns, as well as for a body of research that includes more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and a landmark study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of fetal spina bifida surgery. She is currently researching a novel stem cell therapy for repairing damaged neural tissue in patients with the condition.
Farmer recruited Shinjiro Hirose in 2015 to serve as chief of the newly established UC Davis Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery, with a joint appointment as director of pediatric surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.
In addition to his background in fetal surgery, Hirose is a nationally recognized children’s cancer surgeon and an expert in the development and use of minimally invasive surgery in children.He is also among the creators and founding members of the University of California Fetal Therapy Consortium, a collaboration of the five fetal treatment programs at UC campuses.
Herman Hedriana serves as chief of the UC Davis Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with a focus on premature birth risk assessment, prenatal diagnosis/screening, perinatal safety initiatives, prenatal diagnosis, fetal ultrasound and management of labor.
Hedriana has authored peer-reviewed publications in these areas and is an active volunteer for March of Dimes, working on prematurity prevention, health care disparities and health care policies involving different California communities.
Center physicians have performed hundreds of surgeries and interventions between them over their careers, and offer or are planning a wide range of on-site interventional capabilities and methods unique to inland Northern California, such as:
Physicians, patients and families can contact the Fetal Care and Treatment Center to find out more about our fetal care services.
Wondering about what types of conditions should be referred to us? View list of conditions to refer.
Referring physicians from other facilities, please use our Fetal Care and Treatment Center Referral form to refer patients and request services.