Service & Programs

Fetal Cardiology Program

Each year in the United States, eight to ten in 1,000 babies are born with a congenital heart defect. Not all of these defects are critical, but some affect the survival and well-being of infants. At the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine / Jackson Health System, we specialize in the detection, evaluation, and management of fetal cardiac defects and fetal cardiac rhythm disturbances. Our Fetal Heart Program allows for the detection of congenital heart defects before birth — often at as early as 18 weeks of gestation. Working in conjunction with parents, obstetricians, perinatologists, and neonatologists, our Fetal Heart Program team puts together a treatment plan months before the baby is delivered. Our Fetal Heart Program currently has 2 locations — one at the main campus at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and a second facility at UHealth Kendall Women’s Center in southwest Miami-Dade County. For over three decades, our Fetal Heart Program has also been a premier center in the management of fetal cardiac arrhythmias. We are equipped to manage both abnormally low and high fetal heart rates on an outpatient basis or, if needed, as inpatients.

Prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart defects allows parents to schedule the baby’s delivery at a medical center that provides comprehensive services for the mother and her baby including:

  • Perinatology
  • Obstetrics
  • Neonatology
  • Genetics
  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Congenital heart surgery

The University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital is the only medical center in South Florida able to provide all of these services at one site therefore not requiring the separation of mother and child after delivery.

Our fetal echocardiography team members include:

Juanita Hunter, M.D.
Richard E. Kardon, D.O.
Sethuraman Swaminathan, M.D.

Appointments for fetal cardiac evaluation may be scheduled at our main campus location or at the Kendall location by calling (305) 585-6683.