Physicians and Staff

Physicians | Genetic Counselors

To make an appointment with any of these specialists, call our toll free number: 

866-608-4228.


Physicians

Sarah Crimmins, DO

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Dr. Sarah Crimmins' clinical focus includes diabetes in pregnancy, multiple gestations, and the management of complex maternal medical complications.

 

 

Katherine Goetzinger, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health

Dr. Goetzinger enjoys caring for patients with a wide range of high risk obstetrical complications. Dr. Goetzinger has a particular interest in the management of pregnancies with multiple gestations, fetal growth restriction and maternal congenital heart disease.

 

Dr. Harman new picChristopher R. Harman, MD

Director of the Center for Advanced Fetal Care
Chief of the Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services

Dr. Harman is an expert in fetal health evaluation, and led the team that performed the first intravascular fetal transfusion in North America. He is one of the developers of the Biophysical Profile Score – the preeminent fetal assessment method, and has also conducted extensive research on alloimmunization. In addition to numerous publications on fetal medicine, Dr. Harman is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society.

 

Jerome N. Kopelman, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Dr. Kopelman's clinical focus includes antenatal fetal diagnosis and management of complex maternal medical complication. His research focus is in preterm labor and intrapartum management. He  retired from the U.S. Army in 1998 as the Director of Obstetrics at The National Naval Medical Center and Senior Perinatologist in the Department of Defense. He served as the Vice Chair-Retired of the Army Section of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a member of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. 



Ozhan Turan, MD, PhD

Director of Fetal Therapy and Complex Obstetric Surgery
Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Dr. Ozhan Turan has extensive research in fetal monitoring and Doppler ultrasound, and has recently developed 3D and 2D ultrasound methods to predict preterm labor. He has advanced training and experience in fetal interventions and complex maternal surgery.



Shifa Turan, MD

Director of the Fetal Heart Program
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Dr. Shifa Turan developed first trimester fetal echocardiography to detect congenital cardiac abnormalities using 4D ultrasound. This new technique allows for earlier detection and treatment of heart abnormalities.

 

 


Genetic Counselors

Amanda Higgs, MGC, CGC
Senior Genetic Counselor and Instructor, 
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services
[email protected]
410-328-3338

Amanda is the senior genetic counselor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and an Instructor in the School of Medicine. 

Ms. Higgs received her Master’s in Genetic Counseling from the University of Maryland in 2000 and joined the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Maryland in 2002. She offers comprehensive prenatal genetic counseling in the Center for Advanced Fetal Care, discussing appropriate screening and diagnostic options with both pregnant and preconceptional patients who have various concerns including family history issues, abnormal ultrasound findings, anomalous screening results, advanced maternal age and medication use during pregnancy. 

She participates in the education and clinical supervision of the Master’s in Genetic Counseling students as well as residents, fellows and medical students. Ms. Higgs works very closely with the University of Maryland Fetal Heart Program. Her special interests include biomedical ethics, medication use in pregnancy and congenital heart disease. 

Melissa Burns, MLS, MGC, CGC
Genetic Counselor and Instructor,
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services

[email protected]
410-328-3339

Melissa is a prenatal genetic counselor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. She worked as a board certified medical laboratory scientist prior to earning a Master's in Genetic Counseling from the University of Maryland Master's in Genetic Counseling Training Program. 

She joined the Center for Advanced Fetal Care in 2016. Ms. Burns provides comprehensive prenatal and cancer genetic counseling services and participates in the training and supervision of genetic counseling students, medical students, MFM fellows and residents. Ms. Burns has a special area of interest in the appropriate use of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) technology.

Austin DeMoss, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor and Instructor,
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services
[email protected]
410-328-3339

Austin has served as a genetic counselor and Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences since 2016. 

She received a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in 2013. Ms. DeMoss counsels patients for a variety of indications, including but not limited to advanced maternal age, family history issues, abnormal screening results and teratogen exposure. 

She participates in the education of genetic counseling students, medical students, residents and fellows by providing various genetics-related lectures and clinical supervision. Ms. DeMoss has a special area of interest in whole exome sequencing in the prenatal setting. 

Jenna Plamondon, MSc, CGC 
Genetic Counselor and Instructor,
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services
[email protected]
410-328-3339

Jenna is a genetic counselor and Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. She earned a Master of Science in Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia in 2010, where she studied the genetic and epigenetic factors in a mouse model for multifactorial cleft lip. Ms. Plamondon then received a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of Toronto in 2012. She joined University of Maryland's Center for Advanced Fetal Care as a practicing genetic counselor in 2013. 

Ms. Plamondon provides prenatal genetic counseling to patients with a variety of concerns including family history issues, abnormal screening results, abnormal ultrasound findings, advanced maternal age and medication use during pregnancy. She has an active role in the education and training of genetic counseling students, medical students, residents and maternal fetal medicine fellows. Ms. Plamondon’s special interests include embryology and the implementation of expanded carrier screening in clinical practice. 

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 410-328-6640 or toll-free at 866-608-4228.