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Fetal surgeon joins University of Miami/Jackson

The University of Miami/Jackson has become one of the few medical centers in the country to offer fetal therapy services, with the recent hiring of a world leader in fetal surgery who has launched a unique program to treat previously untreatable, life-threatening disorders discovered in unborn babies.

Rubén A. Quintero, M.D., a world leader in fetal surgery, has developed procedures to correct birth defects in utero.

Rubén A. Quintero, M.D., joined the Miller School and Women’s Hospital Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in March as director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and professor of obstetrics and gynecology. He also complements the internationally renowned neonatal and pediatrics program at Holtz Children’s Hospital.

“This is a unique opportunity and an unparalleled venue that will allow us, among other things, to take fetal therapy to a new level,” says Quintero.

Quintero is a leader in the maternal-fetal subspecialty that’s existed since 1980.

He is best known for developing a minimally invasive approach for the correction of birth defects in utero, also known as operative fetoscopy. He also developed the selective laser technique to treat twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, a condition resulting from the unbalanced flow of blood between two fetuses sharing a common placenta.

“The addition of Dr. Quintero to our team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists will result in a true transformation of the services we will be able to offer our pregnant patients,” says Leo B. Twiggs, M.D., professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology. “This is a great opportunity to build on the quality of care at the Women’s Hospital Center at Jackson Memorial and University of Miami Health System.”