Diana W. Bianchi, MD: In addition to the faculty and fellows in maternal–fetal medicine and neonatology listed by Dr. D'Alton, I would like to acknowledge the collaboration, support, and expertise of the medical genetics faculty at Tufts University, which during the past six years has included Janet Cowan, Patricia Wheeler, Rosemarie Smith, Janey Wiggs, and Mira Irons. I am enormously grateful to the genetic counselors listed by Dr. D'Alton, who not only provided outstanding and compassionate care when a fetal anomaly was diagnosed, but alerted us to the existence of cases that would present useful teaching examples for this book. I would also like to acknowledge the perinatal genetics fellows who worked in my research laboratory during this time period, who read chapter drafts, and provided me with helpful feedback. They include Antonio Farina, JiYi Wang, Akihiko Sekizawa, Osamu Samura, Barbara Pertl, Satoshi Sohda, Kirby Johnson, Paula Farrell, Nancy Weinschenk, and Bharath Srivatsa.
I would also like to thank current or former Tufts faculty members who critically read sections of the manuscript, including Dr. Joseph Semple of Pathology, who supplied many photographs; Dr. Michael Lewis of Plastic Surgery; Dr. Michael Goldberg of Orthopedic Surgery; Drs. Gerald Marx, Ziyad Hijazi, and Jonathan Rhodes of Pediatric Cardiology; Dr. George Klauber of Urology; and Dr. N. Paul Rosman of Pediatric Neurology. In addition, I would like to thank Dr. Deborah Levine for her expertise in fetal MRI, Dr. Marjorie Treadwell for supplying additional illustrations, and Drs. Wolfgang Holzgreve and Roberto Romero for illustrations and helpful discussions. I would also like to thank my secretarial staff for their help and support in the writing and researching of the manuscript, including Lynne Aufiero, Maria McCarthy, and Glenn Christie. I would also like to thank Jane Licht, our orignal editor at Appleton & Lange, who guided me through the process of putting together a large textbook. I would like to give a special acknowledgment to Dr. Mary Ellen Avery, who not only provided moral support but helpful information on the origin of the term neonatology, as background for selecting the title of this book. Last but by no means least, I would like to thank Dr. Alan Guttmacher, who originally suggested the title for this book: Fetology. Although we as authors initially did not bond to this term, in the end, we decided that it was the most appropriate way to describe the body of knowledge in what is arguably a new field of medicine.
Timothy M. Crombleholme, MD: During the writing of this book, our understanding and approach to diagnosis and management of many fetal conditions has continued to evolve. Progress has only been possible through the supportive interactions of numerous professional colleagues in many disciplines who bring their unique expertise to bear on the fetus. I would like to acknowledge my research fellows and colleagues who have contributed to the development of the field of fetal surgery and fetology: at Tufts University, Sarah Garmel, Frank Robertson, Kevin Moriarty, and E. Kerry Gallivan, and at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Darryl Cass, Karl Sylvester, Kenneth Liechty, Harold Lovvorn, Heung Bae Kim, Aimen Shaaban, Colette Pameijer, Danielle Walsh, Yoshihiro Kitano, Adina Knight, Ross Milner, Natalie Rintoul, Holly Hedrick, and Oluyinka Olutoye.
I wish to acknowledge the loyal support and guidance of Lori Howell, who has been instrumental in the development of fetal treatment programs, both at The University of California, San Francisco, and at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The support and encouragement during the writing of this book of N. Scott Adzick and Alan Flake, my partners in fetal surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, is gratefully acknowledged as is Michael R. Harrison, who as the father of fetal surgery was practicing fetology before it had a name. I would particularly like to thank my colleagues in other disciplines who have taught me so much and contributed to our understanding of the fetal patient, including Mark Johnson, Beverly Coleman, Stephen Horii, Jill Langer, Harvey Nisenbaum, and Mary King for their sonographic skill and enthusiastic support of fetal surgery; Anne Hubbard and Larissa Bilaniuk for their pioneering work on fetal MRI; Zhi-Yun Tien, Jack Rychik, Meryl Cohen, Marie Gleason, and Bill Mahle for their excellent echocardiographic support; and Elaine Zackai and Stefanie Kasperski for genetic evaluation and counseling at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In the operating room at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, I would like to acknowledge the contributions of Ted Cheek, Bob Gaiser, Dean Kurth, David Cohen, and Jeff Galinkin, who have done so much to advance the anesthetic management of fetal surgical patients. Also, acknowledged in the operating room are Joy Kerr, Marianne Daskalakis, and Helen Lewis and, most particularly, in the postnatal care and evaluation of our fetal patients, Kelli Burns and Sue Von Nessen. Lastly, for their ability to decipher my hieroglyphic writing and secretarial support, I give special thanks to Dee Caton and Noreen Mulholland.
Mary E. D'Alton, MD: The years that I spent working with Dr. Diana Bianchi and Dr. Tim Crombleholme were some of the most rewarding years of my academic life. During this time, we worked collectively to create a seamless, multidisciplinary approach to prenatal diagnosis and therapy for our patients. Our collaboration is reflected in this manuscript. I wish to acknowledge the support of my former fellows and residents. All of these individuals in their unique way helped shape the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, initially at Tufts University School of Medicine, and now at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Some former fellows stayed on as faculty, initially at Tufts, and more recently at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and others are practicing in many other areas of the world. They include Drs. Achilles M. Athanassiou, Emily R. Baker, Juan Castaner, Sabrina D. Craigo, Annette Perez Delboy, Karen Davidson, Patricia Devine, Marla Eglowstein, Sara Garmel, Martin Gillieson, Laura Goetzel, Gary Kaufman, Fergal D. Malone, Teresa Marino, Lucie Morin, Jose A. Nores, Steven Ralston, Dale P. Reisner, Rebecca Elliot Rigsby, Lynn Simpson, Julia Elizabeth Solomon, and Theresa Stewart. Other faculty members at New England Medical Center who helped create a multidisciplinary team include Drs. John Fiascone, Ivan Frantz, Michael Goldberg, Karen Harvey Wilkes, Ziyad Hijazi, George Klauber, Michael Lewis, Gerald Marx, Heber Nielsen, N. Paul Rosman, Joseph Semple, and Ralph Yarnell. I owe an enormous gratitude to the obstetric sonographers, Jean Crowley, Rachel Duguay, Peg Meyers, and Pam Sullivan, and to the genetic counselors, Beth Berlin, Mona Inati, DeeDee Lafayette, Emily Lazar, and Michele Murray, for their excellence and devotion to patient care. I extend a special thank you to a model mentor, Dr. John Hobbins, who is widely considered to be the father of obstetric ultrasound. In the program he initially established at Yale University, ultrasound assumed an integral role in patient care. This program became a model for many perinatal units throughout the United States. He irreversibly changed the way in which I considered the practice of maternal fetal medicine. In particular, I wish to acknowledge the contributions of Drs. Richard Berkowitz, Fergal D. Malone, and Lynn Simpson, who critically read many of the chapters. The loyal support and personal and professional encouragement provided by Dr. Fergal Malone on an ongoing basis is deeply acknowledged and much appreciated. My part of this manuscript could not have been completed without the superb editorial skills of Star Poole, virtuoso word processor, who served as a medical editor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Tufts University.