Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics and Gynecology Webinar Series


Webinar Series Agenda




12 p.m. (CST) IntroductionDr. Magdalena Sanz Cortes
Dr. Alice King
12:05 p.m. (CST)Evidence based on animal model experimentsDr. Luc Joyeux
12:20 p.m. (CST)New innovations in the in utero diagnosis and treatment of gastroschisisDr. Sundeep Keswani
12:35 p.m. (CST)Laparotomy-assisted fetoscopic repair approach applied to gastroschisis repair; Diagnosis of gastroschisis at midgestationDr. Michael Belfort
12:50 p.m. (CST)Panel discussion and final remarksPanel



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Dr. Luc Joyeux

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Dr. Luc Joyeux is a general pediatric and fetal surgeon at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. He is also an international translational research scientist with expertise in bringing surgical innovations to fetal and pediatric patients. His main research interests are to develop large animal disease models for fetal conditions amenable to surgery; fetoscopic surgery for spina bifida, congenital diaphragmatic hernia and complex gastroschisis; fetal surgery for vein of Galen malformation; surgical training, learning curve and competency analyses in fetal and pediatric surgeries; and cost-effectiveness in surgery. He is also developing a patented biomedical device to completely close port sites in fetal, pediatric and adult laparoscopic surgeries.


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Dr. Sundeep Keswani

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Dr. Sundeep Keswani is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and holds the Clayton Endowed Chair in Surgical Research at Texas Children’s Hospital. His clinical areas of expertise are in fetal diagnosis and therapy, as well as ECMO, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and the management of congenital lung malformations. In addition to his clinical and administrative duties, Dr. Keswani is the Surgical Director of Basic Science Research for the Texas Children’s Department of Surgery focused on understanding the interaction of inflammation and the extracellular matrix to develop regenerative therapies for the human response to injury. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles. Currently, he is a Governor of the American College of Surgeons and the Vice President of the Wound Healing Society.


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Dr. Michael Belfort

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Dr. Michael A. Belfort is the Ernst W. Bertner Chair and Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine and Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief of Texas Children's Hospital. A specialist in maternal-fetal medicine and fetal intervention, Dr. Belfort serves as the medical director of Texas Children's Pavilion for Women. He continues to focus on maternal and fetal medicine research at Baylor including the development of fetoscopic surgical techniques and tools for the minimally invasive repair of fetal neural tube defect and other fetal congenital anomalies. An active member of numerous professional societies all over the world, Dr. Belfort has written more than 175 peer-reviewed scientific papers, numerous textbook chapters, abstracts and poster presentations.