Chicago Institute for Fetal Health gets a second fetal surgeon

Amir Alhajjar, MD, is a specialist in fetal surgical intervention. He has recently joined The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health (CIFH) and the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

His appointment is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has recently completed a two-year fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Mayo Clinic in Arizona and a one-year fellowship in Fetal Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

He completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Iowa. Aimen Shaaban, MD, Director of the Institute said, “Dr. Alhajjat’s addition will be a real boost to The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health’s clinical team.” Shaaban added “The expertise and skills that he brings will allow us to advance several innovative new programs to care for an increasingly broader group of patients.”

In his research laboratory, Dr. Alhajjat will study the immune response to in-utero stem cell transplantation and maternal-fetal immune tolerance during normal and complicated pregnancy.

The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health is a leader in the research and care of pregnant women with fetal complications. As one of only a few comprehensive fetal centers in the country, the Institute offers prenatal counseling, care and intervention.

Staff writer for the Chicago Morning Star

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