Helena M. Gardiner, MD, PhD
- Clinical Interests:
- Fetal Cardiac Imaging, Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, Fetal Arrhythmia, Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Physiology
Welsh National School of Medicine, 1981
Great Ormond Street Hospital, 1993
University Hospital Malmo, 1996
Dr. Gardiner scans pregnant women referred to the fetal center because of suspected heart abnormality detected during an ultrasound scan in the local OB office. She performs a detailed assessment of baby’s heart and circulation; some have major congenital heart disease or an abnormality of the circulation that requires treatment before or after birth.
Relaxation time and exercise are very important to maintain a good life-work balance. Skiing is my passion but while in Houston I run along the Bayou and cycle to explore the city and develop my garden.
In 2014 I received the Outstanding Research Award in Pediatric Cardiology from the American Heart Association for work on fetal aortic stenosis and the role of prenatal balloon valvuloplasty in its treatment.
Best oral presentations from International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG):
- 2015, “The use of aortic displacement as a surrogate for intertwin blood pressure differences in monochorionic pregnancies with and without TTTS” (presenting fellow, Christoph Wohlmuth)
- 2014, “Fetal aortic valvuloplasty: investigating institutional bias in surgical decision making” before birth (on behalf of fellow, Alexander Kovacevic)
- 2012, “3D MRI volume reconstruction of the fetal brain in twin-twin transfusion syndrome: Reduced brain volume in ex-donors predicts adverse outcomes.” (presenting fellow, Marisa Taylor-Clarke)
The team work in The Fetal Center at UT is very important. We have a strong multidisciplinary team of world class experts and together we can make a difference to families. The interaction with families is very important. The news may not always be positive, and we may not be able to cure their baby, but we can work together to find the best possible solution for them.
We are using new technologies to better image the fetal heart in early pregnancy and improve the functional examination of the fetal circulation. We use technology originally developed to assess adult hearts and this requires work and validation to use it correctly in the very small, fast-beating fetal heart.
We are running a study to predict the onset of twin-twin transfusion syndrome in monochorionic twins and have just published a novel method to estimate their blood pressures before birth. We hope that by understanding the mechanisms that are involved in disease processes, we can provide early detection and improve the outcome for babies.
- UT Physicians Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center – Texas Medical Center
6410 Fannin Street, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77030
- UT Physicians The Fetal Center
6410 Fannin Street, Suite 210
Houston, TX 77030