Directors and scientific committee

Olga Gómez

Olga Gómez

Since 2008, Olga Gómez is a member of the Fetal Pathology and Cardiology Units at BCNatal, a referral center in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Hospitals Clinic and Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona, and of the Fetal Medicine Research Center (Fetal i+D), a multidisciplinary team with one of the largest scientific international productions.

She is currently Coordinator of the Fetal Cardiology Unit, one of the largest reference units for evaluation of cardiac anomalies in Spain, with more than 100 major confirmed cardiac defects yearly. With a broad background in fetal medicine, and particularly in advanced fetal ultrasound and echocardiography, in recent years her research has focused on functional echocardiographic evaluation of congenital heart disease. In 2014, she spent a year as a research fellow in the Pediatric Cardiology Division at SickKids Hospital, in Toronto Canada.

Olga Gómez is also an Associate Professor of Obstetrics at the University of Barcelona. She has participated as speaker in more than 70 courses and seminars on fetal pathology and echocardiography and has been involved in different clinical research projects. As a result of her professional activity, she has authored more than 65 papers published in indexed journals, and she has directed two doctoral theses.

Fátima Crispi

Fàtima Crispi

Fàtima Crispi is senior consultant at the Fetal Cardiology Unit in BCNatal (Hospital Clínic and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu), Scientific Coordinator of the BCNatal Fetal Medicine Research Center, and Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona.

Academic Editor at PlosONE and Scientific Reports journal.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist in Fetal Cardiology, leading the Fetal Programming Research Line at BCNatal, with more than 180 peer-reviewed papers and h-index of 41.

Director of 13 PhD theses.

Josep Mª Martinez

Josep Mª Martinez

Josep Ma Martinez PhD, MD, is a Physician, Senior Consultant in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Head of Fetal Medicine, and Coordinator of Fetal Medicine and Therapy at BCNatal (Hospital Clínic and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu).

He has almost 20 years of experience and 2000 fetal surgery procedures. Director of 4 doctoral theses, he has published more than 150 scientific articles in international journals with and impact factor and is a regular scientific reviewer for the main international and national journals in his specialty.

He has been a speaker more than 400 times at courses, conferences, and congresses. He is also Professor at the University of Barcelona.

Fetal I+D Academic Direction and Supervision

Eduard Gratacós

Eduard Gratacós

Director of BCNatal (Hospital Clínic Barcelona and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona), and full Professor at the University of Barcelona.

Expert in Fetal Medicine and Fetal Surgery, he has participated in the design of new techniques and procedures, and has performed over 1800 fetal interventions.

Editor-in-Chief of Fetal Diagnosis & Therapy journal.

Coordinator of more than 150 onsite and online courses, postgraduate and master’s degrees, and the Erasmus Mundus international doctorate for the European Commission.

Coordinator of >60 national and international research projects, director of 39 doctoral theses, and author of more than 485 articles published in indexed journal with an impact factor.

Francesc Figueras

Francesc Figueras

Head of the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Hospital Clinic (Barcelona) and Full Professor of the University of Barcelona.

Master’s Degree in Research Methodology for Health Sciences by the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Postgraduate degree in Public Health by the University of Edinburgh.

Research lines in Fetal Growth Restriction and Preeclampsia: author of ~260 articles in indexed journals (~760 Impact Factor). h-Factor 59. Author of 15 book chapters, and Editor of 6 published books.

Invited speaker to more than 200 international congresses and conferences.

Director of 14 PhD Thesis Projects.

Principal Investigator of 10 public-funded competitive research projects.


Mar Bennasar

Mar Bennasar

Mar Bennasar is a Maternal-Fetal Consultant of the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at BCNatal (Hospital Clínic and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu of Barcelona).

She is specialized in fetal cardiology and fetal therapy, with more than 15 years of experience.

She has published more than 40 scientific papers in international journals. She usually participates in national and international courses and congresses as faculty member.

Narcís Masoller

Narcís Masoller

Narcís Masoller is a senior specialist in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department at Hospital Clínic, Barcelona.

He focuses most of his daily activity in the Fetal Cardiology, Fetal Neurosonography and Placental and Myometrial Pathology Units.

Doctor in Medicine by the University of Barcelona, he has published more than 20 scientific articles in international journals with an impact factor and has participated as a teacher in numerous courses and conferences.