Meet Our Doctors
Lawrence David Platt, M.D.
Dr. Lawrence Platt earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University and his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He went on to complete both an internship and a residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sinai Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, where he was selected as Chief Resident. Dr. Platt continued his training with a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. Upon completion of his fellowship, he was offered a full-time faculty position where he attained the rank of full professor after only seven years.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the National Board of Medical Examiners, Dr. Platt also holds a sub-specialty board certification in maternal-fetal medicine. In addition to his private practice work, he is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. A former chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and vice chairman at UCLA, Dr. Platt is currently on attending staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the UCLA Reagan Medical Center, and on the attending staff at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica where he co-directs the division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division.
Dr. Platt serves on numerous national and international committees and Board of Director of the major professional societies, including the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG), and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He also serves on the Biomarker Discovery Project Oversight Committee of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. In addition, he is a founding board member and current treasurer for the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Foundation, now called the Pregnancy Quality Foundation. He is also currently a board member of the Pregnancy Foundation. He has served as president of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Los Angeles OB/GYN Society, and as chairman of the OB/GYN Assembly of Southern California.
Dr. Platt is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as a member of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis, Society for Gynecologic Investigation, and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, among others. Throughout his career, Dr. Platt has served on the scientific review committees for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Society of Gynecologic Investigation, Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine as well as International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Platt has also received a plethora of honors and accolades throughout his career including being named annually to the “Best Doctors in Los Angeles” by Los Angeles Magazine and “Best Doctors in America” by Health Magazine. Additional awards include the Distinguished Alumni Award from Wayne State University as well as the William J. Fry Memorial Lecture Award and the Joseph H. Holmes Pioneer Award in Clinical Sciences from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. In 2008, he was the fourth American recipient of the Ian Donald Gold Medal Award from the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Platt actively maintains his involvement in research and has been principal investigator in many NIH and WHO studies, primarily in the areas of prenatal diagnosis and treatment, ultrasound in obstetrics and gynecology, biophysical assessment of fetal condition, and ultrasound screening for ovarian cancer. He was a founding editor of the highly regarded international journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. An active reviewer for numerous publications, Dr. Platt holds or has held editorial board positions for the Journal of Maternal-Fetal Investigation, Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, Journal of Reproductive Sciences, Polish Journal of Gynecological Investigations, and Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is the author of more than 350 peer-reviewed scientific articles, abstracts, and book chapters. In addition, he has written four books and created educational audiotapes, movies, videotapes, and CD-ROMs.
Neil S. Silverman M.D.
Dr. Neil Silverman earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and graduated magna cum laude from La Salle College in Philadelphia. He earned his medical school degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, then continued his training with a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital and a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, both in Philadelphia as well.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), Dr. Silverman is ABOG-certified both in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the subspecialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He also serves as an invited ABOG examiner for oral board certification exams in both general OBGYN and in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. In addition to his practice at the Center for Fetal Medicine and Women’s Ultrasound, he is a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UCLA School of Medicine, actively involved in the training of residents and fellows in that department. Dr. Silverman has been the recipient of many honors throughout his career, including the National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education of ACOG and the Golden Apple Teaching Award.
In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Dr. Silverman has both served on and chaired the College’s Practice Bulletin Committee for Obstetrics, which is charged with writing the numerous guidelines for patient care distributed to OBGYN practitioners nationally. He has also served as a member of ACOG’s Committee on Ethics, and currently sits on its Committee on Obstetric Practice and serves as an ACOG liaison to the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). As a member of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, he served a 3-year term as an elected member of its Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Society’s Publications Committee. Through the Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Silverman engages other OBGYN researchers and practitioners with interest in this field and has served both on the Society’s Executive and Scientific Committees.
Dr. Silverman’s experience in clinical and research aspects of obstetric infectious diseases led to his being asked to serve as an invited perinatal consultant to the California Department of Public Health for the current Zika outbreak, and as a member of ACOG’s Zika Expert Work Group. He is also ACOG’s representative to AAP’s Project ECHO Zika faculty group, which was formed to develop ongoing real-time teleconferencing for educational outreach and clinical support to providers in underserved areas affected by the Zika epidemic, primarily Puerto Rico and American Samoa.
Dr. Silverman serves as a peer-reviewer for a number of national and international scientific journals and has published dozens of articles and book chapters of his own. He also takes pride in his role as an invited lecturer and has presented extensively on topics in maternal-fetal medicine and infectious diseases to audiences locally and nationally, as well as at national and international scientific conferences. In addition to family and friends, his interests outside medicine include theater, art, and literature; he is a subscriber to a number of local theater companies and is a member of the Fellows of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles.
Janet Horenstein, M.D.
Dr. Janet Horenstein was born in Los Angeles and raised in Southern California. She attended Grossmont High School in San Diego. She then received a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of California, San Diego. Before entering medical school she worked in biochemistry research at UCSD. She attended medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. Her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology was at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Due to her interest in high-risk pregnancy, she then went on for further training with a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Los Angeles County / University of Southern California. It was there that she developed her interest in ultrasound, fetal evaluation, and fetal procedures. During her time at LAC/USC as an Associate Professor, she had numerous publications related to ultrasound diagnosis. Since leaving LAC/USC she has been in practice in the Los Angeles area performing consultative ultrasound and fetal procedures.
Dr. Horenstein is active in global health and recently traveled to Ghana with ISUOG to teach basic obstetric and gynecological ultrasound to midwives and sonographers, with the hope of improving the high maternal mortality rate there.
She also is a member of numerous organizations involving her specialty. These include American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), and International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG).
Paola Aghajanian, MD
Dr. Paola Aghajanian is the newest member of our team. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at UC Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She next completed medical school at UC San Diego, followed by residency training at UCLA, then a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at USC.
After training, she was, until recently, on faculty at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the MFM division, where she also served as Director of Labor & Delivery, Director of the Accreta Team, and the Director of Obstetric Simulation.
Dr Aghajanian has been certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. While at Cedars- Sinai, she was awarded a faculty rank of Associate Professor in the Department of OB-GYN, and she remains on medical staff there. Before joining us, she worked as an MFM consultant in a private practice in Glendale.
Dr Aghajanian is a member of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, as well as a fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the Pacific Coast Obstetrical and Gynecological Society.
In her spare time, Dr Aghajanian enjoys cooking, reading, going on nature walks, traveling and spending time with her family — her husband and three children.
Eloise O’Donnell, MS, RD, CDCES
Eloise is the Center For Fetal Medicine’s in-house dietitian, nutritionist, and diabetes specialist. She earned her Master of Science degree in Nutrition from California State University at Los Angeles and her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at Santa Barbara.
At the practice, she designs customized nutrition plans and specializes in preconception, fertility, pregnancy and postpartum nutrition, weight management, exercise, diabetes management, special diets, anemia, and eating disorders.
In the past, Eloise worked in corporate wellness for eleven years. She developed and led “Worth-It!”, a national diabetes education and support program, that improved the nutrition, weight and clinical markers for thousands of participants. Additionally, she helped her patients improve their cardiovascular risk factors like cholesterol and blood pressure. Creating and supporting lifelong healthy habits is critical for optimal health.
In her coaching, she firmly believes that food and exercise can hurt or improve one’s health. Starting with understanding goals, she helps her clients use action steps to implement positive change. Empathy and communication mix with her proven experience and clinical training.