Southern Alberta Adult Congenital Heart Clinic

Data valid for 2012

General Information
Address: 3500 26 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 6J4
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (403) 943-4504
Appointment Requests: (403) 943-4504
Year Formalized: 1991
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule:
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Peter Lougheed Centre (Adult Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Alberta Health Services (Adult Hospital)
Medical School: University of Calgary
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Nanette Alvarez, MD
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Years in ACHD: 24
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 50%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Tim Prieur, MD
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Years in ACHD: 24
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 50%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1544
Half-day Sessions (per week): 9
Out-patients seen at:Peter Lougheed Hospital
Do you have providers who see patients in both pediatric and adult settings?No
Do you perform invasive cardiac procedures on ACHD patients at your institution?No
Catheter-based procedures are done: Adult Hospital
Invasive EP procedures are done: Adult Hospital
ACHD Surgeries are done: Adult Hospital
Established referral relationships with other ACHD programs for needed consultation, procedures or second opinions: Yes
Formal transition program between pediatric and ACHD clinics: No
Do you offer regularly scheduled patient care conferences?Yes, 1-3 times per month
Does your program provide patient/family support or education meetings?
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:2
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Michael Connelly, BSc, MBBS, MRCP
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Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Robin Clegg, MD, FRCPC
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Number of Cardiac Care Associates: 3
Cardiac Care Associates: Yvonne Balon, RN, MN; Lori Newman, RN Cheryl Tarr, RN, BN
Other Program Staff: Edie Shackleton
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 0
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 18
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 2
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 3
Director's Description
The program focuses on the management of diagnosed or suspected congenital heart defects. Services include: initial consultation; interval clinical and cardiac imaging follow up; ongoing patient education and counseling regarding physical activity, career, and lifestyle; coordination of appointments and collaboration with appropriate specialists. Surgery is done at the congenital regional surgical centre at the University of Alberta Hospital.
Clinical Services Offered
ACHD-experienced Diagnostic Catheterization: Yes
ACHD-experienced Interventional Catheterization: Yes
ACHD-experienced Diagnostic Electrophysiology: Yes
ACHD-experienced Interventional Electrophysiology: Yes
ACHD-experienced Cardiac MRI: Yes
ACHD-experienced Multi-Slice Cardiac CT: Yes
ACHD-experienced High Risk Obstetrics/Perinatology: Yes
Contraceptive Counseling: Yes
Geneticist/Genetic Counseling: Yes
Cardiac Rehabilitation Service: Yes
Financial/Medical Insurance Counseling: Yes
Medical Social Worker:Yes
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in ACHD is evaluated: In collaboration with our pulmonary hypertension specialists
PAH in ACHD is managed medically: In collaboration with our pulmonary hypertension specialists
When lung transplant is considered in our ACHD patients with PAH, they are: Referred to a suitable lung transplant program
Training & Research
ACHD Training for Fellows: Yes
Programs that Apply:Formal ACHD rotation for general cardiology fellows (in Adult), Individualized long-term mentoring
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2013
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A