Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, MGH Cardiovascular Institute

Data valid for 2011

General Information
Address: 32 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (617) 726-8510
Appointment Requests: (617) 726-8510
Year Formalized: 1974
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule:
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Massachusetts General Hospital (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Ami B. Bhatt, MD
IM, IM Card
Years in ACHD: 6
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 100%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Richard R. Liberthson, MD, Emeritus Director
IM, Peds
Years in ACHD: 35
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD:
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 3311
Half-day Sessions (per week): 15
Out-patients seen at:Massachusetts General Hospital
Do you have providers who see patients in both pediatric and adult settings?Yes
Do you perform invasive cardiac procedures on ACHD patients at your institution?Yes
Catheter-based procedures are done: Adult/Pediatric Hospital
Invasive EP procedures are done: Adult/Pediatric Hospital
ACHD Surgeries are done: Adult/Pediatric Hospital
Established referral relationships with other ACHD programs for needed consultation, procedures or second opinions: Yes
Formal transition program between pediatric and ACHD clinics: Yes (Formal transition at age: 14)
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:5
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Ignacio Inglessis, MD
IM, IM Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Doreen Defaria, MD
IM, IM Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Stephanie Moore, MD
IM, IM Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Igor Palacios, MD
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Moussa Mansour, MD
Number of Cardiac Care Associates: 2
Cardiac Care Associates: Stephanie Ennis, NP; Caitlyn O'Callaghan, NP NP
Other Program Staff: Thomas MacGillivray, MD (Surgical Director)
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 0
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 250
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 2
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 2
Director's Description
As one of the oldest established ACHD programs in the country, we provide specialized, patient-centered, multidiscplinary care for adolescents and adults with CHD. At MGH, we have the opportunity to combine advanced medical and surgical care with a personalized approach to helping patients lead full and productive lives. We also provide counseling regarding pregnancy, transition to adult care, and safe exercise programs. We have a strong collaboration with the pulmonary hypertension and the cardiac transplant teams.
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: Typically transplanted within our own institution
Training & Research
ACHD Training for Fellows: Yes
Programs that Apply:Formal ACHD rotation for general cardiology fellows (in Adult & Ped), Individualized long-term mentoring (or informal ACHD fellowship)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2012
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A