University of Texas Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

Data valid for 2012

General Information
Address: 6410 Fannin, Suite 600, Houston, TX 77030
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (832) 325-7216
Appointment Requests: (832) 325-7216
Year Formalized: 2008
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Memorial Hermann Hospital, Texas Medical Center (Adult Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital (Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: University of Texas Medical School
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Gurur Biliciler-Denktas, MD, FACC
Peds, Ped Card, Echo
Years in ACHD: 15
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 5%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Pansy Poyee Tung, MD
IM, Echo
Years in ACHD: 9
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 2.5%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 45
Half-day Sessions (per week): 2/month
Out-patients seen at:UT Physician Group
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: 16)
Do you offer regularly scheduled patient care conferences?Yes, 1-3 times per month
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:3
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
David D. McPherson, MD
IM, IM Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Mohinder Thapar, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
John Bricker, MD
Ped, Ped Card
Number of Cardiac Care Associates: 1
Cardiac Care Associates: Beverly Smulevitz, RDCS, RVS
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 180
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 5
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 4
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 2
Director's Description
Our program provides expert care to ACHD patients both in outpatient clinical and inpatient settings in collaboration with the pediatric cardiology, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, maternal/fetal medicine and pulmonary departments.
Clinical Services Offered
Diagnostic Catheterization: Yes
Interventional Catheterization: Yes
Diagnostic Electrophysiology: Yes
Interventional Electrophysiology: Yes
Cardiac MRI: Yes
Multi-Slice Cardiac CT: Yes
High Risk Obstetrics/Perinatology: Yes
Contraceptive Counseling: Yes
Geneticist/Genetic Counseling: Yes
Cardiac Rehabilitation Service: Yes
Financial/Medical Insurance Counseling: Yes
Medical Social Worker:No
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 (or informal ACHD fellowship)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? No
Program's last publication: N/A
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A