Arizona Adult Congenital Heart Program Eller Congenital Heart Center

Data valid for 2011

General Information
Address: 500 West Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (602) 406-7355
Appointment Requests: (602) 406-7355
Year Formalized: 2005
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center (Adult Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Phoenix Children's Hospital (Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: Creighton University
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Edward Rhee, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 15
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 60%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Stephen Pophal, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 15
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 20%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 300
Half-day Sessions (per week): 2
Out-patients seen at:St. Josephs Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix Children's 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 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: Yes (Formal transition at age: 18)
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:2
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Tabitha G. Moe MD
IM, IM Card eligible
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Robert Puntel, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
John J. Nigro, MD
IM Card, Surgery
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 450
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 35
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 5
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 3
Director's Description
The adult Congenital Heart Program is the most comprehensive program of its kind in the state of Arizona. It relies on a key collaboration between St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and Phoenix Children's Hospital. The practitioners also collaborate closely with the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.
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: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: No
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2010
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A