Cornell Center for Adult Congenital Heart Disease at Weill Cornell Medical College

Data valid for 2013

General Information
Address: 520 East 70th Street; Starr Pavilion - 4th Floor, New York, NY 10021
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (646) 962-ACHD (2243)
Appointment Requests: (646) 962-ACHD (2243)
Year Formalized: 2007
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule:
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): New York Presbyterian Hospital (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: Weill Cornell Medical College
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Harsimran S. Singh, MD, MSc
IM, IM Card, Intervention, ECG
Years in ACHD: 5
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 75%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:

Years in ACHD:
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD:
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 580
Half-day Sessions (per week): 6
Out-patients seen at:New York Presbyterian Hospital - Cornell campus
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: 18)
Do you offer regularly scheduled patient care conferences?Yes, weekly
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:
Paul Chai, MD
Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Patrick Flynn, MD - Peds
David Skorton, MD - Cardiology
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Leonard Steinberg, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Seena Abraham, MBBS
Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Emile Bacha, MD
Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Number of Cardiac Care Associates:
Cardiac Care Associates: Maria Spinelli, BSN, MS
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 90
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 29
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 4
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 2
Director's Description
The Cornell Center in Adult Congenital Heart Disease is a collaborative clinic between pediatric and adult CHD specialists. The program includes a transition clinic from pediatrics to ACHD. It includes expertise in surgical, interventional, and electrophysiology interventions specifically related to ACHD.
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: No
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2012
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A