UNC Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 300 Meadowmont Village Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: 1-866-862-4327
Appointment Requests: 1-866-862-4327
Year Formalized: 2013
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: No
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): UNC Healthcare Network (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Cone Health (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: UNC School of Medicine
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Elman Frantz, MD
Peds, Ped Card,
Years in ACHD: 25
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 35%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:

Years in ACHD:
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD:
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 98
Half-day Sessions (per week): 2.5
Outpatients seen at:UNC Hospitals
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?No
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:2
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Sunita Ferns, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Michael Yeung, MD
Board Eligible IM, IM Card
Number of NPs/PAs:
RN/LPN: Charlene Donnan, RN
Other Program Staff: Britt Mann, BS, Admin Director
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 169
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 9
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 3
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 1
Director's Description
The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill is a comprehensive service-line that involves the Divisions of Pediatric Cardiology, Internal Medicine Cardiology, and Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery. Care is provided across the continuum and is all inclusive, involving outpatient and inpatient services as well as state of the art therapeutic interventions. Experts in primary management of complex congenital heart disease collaborate with interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and cardiothoracic surgeons to allow patients to have access to all potential medical and surgical options. Patients are able to be cared for at outreach clinics across the state and Chapel Hill region. As an inpatient, patients are hospitalized where they are best served and use all the amenities at UNC Memorial Hospital and North Carolina Children’s Hospital to assure the best quality of care and outcomes. In addition, parent planning and pregnancy counseling, genetic services, and psychosocial support are all available in this comprehensive care model.
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? No
Program's last publication: N/A
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A