UCSF Adult Congenital Heart Disease Practice

Data valid for 2013

General Information
Address: 535 Misson Bay Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94143
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (415) 353-8604
Appointment Requests: (415) 353-2873
Year Formalized: 1980
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule:
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): UCSF Medical Center (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: University of California - San Francisco School of Medicine
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Ian S. Harris, MD
IM Card
Years in ACHD: 7
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 60%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Assoc Directors: Elyse Foster, MD; Nelson B. Schiller, MD
Years in ACHD: 23 and 35 respectively
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 40%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1200
Half-day Sessions (per week): 7
Out-patients seen at:UCSF Medical Center
Do you have providers who see patients in both pediatric and adult settings?No
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: No
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:4
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Vaikom Mahadevam, MD
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Goordon Cohen, MD, PhD and Tara Karamlou, MD
Peds CT surgeons
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Ronn Tanel, MD and Akash Patel, MD
Peds EP
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Edward Gerestenfeld, MD; Neil Cambronero, MD
Adult EP and ACHD respectively
Number of Cardiac Care Associates: 3
Cardiac Care Associates: Valerie Bosco, RN, FNP, PhD Paula Price, PA; Deborah Bittle, PNP
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 347
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 32
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 4
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 2
Director's Description
For more than 30 years, the UCSF Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Practice has cared for adults patients with all types of congenital structural heart disease, ranging from simple to complex. We are actively involved in transitioning patients from pediatric cardiology to the ACHD service as they grow into adulthood. We have active collaborations with High-Risk Obstetrical Service to manage women with congenital heart disease during pregnancy. We have an established collaboration between peds and adult EP services.
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: No
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:ACHD fellow and training program under the direction of Ian S. Harris, MD
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2011
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: 2013