Colorado's Adult & Teen Congenital Heart Program (CATCH)

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 12505 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (720) 848-6532
Appointment Requests: (720) 848-7501
Year Formalized: 2003
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): University of Colorado Hospital (Adult Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Children's Hospital Colorado (Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: University of Colorado
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Joseph D. Kay, MD
IM Card, Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 10
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 90%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:

Years in ACHD:
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD:
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 2100
Half-day Sessions (per week): 8
Outpatients seen at:University of Colorado Hospital
Outpatients seen at:Children's Hospital Colorado
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: 12)
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:4
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Elizabeth Yeung, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Amber Khanna, MD
IM, Peds, IM Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Duy Nguyen, MD
IM, IM Card, EP
Number of NPs/PAs: Molly Wallrich, RN
NP/PA: Judy Rutz PA
Other Program Staff: Amber Munson, Care Team Associate
Other Program Staff: Maura Carroll, BA, Admin Assistant
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 500
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 50
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 3
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 3
Director's Description
University Based ACHD program with patients cared for at both the free standing Children's Hospital and adjacent University of Colorado Hospital. Only ACHD multidisciplinary clinic in the state of Colorado, and we offer care for patients from New Mexico, Wyoming, western Kansas, Northern Texas, Montana, and western Nebraska. Pulmonary hypertension and congenital heart disease (one of the country's largest pulmonary hypertension programs).EP in Congenital heart disease and MELODY valve
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: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: Typically transplanted within our own institution
Training & Research
ACHD Training for Fellows: Yes
Programs that Apply:Formal ACHD rotation for general cardiology fellows (in Peds & Adult), Formal dedicated ACHD fellowship (1 and 2 year)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2014
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: 2014