Connecticut Adult Congenital Heart Service (CTACH)

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, CT 06106
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (860) 545-9400
Appointment Requests: (860) 545-9400
Year Formalized: 2003
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Connecticut Children's Medical Center (Pediatric Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Hartford Hospital (Adult Hospital)
Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Shailendra Upadhyay, MD
Int Med, Peds, Peds Card
Years in ACHD: 4
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 100%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Felice Heller, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 10+
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 40%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1020
Half-day Sessions (per week): 10
Outpatients seen at:Connecticut Children's Medical Center
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: Pediatric Hospital
Invasive EP procedures are done: Pediatric Hospital
ACHD Surgeries are done: 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?Yes
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:1
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Harris Leopold, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Number of NPs/PAs:
RN/LPN: Cynthia Hutt, RN, Nurse Coordinator
Other Program Staff: Krista Walker, Practice Manager Cardiac Services
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 90
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 20
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 1
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 2
Director's Description
CTACH service provides comprehensive care of adults with congenital disease. This includes complete evaluation and management of both simple and complex congenital heart disease. Advanced services such as congenital echocardiography, cardiac MRI, cardio-pulmonary exercise testing, congenital catheterization, arrhythmia evaluation and management, pacemakers/AICDs, pregnancy counseling and management, congenital heart surgery are available within the program.
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: Within our ACHD program
PAH in ACHD is managed medically: Within our ACHD program
When lung transplant is considered in our ACHD patients with PAH, they are: Referred to a suitable lung transplant program
Training & Research
ACHD Training for Fellows: Yes
Programs that Apply:Formal ACHD rotation for general cardiology fellows (in Adult)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: N/A
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A