Washington Adult Congenital Heart

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 111 Michigan Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20010
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (202) 476-4949
Appointment Requests: (202) 476-2728
Year Formalized: 2001
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Children's National Health System (Pediatric Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Washington Hospital Center (Adult Hospital)
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Anitha John, MD, PhD
IM, Peds, Ped Card,
Years in ACHD: 8
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 100%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:

Years in ACHD:
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD:
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1693
Half-day Sessions (per week): 8
Out-patients seen at:Children's National Health Center and Washington Hospital 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: 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: 15)
Do you offer regularly scheduled patient care conferences?Yes, 1-3 times per month
Does your program provide patient/family support or education meetings?
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:1
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
George Ruiz, MD
IM, IM-Cards
Number of Cardiac Care Associates: Nancy Klein, RN
Cardiac Care Associates: Rachel Steury RN, C-NP, MSN
Other Program Staff: Ruth Phillippi, Program Coordinator (Munziba Khan, Clinical Research Coordinator II)
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 530
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 36
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 3
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 3
Director's Description
The Washington Adult Congenital Heart (WACH) program provides comprehensive cardiac care to ACHD patients. We have strong ties to other regional ACHD program and often serve as a tertiary referral site for specialized care.
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: 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 Peds & Adult)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2014
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: 2014