Washington Adult Congenital Heart Program

Data valid for 2013

General Information
Address: 111 Michigan Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20010
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (202) 476-4949
Appointment Requests: (202) 476-4949
Year Formalized: 2001
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule:
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Children's National Medical Center (Pediatric Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Washington Hospital Center (Adult Hospital)
Medical School: George Washington School of Medicine and Georgetown University Medical School
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Anitha John, MD, PhD
IM, Peds, Ped Card, ACHD
Years in ACHD: 3
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 80%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:

Years in ACHD:
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD:
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1744
Half-day Sessions (per week): 6-8
Out-patients seen at:Children's National 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: 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, 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:2
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
George Ruiz, MD
ACHD trained, IM, IM-Cards
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Karen Kuehl, MD, MPH
Peds, Ped Card
Number of Cardiac Care Associates: 2
Cardiac Care Associates: Rachel Steury, C-NP, Nancy Klein, RN
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 481
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 56
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: 2013
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: 2013