University of Florida Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

Data valid for 2013

General Information
Address: 1600 Southwest Archer Road, Gainesville, FL 32610
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (352) 273-7770
Appointment Requests: (352) 273-7770
Year Formalized: 2003
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule:
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Shands Hospital (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: University of Florida
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Arwa Saidi, MB, BCh
IM, Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 13
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 60%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:

Years in ACHD:
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD:
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1181
Half-day Sessions (per week): 8
Out-patients seen at:Shands Hospital at UF
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?
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:2
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
F. Jay Fricker, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Diego Moguillansky, MD
IM, IM Card, Peds, Ped Card
Number of Cardiac Care Associates: 2
Cardiac Care Associates: Petar Breitinger, PA, Connie Nixon, RN
Other Program Staff: Bobby Edward Ross (Program Coordinator)
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 227
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 45
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 2
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 1
Director's Description
A tertiary University hospital with expertise in adult and pediatric subspecialties. We have increased our ACHD faculty and have clinic daily.
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: 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)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2012
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A