Tampa Bay Adult Congenital Heart Clinic

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 2100 Via Bella Boulevard, Land O'Lakes, FL 34639
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (727) 322-4830
Appointment Requests: (813) 929-3516
Year Formalized: 1993
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): All Children's Hospital (Pediatric Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): St. Joseph's Children's Hospital (Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School:
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Hector L. Fontanet, MD
IM, IM Card
Years in ACHD: 22+
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 30%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Richard M. Martinez, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 22+
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 50%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1300
Half-day Sessions (per week): 5
Outpatients seen at:St. Joseph's Hospital
Outpatients seen at:All Children's Hospital
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: 19)
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:3
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Elsa Suh, MD
Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Jeremy Ringewald, MD
Ped, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Jorge McCormack, MD
Ped, Ped Card
Number of NPs/PAs:
NP/PA: Stephanie Mirsky ARNP
NP/PA: Katie Oshrine ARNP
NP/PA: Amanda Pavlock ARNP
Other Program Staff: Marie Cheine, Care Coordinator
Other Program Staff: Briggite Castillo and Beth Cristalli, Admin Assistants
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 338
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 36
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 2
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 2
Director's Description
What makes the Tampa Bay Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic unique is the true spirit of our practice - a dynamic blend of caring and uncompromising standards. Each of us at the Tampa Bay Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic is dedicated to meeting the ever-changing needs of our patients as well as their family members, a commitment that we have adhered to since our humble beginnings in 1993. We now care for over 600 patients with corrected and uncorrected congenital heart disease, regardless of their ability to pay, and remain the only private practice Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic in the United States and have close affiliation with teaching hospitals and a teaching university. We are the only clinic of its kind in Western Florida. Our medical team is comprised of a board certified Pediatric Cardiologist, a board certified Adult Cardiologist, dedicated RNs, and pediatric and adult cardiac sonographers, all with specific training and interest in congenital heart disease. This collaboration between pediatric and adult cardiology provides easy transition between children's and adult services. We have formed a team-approach to caring for our patients, forming a close alliance with surgeons, primary care providers, high-risk obstetricians, dentists, and other allied health services such as social workers specializing in congenital heart disease to provide the complex, cohesive, quality care our patients need, even to those with the rarest of congenital defects. Our care coordinators are experienced and dedicated to providing support to assure the welfare of our patients and coordinating necessary services for our patients and their families.
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: Referred to a suitable lung transplant program
Training & Research
ACHD Training for Fellows: No
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? No
Program's last publication: 2013
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A