Northwestern Adult Congenital Heart Center

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 675 North St. Clair Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (312) 695-4965
Appointment Requests: (312) 695-4965
Year Formalized: 1990
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Adult Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Lurie Children's Hospital (Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Marla A. Mendelson, MD
IM, IM Card
Years in ACHD: 25
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 30-40%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
R Andrew Defreitas, MD
IM Card, Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 20
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 90%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1350
Half-day Sessions (per week): 5-6
Outpatients seen at:Northwestern Memorial
Outpatients seen at:Lurie 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: 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: varies)
Do you offer regularly scheduled patient care conferences?less than 1 time per month
Does your program provide patient/family support or education meetings?No
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:
Number of NPs/PAs:
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 400
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 60
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 4
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 2
Director's Description
We have satellite locations in the Chicago area. We have one of the oldest and largest Heart Disease and Pregnancy Program in the country
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:No
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 Adult and Peds)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2013
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A