Northwestern Adult Congenital Heart Center

Data valid for 2013

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:
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Adult Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Pediatric)
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Marla Mendelson, MD
IM Card
Years in ACHD: 25
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 30%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Andrew Defreitas, MD
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Years in ACHD: 16
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 75%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1350
Half-day Sessions (per week): 5
Out-patients seen at:Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert H Lurie Childrens Hospital of Chicago
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 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
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:0
Number of Cardiac Care Associates: 1
Cardiac Care Associates: Heather Reed, MSN, APN
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 377
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 62
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 3
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 3
Director's Description
Individuals born with heart disease who have undergone surgery during childhood or adolescence as well as those whose disease is first detected in adulthood are candidates for referral and consultation. Our expertise extends to the direct management of women with CHD during pregnancy and pre-conception consultation.
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: 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), Individualized long-term mentoring (or informal ACHD fellowship)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: N/A
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A