Rush Adult Congenital Heart Center

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 1653 West Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60612
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (312) 942-6800
Appointment Requests: (312) 942-6800
Year Formalized: 2007
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule:
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Rush University Medical Center (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: Rush University College of Medicine
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Julie A. Kovach, MD
IM, CV Disease, ECHO
Years in ACHD: 20
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 50%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:

Years in ACHD:
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD:
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 340
Half-day Sessions (per week): 2
Outpatients seen at:Rush University 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: Yes (Formal transition at age: NA)
Do you offer regularly scheduled patient care conferences?Yes, weekly
Does your program provide patient/family support or education meetings?Yes
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:3
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Raid Abdulla, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Sawsan Awad, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Karim Diab, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Number of NPs/PAs:
NP/PA: Mary Wilkie RN, APN, MS, CCNS
NP/PA: Mary Heitschmidt RN, APN, PhD( c), CCRN
Other Program Staff: Sandra Witkus, Admin Assistant
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 87
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 17
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 1
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 1
Director's Description
Our program offers state of the art care, interventional therapy, and surgical repair for all forms of ACHD.
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: Yes
Programs that Apply:Formal dedicated ACHD fellowship (2 year)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2014
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: NA