Center for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease (CACH)

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 5481 S. Maryland Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (773) 702-4183
Appointment Requests: (773) 702-9461
Year Formalized: 2008
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): University of Chicago Medical Center (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Peter Varga, MD, FAAP, FACC
Ped Card
Years in ACHD: >15
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 40%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Amit Patel, MD. FAA{ACHD Clinic of Hawaii Pacific Health has a collaborative relationship with Rady's Children's Hospital-SanP
IM Card
Years in ACHD: >4 years
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 30%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 160
Half-day Sessions (per week): 1-2
Out-patients seen at:University of Chicago Hospitals and Resurrection 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: No
Do you offer regularly scheduled patient care conferences?Yes, 1-3 times per month
Does your program provide patient/family support or education meetings?Yes
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:2
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Atman Shah, MD, FACC
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Josh Moss, MD, FAAP
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 55
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 17
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 2
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 1
Director's Description
Our center provides patient centered comprehensive care to ACHD patients. Our specific and unique expertise includes the non invasive cardiac imaging center with dedicated expertise in cMRI , CTA and 3D echocardiography. Our dedicated Pulmonary hypertension center is nationally recognized. We also have a group of dedicated ACHD electrophyiologists with unique expertise in the management of complex arrhythmias associated with congenital heart disease.
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 Adult)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: N/A
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A