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
Ped Card
Years in ACHD: >15
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 40%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Amit Patel, MD
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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
Outpatients seen at:University of Chicago Hospitals
Outpatients seen at: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
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Josh Moss, MD
Number of NPs/PAs:
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