Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at IU Health

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 1804 N Senate Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (317) 962-9700
Appointment Requests: (317) 962-9700
Year Formalized: 1992
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: No
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): IU Health Methodist Hospital (Adult Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health (Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
W. Aaron Kay, MD
IM, IM Card, Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 7
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 75%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:

Years in ACHD:
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD:
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 900
Half-day Sessions (per week): 4.5
Outpatients seen at:Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
Outpatients seen at:IU Health Methodist 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: 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: 18)
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:
Roger Hurwitz, MD
Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Timothy Cordes, MD
Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Irmina Gradus-Pizlo, MD
Adult Card; CHF/Transplant
Number of NPs/PAs:
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 500
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 50
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 2
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 3
Director's Description
Multi-disciplinary approach with knowledge and experience of pediatric and adult cardiologists. This team offers special expertise from fetal echocardiography and fetal cardiology to management of congestive heart failure and arrhythmias. Program also has a robust heart transplant and ventricular assist device (VAD) program, as well as world-class experts in molecular genetics.
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 & Peds), Individualized long-term mentoring (or informal ACHD fellowship)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2015
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: NA