Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at IU Health

Data valid for 2013

General Information
Address: 705 Riley Hospital Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (317) 274-8906 (pediatric campus)
Appointment Requests: (317) 962-9700 (adult campus)
Year Formalized: 1992
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule:
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health (Pediatric Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): IU Health Methodist Hospital / Krannert Institute of Cardiology (Adult Hospital)
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
W. Aaron Kay, MD
Internal medicine, Pediatrics, Adult Cardiology, Board Eligible in Pediatric Cardiology
Years in ACHD: 1
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 80%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Irma Gradus-Pizlo, MD
IM, IM Card; Adult Cardiology / CHF-transplant Cardiology
Years in ACHD: 10
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 15%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 500
Half-day Sessions (per week): 3.5
Out-patients seen at:Riley Hospital for Children, 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: Pediatric and Adult Hospitals
Invasive EP procedures are done: Adult Hospital
ACHD Surgeries are done: Pediatric and Adult Hospitals
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?No
Does your program provide patient/family support or education meetings?
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:3
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Roger Hurwitz, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Timothy Cordes, MD
Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Irmina Gradus-Pizlo, MD
IM, IM Card; Adult Cardiology / CHF-transplant Cardiology
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 440
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.
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: No
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2014
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: 2012