Adolescent & Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, G 600, Kansas City, KS 66160
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (913) 588-9689
Appointment Requests: (913) 588-9700
Year Formalized: 2001
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): The University of Kansas Hospital (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Children's Mercy Hospital & Clinics (Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Kevin M. Mulhern, MD
IM, IM Card, Comprehensive ECHO
Years in ACHD: 23
% 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: 1000
Half-day Sessions (per week): 4
Outpatients seen at:The University of Kansas Hospital
Do you have providers who see patients in both pediatric and adult settings?No
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: 16)
Do you offer regularly scheduled patient care conferences?Yes, 1-3 times per month
Does your program provide patient/family support or education meetings?
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:0
Number of NPs/PAs:
RN/LPN: Diane Kovich, RN
RN/LPN: Tish Ferazzi, RN
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 800
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 50
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 3
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 3
Director's Description
Our program is patient-oriented with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere in 2 offices. Patients receive outstanding support and services from 2 experienced nurses, cardiac sonographers with special expertise in adult congenital heart disease, and others. The doctor and nurses are easily accessible to patients by telephone or the secure electronic health record. We consult freely with our pediatric cardiology colleagues at the children's hospital and ACHD colleagues in major centers across the country.
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 ACHD rotation for general cardiology fellows (in Adult)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2004
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: NA