Boston Adult Congenital Heart (BACH) and Pulmonary Hypertension Program

Data valid for 2013

General Information
Address: 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (617) 355-6508
Appointment Requests: (617) 355-6508
Year Formalized: 1991
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule:
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Boston Children's Hospital (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Brigham and Women's Hospital (Adult Hospital)
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Michael Landzberg, MD
Int Med, IM Card
Years in ACHD: 22
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 100%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:

Years in ACHD:
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD:
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 3000
Half-day Sessions (per week): 13
Out-patients seen at:Boston Children's Hospital; Brigham & Women's Hospital; Boston Children's Hospital at Waltham; Boston Children’s at Weymouth; Baystate, Springfield, MA; Providence, RI
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/Adult Hospital
Invasive EP procedures are done: Pediatric/Adult Hospital
ACHD Surgeries are done: Pediatric/Adult 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:8
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Michael Singh, MD
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Fred Wu, MD; Alexander Opotowsky, MD, MPH
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Anne Marie Valente, MD
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Laurence Sloss, MD
Mary Mullen, MD, PhD
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Michelle Gurvitz, MD, MS
Keri Shafer, MD
Number of Cardiac Care Associates: 5
Cardiac Care Associates: Disty Pearson, Caitlyn Joyce, Nancy Barker, PA-C William Kerr, RN
Other Program Staff: Lauren Ryan; Samantha Buechner
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 1350
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 125
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 6
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 6
Director's Description
The BACH service incorporates multi-institutional comprehensive outpatient care with inpatient guidance with nine dedicated cardiologist and five dedicated cardiac care associates.
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: Within our ACHD Program
PAH in ACHD is managed medically: Within our ACHD Program
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), Individualized long-term mentoring (or informal ACHD fellowship), Formal dedicated ACHD fellowship (1 & 2 year)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2014
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: 2014