Boston Adult Congenital Heart (BACH) and Pulmonary Hypertension Program

Data valid for 2014

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: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Boston Children's Hospital (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: 23
% 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): 17
Outpatients seen at:Boston Children's Hospital
Outpatients seen at:Brigham & Women's 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
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:8
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Michael Singh, MD
IM, Peds
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Alexander Opotowsky, MD, MPH
IM, CV Disease
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Michelle Gurvitz, MD
IM, Peds
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Anne Marie Valente
IM, Peds
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Keri Shafer, MD
IM, CV Disease
Number of NPs/PAs:
NP/PA: Disty Pearson PA-C
NP/PA: Nancy Barker PA-C
NP/PA: Caitlyn Joyce PA-C
RN/LPN: William Kerr, RN
Other Program Staff: Lauren Serge Ryan and Samantha Buechner, BACH Admin
Other Program Staff: Janine Santimauro, Department Admin
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 1350
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 155
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: Typically transplanted within our own institution
Training & Research
ACHD Training for Fellows: Yes
Programs that Apply:Formal ACHD rotation for general cardiology fellows (in Peds and Adult), Individualized long-term mentoring (or informal ACHD fellowship), Formal dedicated ACHD fellowship (2 year)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2015
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: 2015