Adult Congenital Heart Program

Data valid for 2010

General Information
Address: 55 Lake Ave, North, Worcester, MA 01655
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (508) 421-1172
Appointment Requests: (508) 421-1172
Year Formalized: 2000
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule:
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital (Adult/Ped)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Massachusetts General Hospital (Adult/Ped)
Medical School: University of Massachusetts and Harvard University
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Oscar Starobin, MD
Int Med, IM Card
Years in ACHD: 50
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 10%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Dennis Tighe, MD
Int Med, IM Card
Years in ACHD: 15
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 10%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 100
Half-day Sessions (per week): 1/month
Out-patients seen at:Adult Hospital/Clinic
Do you have providers who see patients in both pediatric and adult settings?
Do you perform invasive cardiac procedures on ACHD patients at your institution?
Catheter-based procedures are done:
Invasive EP procedures are done:
ACHD Surgeries are done:
Established referral relationships with other ACHD programs for needed consultation, procedures or second opinions:
Formal transition program between pediatric and ACHD clinics: Yes (Formal transition at age: 18)
Do you offer regularly scheduled patient care conferences?
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:
Richard Liberthson, MD
Int Med, IM Card, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Ami Bhatt, MD
Int Med, IM Card, Peds
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Darshak Sanghari, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 6
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 6
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 3
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 1
Director's Description
Unique collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital (Drs. Liberthson and Bhatt) for tertiary diagnoses, interventions and surgery.
Clinical Services Offered
ACHD-experienced Diagnostic Catheterization: Yes
ACHD-experienced Interventional Catheterization: Yes
ACHD-experienced Diagnostic Electrophysiology: Yes
ACHD-experienced Interventional Electrophysiology: No
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, Adult
Programs that Apply:Individualized long-term mentoring
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: N/A
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A