Center for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 4921 Parkview Place, St Louis, MO 63110
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (314) 362-1291
Appointment Requests: (314) 362-1291
Year Formalized: 1992
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Barnes Jewish Hospital (Adult Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): St. Louis Childrens Hospital (Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Joseph J. Billadello, MD
Int Med, IM Card
Years in ACHD: 14
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 80%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:

Years in ACHD:
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD:
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 2000
Half-day Sessions (per week): 8
Outpatients seen at:Barnes Jewish Hospital-Center for Advanced Medicine
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?No
Catheter-based procedures are done: Adult/Pediatric Hospital
Invasive EP procedures are done: Adult/PediatricHospital
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: No
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:3
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Philip A. Ludbrook, MD
Int Med, IM Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Philip M. Bager, MD
IM, IM Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Philip M Barger, MD
Ari M. Cedars, MD
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
IM, IM Card
Number of NPs/PAs:
RN/LPN: Elizabeth Mortka, RN, Nurse Coordinator
RN/LPN: Karen Sneed, RN, BSN, Nurse Coordinator
Other Program Staff: Kimberly Gal. Medical Secretary
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 189
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 13
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 3
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 3
Director's Description
The Center for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has four Cardiologists and two Nurse Coordinators with expertise in the care of adult patients with congenital heart disease. We and affiliated adult and pediatric cardiologists have expertise in the treatment of arrhythmias and placement of pacemakers, advanced therapies for congestive heart failure, cardiac transplantation, care of pregnant patients, cardiac catheterization and percutaneous interventions including placement of pulmonary and aortic valves and management of patients with pulmonary hypertension. Surgeons from St. Louis Children’s Hospital with expertise in repair of all congenital cardiac conditions are available for consultation. State of the art equipment is in place for all imaging modalities including echocardiography, CT scanning, magnetic resonance imaging and 3D printing.
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: Typically transplanted within our own institution
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: NA
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: 2011