Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute Adult Congenital Heart Program

Data valid for 2013

General Information
Address: 1001 Blythe Blvd #300, Charlotte, NC 28203
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (704) 373-0212
Appointment Requests: (704) 373-0212
Year Formalized: 2005
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule:
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Carolinas Medical Center (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Levine Children's Hospital
Medical School: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Jorge Alegria, MD, FACC, FASE
Int Med, CD
Years in ACHD: 7
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 80%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Benjamin Peeler, MD, FACS
Thor Surg, CHS
Years in ACHD: 12
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 15%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 700
Half-day Sessions (per week): 7
Out-patients seen at:Carolinas Medical Center
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?
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:2
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Donald Riopel, MD
Number of Cardiac Care Associates: 3
Cardiac Care Associates: Kathryn B. Smiley, PA; Kristin Lang, PA; G. Bryan Barber, RN
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 354
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 49
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 1
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 3
Director's Description
Our program has a strong collaboration of Pediatric Cardiology, Congenital Heart Surgery, Adult Cardiology, and a growing ACHD team. This team works with the Carolinas Healthcare System that allows us to provide a multidisciplinary model of care.
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:No
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: No
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: N/A
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A