Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute Adult Congenital Heart Program

Data valid for 2014

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: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Carolinas Medical Center (Adult Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Levine Children's Hospital (Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: University of North Carolina
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Jorge Alegria, MD
IM Card, Echo
Years in ACHD: 8
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 60%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:

Years in ACHD:
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD:
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 750
Half-day Sessions (per week):
Outpatients seen at:Carolinas Medical Center
Outpatients seen at:Levine Children'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 (Formal transition at age: 16)
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:1
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Donald Riopel, MD
Ped Card
Number of NPs/PAs:
RN/LPN: G. Bryant Barber, RN, BSN
Other Program Staff: Wendy Franklin, MHA, Executive Director
Other Program Staff: Kori Hall, MS, Regional Director
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 409
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 35
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 1
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 2
Director's Description
The Sanger Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at Carolinas Healthcare System provides multidisciplinary medical care . Our program is based on close collaboration of Pediatric Cardiology, Adult Cardiology and Congenital Heart Surgery all contiguous in one location.
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: 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: 2014
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A