East Carolina Heart Institute Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27834
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (252) 744-5601
Appointment Requests: (252) 744-5601
Year Formalized: 1995
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Vidant Medical Center (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Charlie J. Sang, Jr., MD
Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 15
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 20%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:

Years in ACHD:
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD:
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 250
Half-day Sessions (per week): 1
Outpatients seen at:East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University
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/PediatricHospital
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: No (Formal transition at age: 18)
Do you offer regularly scheduled patient care conferences?Yes, weekly
Does your program provide patient/family support or education meetings?No
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:0
Number of NPs/PAs:
RN/LPN: Linda Richardson, RN, Pediatric Cardiology Specialty Nurse
Other Program Staff: Lori Jo Sutton, Office Manager/Clinical Research Specialist
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 50
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 20
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 1
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 1
Director's Description
The ACHD program provides Adult Congenital Heart Disease care with a combined approach with Pediatric Cardiologists and Adult Cardiologist utilizing state of the art imaging capabilities. We are able to provide catheter interventions, EP procedures, and Congenital Heart surgery.
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: No
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: N/A
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: 2013