UT Southwestern and Children's Health Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 5939 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75390-9198
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (214) 645-8000
Appointment Requests: (214) 645-8000
Year Formalized: 2003
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Clements University Hospital (Adult)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Children's Medical Center Dallas (Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical Center
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Beth Brickner, MD
IM, IM Card
Years in ACHD: 18
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 60%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Lisa Forbess, MD
IM, IM Card
Years in ACHD: 1430
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 25%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1050
Half-day Sessions (per week): 8
Outpatients seen at:Clements University and Hospital
Outpatients seen at:Children's Medical Center Dallas
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, 1-3 times per month
Does your program provide patient/family support or education meetings?No
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:1
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Thomas Zellers, MD
Ped, Ped Card
Number of NPs/PAs:
NP/PA: Nikki Benjamin Reddick PA-C
RN/LPN: Angela Criss, RN
Other Program Staff: Jane Thetford, Clinic Scheduler
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 507
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 53
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 6
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 2
Director's Description
We also provide ACHD care at the county Hospital at Parkland Health and Hospital System with a separate clinic there staffed by the same adult cardiologists. Cath interventions for these patients are performed at Parkland Hospital, surgery performed at Clements University Hospital. These outpatient clinic numbers are not included in the clinic volume but surgical procedures are included..
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: No
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:Individualized long-term mentoring (or informal ACHD fellowship)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2014
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A