Texas Adult Congenital Heart Center

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 6621 Fannin St., Houston, TX 77030
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: 832-82-HEART
Appointment Requests: 832-82-HEART
Year Formalized: 2004
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Texas Children's Hospital (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Texas Children's Pavilion for Women (Adult Hospital)
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Wayne Franklin, MD
Int Med, IM Card, Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 11
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 100%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Dhaval Parekh, MD
Int Med, Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 7
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 80%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1127
Half-day Sessions (per week): 10
Outpatients seen at:Texas Children's Hospital
Outpatients seen at:Baylor Clinic
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: No
Formal transition program between pediatric and ACHD clinics: Yes (Formal transition at age: 14)
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:2
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Peter Ermis, MD
Int Med, IM Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Wilson Lam, MD
Int Med, IM Card, Peds, Ped Card, EP
Number of NPs/PAs:
NP/PA: Allison Mahlstedt, PA-C
Other Program Staff: Sonya Jones, Patient Care Coordinator
Other Program Staff: Donneshia Montgomery, Admin Assistant
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 891
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 37
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 5
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 4
Director's Description
The Texas Adult Congenital Heart (TACH) Program is the largest ACHD program in Texas and the most comprehensive ACHD program in region. Patients are able to be seen at sites across the greater Houston area by providers specifically trained in ACHD care. Three TACH program cardiologists have combined training in adult cardiology, pediatric cardiology, and adult congenital cardiology giving the program a depth of knowledge unique to our center.
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, ACHD
Programs that Apply:Formal ACHD rotation for general cardiology fellows (in Adult and Peds), Individualized long-term mentoring (or informal ACHD fellowship), Formal Dedicated ACHD fellowship (2 year)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2015
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: 2014