Seattle Adult Congenital Heart Program

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: Regional Heart Center, Seattle, WA 98195
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (206) 598-1764
Appointment Requests: (206) 598-1764
Year Formalized: 2005
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): University of Washington Medical Center (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Seattle Children's Hospital (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: University of Washington
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Karen Stout, MD
IM, IM Card
Years in ACHD: 12
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 100%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Eric Krieger, MD
IM, IM Card
Years in ACHD: 5
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 100%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 2800
Half-day Sessions (per week): 10
Outpatients seen at:University of Washington Medical Center
Outpatients seen at:Seattle 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: 13)
Do you offer regularly scheduled patient care conferences?Yes, 1-3 times per month
Does your program provide patient/family support or education meetings?Yes
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:5
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Jason Deen, MD
IM, Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Stephen Seslar, MD, PhD
Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Thomas Jones, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Melissa Robinson, MD
IM, Cardiovascular Med, Clinical Cardiac EP
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
April Stempien-Otero, MD
Number of NPs/PAs:
NP/PA: Mary Elizabeth "Libs" Schlater MSN, ARNP
RN/LPN: Amanda Meier, RN
RN/LPN: Lisa Rhodes, RN, BSN, MBA, PCCN
Other Program Staff: Jilian Sachs, BS, Program Manager
Other Program Staff: Alexandra "Aleks" Popova, BS, Program Coordinator; Cynthia "Cyndi" DeVine, Patient Care Coordinator
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 474
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 90
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 2
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 5
Director's Description
The Seattle Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program is a collaborative program between physically separate children's and adult hospitals that allows patients to receive care suited for their individual adult congenital heart disease needs. All aspects of the program involve physicians who work with both institutions. Patients are also able to receive outpatient ACHD care at one of our satellite or outreach clinics. We partner with community and regional providers in caring for our patients across a five state region and often beyond. As a teaching facility we offer a two year ACHD fellowship program as well as offer learning opportunities for internal medicine, cardiology, and pediatric cardiology fellows in ACHD rotations.
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
Programs that Apply:Formal ACHD rotation for general cardiology fellows (in Peds & Adult), 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