Wisconsin Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program (WAtCH)

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 9000 West Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53226
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (414) 266-7584
Appointment Requests: (414) 266-7584
Year Formalized: 2004
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Froedtert Memorial Luthern Hospital (Adult Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Michael G. Earing, MD
IM, Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 14
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 95%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:

Years in ACHD:
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD:
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 2098
Half-day Sessions (per week): 12
Outpatients seen at:Froedtert Memorial Luthern Hospital
Outpatients seen at:Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
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:4
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Peter Bartz, MD
IM, Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Scott Cohen, MD
IM, Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Salil Ginde, MD
IM, Peds, Ped Card
Number of NPs/PAs:
NP/PA: Lindsay Katzmark APNP
NP/PA: Nancy Rudd, APNP
RN/LPN: Jane Sowinski, RN, ACHD Program Nursing Director
Other Program Staff: Kristen Anderson, Program Coordinator
Other Program Staff: Patricia Stoll, MSW, ACHD Program Social Worker
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 702
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 51
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 2
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 3
Director's Description
The Wisconsin Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program is the largest program in the state of Wisconsin and the only program comprised of individuals that 100% of their time is dedicated to the care of the adult with congenital heart disease. In addition, to their Milwaukee site, they have 8 outreach sites bringing world class care closer to home throughout the state of Wisconsin, sites include Greenbay, Neenah, Appleton, Oshkosh, Fondulac, Kenosha, Racine, Delafield
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: Within our ACHD Program
PAH in ACHD is managed medically: Within our ACHD Program
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: 2015