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
Out-patients seen at:Froedtert Memorial Luthern Hospital, 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 Cardiac Care Associates: Jane Sowinski, RN, ACHD Program Nursing Director
Cardiac Care Associates: Lindsay Katzmark APNP
Other Program Staff: Kristen Anderson, Program Coordinator (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