The Wisconsin Adult Congenital Heart (WAtCH) Disease Program

Data valid for 2013

General Information
Address: 9000 West Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53226
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (414) 266-6784
Appointment Requests: (414) 266-6784
Year Formalized: 2004
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule:
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
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Michael G. Earing, MD
IM, Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 12
% 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: 1950
Half-day Sessions (per week): 14
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?
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:3
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: 3
Cardiac Care Associates: Lindsay Katzmark, APNP, Nancy Rudd, APNP Jane Sowinski, RN
Other Program Staff: Angel Lindsey
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 752
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 52
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 3
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 3
Director's Description
Largest Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program in the state of the Wisconsin and only program staffed by individuals taht spend 100% of their clinical time caring for adults with congenital heart disease.
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 (1 & 2 year)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2012
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: 2012