Rady Children’s Hospital/UCSD Adult CHD Program

Data valid for 2013

General Information
Address: 3020 Children's Way, San Diego, CA 92123
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (858) 966-5855
Appointment Requests: (858) 966-5855
Year Formalized: 2000
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule:
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Rady Children’s Hospital/UCSD (Pediatric Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): UCSD Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center (Adult Hospital)
Medical School: University of California, San Diego
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
James C. Perry, MD
Peds, Ped Card, CHD EP
Years in ACHD: 16
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 25%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Eric Adler, MD
IM, IM Card, Heart Failure
Years in ACHD: 2
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 10%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1288
Half-day Sessions (per week): 2
Out-patients seen at:Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, UCSD Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
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: 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:
John Lamberti, MD
CV Surgery
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Hyong (Nick) Kim, MD
Int Med, PH
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Howaida El-Said, MD
Ped Card, Intervention
Number of Cardiac Care Associates: 1
Cardiac Care Associates: Suzanne Shepard, RN
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 460
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 23
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 3
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 3
Director's Description
Broad range of expertise and academic credentials in ACHD care throughout the program. Close collaboration of pediatric and adult cardiologists, as well as basic science efforts. Cardiac transplantation now available.
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)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2012
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: 2011