Westchester Adult/Teen Congenital Heart Program (WATCH)

Data valid for 2012

General Information
Address: 19 Bradhurst Avenue, Hawthorne, NY 10595
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (914) 594-4370
Appointment Requests: (914) 594-4370
Year Formalized: 2010
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule:
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Westchester Medical Center/Maria Fareri Children's Hospital (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: New York Medical College
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Markus Erb, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 4
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 25%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:

Years in ACHD:
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD:
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 38
Half-day Sessions (per week): 3
Out-patients seen at:Westchester Medical 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: Yes
Formal transition program between pediatric and ACHD clinics: Yes (Formal transition at age: 18)
Do you offer regularly scheduled patient care conferences?Yes, 1-3 times per month
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:
Michael Gewitz, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Joseph Harburger, MD
IM Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Alan Gass, MD
IM Card
Number of Cardiac Care Associates: 2
Cardiac Care Associates: Elizabeth Maxey Walsh, RN; Andrea Cronin, RN, F-NP
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 58
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 8
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 3
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 1
Director's Description
We are the first and only program in the Hudson Valley of Southern NY. While our program is based at Westchester Medical Center we have begun outreach programs with several satellite Adult Cardiology groups in our region to allow better access to our patients that live in more remote areas of the region, such as New Winsor(Newburgh), and Middletown(Crystal Run office). At Westchester Medical Center our set up thrives on the close communication and joined physical plant of the Pediatric and Adult Hospitals allowing for a more comfortable transition for our pediatric patients as they become adults.
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: N0
Financial/Medical Insurance Counseling: No
Medical Social Worker:No
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: Referred to a suitable lung transplant program
Training & Research
ACHD Training for Fellows: Yes
Programs that Apply:Individualized long-term mentoring (or informal ACHD fellowship)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: N/A
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A