Miami Adult Congenital Heart Program (MACH)

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (305) 585-6683
Appointment Requests: (305) 585-6714
Year Formalized: 2009
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): University of Miami (Adult Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Jackson Main Campus (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: University of Miami
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Satinder K. Sandhu, MD
Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 22
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 50%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Alexandre Ferreira, MD
IM, IM Card
Years in ACHD: 20
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 40%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 364
Half-day Sessions (per week): 6
Outpatients seen at:Jackson Main Campus
Outpatients seen at:Jackson South
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?No
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:2
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Paolo Rusconi, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Mary Sokoloski, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Number of NPs/PAs:
NP/PA: Valerie Reid ARNP
Other Program Staff: Terri Burgess, MBA, Sr. Practice Manager
Other Program Staff: Kari Hess, Outreach Manager
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 125
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 10
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 1
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 1
Director's Description
*Multiple Satellite Clinics in Boca Raton, Weston and Key West. *Multispeciality expertise in Pulmonary, Endocrine, Nephrology, etc. *High Risk Obstetrics which includes the monthly multidisciplinary conference with cardiology, neonatology and MFM where cases are discussed and plans of care individually determined by the team for ACHD patients. *Social services including nutrition and/or psych etc.
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 & Adult), Individualized long-term mentoring (or informal ACHD fellowship)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2014
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A