Montreal Heart Institute Adult Congenital Heart Center

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 5000 Belanger Street, Montreal, QC H1T 1C8
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (514) 376-3330 ext 2159
Appointment Requests: (514) 376-3330 ext 2159
Year Formalized: 1989
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Montreal Heart Institute (Adult Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Sainte-Justine Hospital (Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School: University of Montreal
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Paul Khairy, MD, PhD
IM, IM Card
Years in ACHD: 13
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 80%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Annie Dore, MD
IM, IM Card
Years in ACHD: 17
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 80%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1868
Half-day Sessions (per week): 7
Outpatients seen at:Montreal Heart Institute
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 Hospital
Invasive EP procedures are done: Adult Hospital
ACHD Surgeries are done: Adult 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, 1-3 times per month
Does your program provide patient/family support or education meetings?Yes
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:5
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Blandine Mondesert, MD
IM, IM Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
François Marcotte, MD
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
François-Pierre Mongeon, MD
IM, IM Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Lise-Andrée Mercier, MD
IM, IM Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Reda Ibrahim, MD
IM, IM Card
Number of NPs/PAs:
RN/LPN: Marilène Dallaire RN, Clinical Nurse Coordinator
RN/LPN: Anna Proietti, RN ACHD Research Nurse Coordinator
Other Program Staff: Micheline Dufresne, Administrator
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 0
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 85
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 3
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 1
Director's Description
The Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Center is dedicated to providing the highest levels of comprehensive, innovative, and compassionate care to the adult with congenital heart disease. It is the first and largest center in Quebec dedicated to the care of adults with congenital heart disease, and one of the most prominent internationally. The center is unique in the diversity and depth of its expertise, with a highly trained team specialized in all aspects of care, including non-invasive imaging, arrhythmias, interventional catheter procedures, high-risk pregnancy, pulmonary hypertension, congenital surgery, genetics, and research. It is devoted to providing patients and their family members with support and information to guide them towards improving their quality of life and promoting their own health interests. It is also committed to the transmission of knowledge and training in multidisciplinary care and to the pursuit of excellence through research. The MHI ACHD promotes regional, national, and international exchanges and collaborations. Three specialized fellowship streams are offered, i.e., imaging, electrophysiology, and interventional that share core training in clinical ACHD care. Fellows are fully integrated into the ACHD center’s activities, including inpatient care, teaching rounds, and conferences. Full fellowship scholarships are limited and available on a competitive basis. All prospective applicants are encouraged to seek external sources of funding. This may be accomplished in collaboration with members of the MHI ACHD team.
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: No
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: Referred to a suitable lung transplant program
Training & Research
ACHD Training for Fellows: Yes
Programs that Apply:Formal ACHD rotation for general cardiology fellows (in Adult & Peds), Formal dedicated ACHD fellowship (1 & 2 year)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2015
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: 2015