Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center of UPMC

Data valid for 2013

General Information
Address: 4401 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (412) 692-5609
Appointment Requests: (412) 692-5540
Year Formalized: 2010
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule:
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Heart Institute, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (Pediatric Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Adult Hospital)
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Stephen C. Cook, MD FACC
IM, IM Card, Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 8
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 100%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Lee Beerman, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 31
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 25%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1997
Half-day Sessions (per week): 8
Out-patients seen at:Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
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: Pediatric Hospital
Invasive EP procedures are done: Adult/Pediatric Hospital
ACHD Surgeries are done: 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:1
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Fred Sherman, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Number of Cardiac Care Associates:
Cardiac Care Associates: Vanessa Kowalski, CRNP; Patricia Hovanec, CRNP; Ashley McCourt, CRN;
Other Program Staff: Robin Telles, MSW, LSW, Clinical Social Worker (Morgan Hindes, Research Coordinator)
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 486
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 62
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 2
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 2
Director's Description
Emerging program in western PA providing both regionalized care and subspecialty expertise through a multidisciplinary approach to address the unique needs of the adult with CHD.
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: No
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2011
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A