Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center of UPMC

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 4401 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (412) 692-5609
Appointment Requests: (412) 692-5540
Year Formalized: 2011
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Heart Institute, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (Pediatric Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute (Adult Hospital)
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Stephen C. Cook, MD
IM, IM Card, Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 9
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 100%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Lee Beerman, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD:
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD:
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1324
Half-day Sessions (per week): 7
Outpatients seen at:Heart Institute, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Outpatients seen at:UPMC Heart and Vascular 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: Pediatric Hospital
Invasive EP procedures are done: 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:2
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Jackie Kreutzer, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Michael Mathier, MD
IM, IM Card
Number of NPs/PAs:
NP/PA: Vanessa Kowalski CRNP
NP/PA: Patricia Hovanec CRNP
RN/LPN: Ashley McCourt, RN, BSN
Other Program Staff: Lynn Worth, Senior Practice Manager
Other Program Staff: Robin Telles, MSW, LSW, Clinical Social Worker and Morgan Hindes, Research Coordinator
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 544
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
Innovative program in western Pennsylvania providing regionalized and specialized expertise through a multidisciplinary approach to address the unique needs of the adult with a variety of complex congenital defects. Unique to this program is the well-developed relationship between the ACHD and Heart Failure/ Transplant teams at UPMC. Together this team of physicians address the growing number of patients with heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and those requiring transplant evaluation.
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), Formal dedicated ACHD fellowship (1 year)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2015
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A