ACHA Announces 9th National Conference Honorary Co-Chairs

Posted Wednesday, Apr 14, 2021

ACHA is pleased to announce the appointment of Wayne Franklin, MD, and Christy Sillman, NP, as Honorary Co-Chairs of our 9th National Conference. The conference will take place June 23-25, 2022. Details and registration are available here.

Meet the Honorary Co-Chairs:

Wayne Franklin, MD

Dr. Franklin is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, MA, and UCLA School of Medicine. He did his residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Duke University. Dr. Franklin then did two simultaneous fellowships in adult cardiology and pediatric cardiology at St. Luke’s/Texas Heart Institute and at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM)/Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) in Houston. In 2004, he founded the Texas Adult Congenital Heart Program, where he served as Director from 2004-2018. In 2013, he was appointed Chief of Cardiology at the TCH Pavilion For Women. In September 2017, he was selected as Head of the Department of Adult Medicine at Texas Children's Hospital and Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Operations in the Department of Pediatrics. He is also the recipient of two prestigious Fulbright and Jaworski Awards of BCM Faculty Excellence, one in Teaching and one in Educational Leadership. Currently, he is a Professor in several University of Arizona-College of Medicine-Phoenix Departments, including the Departments of Medicine, Child Health, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. From an academic perspective, he is involved with several research projects on adults with congenital heart disease, specifically in patients with single ventricle-Fontan physiology, neurocognitive outcomes, pulmonary hypertension, cardiac disease in pregnancy, and most recently, transition medicine. Since 2018, he has been the Co-Director of the Heart Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.


Christy Sillman, NP

Christy Sillman is an ACHD nurse practitioner at the Sutter Sacramento Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program in Sacramento, CA. She is passionate about transitional care from pediatric to adult congenital cardiology, patient empowerment, and advancing the field of adult congenital heart care. Christy’s professional empathy comes from her own congenital heart journey as a patient with Tetralogy of Fallot and pulmonary atresia. Her unique viewpoint as both a patient and a professional enhances the way she approaches patient care and advocacy. Christy is the North American regional cardiac care professional representative for the International Society of Adult Congenital Heart Disease, and is a resident blogger for ACHA.



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