Data valid at 2017

Washington Adult Congenital Heart

Washington, DC — (202) 476-4949

111 Michigan Avenue Northwest
3rd Floor Main, Ste. 3700
Washington, DC 20010
United States

(202) 476-4949
(202) 476-2728
(202) 821-6289
rphillip@childrensnational.org
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Yes
2001

Affiliations

Children's National Health System
Pediatric Hospital
Medstar Washington Hospital Center
Adult Hospital
George Washington University School of Medicine

Clinic Staffing

Medical Director

Anitha S. John, MD, PhD
ACHD, IM, Peds, Ped Card
8
100%

Administrative Program Director/Manager

Ruth E. Phillippi
MS

2 Additional Cardiologists attend Clinic

Seiji Ito, M.D.
ACHD, IM, Peds, Ped Card
Tacy Downing, MD
ACHD, IM, Peds, Ped Card

Nursing & Other Staff

1
Rachel Steury MSN, APRN, C-NP Professional ACHA Member
Emily Stein MSW, LICSW
Nancy Klein BSN, RN, CPN Professional ACHA Member
Whitney Osborne MPH
Elizabeth Ballew BS

Surgical and Interventional Resources

582
51
3
3

Training & Research

Yes
Formal ACHD rotation for general cardiology fellows (in Peds & Adult), Individualized long-term mentoring (or informal ACHD fellowship)
Yes
2017
2017

Care Setting

1546
10
Children's National Health System
Medstar Washington Hospital Center
Yes
Yes
Adult/Pediatric Hospital
Adult/Pediatric Hospital
Adult/Pediatric Hospital
Yes
Yes - at age 14
Yes, 1-3 times per month
Yes

Clinical Services Offered

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
In collaboration with our pulmonary hypertension specialists.
Within our ACHD Program
Referred to a suitable lung transplant program

Director's Description

Developed in partnership with the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the Washington Adult Congenital Heart Program (WACH) provides continuity of care for adults with congenital heart disease – both survivors of early surgery and newly
diagnosed adults. This unique collaboration is the only program in the mid-Atlantic region that is accredited as a comprehensive adolescent and adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) care center through the Adult Congenital Heart Association.
Established in 2001, the Washington Adult Congenital Heart Program is the oldest and largest adult congenital heart program in the Washington, D.C., region.

The WACH Program works collaboratively with Children's National Heart Institute’s pediatric cardiologists and cardiac specialists at MedStar Washington Hospital Center to provide seamless care, and joins forces with subspecialists within cardiology and across disciplines such as hematology, nephrology and OB/GYN to provide comprehensive care to adults with congenital heart disease. By combining intellectual resources and technology from both institutions, such as cardiac MRI, cardiac catheterization, and electrophysiology services, doctors provide the most thorough evaluations and treatment for complex congenital heart patients. The mission of the Washington Adult Congenital Heart Program is to provide expert, subspecialized comprehensive and collaborative, patient-centered care to adults affected by congenital heart disease. Our goal has been to become a regional and national center of excellence through promoting collaboration, providing ACHD focused education, and leading hypothesis driven multicenter research.

We currently see patients in 5 locations throughout the DC/MD/VA area and are committed to being accessible to our patients, be it through our expanding clinic options or our patients' ability to contact a clinician 24/7 if needed.We have
strong ties to other regional ACHD programs and often serve as a tertiary referral site for specialized care. Additionally, being centered in the nation's capital provides for unique opportunities to participate in research collaborations with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as provide our expertise to members of governmental departments and members of the armed services.

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