Northwestern Adult Congenital Center

Chicago, IL — (312) 695-4965

675 North St. Clair Street
Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

(312) 695-4965
(312) 695-4965
(312) 695-4965
christie.petersen@nm.org
Yes

Affiliations

Northwestern Medicine
Adult Hospital
Lurie Children's Hospital
Pediatric Hospital
Feinberg School of Medicine

Clinic Staffing

Medical Director

Marla A. Mendelson, MD
IM, IM Card, ACHD Board Eligible
30
55%

Medical Co-Director

R. Andrew DeFreitas, MD Professional ACHA Member
ACHD, IM, IM Card, Peds, Ped Card
22
100%

1 Additional Cardiologists attend Clinic

Esther Vorovich, MD
IM, IM Card, Heart Failure

Nursing & Other Staff

1
Jennifer Horn APN, FNP-C
Lisa Schneider RN

Care Setting

5-6
Northwestern Medicine
Lurie Children's Hospital
Yes
Yes
Adult/Pediatric Hospital
Pediatric/Adult Hospital
Pediatric/Adult Hospital
No
No
Yes, 1-3 times per month
Yes

Training & Research

No
No
2019
Data valid at 2019

Director's Description

As one of the first, adult congenital cardiac programs in the country and the largest in the state of Illinois, we have had the privilege of serving adults with congenital heart disease since 1990. This started as a joint venture with Children's Memorial Hospital to provide care for the growing population of adult survivors. It began after it was recognized that the most complicated patient in the already established Heart Disease and Pregnancy program had congenital heart disease. and there were no studies or guidelines to help in their care. We serve adult patients of all ages and genders but the special expertise is in managing high risk pregnancies and imaging patients with complex disease. At Northwestern, we have access to specialized care in obstetrics and gynecology; hematology; hepatology, heart failure and transplantation. It has been challenging and rewarding to care for patients over the last 30 years and to care for their offspring as adults with the same personalized care.