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Office of Continuing Professional Development

Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Massachusetts General Hospital





The American College of Cardiology has recognized a practice gap in the education of Adult Congenital Heart Disease. The ACC recently began an initiative to address this gap, it is referred to as PATCH: Provider Action for Treating Congenital Hearts. Massachusetts is one of the 5 pilot states for the PATCH program. Dr. Ami Bhatt is the Massachusetts Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program Director Representative for the Mass PATCH Team.

This live CME course is oriented towards care based understanding of Adult Congenital Heart Disease. As there are currently not enough clinicians with expertise in ACHD care for the growing population, the general adult cardiologist needs to be an integral component of their care. Loss to follow up is also a considerable problem in this population. 

Therefore, primary care physicians and obstetricians need to recognize the ACHD, understand the basics and assess the need for referral. Pediatric cardiologists often carry the care of their patients into adulthood because of a lack, or perceived lack of, qualified adult cardiologists to whom they can transfer their patients. However, these clinicians are not experienced in general adult internal medicine and therefore, are not optimally positioned to address complex multiorgan system dysfunction in complex Congenital Heart Disease, associated adult disease processes, pregnancy and contraception issues, or superimposed coronary artery risk factor management or disease. This course willprovide further opportunity to improve the care of patients with Adult Congenital Heart Disease.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize Congenital Heart Disease in the adult in order to assess long term risks and prioritize the need for referral
  2. Identify risk factors for poor outcome in adults with Congenital Heart Disease to refine management plans
  3. Formulate an approach to the Adult Congenital Heart Disease patient in order to ensure timely follow up for predictable complications from childhood interventions
  4. Detect and diagram Adult Congenital Heart Disease anatomy with targeted imaging to raise the local caregiver team’s awareness and comfort with the Adult Congenital Heart Disease individual
  5. Synthesize objective data to delineate potential clinical trajectory and facilitate multidisciplinary coordinated care for the Adult Congenital Heart Disease patient
  6. Identify maternal and fetal risks and guide pre, intra and post partum evaluation and management for pregnant women with Adult Congenital Heart Disease, or those contemplating pregnancy.
  7. Educate and motivate individuals with Adult Congenital Heart Disease to manage their care by participating in life activities, promoting safe physical activity, and advocating for their care and improvement in quality of life

Target Audience

Cardiologists, Cardiac Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, Obstetricians, Pediatric Cardiologists, Radiologic Imagers, Fellows, NP’s and PA’s


7:00 am




Thomas E. MacGillivray, MD


ACHD: A Growing Population Within Your Practice

Ami B. Bhatt, MD


The Newly Diagnosed Congenital Heart Lesion in the Adult

Doreen Defaria-Yeh, MD


Surgical Management and Long Term Surgical Sequelae in Congenital Heart Disease

Thomas E. MacGillivray, MD


Role of Interventional Catheterization in Adult Congenital Heart Practice

Ignacio Inglessis, MD


Coffee Break


Echocardiography in Adult Congenital Heart Disease: Tricks of the Trade

Mary Etta King, MD


Advanced Cardiac Imaging in the Adult Congenital Heart Patient

Brian B. Ghoshhajra, MD


Coronary Anomalies

Richard R. Liberthson, MD

12:00 pm

Lunch – Case Challenges – Panel Discussion


Diagnosis and Management of Ebstein Anomaly: An Evolving Story

Richard R. Liberthson, MD


Management of Today’s Adult Patient with Transposition of the Great Arteries: An Inspirational Story

Doreen Defaria-Yeh, MD


Univentricular Heart, the Fontan Repair and the Late Complications

Ami B. Bhatt, MD


Coffee Break


Eisenmenger Syndrome and Pulmonary Hypertension in the ACHD Patient

Richard N. Channick, MD


Pregnancy and Contraception in ACHD

Laura E. Riley, MD


Fetal Echocardiography

Rebecca S. Beroukhim, MD


Acquired Heart Disease in ACHD: Additional Challenges for an Aging Population

Ami B. Bhatt, MD


Closing Remarks

Ami B. Bhatt, MD; Doreen Defaria-Yeh, MD; Thomas E. MacGillivray, MD




$295 – Physicians
$245 – Allied Health Professionals and Fellows in training


Cancellation Policy: Refund requests must be received by email to by April 11, 2014.  No refunds will be made thereafter.  A $20 administrative and processing fee will be deducted for the cancellation.

Hotel Room Reservations

Liberty Hotel Reservations: there are a small number of rooms blocked for this course. The rate is $269 for Sunday night only (May 11th). To reserve a room, you should call the hotel directly to make a reservation:  617-224-4000. You will need to ask for the “2014 Adult Congenital Heart Disease CME” room block.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lisa Defabritiis at or 617-643-3238.

CME Information

Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Partners HealthCare System designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.