Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center

Description of Services

Kristen DeichlerThe Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Center of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has a history of providing dedicated long-term care for patients with congenital heart disease. Children's ACHD Center provides care of adolescent, young adult and maternal patients with congenital heart disease. The center is staffed by professionals with a broad spectrum of expertise around issues faced by patients with congenital heart disease.

The goals of the ACHD Center are to:

  • Provide long term care to adults with congenital heart disease that will allow our patients to lead happy and productive lives
  • Smoothly transition patient care from childhood thru adolescence and young adulthood
  • Provide comprehensive medical care to patients with adult congenital heart disease
  • Counsel and facilitate the safe and successful care of adult congenital heart disease patients interested in having children

Services offered include:

  • Outpatient evaluation, management and continued care
  • Inpatient evaluation, management and continued care
  • Maternal-perinatal program with genetic counseling
  • Diagnostic imaging services
    • Transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography
    • MRI and CT-scan
  • Electrophysiology services including radio frequency and cryoablation ablation, pacemaker and AICD implantation
  • Diagnostic and interventional catheterization
  • Adult congenital cardiothoracic surgery
  • Ventricular assist device program
  • Cardiomyopathy and cardiac transplantation program

Referral Requirements

Referrals are required from primary care physicians or other Children’s Hospital specialty services. Referrals for patients enrolled in managed care insurance plans also may require authorization from the insurance provider and primary care physician. All necessary referral and authorization forms must be received before the patient’s visit. For accurate provider numbers or more information, please call the office number listed.



Clinical Studies

Stephen Cook, MD, FACC

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Lee Beerman, MD

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Victor Morell, MD

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Mahesh Sharma, MD

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Melita Viegas, MD

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  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center

    4401 Penn Avenue
    Floor 3
    Pittsburgh PA, 15224

  • UPMC Presbyterian

    200 Lothrop St.
    Floor 5
    Wing 5B
    Pittsburgh PA, 15213

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    Coping with Heart Disease – A Study of Adolescents and Adults

    Coping Mechanisms, Gender Difference, and Cardiovascular Risk in Adolescents and Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Read more

    Fontan Procedure Physiology

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    Sexual Dysfunction and Congenital Heart Disease – Pilot Study

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