Adult Congenital Heart Program

In 2004, the Yale-New Haven Adult Congenital Heart Program was initiated as the first integrated program in the state of Connecticut dedicated to the care of adult patients with complex congenital heart disease. This truly multidisciplinary program encompasses the full spectrum of care. The program provides regular inpatient and outpatient services to the most complex adult congenital heart patients, offering a full spectrum of imaging, exercise testing, and surgical as well as less-invasive catheterization therapies. The program is staffed by Dr. John Fahey from Pediatric Cardiology and Dr. Robert Elder, who holds joint appointments in Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Cardiology. The team also includes Dr. Daniel Jacoby from Adult Cardiology, who has expertise in advanced heart failure therapy, as well as Nancy Rollinson, APRN.

As participants in the Yale Adult Congenital Heart Program, adolescents and adults can expect to have detailed education about their underlying congenital heart defect, its management, and the implications on future functioning. Participation in this program ensures that their pediatric congenital heart disease will be managed in the context of adult medicine with a multidisciplinary team that includes pediatric and adult cardiologists, adult pulmonologists, genetic counselors, and social work. This center provides state of the art diagnostic imaging, including echocardiography and MRI. The program works closely with Yale High Risk Obstetric and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Programs to provide obstetrics and perinatology service to women with congenital heart disease, and referral for fetal echocardiography as indicated.

The multidisciplinary team includes interventional experts in congenital cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology who have a combined experience of over forty years in the field. Our cardiothoracic surgical team has extensive expertise in congenital heart disease and adult cardiac surgery with an experience that spans three decades. Other members of the team include experts from the Yale Congestive Heart Failure and Transplant programs as well as a wide array of sub-specialists in related areas including liver and kidney disease.

For referral or appointments, please call: 203-785-2022 and ask for an appointment with the Adult Congenital Heart Program or e-mail ACHD@yale.edu.