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Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Joseph Kay, MD
Program Director

The management of adults with adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) is one of the most challenging and also one of the fastest growing areas in contemporary cardiology. The growth of this field has been accelerated by the fact that the first generation of children to undergo open heart surgery has now reached adulthood and they are developing disease syndromes that previously were not conceivable. Management of these patients is highly specialized and at the University of Colorado Hospital (in partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado) we have the necessary expertise. This includes clinical specialists trained in both adult and pediatric cardiology, pediatric heart surgeons who can navigate this complex physiology (often on multiple occasions in the same patient) and electrophysiologists with similarly advanced training in the complex anatomy. Our program is directed by Joseph Kay, MD who is board certified in medicine and pediatrics and also in adult and pediatric cardiology. The surgical team includes Drs. James Jaggers and David Campbell both of whom have national reputations in this area. In addition to these individuals there are several other physicians both at Children's Hospital Colorado and UCHealth with advanced training in ACHD as well as a complete complement of support personnel who are attuned to the special needs of this patient group. In addition to the management of adult patients, we are also committed to helping with the transition of younger individuals from a pediatric setting to an adult hospital.

Since the field of ACHD is relatively young, we are very involved with the training of future sub-sub-specialists and in the development of management guidelines that can shape the field going forward. To this end, we have taken the lead in the development of a multi-institutional consortium that can pool patient experience in order to define both the natural history of ACHD and also to develop appropriate therapeutic interventions.

To schedule a patient for evaluation, call (720) 848-7501. For more information, visit the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic webpage.