Adult Congenital Heart Disease


The Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) program at Washington University was founded in 1992 by Dr. Philip Ludbrook. The ACHD program is currently one of the largest programs providing care for adults with congenital heart defects in the United States, according to the listings of the International Society for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease. The ACHD provides care for approximately 2000 patients.

A full range of diagnostic capabilities is available, including:

  • Cardiac catheterization and angiography
  • Transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography
  • Radiological services, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and functional imaging, CT scanning, and PET/CT scanning

The ACHD program is part of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, which is a multidisciplinary Center of Excellence that is supported by an extensive network of collaborative services, including cardiothoracic surgery programs in both adult and pediatric cardiac disease, electrophysiology and arrhythmia diagnosis/management, interventional cardiology, cardiothoracic radiology, high risk obstetrics/gynecology, as well as all the usual consultative services in Internal Medicine and Surgery and their subspecialties.


Philip Barger, MD, Director

Clinical expertise

Physicians from the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program treat congenital cardiac conditions in patients who have been repaired as children or adolescents, patients with unrepaired defects and newly diagnosed or suspicion of defects that do not present themselves until adulthood. The center of excellence team has experience with all defects from the simplest to the most complex. The Washington University School Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Center is completely equipped to provide the highest level of care to this unique population of patients. In addition to typical cardiology care, this includes:

  • Adult congenital cardiac catheterization and intervention
  • Adult congenital cardiac surgery
  • Adult congenital electrophysiology
  • Adult congenital cardiac transplantation
  • Pulmonary hypertension specialists

The standards of practice of the ACHD program involve a major commitment to excellent clinical care, teaching (at all levels) and clinical research.

Patient information

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Patients: 314-362-1291 or 888-210-8375


Washington University and Barnes Jewish Heart & Vascular Center
Center for Advanced Medicine
Washington University Medical Center
4921 Parkview Place, Suite 8A
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-362-1291