Adult Congenital Heart Disease


The Center for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) at Washington University School of Medicine 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 Midwest, actively providing care for approximately 2000 patients.

Clinical expertise

The ACHD program 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, including MRI, CT, and PET/CT, high risk obstetrics/maternal cardiology, pulmonary hypertension, as well as cardiac and multi-organ transplantation and other advanced therapies.

Physicians from the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program are Board-Certified in ACHD and 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 Center for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Center at Washington University School of Medicine is completely equipped to provide the highest level of care to this unique population of patients.

Clinical affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Center for Advanced Medicine
Heart Care Institute

Patient information

Learn more about congenital heart disease at the Heart and Vascular Center »

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