Adolescent & Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Program

Advancing Care for Teens and Adults With Congenital Heart Disease

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Program director Curt Daniels, MD, discusses the capabilities of his team

Adolescent & Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Program

Adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease have different considerations than children. Because of these factors, specialized centers have been developed across the country to care for these patients. Nationwide Children’s is fortunate to have one such specialized program. The Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Program at Nationwide Children's was created to meet the medical and surgical needs of this unique and complex population and is comprised of a dedicated team of medical experts who have devoted their careers to the care of these patients.

ACHA Badge

Our program has been accredited by the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA)

About the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Program

Established in 2000, this program has become one of the largest and leading ACHD programs in the United States with an average annual patient growth of 30% – over 2,000 patients total. Patients with all forms of congenital heart disease, from simple to complex, receive treatment from our specialized team, including patients with pulmonary hypertension and cardiovascular connective tissue disorders. Patients are seen at both Nationwide Children’s Hospital and at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, which allows patient care to be individualized utilizing the most appropriate resources from each institution. The Columbus Ohio Adult Congenital Heart Disease (COACH) Program is committed to improving ACHD care not only through excellence in patient care, but also through research, education and advocacy.

The COACH Program is very involved in designing the future of ACHD care through participation in the Vision 2020 national strategic initiative of the Adult Congenital Heart Association. COACH members are active participants in each of the four working groups:  Regional Centers of Care; Program Accreditation; Workforce Development; and Business Models for successful programs.

Our Program Expertise

Meet Our ACHD Team 

The COACH (Columbus Ohio Adult Congenital Heart Disease) Program at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a dedicated group of medical professionals who have devoted their careers to the care of patients like you.

Our cardiologists, board certified in internal medicine and pediatric cardiology, understand your heart defects, surgeries, and other adult congenital heart issues. Our nurses are also highly trained in the field of adult congenital heart disease. The COACH team works in collaboration with your primary care doctor and cardiologists to understand your medical and cardiac history and your specific needs in order to provide you with optimal care.

We are proud to announce that four of our adolescent and adult congenital heart disease cardiologists - Curt Daniels, MD, May Ling Mah, MD, Sharon Roble, MD and Elisa Bradley, MD - were among the first 230 cardiologists in the country to receive ACHD Board Certification. 

Services We Offer

Children and adolescents with heart disease are reaching adulthood and require ongoing specialized cardiovascular care. The comprehensive resources of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center combined with the expertise in congenital diseases of Nationwide Children's Hospital provide a unique depth of services for the unique and complex population of adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease. Our experts understand the natural history of congenital heart disease as well as the care after surgical or specialized transcatheter therapy.

ACHD Adult Fontan Clinic

Adult Fontan Clinic

The Adult Fontan Clinic has combined the efforts of specialists from multiple areas to provide our patients with single ventricle physiology who have undergone the Fontan procedure.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Transition Program

Congenital Heart Disease Transition Program

The shift for adolescents from child-centered to adult-centered care is a gradual process that The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital calls the Transition Program.

Fetal Echocardiography

High-Risk Pregnancy & Reproductive Health

Although most women with congenital heart disease can successfully carry a pregnancy, some are at substantial risk.

Cardiac Cath Suite

Cardiac Cath Suites

The Heart Center has taken a cutting-edge leap with the opening of two hybrid cardiac suites, which combine innovations in catheterization, diagnostic and telecommunication technologies.

Meet Our Patients

Samantha's story

Read Samantha's Story

Name: Samantha D.
Condition(s): Coarctation of the Aorta, Hypertension, Ventricular Septal Defect
Age Today: 31 Years

With CHD, you are never 100% cured. I heard it explained to me one, you are like a car that needs service and repair every so often. I will forever be grateful for my angel baby for saving my life.

Samantha's story

Read Samantha's Story

Name: Samantha M.
Condition(s): Marfan Syndrome
Age Today: 33 Years

At my 2 year check up my family doctor noticed a murmur. He then sent me to Children's Hospital for further testing. I was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome. My condition effects all the connective tissue in my body.

Tash S

Read Tash's Story

Name: Tash S.
Condition(s): Adolescent Adult Congenital Heart Disease ACHD, Ventricular Septal Defect, Pulmonary Valve and Branch Stenosis
Age Today: 32 Years

When Tash was born, the doctor and nurses discovered she had a murmur due to being born with a hole in her heart. They gave the hole in her heart time to heal itself, but it never did.

Six Myths About Adult Congenital Heart Disease

6 Myths About Adult Congenital Heart Disease

If you’re a teen or adult who had congenital heart disease (CHD), or a heart defect, as a child, you will need lifelong care. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is home to the leading adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) program in the country. Our experts are specially trained to care for the unique needs of teens and adults with congenital heart disease. So you can continue to lead a healthy life. And a long one.