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Spring 2009

Care for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease

The Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, directed by John S. Child, M.D., is among the first and largest programs of its kind in the United States. The center’s staff includes two full-time clinical cardiologists, two nurse practitioners and a variety of multidisciplinary surgical and medical subspecialists and social and psychological support networks.

“Some of the patients we see are unlike any we have ever seen before, anatomically and hemodynamically,” says cardiologist Jamil Aboulhosn, M.D., a member of the Ahmanson/ UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center. “Successfully treating them requires a great amount of expertise and experience, and demands centers that have multiple specialists working together.”

In addition, the center and the Division of Pediatric Cardiology have established a comprehensive transition program for adolescents and young adults as they move from child-focused to an adult-oriented healthcare system. The UCLA Transitional Care Program for Adolescents/ Young Adults with Congenital Heart Disease was established to assist young patients and their families as they navigate the transition process.

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