• Press Release

Mount Sinai Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center Earns Accreditation from Adult Congenital Heart Association

A highly sought-after distinction from a national organization serving nearly two million adults in the U.S.

  • New York, NY
  • (November 23, 2020)

In recognition of its expertise in treating adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD), the Mount Sinai Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center has been accredited by the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) as a Comprehensive Care Center.

The Center, launched in January 2020 and directed by Ali N. Zaidi, MD, serves the medical and surgical needs of a growing population of adults born with congenital heart disease. It becomes one of just three ACHA adult CHD-accredited programs in New York State and 36 in the United States.

ACHA is a nationwide organization focused on connecting patients, family members, and health care providers to form a community of support and a network of experts with knowledge of congenital heart disease. Nearly 2 million adults in the United States are living with one of many different types of congenital heart defects, ranging from simple to complex. ACHA accreditation develops extensive criteria to standardize, and thus improve, the quality and safety of care for this cohort of adult patients.

"This achievement for Mount Sinai Heart has been a goal of mine for many years. I congratulate and thank Dr. Zaidi and his colleagues for making this a reality and for his outstanding dedication to improving quality of care for patients with congenital heart disease," says Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-In-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital.

“Advances in medicine and surgical techniques have greatly improved the odds of survival for newborns who are born with congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect. This translates to a growing adult population requiring expert care that is comprehensive and well coordinated across multiple specialties,” says Dr. Zaidi, who is the only physician in New York State trained and board certified in adult congenital heart disease, adult cardiology, pediatric cardiology, internal medicine, and pediatrics, and is one of a small group of physicians in the United States with five board certifications. “This accreditation represents a critical milestone in our center as we continue to refine our standards of clinical care and provide a seamless transition for young adults who move from pediatric cardiology to adult congenital heart disease and who often require a complement of well-coordinated specialty services,” says Dr. Zaidi.

“Obtaining accreditation from ACHA is a wonderful testament to the outstanding quality of care that is offered in our adult congenital heart program at Mount Sinai. We are lucky to have two outstanding and experienced adult congenital specialists in Dr. Zaidi and Barry Love, MD, and I am excited that the foremost organization for adult congenital care has put their stamp of approval on our program,” says Robert H. Pass, MD, Chief of Pediatric Cardiology and Director of Pediatric Electrophysiology at the Mount Sinai Health System.

“The accreditation from ACHA ensures the highest standard of clinical care for a growing population of young people who are born with congenital heart disease. While we can repair their hearts at a very early age, sometimes when they are just a day old, these patients will grow into adults who will require the highest standard of clinical care throughout their lives,” says Peter Pastuszko, MD, Chief of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of Pediatric Cardiovascular Services at Mount Sinai Health System. 

“There are now more adults than children in the United States with CHD,” said Mark Roeder, President and CEO of ACHA. “Accreditation will elevate the standard of care and have a positive impact on the futures of those living with this disease. Coordination of care is key, and this accreditation program will make care more streamlined for ACHD patients, improving their quality of life.”

In addition to providing comprehensive care for adults with all forms of congenital heart disease, the Mount Sinai ACHD Center includes a dedicated Fontan Clinic, which focuses on adults with single-ventricle Fontan physiology; this includes comprehensive evaluation, screening, and clinical care in a multidisciplinary care model. Mount Sinai’s Fontan Program is one of the only programs in New York State in which ACHD specialists, hepatologists (liver specialists), nutritionists, cardiac imagers, and mental health and social workers work together in a single setting. It is one of a small group of centers in the country offering a dedicated long-term survivorship program for adults with single-ventricle Fontan physiology.

To learn more about Mount Sinai’s ACHD Center please click on the link below:

About the Adult Congenital Heart Association 
The Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and extending the lives of adults with congenital heart disease (CHD). ACHA serves and supports the more than one million adults with CHD, their families and the medical community—working with them to address the unmet needs of the long-term survivors of congenital heart defects through education, outreach, advocacy, and promotion of ACHD research. For more information about ACHA, contact 888-921-ACHA or visit www.ACHAHeart.org.  

The ACHA ACHD Accreditation Program was partially funded by Actelion Pharmaceuticals U.S., Inc. ACHA and Actelion Pharmaceuticals have partnered together since 2007 to support the CHD community.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area, with 48,000 employees working across eight hospitals, more than 400 outpatient practices, more than 600 research and clinical labs, a school of nursing, and a leading school of medicine and graduate education. Mount Sinai advances health for all people, everywhere, by taking on the most complex health care challenges of our time—discovering and applying new scientific learning and knowledge; developing safer, more effective treatments; educating the next generation of medical leaders and innovators; and supporting local communities by delivering high-quality care to all who need it.

Through the integration of its hospitals, labs, and schools, Mount Sinai offers comprehensive health care solutions from birth through geriatrics, leveraging innovative approaches such as artificial intelligence and informatics while keeping patients’ medical and emotional needs at the center of all treatment. The Health System includes approximately 9,000 primary and specialty care physicians and 11 free-standing joint-venture centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida. Hospitals within the System are consistently ranked by Newsweek’s® “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals, Best in State Hospitals, World Best Hospitals and Best Specialty Hospitals” and by U.S. News & World Report's® “Best Hospitals” and “Best Children’s Hospitals.” The Mount Sinai Hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report® “Best Hospitals” Honor Roll for 2023-2024.

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