Adult Congenital Heart Program | Clinician Resources

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The Boston Adult Congenital Heart (BACH) and Pulmonary Hypertension (PHT) program was created in 1990 and began accepting patients in 1992. It was formed in response to the highly specialized needs of a rapidly expanding patient population: Adults with Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD). As we expected, the number of patients and families cared for by BACH has grown and grown, and thankfully, so has our team.

Dedicated to being a partner of choice to local, regional, national and international clinicians, our current caregiver group consists of full time staff cardiologists, additional dedicated staff cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, mid-level practitioners, dedicated fellows, and two administrators.

Dr. Mullen with patient

We welcome you and your patients to the BACH program. We look forward to partnering with you to provide the highest level of care and education for your patients. If you're interested in learning more about the care of ACHD patients, please contact us with questions.


The advanced fellowship program in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) and pulmonary hypertension is a two-year multi-institutional program at Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. The program accepts two fellows each year.

This program places candidates on a career pathway that gives them a solid foundation and accomplishment for program building and leadership in the field of ACHD. The ACGME approved ACHD fellowship is designed as a two-year curriculum and meets the requirements set forth by the ABIM and ABMS to allow fellows to be Board-eligible for ACHD specialty certification. The goal of the fellowship is to train leaders in the field of adult congenital heart disease, with an emphasis on clinical excellence, innovative research, and education.

he clinical program includes training in outpatient and inpatient care with collaboration of multidisciplinary programs including pulmonary vascular disease, advanced heart failure, aortic conditions and connective tissue disorders, electrophysiology, exercise physiology, cardiac imaging, interventional cardiology, quality initiatives and pregnancy and cardiovascular disease. Fellows actively participate in dedicated conferences to discuss management issues in ACHD patients. To apply to the ACHD senior fellowship program, you may download the application.

Timeline for application and selection:
  1. Deadline for completed application: October 1st (for fellowships beginning July 1st of the following year)
  2. Interviews: November
  3. Final selection: December

Claudia Lywood
Program Administration Manager
Boston Children’s Hospital, Department of Cardiology, BACH
300 Longwood Avenue, Bader 202 Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 355-6508; e-Fax: (617) 730 7540

Julie Beckerdite, MBA
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
75 Francis Street Boston, MA 02120
Tel: (617) 732-7144; Fax: (617) 732-7134

Anne Marie Valente, MD
ACHD Senior Fellowship Director
Boston Children's Hospital, Department of Cardiology
300 Longwood Avenue, Bader 202 Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 355-6508; e-Fax: (617) 730-7540

To apply to our fellowship program, you will need to submit an application.


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