Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

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Our skilled multidisciplinary team sets the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Program apart from any other ACHD programs in the Chicago area. Andrew deFreitas, MD, directs ACHD outreach, research and imaging. Dr. deFreitas has specific training and experience in caring for adolescents and adults with CHD. Our surgery team includes Sunjay Kaushal, MD, PhD, Division Head of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery, who is board-certified in thoracic surgery, congenital cardiac surgery and general surgery; and Michael Monge, MD, who directs adult congenital heart surgery and is board-certified in thoracic surgery. The surgical outcomes for repair of congenital heart disease at Lurie Children’s are among the best in the nation, as reported by the STS. We offer a unique adolescent to adult care transition program that is customized for each patient.​

When an adolescent patient is deemed ready for transition into the ACHD program, their pediatric cardiologist will refer them to an ACHD cardiologist at Lurie Children’s. The transition from pediatric providers to an adult specialist can be overwhelming and confusing. Our ACHD providers are here to help alleviate the stress and confusion that can come with transition of care. Our new Transition Program offers education for CHD patients 15 and over. This care coordination from pediatric cardiologist to ACHD cardiologist provides a seamless continuity of care and reduces risks of problems from multiple hand-offs to different physicians.

We prioritize information sharing and education efforts on behalf of other doctors about the care ACHD patients should receive. Lurie Children’s is a member institution of the Chicago Adult Congenital Heart Network (CATCH), which is a patient-centered, multi-institutional network of ACHD programs in the metro Chicago region. CATCH was created to help ensure that all adults with CHD in the area receive appropriate follow-up care in keeping with national practice guidelines.

Conditions We Treat

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Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

R. Andrew de Freitas, MD

Dr. de Freitas is an attending of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease program at Lurie Children’s, and the Co-Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease program at Northwestern Memorial. He is dually certified in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, as well as Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Cardiology. Additionally, Dr. de Freitas is interested in non-invasive cardiac imaging including cardiac MRI.

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Michael C. Mongé, MD

Dr. Michael Monge is a cardiovascular-thoracic surgeon at Lurie Children’s. He serves as our director of adult congenital heart surgery as well as director of pediatric mechanical circulatory support with dual privileges at Northwestern Medicine. Dr. Monge has been practicing at Lurie Children’s since 2013.

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Osama M. Eltayeb, MD

Dr. Eltayeb has been part of the Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery team at Lurie Children’s since 2014. Additionally, he serves as an Assistant Professor of Cardiac Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is board certified in Thoracic Surgery and General Surgery.

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Sunjay Kaushal, MD, PhD

Dr. Kaushal is the Division Head of the Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery department. Dr. Kaushal is board certified in thoracic surgery, congenital cardiac surgery and general surgery. Dr. Kaushal joined Lurie Children’s in 2020.

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Paul Tannous, MD, PhD

Dr. Tannous is an attending physician in Lurie Children’s Interventional Cardiology Program and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is board certified in Pediatric Cardiology, General Pediatrics and Adult Congenital Heart Disease. 

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Jenifer P. Horn, APRN-NP

Jenifer is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner who is able to provide care for patients of any age, birth through adulthood. As a member of the ACHD team, she provides care to adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease at Lurie Children’s. Jenifer provides consultation services both at Lurie Children’s and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Margaret Steele, PA-C

Margaret is a board certified Physician Assistant. 

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Make an Appointment

Please call 312.227.4403 for questions or to schedule your appointment with the ACHD Program team. In addition to in-person visits, we now offer telemedicine visits via video or phone. Some appointments will still require you to be seen in-person, but your physician and care team will let you know if a telemedicine appointment is available.

Before an appointment is scheduled, please sign a Release of Information in order to obtain past medical records. Signed forms can be emailed to or faxed to 312.227.9640 marked "Attention: ACHD".

Lurie Children’s ACHD Contact Information
225 E. Chicago Ave, Box 21
Chicago, IL 6611
P: 312.227.4403
F: 312.227.9640

Second Opinions

For families or providers seeking a second opinion, we offer a Priority Second Opinion Clinic.

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ACHD Events

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