Care at 6 Locations
Our skilled multidisciplinary team sets the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Program apart from any other ACHD programs in the Chicago area. Lisa Forbess, MD, leads the program and Andrew deFreitas, MD, directs ACHD outreach, research and imaging. Both cardiologists have specific training and experience in caring for adolescents and adults with CHD. Our surgery team includes Joseph Forbess, MD, MBA, Division Head of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery, who is board-certified in thoracic surgery and congenital cardiac 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.
Dr. Lisa Forbess is the Medical Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) program at Lurie Children’s and an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Forbess graduated from Harvard Medical School and trained in Adult and Pediatric Cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Forbess is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease as well as Adult Congenital Heart Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Forbess has advanced training in echocardiography and has expertise in preconception counseling, contraceptive counseling and in the management of heart disease in pregnancy.
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.
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.
Dr. Backer is part of our Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery department as well as the A.C. Buehler Professor of Surgery. Dr. Backer has been on staff at Lurie Children’s since 1988. Dr. Backer serves as the President of the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society.
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.
Dr. Forbess is the Division Head of the Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery department as well as the Surgical Director for the Single Ventricle Reconstruction Program. Dr. Forbess is board certified in thoracic surgery and congenital cardiac surgery. Dr. Forbess joined Lurie Children’s in 2017.
Marta is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and brings years of experience taking care of Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) patients. She is a member of our ACHD team and provides consultation services both at Lurie Children’s and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
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.