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Ami B. Bhatt, MD

  • Director, MGH Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

617-726-8510

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Overview

Dr. Bhatt specializes in lifelong care and empowerment of Teens and Adults with Congenital Heart Disease, addressing valve problems,heart failure, multidisciplinary surgery, arrhythmia, pregnancy, transition, telemedicine & wellness programs.

Departments

Cardiology

Medicine

Pediatrics

Centers & Specialties

Heart Center

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Adolescent and young adult cardiology and transition care
  • Pregnancy and heart disease
  • Telemedicine
  • Turner's syndrome
  • Thoracic aortic disease
  • Williams syndrome
  • Pulmonary hypertension and cardiac disease
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Marfan Syndrome
Medical Education
  • MD, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
Foreign Languages
  • French
  • Gujarati
Locations
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Waltham: Mass General West
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric
Gender
Female

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Biography

Dr. Bhatt is an active clinical cardiologist, clinical investigator and educator. She graduated from Harvard University, obtained her doctoral degree from Yale School of Medicine and then trained at BWH, Children's Hospital of Boston and Mass General in internal medicine, pediatrics, cardiology and adult congenital heart disease (ACHD). She has developed a robust multidisciplinary curriculum at Mass General to provide requisite ACHD education to cardiovascular fellows from Mass General, Lahey Clinic, St. Elizabeth's Hospital and St. Vincent's Hospital. Dr. Bhatt is dedicated to patient advocacy groups including the AHA and Adult Congenital Heart Association and empowering individuals with CHD to lead full and productive lives.

She works in conjunction with the heart failure, transplant, arrhythmia and valve programs, OB/Gyn, Genetics and Pediatrics. With the Healthcare Transformation Lab, Dr. Bhatt offers TeleVisits to care for individuals with ACHD who live far from Boston or are limited in their ability to make in-person visits. At the Mass General ACHD Health and Wellness program in Waltham, patients receive education about CHD and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease primary prevention education.

Dr Bhatt directs the Mass General ACHD Multidisciplinary meeting, a weekly case-based patient review and education session which is CME accredited. The group is happy to provide one time consultations or collaborative care for local, US and international patients and physicians, in person and virtually.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
Dr. Bhatt's research interests focus on three main areas in adult congenital heart disease:

Vascular Disease: She has studied chronic venous insufficiency in Fontan physiology, arterial stiffness in Marfan and Williams syndrome, as well as pulmonary hypertension in congenital heart disease.

Risk Prediction: In this era of increasing emphasis on quality, cost-effective health care, Dr. Bhatt has focused on improving care delivery, both locally and at tertiary centers.  She is the recipient of the Sheila and John Balson Cardiac Scholar Award which has enabled her multicenter assessment of the use of the Seattle Heart Failure Model risk assessment tool as well as the Heart Failure Survival Score in predicting morbidity and mortality in the ACHD population. She also studies resource use, coronary artery anomalies and heart attack/stroke risk in ACHD.

Transition: Dr. Bhatt has been an active member of the MGHfC Transition Committee since 2009.  She has published on transition from MGHfC to MGH, and is involved in a national multicenter study of adolescent's knowledge of their need for lifelong care. She works with New England pediatric cardiology practices and with the MA Department of Public Health having received a CDC Grant for the Surveillance of Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease. Her research study with the MGH Psychiatry group entitled HEART "Helping Emerging Adults Reconcile Transition" addresses patient level challenges.

ACHD Education: Dr. Bhatt is also part of the American College of Cardiology PATCH (Provider Action for Treating Congenital Heart Disease) program, focusing on improving ACHD education for Massachusetts providers. She has designed and implemented an annual Board Review course in ACHD for the Mass ACC Chapter, has surveyed MA cardiologists regarding ACHD education needs and sponsors with her Harvard/MGH ACHD colleagues a national ACHD CME Course for the General Caregiver.
Publications

  1. AHA Scientific Statement: Congenital Heart Disease in the Older Adult. Circulation 2015.
  2. COCATS 4 Recommendations for Training in Adult Cardiovascular Medicine Core Cardiology Training: Task Force on Training in the Care of Adult Patients 2015.
  3. Distinct effects of losartan and atenolol on vascular stiffness in Marfan syndrome. Vasc. Med 2015
  4. Predicting Outcomes Using the Heart Failure Survival Score in Adults with Moderate or Complex Congenital Heart Disease. Congenit Heart Dis. 2014
  5. Usefulness of the Seattle Heart Failure Model to Identify Adults with Congenital Heart Disease at High Risk of Poor Outcome". Am J Cardiol. 2014
  6. High Resource Use among Adult Congenital Heart Surgery Admissions in Adult Hospitals: Risk Factors and Association with Death and Comorbidities. Congenit Heart Dis. 2014
  7. D-transposition of the great arteries: the current era of the arterial switch operation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014
  8. Survival in Eisenmenger syndrome: a paradigm shift in outcomes research for adult congenital heart disease? Heart. 2014
  9. Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: A JACC White Paper. 2011
  10. Clinician perceptions of transition of patients with pediatric-onset disease to adult medical care. IJCAH 2012
  11. Pathophysiology of chronic venous insufficiency in adults with a Fontan circulation IJC 2011
  12. The CALF (CHD in Adults Lower Extremity Systemic Venous Health in Fontan) study. JACC 2010

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News & Events

  • Brittany's Story: Defining Success Her Own Way

    Brittany Maag was born with congenital heart disease, but it doesn't stop her from living life to the fullest. The support she receives from the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program has helped her transition from pediatric to adult cardiology, but to also define success her own way.

  • Blue hat, green hat, doctor hat, mom hat

    A cow says moo. A sheep says baa. Three singing pigs say... If you just finished that sentence with La, La, La, then you and Dr. Ami Bhatt have a shared existence as parents.

  • Pregnancy and your heart

    Ami Bhatt, MD, medical director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses pregnancy and the impact on your heart.

  • Is stress hurting your health?

    Ami Bhatt, MD, medical director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, weighs in on the impact of stress to your health.

  • The stethoscope revolution

    At the 200th anniversary of the stethoscope, the tube that sends sounds to the doctor's ears is getting a makeover. Dr. Ami Bhatt, co-director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, writes about the digital rebirth of the stethoscope.

  • Here's what six doctors really think of Dr. Google

    Ami Bhatt, MD, medical director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, is interviewed with other medical thought leaders regarding Google.

  • Dr. Ami Bhatt on telehealth

    Dr. Ami Bhatt, co-director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, discusses telehealth, a virtual way to connect patients and doctors.

  • New stethoscope shows the potential of digital technology to reinvent health care

    Ami Bhatt, MD, medical director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, is interviewed about FDA approval of digital stethoscopes.

  • Middle-aged congenital heart disease survivors may need special care

    Ami B. Bhatt, MD, co-director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, authors recommendations on treating adults with congenital heart disease.

  • Managing adult congenital heart disease

    In order to address the value of wellness in adults patients with congenital heart disease, doctors and nurses from the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program have launched the ACHD Health and Wellness Program at MGH West in Waltham.

  • A dose of happiness

    Alix Chaguan, 34, is one of many adults with Down syndrome who also was born with debilitating heart disease.

  • First time's a charm: MGH performs first heart-lung transplant

    36-year-old Connecticut resident Benard Basant got his life back when he underwent the MGH's first combined heart-lung transplant surgery.

  • A new study examines cancer screening rates among patients with adult congenital heart disease.

    For the first time, researchers are beginning to document and evaluate cancer screening rates among ACHD patients. Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital collaborated with researchers at the University of Massachusetts: School of Medicine to conduct this study.

  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease & Heart Surgery

    Over one million adults in the United States have adult congenital heart disease (ACHD), a condition that occurs when the heart or related blood vessels do not develop properly before or at birth.

  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease & Heart Surgery Recovery Process

    For some adult congenital heart disease patients, heart surgery is needed. Patients often have questions about their condition, what the admission process is like, what to anticipate on the day of surgery and ask about expectations for their recovery process.

  • Sisters with congenital heart disease don't miss a beat

    As infants, Madelyn and Samantha Kanter were diagnosed with atrial septal defect. Following intervention as teens, they came to the Mass General Heart Center to keep them healthy through their adult lives.

  • Congenital heart patient champions women's heart health

    Debby Flaherty-Kizer has been living with Ebstein's anomaly for more than 30 years, but that hasn't prevented her from participating in triathlons and advocating for women's heart health across the country.

Multimedia

  • Not in Our House: Preventing Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease

    Ami Bhatt, MD, medical director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses the prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in adults with congenital heart disease.

  • Jack's Story: Adult Congenital Heart Disease

    At age 16, Jack Cadigan appeared to be a healthy, athletic high school student, playing on his school’s basketball team. That summer, Jack volunteered at a medical clinic in Haiti where they discovered he had an issue with his heart. He came to Mass General where Dr. Ami Bhatt diagnosed him with an atrial septal defect, which was repaired through surgery. Jack immediately noticed a big difference in his health, not realizing how limited he was before the surgery.

Contact

MGH Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114
Phone 1: 617-726-8510
Fax: 617-643-6844

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