Cardiologist specializing in adolescent and adult congenital heart disease.
Dr. Ami B. Bhatt is Co-Director of the Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Bhatt trained in internal medicine, pediatrics, adult cardiology and adult congenital heart disease. She divides her time between inpatient and outpatient care of adolescents and adults with CHD, medical student, resident and fellow teaching, and research in ACHD. The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at the MGH Heart Center is one of the oldest programs in the country and dedicated to personal and individualized care for the adolescent and adult with congenital heart disease.
Dr. Bhatt completed her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, her doctoral degree from Yale School of Medicine and trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Boston and the MGH for residency and fellowship. She is committed to the integration of teaching and innovative research in ACHD, increasing awareness and expanding knowledge of this rapidly growing population and training highly skilled clinicians and researchers in ACHD.
She is dedicated to patient advocacy groups through the American Heart Association and participates in local efforts dedicated to empowering today's adolescents and young adults with CHD to lead full and productive lives.
The MGH ACHD program works closely with other sections of the Heart and Vascular Centers as well as OB/Gyn, Genetics and Pediatrics. Dr. Bhatt sees patients who are contemplating pregnancy or already pregnant for one time consultations as well as pregnancy management, labor/delivery with OB, and postpartum care.
The MGH ACHD program has twice monthly multidisciplinary case reviews, led by Dr. Bhatt and Dr. Defaria. The group is happy to provide one time consultations to patients who have established pediatric or adult cardiologists, and Dr. Bhatt accepts new patients regularly as well.
ResearchDr. Bhatt's research interests focus on adults with congenital heart disease.
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