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Ami B. Bhatt, MD

  • Director, MGH Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program


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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.





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
  • 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
  • Centene/Celticare
  • 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
  • Medicaid
  • 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

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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.

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

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