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
- Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
- Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program
- Thoracic Aortic Center
- Clinical Interests
- Adult congenital heart disease
- Adolescent and young adult cardiology and transition care
- Pregnancy and heart disease
- 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
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Adult Congenital Heart Disease
- Foreign Languages
- Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
- Waltham: Mass General Waltham
- 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
- BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
- Cigna (PAL #'s)
- Commonwealth Care Alliance
- 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
- 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
- Tufts Health Plan
- United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
- United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
- Well Sense Pediatrics
Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.
- Patient Age Group
- Adult and Pediatric
- Provider Gender
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.
- 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.
- AHA Scientific Statement: Congenital Heart Disease in the Older Adult. Circulation 2015.
- COCATS 4 Recommendations for Training in Adult Cardiovascular Medicine Core Cardiology Training: Task Force on Training in the Care of Adult Patients 2015.
- Distinct effects of losartan and atenolol on vascular stiffness in Marfan syndrome. Vasc. Med 2015
- Predicting Outcomes Using the Heart Failure Survival Score in Adults with Moderate or Complex Congenital Heart Disease. Congenit Heart Dis. 2014
- Usefulness of the Seattle Heart Failure Model to Identify Adults with Congenital Heart Disease at High Risk of Poor Outcome". Am J Cardiol. 2014
- High Resource Use among Adult Congenital Heart Surgery Admissions in Adult Hospitals: Risk Factors and Association with Death and Comorbidities. Congenit Heart Dis. 2014
- D-transposition of the great arteries: the current era of the arterial switch operation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014
- Survival in Eisenmenger syndrome: a paradigm shift in outcomes research for adult congenital heart disease? Heart. 2014
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: A JACC White Paper. 2011
- Clinician perceptions of transition of patients with pediatric-onset disease to adult medical care. IJCAH 2012
- Pathophysiology of chronic venous insufficiency in adults with a Fontan circulation IJC 2011
- The CALF (CHD in Adults Lower Extremity Systemic Venous Health in Fontan) study. JACC 2010
Mass General physicians presented on the podium, moderated sessions or showcased posters over 50 times at the American College of Cardiology 2018 Scientific Session.
Health care professionals at this year's ACC18 talked research, treatment approaches and guidelines on the podium and in conference halls
Health care professionals at this year’s American College of Cardiology Scientific Session and Expo discussed late-breaking research, innovative treatment approaches and brand new guidelines. The conversations carried over from the podium and conference halls onto Twitter.
Eight can't miss sessions at the ACC.18 Scientific Sessions that include Mass General presenters.
Better evidence is needed to develop guidelines for treating patients with supraventricular arrhythmias.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alix Chaguan, 34, is one of many adults with Down syndrome who also was born with debilitating heart disease.
36-year-old Connecticut resident Benard Basant got his life back when he underwent the MGH’s first combined heart-lung transplant surgery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ami Bhatt, MD, director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, discusses her mentors and their approach to patient care — in honor of the 100th anniversary of Cardiology at Mass General and Paul Dudley White, who founded our Cardiology Division in 1916.
Not in Our House: Preventing Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease
Ami Bhatt, MD, 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.
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