PHA Board of Trustees

Melisa Wilson, ARNPMelisa Wilson, ARNP

Pulmonary Hypertension Coordinator, Orlando Regional Medical Center
Scientific Leadership Council Representative
Orlando, Fl.
Board term ending: June 2016

Melisa Wilson, MSN, ACNP, ARNP-BC is the Pulmonary Hypertension Program Coordinator for the Orlando Health Heart Institute where she involved in both outpatient and inpatient clinical practice, research, staff development, policy and procedure writing, and patient teaching. She has 12 years of cardiology experience and 8 years of experience in pulmonary vascular disease. She is the past chair of the Pulmonary Hypertension Professional Network symposium committee and is the current executive chair of the Pulmonary Hypertension Professional Network. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Team. She is also involved with the Orlando Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) support group.

Melisa resides on the Pulmonary Hypertension Association Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Oversight Committee, the PHA Scientific Leadership Council, and the PHA Board of Trustees. Mrs. Wilson has presented on various topics related to pulmonary hypertension at numerous national conferences including the American College of Cardiology 13 Expo, the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meeting, the American Academy of Heart Failure Nurses Advance Heart Failure Conference, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association Conference, and multiple Pulmonary Hypertension Professional Network Symposiums.

Melisa received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Health Science Education from the University of Florida in 1999. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the Florida State University in December of 2003. She worked as a registered nurse in an emergency department at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital while pursing her Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Florida in December 2005. Melisa has served as adjunct faculty at Florida State University where she did evaluations for advance practice nursing students in the central Florida region. Melisa is a licensed Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and is nationally certified through the American Nurses Credential Center.


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