Medical Leadership

In early 2011, the PHA Scientific Leadership Council started development of the PH Care Centers initiative to assure outstanding care in pulmonary hypertension. Appointed by the PHA Board of Trustees, the PHCC Oversight Committee is tasked with management and governance of the PHCC initiative.

PHCC Oversight Committee

Michael McGoon, MD

Michael D. McGoon, MD
Mayo Clinic

Chair, PHCC Oversight Committee

Murali Chakinala Murali M. Chakinala, MD
Washington University in Saint Louis

Laura D'Anna, DrPH, MPA
California State University

PHA Board of Trustees Representative

Brian Hanna

Brian Hanna, MD, CM, PhD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Diane Ramirez

Diane Ramirez

Patient Representative

Jeffrey S. Sager, MD, MSCE

Jeffrey S. Sager, MD, MSCE
Santa Barbara Pulmonary Consultants

Melisa Wilson

Melisa A. Wilson, ARNP, ACNP-BC
Orlando Health Heart Institute

Karen Fagan, MD

Karen A. Fagan, MD
University of South Alabama

Chair, PHA Scientific Leadership Council
Ex-Officio, Non-Voting

Michael Patrick Gray

Michael Patrick Gray
Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Program Director, PHCC
Ex-Officio, Non-Voting


PHCC Review Committee

The PHCC Review Committee is tasked with reviewing the site applications, conducting site visits, issuing accreditation decisions, and monitoring Centers' periodic status reports.

Erika Berman Rosenzweig, MD (Chair)
Columbia University

Christine Archer-Chicko, MSN
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

David Badesch, MD
University of Colorado
Raymond Benza, MD
Allegheny General Hospital
Anna Brown, RN, ARNP
Vanderbilt University
Bruce Brundage, MD
University of California, Los Angeles
Michelle Cash, MSN, RN, APRN
Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Louise Durst, RN
Mayo Clinic

Harrison Farber, MD
Boston University

Wendy Hill, RN, NP-C, MSN
West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center

Traci Housten, RN, MS
Johns Hopkins University
Natalie Kitterman, BSN, RN
Intermountain Medical Center
Laurie Lawler, RN
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Juliana Liu, RN, MSN, ANP-C
Stanford University
Harold Palevsky, MD
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Abby Poms, RRT, RCP
Duke University
Ivan Robbins, MD
Vanderbilt University

Robert Schilz, DO, PhD
Case Western Reserve

Victor Tapson, MD
Glenna Traiger, RN, MSN
University of California, Los Angeles
Tim Williamson, MD
University of Kansas Hospital 
Joel Wirth, MD
Maine Medical Center
Delphine Yung, MD
Seattle Children's Hospital
Dianne Zwicke, MD
Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center

Raising the Level of Care

Anticipated Outcomes

  • Patients are better informed about comprehensive PH care
  • Patients have improved access to Centers with expertise in PH
  • Patients experience less time between symptom onset and diagnosis
  • A medical community better informed about standards of PH care
  • Therapeutic modalities are appropriately used to improve long-term outcomes
  • Increased opportunities for collaboration between Centers for clinical care and PH research

Prepare for your Application

To prepare for your PHCC Application, download the PHCC Pre-Application Packet (.zip) today.


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