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PH Professional Network Mentor program

Mentor Profiles

The members of PH Professional Network listed here have volunteered to serve as mentors to healthcare professionals new to pulmonary hypertension or those taking on a new challenge in their career. A mentor is an experienced PH healthcare professional with the desire and ability to work with one or more new members of PH Professional Network.

Nurse/Nurse Practitioner Mentors

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Mentors

Pharmacist Mentor

Social Worker Mentor

Nurse/Nurse Practitioner Mentors

Louise Durst, RNLouise Durst, RN

Supervisor, Research RN study Coordinator II
PAH Study Coordinator
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.

  1. Years of experience in PH? Louise has been working in pulmonary hypertension since 1998.
  2. Expertise in clinical care, research or both? She has expertise in both clinical care and research.
  3. Any specific expertise, such as a certain patient population? Louise works with a diverse patient population including idiopathic, familial, associated, left heart disease, lung disease, transplant program, Porto-pulmonary, HHT and thromboembolic among others.
  4. Additional involvement: She is a former Chair of the PH Professional Network and a former member and Chair of the PHPN Membership Committee.

Areas of Expertise
Data/outcomes management
Developing disease self-management programs for patients (e.g. Diuretic protocols)
Developing patient education materials
Managing hospitalized PH patients (including hospital policy and procedures)
Managing IV and SQ therapies
Obtaining coverage for PH medications, including use of patient assistance programs
PHCC Accreditation – CCC
PA/APN work-up and management of PH patients
Palliative Care and/or Hospice Patient
PH educational opportunities for health professionals
Working as a part of a multidisciplinary team

Judy Germani, RNJudy Germani, RN

West Virginia University
Heart and Vascular Institute
Morgantown, WV

  1. Years of experience in PH? 9
  2. Expertise in clinical care, research or both? Both

Areas of expertise
Basic science research
Developing disease self-management programs for patients (e.g. Diuretic protocols)
Developing patient education materials
Managing hospitalized PH patients (including hospital policy and procedures)
Managing IV and SQ therapies
Obtaining coverage for PH medications, including use of patient assistance programs
Patient support group activities
Patient/family counseling (insurance and psychosocial)
PHCC Accreditation – CCC
PHCC Accreditation – RCP
PH clinic nursing duties
PH educational opportunities for health professionals
PH program development and evaluation
PH research
Pregnancy and women’s issues
Working as a part of a multidisciplinary team
Starting a new PH program

Loida Johnson, RN, MSN, ACNP, CNSLoida Johnson, RN, MSN, ACNP, CNS

Nurse Practitioner
University of Maryland Medical Center
Baltimore, Md.

  1. Years of experience in PH? Loida has worked in pulmonary hypertension at the University of Maryland Medical Center since 2010.
  2. Expertise in clinical care, research or both? Loida has experience in clinical care and research. She participates in all aspects of research and clinical trials on PH and PH therapies at UMMC.
  3. Any specific expertise, such as a certain patient population? Works predominantly with PH adult population.
  4. Additional involvement: Loida is a current member of the PHPN Education Committee.

Areas of Expertise

Data/outcomes management
Developing disease self-management programs for patients (e.g. Diuretic protocols)
Managing hospitalized PH patients (including hospital policy and procedures)
Managing IV and SQ therapies
Obtaining coverage for PH medications, including use of patient assistance programs
PA/APN work-up and management of PH patients
PHCC Accreditation – CCC
PH clinic nursing duties
PH educational opportunities for health professionals
PH program development and evaluation
PH research
Working as a part of a multidisciplinary team

Martha Kingman, DNP, FNP-CMartha Kingman, FNP-C, DNP

Nurse Practitioner
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Pulmonary Hypertension Program
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Dallas, Texas

  1. Years of experience in PH? Martha has worked with pulmonary hypertension since 2000.
  2. Expertise in clinical care, research or both? Her expertise is in both clinical care and research.
  3. Any specific expertise, such as a certain patient population? Martha’s expertise is with adults with PH.
  4. Additional involvement: Martha is the Chair of the PHPN Symposium Committee and has also served as the Chair of the Research and Publications Committee.

Areas of Expertise
Managing IV and SQ therapies
Managing hospitalized PH patients
PA/APN work-up and management of PH patients
PH educational opportunities for health professionals
PH program development and evaluation
PH research
Publishing
PHCC Accreditation – CCC
Pregnancy and women’s issues
Working as a part of a multidisciplinary team

Jennifer Kliner, M.S.N., ACNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Project Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension
Coordinator, Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Program
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh

  1. Years of experience in PH? Jennifer has worked in pulmonary hypertension since 2011.
  2. Expertise in clinical care, research or both? She has expertise in clinical care.
  3. Any specific expertise, such as a certain patient population? Jennifer works with patients diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and/or pulmonary vascular disease associated with scleroderma and various other autoimmune disease, congenital heart disease, HIV, CTEPH and porto-pulmonary PAH as well as a large population of idiopathic and familial pulmonary hypertension, on all approved forms of therapies. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is a large volume lung transplant center with a heavy research presence in which Jennifer is active as a sub-investigator on the various clinical trials.
  4. Additional involvement: Jennifer was an invited speaker at the 2017 Midday Symposium conducted at the 52nd American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Clinical Meeting and Exhibition, discussing Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Collaborative Care. Jennifer has spoken at the International Pulmonary Hypertension Association Meeting (2012), discussing the integration of Palliative Care Medicine for the pulmonary hypertension patient. She has served as a speaker at several pulmonary hypertension Patient PHorum support group meetings and has worked with pharmaceutical companies on advisory boards.

Areas of Expertise
Managing IV and SQ therapies
PA/APN work-up and management of PH patients
PHCC Accreditation – CCC
PH program development and evaluation (including policy and procedures)
PH clinical trials
PH nursing educational development
PH educational opportunities for health professionals
Patient education
Working as a part of a multidisciplinary team
Developing a post hospitalization follow up discharge clinic focusing on reducing re-admission rates

Judy Lane, RN, BSNJudy Lane, RN, BSN

PH Case Manager
Research Nurse
Nebraska Medicine
Omaha, Nebr.

  1. Years of experience in PH? Judy has been working with pulmonary hypertension patients since 2007.
  2. Expertise in clinical care, research or both? She has expertise in both clinical care and research.
  3. Any specific expertise, such as a certain patient population? Judy works in an adult CHD/PH clinic that is run with an adult congenital heart physician. Her expertise is with adult PH patients. Her clinic sees a large number of rheumatology patients. Judy treats patients with all forms of therapy, but her clinic tends to use mostly IV Veletri.
  4. Additional involvement: Judy attends annual PHA and PHPN meetings and is a member of the PHPN Practice Committee. She has facilitated support groups in her area and has worked with pharmaceutical companies on advisory boards and as a speaker.

Areas of Expertise
Basic science research
Managing hospitalized PH patients (including hospital policy and procedures)
Managing IV and SQ therapies
Obtaining coverage for PH medications, including use of patient assistance programs
PA/APN work-up and management of PH patients
PHCC Accreditation – CCC
Patient support group activities
Patient/family counseling (insurance and psychosocial)
PH clinic nursing duties
PH educational opportunities for health professionals
PH program development and evaluation
PH research
Working as a part of a multidisciplinary team

Susie McDevitt, MSN, ACNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.

  1. Years of experience in PH? Susie has worked in pulmonary hypertension (PH) since the late 1990’s, mostly as a nurse practitioner but also in the field of medical affairs.
  2. Expertise in clinical care, research or both? She has expertise in both clinical care and research.
  3. Any specific expertise, such as a certain patient population? Susie works with adult patients with PH from a large comprehensive care center which also specializes in CTEPH.
  4. Additional involvement: Susie is the current vice chair of Pulmonary Hypertension Provider Network (PHPN) Symposium Committee, a member of the PHPN Executive Committee and has served on the PHPN Membership and Education committees.

Areas of Expertise
Developing disease self-management programs for patients (e.g. Diuretic protocols)
Developing patient education materials
Managing hospitalized PH patients (including hospital policy and procedures)
Managing IV and SQ therapies
Obtaining coverage for PH medications, including use of patient assistance programs
PA/APN work-up and management of PH patients
Palliative Care and/or Hospice
Patient support group activities
Patient/family counseling (insurance and psychosocial)
PHCC Accreditation – CCC
PH clinic nursing duties
PH educational opportunities for health professionals
PH program development and evaluation
PH research
Pregnancy and women’s issues
Publishing
Work/life issues for the health professional
Working as a part of a multidisciplinary team

Stephanie Nolley, RN, BSNStephanie Nolley, RN, BSN

Nurse Coordinator
Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program
University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, Wash.

  1. Years of experience in PH? Stephanie has been working with PAH patients since 1996.
  2. Expertise in clinical care, research or both? She has expertise in both clinical care and research.
  3. Any specific expertise, such as a certain patient population? Stephanie works with all populations.
  4. Additional involvement: She is a former chair of the PHPN Education Committee.

Areas of Expertise
Developing disease self-management programs for patients (e.g. Diuretic protocols)
Developing patient education materials
Managing hospitalized PH patients (including hospital policy and procedures)
Managing IV and SQ therapies
Obtaining coverage for PH medications, including use of patient assistance programs
Palliative Care and/or Hospice
Patient support group activities
Patient/family counseling (insurance and psychosocial)
PHCC Accreditation – CCC
PH clinic nursing duties
PH educational opportunities for health professionals
PH program development and evaluation
PH research
Pregnancy and women’s issues
Work/life issues for the PH professional
Working as a part of a multidisciplinary team

Laura Nowicki, R.N.

Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, N.C.

  1. Years of experience in PH? Laura has worked as a dedicated PH nurse coordinator since 2014. Prior to that she worked on the pulmonary inpatient ward for 8 years and was involved in the care of PH inpatients admitted to the pulmonary service.
  2. Expertise in clinical care, research or both? She has expertise in clinical care.
  3. Any specific expertise, such as a certain patient population? Laura works with adult PH patients, including a large group of patients with challenging socioeconomic situations. She has coordinated care for patients on all forms of PAH therapy, with significant experience managing patients on higher doses of inhaled treprostinil.
  4. Additional involvement: Laura is involved in the PHA/PHPN and has attended both meetings regularly. She helps coordinate the annual NC Research Triangle PH Symposium, with specific focus on the patient education portion of the program.

Areas of Expertise
Developing patient education materials
Managing hospitalized PH patients (including hospital policy and procedures)
Managing IV and SQ therapies
Obtaining coverage for PH medications, including use of patient assistance programs
Patient support group activities
Patient/family counseling (insurance and psychosocial)
PHCC Accreditation – CCC
PH clinic nursing duties
Working as a part of a multidisciplinary team

Traci Stewart, RN, MSN, CHFNTraci Stewart, RN, MSN, CHFN

Pulmonary Hypertension/Heart Failure Nurse Coordinator
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Iowa City, Iowa

  1. Years of experience in PH? 21
  2. Expertise in clinical care, research or both? Clinical Care
  3. Any specific expertise, such as a certain patient population? Adult PH
  4. Additional involvement: Traci is a past Chair of the PH Professional Network. She is also a past Practice Committee Chair and past sub-Chair of Online University Allied Health.

Areas of Expertise
Developing disease self-management programs for patients (e.g. Diuretic protocols)
Developing patient education materials
Managing hospitalized PH patients (including hospital policy and procedures)
Managing IV and SQ therapies
Obtaining coverage for PH medications, including use of patient assistance programs
Palliative Care and/or Hospice
Patient support group activities
PHCC Accreditation – CCC
PH clinic nursing duties
PH program development and evaluation
Publishing
Working as a part of a multidisciplinary team

Melisa Wilson, ARNP, ACNP-BCMelisa Wilson, MSN, ACNP, BC

Nurse Practitioner
Florida Hospital Orlando
Orlando, FL

  1. Years of experience in PH? 17
  2. Expertise in clinical care, research or both? Clinical care
  3. Any specific expertise, such as a certain patient population? PHCC accreditation, Management of Adults in pH
  4. Additional involvement: Melisa currently serves a Board of Trustee member. She is the Immediate Past Chair of PH Professional Network and former member of the Scientific Leadership Council. She has also served as a Chair for PHPN Symposium, Co-Chair of PHA on the Road, a speaker and panelist at multiple PHPN Symposia and PHA Conferences.

Areas of Expertise
Developing patient education materials
Managing hospitalized PH patients (including hospital policy and procedures)
Managing IV and SQ therapies
PHCC Accreditation – CCC
PH educational opportunities for health professionals
PH program development and evaluation
PH research

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Mentors

Michelle Cash, RN, MSN, APRNMichelle Cash, RN, MSN, APRN

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

  1. Years of experience in PH? Michelle has been working with PH patients since 2007.
  2. Expertise in clinical care, research or both? Clinical
  3. Any specific expertise, such as a certain patient population? Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  4. Additional involvement:
    1. PHA Pediatric Task Force, 2018-ongoing
    2. PHA Mental Health Task Force, 2017-ongoing
    3. PHA Professional Network Symposium Planning Committee, Vice Chair, 2013-2015; Chair 2015-2017
    4. PHA Professional Network Executive Committee Member 2013-2017
    5. PHA’s Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Review Committee, 2014-2015
    6. PH Professional Network Mentor, 2010-present
    7. PHA Pediatric Resource Ad Hock Committee, Chair 2012

Areas of expertise
Managing hospitalized PH patients (including hospital policy and procedures)
Managing IV and SQ therapies
Obtaining coverage for PH medications, including use of patient assistance programs
PA/APN work-up and management of PH patients
Pediatrics
PHCC Accreditation – CCC
PH clinic nursing duties
PH educational opportunities for health professionals
PH program development and evaluation
Working as a part of a multidisciplinary team

Michelle Ogawa, MSN, RN, CPNPMichelle Ogawa, MSN, RN, CPNP

Nurse Practitioner
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Stanford University
Palo Alto, Calif.

  1. Years of experience in PH? Michelle has been working in PH since 2006.
  2. Expertise in clinical care, research or both? Her expertise is in clinical care.
  3. Any specific expertise, such as a certain patient population? Michelle cares for pediatric patients with pulmonary hypertension and/or pulmonary vascular disease associated with congenital heart disease, chronic lung disease, portopulmonary syndrome, hepatopulmonary syndrome, Alagille syndrome, rheumatologic/autoimmune diseases, as well as idiopathic and familial pulmonary hypertension. She has extensive experience caring for patients on parenteral prostacyclins (IV and subQ).
  4. Additional involvement: Michelle has spoken at several PHPN conferences in the past. She and a colleague (a social worker) also created a resource for teens that is now available on PHA’s website.

Areas of Expertise
Managing hospitalized PH patients (including hospital policy and procedures)
Managing IV and SQ therapies
Obtaining coverage for PH medications, including use of patient assistance programs
PA/APN work-up and management of PH patients
Patient/family counseling (insurance and psychosocial)
Pediatrics

Pharmacist Mentor

Laura Duvall, PharmD, BCPSLaura Duvall, PharmD, BCPS

Specialty Practice Pharmacist, Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Hypertension
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, Ohio

  1. Years of experience in PH? Laura has been working in PH since 2007.
  2. Expertise in clinical care, research or both? Clinical care
  3. Any specific expertise, such as a certain patient population? Internal Medicine
  4. Additional involvement: Laura has spoken at the PHPN Symposium about the safe use of infused prostacyclins.

Areas of expertise
Developing patient education materials
Managing hospitalized PH patients (including hospital policy and procedures)
Managing IV and SQ therapies
PH educational opportunities for health professionals
PH program development and evaluation
Working as a part of a multidisciplinary team

Social Worker Mentor

Allyson Rupp, MSW, LCSWAllyson Rupp, MSW, LCSW

Social Worker and Complex Care Manager
Stanford Healthcare
Stanford, Calif.

  1. Years of experience in PH? Allyson has been working with PH patients since 2003.
  2. Expertise in clinical care, research or both? Her expertise is in clinical care.
  3. Any specific expertise, such as a certain patient population? Allyson is a clinical social worker for inpatients and outpatients, covering support and assessment for all patients and caregivers and providing counseling around adjustment to illness, grief and bereavement. She also handles inpatient case management/discharge planning and relevant treatment authorizations for inpatients.
  4. Additional involvement: Allyson is a member of the Scientific Leadership Council Sub-Committee for Insurance Advocacy, the PHPN Symposium Planning Committee, and the PH Care for All initiative. She has previously been a member of PHA’s Caregiver Advisory Board, facilitator of PHA’s Telephone Caregiver Support Group and an editor of and contributor to PHA’s Survival Guide.

Areas of Expertise
Developing patient education materials
Managing hospitalized PH patients (including hospital policy and procedures)
Obtaining coverage for PH medications, including use of patient assistance programs
Palliative Care and/or Hospice
Patient support group activities
Patient/family counseling (insurance and psychosocial)
Work/life issues for the health professional
Working as a part of a multidisciplinary team