PH Care Centers

University of Michigan

Pulmonary Hypertension Program at the University of Michigan
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5853
Phone: 888-287-1082

PHA Centers of Comprehensive Care


The University of Michigan Pulmonary Hypertension Program was established in 1996 by Dr. Melvyn Rubenfire. In 2003, Dr. Vallerie McLaughlin was recruited as director to further grow the program. Educating the state on disease awareness and forming working relationships with a network of referring physicians across the state were top priorities as the program grew. The volume of the program expanded over the ensuing years and there are now 3 PH faculty members, 2.5 FTE clinical nurses, 1.0 FTE clerical support, and 2.0 FTE research support. The program is housed within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Michigan. Outpatient activities occur in the Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center, a state-of-the-art facility which integrates cardiovascular care under one roof with a patient and family centered focus. The University Hospital, connected to the Cardiovascular Center by a bridge, serves as the inpatient facility. This is an academic based hospital with the full complement of services and house staff.

PH Program Physicians

  • Vallerie V. McLaughlin, MD
  • Melvyn Rubenfire, MD
  • Scott Visovatti, MD

Center Coordinators

  • Jennifer Alford, RN
  • Marsha Burks, RN
  • Lori Shope, RN

Duration of Program’s Existence

  • Since 1996

Number of PAH Patients Being Actively Managed

  • 400-449

Number of Patients on IV/SQ Therapy

  • 100-149

Support Services Available

  • Anticoagulation Services
  • Cardiac Anesthesia
  • Central Line Placement and Repair
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Dietary/Nutrition
  • Lung Transplant Program
  • On-Call Pulmonary/Cardiology Service (24/7)
  • Palliative Care
  • Pulmonary/Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy (PTE)
  • Rheumatology
  • Social Work

Vallerie V. McLaughlin, MD

Vallerie V. McLaughlin, MD

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Diseases


  • 1985 BS Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Technologic Institute, Evanston, IL
  • 1989 MD Doctor of Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL

Postgraduate Training

  • 1990 – Internship, Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1992 – Resident, Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1995 – Fellow, Section of Cardiology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Current Faculty Appointments

  • 2014-present – Kim A. Eagle, MD Endowed Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Current Hospital and Administrative Appointments

  • 2003-present – Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2003-present – Attending Physician, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2013-present – Director, Disease Management ACU, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Honors & Awards

  • Alfred Soffer Award, Chest Challenge Championship and Awards Ceremony, 2005
  • Spirit of Leadership Award, Michigan Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation, 2007
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Society Doctor of the Year, 2010
  • Alfred Soffer Research Award, October 2012
  • Letter of Exceptional Quality as Reviewer for Annals of Internal Medicine, 2013


  • Click here for recent pulmonary hypertension publications by Dr. McLaughlin.

Marsha G. Burks, RN, BSN


  • 1994 – BSN – West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Lori Shope, RN


  • 1992 – BA – Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
  • 1995 – RN – Associates of Applied Science Degree in Nursing, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI

Jennifer Alford, RN, BSN


  • 1997 – BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

New and established patients interested in making an appointment with the University of Michigan Pulmonary Hypertension Program can contact the appointment line by calling:

Telephone: 888-287-1082

Last Verified: January 9, 2015