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PH Care Centers

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center

Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic
4th Floor Galleria
2900 W. Oklahoma Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53215

PHA Centers of Comprehensive Care

History

Aurora Health Care is the largest private, not-for-profit integrated health care provider in Wisconsin. The PH program includes a multidisciplinary team with PAH RN coordinators, physicians, advanced practice providers, and a pulmonary hypertension service coordinator. It also includes a full complement of medical specialists, as well as support from psychiatry, social work, financial counseling, dietary, spiritual services, pharmacy services, palliative care, and a research department to help with clinical trials.

Dianne Zwicke, MD is a board certified cardiologist and the medical director of the PH program since 1985. She has over 30 years of experience of caring for patients with PAH. Sara Paulus is the main PAH coordinator and sees patients in clinic with the physicians. There are also 4 other advanced practiced providers that work in the heart failure program and cross cover and care for the PAH inpatients.

PH Program Physicians

  • Dianne L. Zwicke, MD
  • Eric Roberts, MD
  • Vinay Thohan, MD
  • Nasir Sulemanjee, MD
  • Omar Cheema, MD
  • Thomas Hastings, MD

Center Coordinators

  • Sara Paulus, PA-C
  • Ann Zeidler, RN
  • Tammy Freichels, RN
  • Nancy Niebauer, RN
  • Ker Vang, RN

Duration of Program’s Existence

  • Since 1985

Number of PAH Patients Being Actively Managed

  • 90-99

Number of Patients on IV/SQ Therapy

  • 20-29

Support Services Available

  • Cardiac Anesthesia
  • Central Line Placement/Repair
  • Coagulation Service
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Dietary/Nutrition Services
  • Financial Counselor
  • Lung Transplant Referral Services
  • On-call Pulmonary/Cardiology Service (24/7 Availability)
  • Palliative Care
  • Pharmacist
  • Pulmonary or Cardiac Rehabilitation Services
  • Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy (PTE)
  • Social Work
  • Rheumatology

Dianne L. Zwicke, MD, FACC, FACP, FCCP

Dianne L. Zwicke, MD, FACC, FACP, FCCP

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

Education

  • 1973 – RN – St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, Marshfield, WI
  • 1975 – BS – Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
  • 1982 – MD – University of North Carolina Medical School at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Postgraduate Training

  • 1985 – Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Marshfield, WI
  • 1987 – Fellowship, Cardiovascular Diesease, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Milwaukee, WI

Current Faculty Appointments

  • 2014-present – Clinical Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Milwaukee, WI

Current Hospital and Administrative Appointments

  • 1995–present – Medical Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic, Aurora Health Care – St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI

Awards & Honors

  • 2014 – Top Cardiologist in Milwaukee, International Association of Cardiologists
  • 2012 – Award of Excellence, American Board of Cardiology
  • 2011 – Clinical Research Senior Investiagor Award, Aurora HealthCare
  • 2010 & 2012 – Best Doctors in America
  • 2009 – Top Cardiologist in Milwaukee, International Association of Cardiologists

PH-Specific Activities and Leadership

  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
  • Fellow, American College of Physcians
  • Member, International Society of Adult Congenital Cardiac Disease
  • Member, Pulmonary Hypertension Association
    • Board, 1994-2001

Publications

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

Sara Paulus, PA-C

Professional Credentials

  • Physician Assistant

Education

  • 2012 – MPAS, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2011 – BS, Biomedical Sciences, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Current Professional Experience

  • 2013-present – Pulmonary Hypertension Physician Assistant/Coordinator, Aurora Health Care – St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI

PH-Specific Activities and Leadership

  • Member, Pulmonary Hypertension Association

New and established patients interested in making an appointment with Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic can call:

  • Telephone: (414) 646-2438

Last Verified: April 25, 2016