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PH Care Centers

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Center of Pulmonary Heart Diseases / Heart and Vascular Center
Watkins Clinic in the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center
70 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 525-9733

PHA Centers of Comprehensive Care

History

The Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School is a multidisciplinary program within the Center for Pulmonary Heart Diseases. The program follows more than 900 pulmonary vascular patients from around the region and the country, and has 11-full time specialists from Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Adult Congenital Heart Diseases and contributing faculty from Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery participating in clinical care. A Pulmonary Vascular Clinic is held four days per week, and typically a specialist is able to see a new patient within 48 hours of referral. The program works closely with the Boston Children’s Hospital to transition pediatric patients to adult practitioners. BWH seeks to function as consultants, working with referring clinicians. When in the hospital, patients are admitted to a dedicated pulmonary heart disease service that, in addition to program physicians, includes several physician extenders, social work, cardiac anesthesia and palliative care, and three pharmacists that have a special interest in pulmonary hypertension patients and the complex PH-targeted therapies including parenteral therapies and novel delivery systems.

The BWH research program includes a broad range of basic and translational studies as well as current clinical trials including pharmacotherapy, mechanical support, and novel delivery systems. The program works closely with the lung transplant program, and can expedite the evaluation of patients with pulmonary vascular disease who are being considered for listing. BWH has a state of the art exercise lab that includes invasive CPET (cardiopulmonary exercise testing), and specialists working with patients in that environment to aid in diagnosis. BWH provides comprehensive care for patients with chronic thromboembolic disease including pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE).

Dr. Waxman is the Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s principal investigator for the NIH-funded Pulmonary Vascular Disease Omics (PVDOMICS) consortium.

PH Program Physicians

  • Aaron Waxman, MD, PhD
  • Barbara Cockrill Gootkind, MD
  • David Systrom, MD
  • Michael Landzberg, MD
  • Alexander Opotowsky, MD
  • Kerri Shafer, MD
  • Elizabeth Gay, MD
  • Alexander Opotowsky, MD
  • William Oldham, MD, PhD
  • Farbod N. Rahaghi, MD, PhD

Center Coordinator

  • Jeff Voner, MPH, MSHS, PA-C

Duration of Program’s Existence

  • Since 1995

Number of PAH Patients Being Actively Managed

  • 350-399

Number of Patients on IV/SQ Therapy

  • 40-49

Support Services Available

  • Cardiac Anesthesia
  • Central Line Placement/Repair
  • Coagulation Service
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Dietary/Nutrition Services
  • Lung Transplant
  • Pulmonary/Cardiology Service (24/7 Availability)
  • Palliative Care
  • Pulmonary or Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy (PTE) Program
  • Social Work Dedicated to Program
  • Rheumatology

Aaron B. Waxman, MD, PhD

Aaron B. Waxman, MD, PhD

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Critical Care Medicine

Education

  • 1978 – BS – The George Washington University, Washington, DC
    Zoology
  • 1987 – PhD – Albany Medical College, Albany, NY
    Anatomy and Neuroscience
  • 1992 – MD – Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Postgraduate Training

  • 1987-1988 – Postdoctoral Associate, Neuroanatomy, Yale University School of Medicine
  • 1988-1990 – Postdoctoral Associate, Molecular Neurobiology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Yale University School of Medicine
  • 1992-1992 – Internship, Internal Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
  • 1992-1994 – Residency, Internal Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
  • 1994-1997 – Fellowship, Pulmonary & Critical Care, Yale University School of Medicine, Greenwich, CT

Current Faculty Appointments

  • 2011-present – Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Current Hospital and Administrative Appointments

  • 2009-present – Consulting Staff, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
  • 2009-present – Associate Physician, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 2009-present – Director, Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 2011-present – Director, Dyspnea and Performance Evaluation Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 2013 – Executive Director, Center for Pulmonary Heart Diseases, Brigham & Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center

Awards & Honors

  • 1985 – Dean’s Award and Prize for Leadership, Albany Medical College
  • 1985 – Dean’s Award and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Albany Medical College
  • 1986 – Dean’s Award and Prize for Leadership, Albany Medical College
  • 1986 – Dean’s Award and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Albany Medical College
  • 1987 – Alumni Association Medal and Prize, Albany Medical College
  • 1997 – Young Investigator’s Awards, American College of Chest Physicians
  • 1999 – Merck Respiratory Young Investigator, Merck and Company, Inc.
  • 1999 – Fellowship Teaching Award, Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship, Yale University School of Medicine
  • 2001 – Oliver Smith Award, Tufts Medical Center
  • 2002 – Pulmonary Critical Care Fellows Award for Teaching and Mentorship, Tufts Medical Center
  • 2011 – Susan & Katherine McArthur-Radovsky Award, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • 2014 – Partners in Excellence Award, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Publications

  • Click here for a selection of recent pulmonary hypertension publications by Dr. Waxman.

Jeffrey T. Voner, MPH, MSHS, PA-C

Jeffrey T. Voner, MPH, MSHS, PA-C

Professional Credentials

  • Physician Assistant – Certified

Education

  • 1996 BS University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
    Biology
  • 2001 MPH The George Washington University School of Public Health, Washington, DC
    Master of Public Health
  • 2001 MSHS The George Washington University School of Public Health, Washington, DC
    Master of Science in Health Science (Physician Assistant Program)

Professional Experience

  • 2014-present – Physician Assistant – Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Boston, MA
  • 2012-2014 – Physician Assistant – Electrophysiology Service, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Division of Cardiology, Boston, MA
  • 2004-2012 – Physician Assistant – Interventional Cardiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Division of Cardiology, Boston, MA
  • 2003-2004 – Physician Assistant – Cardiac Step Down Unit, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Cardiology, Bethesda, MD
  • 2001-2003 – Physician Assistant – Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Division of Interventional Cardiology, Baltimore, MD

New and established patients interested in making an appointment with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital can contact the appointment line by calling:

Telephone: (857) 307-4000

Last Verified: August 1, 2015