PH Care Centers

The East Tennessee Pulmonary Hypertension Center

StatCare Pulmonary Consultants- Outpatient Center
2240 Sutherland Avenue, Suite 103
Knoxville, TN  37919

Ft Sanders Regional Medical Center- Inpatient Center
East Tennessee Pulmonary Hypertension Center
1901 Clinch Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37916

PHA Centers of Comprehensive Care

History

The East Tennessee Pulmonary Hypertension Center (ETPHC) was established in 2011 and has grown into a regional resource network including a primary outpatient practice, a state-of-the-art hospital service program, a clinical research division, and a PHA support group affiliate. The outpatient program is hosted by StatCare Pulmonary Consultants, a 24 member pulmonary and critical care specialty group serving Eastern Tennessee. Inpatient services are provided at Ft Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. The hospital provides state-of-the-art diagnostic services including echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, radiology, other ancillary diagnostic services and hosts a busy pulmonary rehabilitation program. ETPHC participates in a number of clinical research trials which offer patients access to cutting edge treatment options.

PH Program Physicians

  • John Swisher, PhD, MD (center director)
  • Eric Weaver, MD

Center Coordinators

  • Regina Overton-Barnes, FNP
  • Holly Byrd, NP
  • Sherry Clay, RN
  • Crystal Collins, RN

Duration of Program’s Existence

  • Since 2011

Number of PAH Patients Being Actively Managed

  • 120-130

Number of Patients on IV/SQ Therapy

  • 15-20

Support Services Available

  • Echocardiography and right heart catherization
  • Cardiac anesthesia
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • Central line placement and repair
  • Pulmonary on call service 24/7
  • Rheumatology consultation service
  • Cardiology consultation service
  • Palliative care service
  • Nutrition counseling and support
  • Psychosocial referral and support system
  • Clinical research trials
  • Local PHA support group affiliation

Program Director
John Swisher, PhD, MD

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine; Cardiovascular Disease

Education

  • 1989 – MD – Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1985 – PhD – Physiology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • 1983 – MS – Physiology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • 1980 – BS – Pre-Medicine, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Postgraduate Training

  • 1992-1995 – Fellow, Pulmonary/ Critical Care Medicine, The Pennsylvania State University Hospital, Hershey, PA
  • 1990-1992 – Resident, Internal Medicine, The Pennsylvania State University Hospital, Hershey, PA
  • 1989-1990 – Fellow, Internal Medicine, The Pennsylvania State University Hospital, Hershey, PA

Current Hospital and Administrative Appointments

  • 2012-present – Director, East Tennessee Pulmonary Hypertension Center, Ft Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville, TN

Publications

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

Program Coordinator
Regina Overton-Barnes, FNP

Professional Credentials

  • Nurse Practitioner

Education

  • 2000 – MSN – Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee
  • 1996 – BSN – Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee

Current Professional Experience

  • 2006-present – Family Nurse Practitioner, Pulmonary Medicine, Statcare Pulmonary Consultants, Knoxville, TN

New and established patients interested in making an appointment with the East Tennessee Pulmonary Hypertension Center at Ft Sanders Regional Medical Center can do so by contacting:

  • Telephone: 865- 588-8831