PH Care Centers

Northside Hospital

Pulmonary Hypertension Program
960 Johnson Ferry Rd., Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30342

PHA Regional Clinical Program


The Northside Hospital Pulmonary Hypertension Program was formally initiated in September 2012 under the directorship of Dr. Paul Boyce. Program Coordinator, Melissa Morrison, DNP, joined in 2014 and serves an integral role in the coordination of care for their PAH population. The program has grown tremendously and serves an expansive area that continues to grow throughout Georgia. Northside Hospital currently offers all forms of medical therapies including but not limited to prostacyclin therapy, clinical research, and close collaboration with other surgical and transplantation centers as needed. Northside Hospital has a designated inpatient unit to care for PAH patients with specially trained nurses and pharmacists. They have an active research program that has existed for more than a decade. Their expert team of board-certified pulmonologists, respiratory therapists and advanced practice providers have years of experience dealing with PAH and work together to provide patients with the highest level of care possible.

PH Program Physicians

  • Paul Boyce, MD, MPH (Program Director)
  • Stephanie Eaton, MD
  • Howard Silverboard, MD
  • Amber Degryse, MD
  • Venkatesh Lakshminarayanan, MD, PhD
  • Dominique Bayard, MD
  • Abubakr Chaudhry, MD
  • Matthew Hoffman, MD

Center Coordinator

  • Melissa Morrison, DNP, FNP-C

Duration of Program’s Existence

  • Since 2012

Number of PAH Patients Being Actively Managed

  • 40

Number of Patients on IV/SQ Therapy

  • 6

Support Services Available

  • Specially trained Registered Nurses, Pharmacists, and Respiratory therapists
  • Case management/Social work
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Pastoral Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Pain Services
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Rheumatology services
  • Vascular Surgery Services
  • Interventional Radiology
  • 24/7 Pulmonary/Cardiology services
  • Nutritional services
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Heart failure clinic/Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing

Paul Boyce, MD, MPH

Paul Boyce, MD, MPH

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine; Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine


  • 2005 – MPH – Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
  • 2001 – MD – Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • 1994 – BS (Honors) – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Postgraduate Training

  • 2005 – Fellow, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • 2001 – Resident, Internal Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Academic Appointments

  • 2016-present – Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia

Current Hospital and Administrative Appointments

  • 2012 – present – Pulmonary Section Chief, Northside Hospital
  • 2012- present – Medical Director of Respiratory Care Services, Northside Hospital
  • 2012-present – Medical Director of Pulmonary Hypertension Program, Northside Hospital

Melissa Morrison, DNP

Melissa Morrison, DNP


  • 2015 – DNP – University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
  • 2007 – MSN – Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
  • 2001 – BSN – University of Miami, Miami, FL

Professional Affiliations

  • 2008-present – American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • 2015-present – Pulmonary Hypertension Professional Network

New and established patients interested in making an appointment with the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Northside Hospital can do so by contacting:

  • Telephone: 404-257-0006