Ochsner Medical Center
Pulmonary Hypertension Program
1514 Jefferson Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70121
Ochsner’s PAH program was started by Dr. Myung Park in the mid 1990’s, treating patients with PAH from the entire Gulf South. From the beginning, all available treatment modalities, including oral, inhaled and parenteral therapies have been offered. In 2005, Dr. Park left Ochsner and Drs. Hector Ventura and Hamang Patel assumed the care of her patients. Shortly thereafter, Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. Patients scattered, records were lost, but the hospital and the program stayed open. Ochsner continued to deliver top notch care to those PAH patients that remained in the region, and to this day, continues to care for a few the earliest patients.
In September 2009, Dr. Stacy Mandras joined the Advanced Heart Failure team as Director of Pulmonary Hypertension. As of 2018, there are 7 cardiologists, 1 pulmonologist, and 2 full-time outpatient nurses who care for PAH patients at Ochsner. In addition, many highly skilled inpatient nurses in the Transplant Step-Down Unit and Cardiac-Medical ICU are experienced in PAH. A multidisciplinary team rounds daily, with input from physicians, social workers, pharmacists, a financial coordinator and both inpatient and outpatient nursing.
In early 2010, Ochsner reopened its Lung Transplant program which had closed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. To date, Ochsner has the only Lung Transplant program in Louisiana. The PAH and Lung Transplant teams work closely together to care for patients in both the outpatient and inpatient arenas and Ochsner’s PAH program has developed strong relationships with multiple other subspecialties, including cardiac anesthesia, palliative care, rheumatology, pediatric cardiology and the nephrology access service. They have also partnered with specialty pharmacies to provide 24-hour support for our patients on parenteral prostanoid therapy.
Ochsner has a strong Cardiovascular Research Division that is committed to providing PAH patients with access to clinical trials and registries. Their PAH support group meets every other month and provides patients with educational and networking opportunities.
PH Program Physicians
- Stacy Mandras, MD (Medical Director)
- John Barr Biglane MD
- Sapna Desai, MD
- Clement Eiswirth, MD
- Selim Krim, MD
- Hamang Patel, MD
- Surma Jain, MD
- Hector Ventura, MD, FACC, FACP
- Marla Fisher, RN
- Kimberly Thompson, RN
Duration of Program’s Existence
- Since 1990
Number of PAH Patients Being Actively Managed
Number of Patients on IV/SQ Therapy
Support Services Available
- Anticoagulation Services
- Cardiac Anesthesia
- Central Line Placement and Repair
- Congenital Heart Disease
- Lung Transplant Program
- On-Call Pulmonary/Cardiology Service (24/7)
- Palliative Care
- Pulmonary/Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy (PTE)
- Social Work
Stacy Mandras, MD
- Internal Medicine
- 2003 MD University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.
- 1998 BS University of Maryland College Park, College Park, Md.
- 2008-2009 — Hawes Fellow, Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Washington University – Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Saint Louis, MO
- 2006-2009 — Fellowship, Cardiovascular Medicine, Washington University – Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Saint Louis, MO
- 2003-2006 — Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Systems, Baltimore, Md.
Current Hospital and Administrative Appointments
- 2009-present — Transplant Cardiologist, Section of Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplantation, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
- 2009-present — Director of Pulmonary Hypertension, Section of Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplantation, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
Marla Fisher, RN
- Registered Nurse
- 2000 BSN Deaconess College of Nursing, St. Louis, MO
- 1994 BA Truman State University, Kirskville, MO
Current Professional Experience
- 2011-present — RN Coordinator, Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
Kimberly Thompson, RN
New and established patients interested in making an appointment with the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Ochsner Medical Center can do so by contacting:
- Telephone: 1-866-624-7637