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PH Care Centers

Rhode Island Hospital – Brown University School of Medicine

Rhode Island Hospital Pulmonary Hypertension Center
375 Wampanoag Trail, Suite 302B
East Providence, RI 02915
Phone: (401) 649-4070

PHA Centers of Comprehensive Care


The Pulmonary Hypertension Center at Rhode Island Hospital (RIHPHC) was established in 1991, and has been under the leadership of James R. Klinger, MD since 2001. Dr. Corey Ventetuolo was recruited in 2012 for her expertise in right heart function and extracorporeal life support (ECMO). The center currently has three full-time practitioners who see patients six half-days a week at the outpatient clinic located on the RIH campus. In addition, the center has a full-time research coordinator and three research assistants who oversee the center’s participation in clinical trials and registries of PH. Drs. Klinger and Ventetuolo receive funding from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association for their work in pulmonary vascular disease and right ventricular function in animals, in health and in the PAH disease state. Right heart catheterizations with exercise and pulmonary vasodilator challenges are performed weekly by Drs. Klinger and Ventetuolo, and the center has established an active collaboration with the division of cardiology for help with left heart catheterizations and diagnostic echocardiography.

PH Program Physicians

  • James R. Klinger, MD, Director
  • Corey Ventetuolo, MD, Associate Director

Center Coordinator

  • Mary Whittenhall, RN, NP

Duration of Program’s Existence

  • Since 1991

Number of PAH Patients Being Actively Managed

  • 150-174

Number of Patients on IV/SQ Therapy

  • 40-49

Support Services Available

  • Anticoagulation Services
  • Cardiac Anesthesia
  • Central Line Placement and Repair
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Dietary/Nutrition
  • Lung Transplant Program Referral
  • On-Call Pulmonary/Cardiology Service (24/7)
  • Palliative Care
  • Pulmonary/Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy (PTE)
  • Rheumatology
  • Social Work

James R. Klinger, MD

James R. Klinger, MD

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine


  • 1980 – BA – Target MD, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
  • 1983 – MD – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Postgraduate Training

  • 1986 – Resident, Internal Medicine, Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1987 – Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1991 – Fellow, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI

Current Faculty Appointments

  • 2012-present – Professor of Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI

Current Hospital and Administrative Appointments

  • 1992-present – Staff Physician, Department of Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
  • 1995-present – Assistant Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
  • 2002-present – Medical Director, Rhode Island Hospital Pulmonary Hypertension Center, Providence, RI

PH-Specific Activities and Leadership

  • American Thoracic Society, Pulmonary Circulation Assembly, Program Committee
    • Member, 1996-2011
    • Chair, 2012-2013
  • American College of Chest Physicians
    • Abstract Reviewer, 1998-present
  • American College of Chest Physicians Pulmonary Vascular Disease NetWork Steering Committee
    • Member, 2007-2009
    • Vice Chair, 2009-2011
    • Chair, 2011-2013
  • American College of Chest Physicians, Executive Committee – Council of Networks
    • Member, 2011-present
  • American Thoracic Society, Pulmonary Circulation Assembly
    • Executive Committee Member, 2011-present
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Scientific Leadership Council
    • Member, 2012-present


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

Mary E. Whittenhall

Mary E. Whittenhall


  • 2001 – BA – Sociology with Concentration in Gerontology, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
  • 2009 – BSN – Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • 2014 – MSN – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

New and established patients interested in making an appointment with the Rhode Island Hospital Pulmonary Hypertension Center can contact the appointment line by calling:

  • Telephone: (401) 649-4070

Last Verified: October 21, 2016