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PH Care Centers

University of Minnesota Medical Center

Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease and Right Heart Failure
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 626-1370

PHA Centers of Comprehensive Care


The Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease and Right Heart Failure was first implemented in 1998 with Dr. Marc Pritzker serving as the director of the program for the past 8 years. The team directly involved in the daily management of patients consists of two cardiologists, a nurse practitioner, two nurse coordinators and a program coordinator. The PH team also enlists the expertise from colleagues in other specialties to facilitate care and the needs of PH patients including rheumatology, pulmonology, hepatology, transplant, and palliative care. Additionally, a social worker, dietitian, pharmacist, and Coumadin clinic are available upon referral.

PH Program Physicians

  • Marc Pritzker, MD
  • Thenappan Thenappan, MD

Center Coordinators

  • Rhonda Groebner, RN, CNP
  • Tiffany Olka, RN BSN
  • Heather Wigfield, RN BSN
  • Nathan Holthaus

Duration of Program’s Existence

  • Since 1998

Number of PAH Patients Being Actively Managed

  • >150

Number of Patients on IV/SQ Therapy

  • 30-39

Support Services Available

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

Marc Pritzker, MD

Marc Pritzker, MD

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Diseases


  • 1971 – BA – Amherst College, Amherst, MA
  • 1976 – MD – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Postgraduate Training

  • 1977 – Intern, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1980 – Resident, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1980 – Research Fellow, Electrophysiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Current Faculty Appointments

  • 2006–present – Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Current Hospital and Administrative Appointments

  • 2008–present – Director, University of Minnesota Health Program, Minneapolis, MN

PH-Specific Activities and Leadership

  • American College of Cardiology, Fellow
  • American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow
  • American Heart Society, Fellow
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • Minnesota Academy of Medicine
  • Society for Cardiovascular Pathology, Inc.


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

Christine Bachmann, APRN CNP

New and established patients interested in making an appointment with the University of Minnesota Health can contact the appointment line by calling:

Telephone: (612) 365-5000

Last Verified: July 22, 2016