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PH Care Centers

Vanderbilt Medical Center

Vanderbilt Pulmonary Vascular Center
1112 Medical Center Dr.
Nashville, TN 37212

Phone: (615) 322-5879

PHA Centers of Comprehensive Care


The PH program at Vanderbilt University has been existence for more than 30 years. Dr. Ivan Robbins consolidated care of patients with pulmonary hypertension when he joined the faculty of Vanderbilt in 1997, establishing a dedicated pulmonary hypertension clinic. Dr. Robbins remains the director of the Pulmonary Vascular Center, which now includes 3 physicians who see patients, 2 nurse coordinators, 3 research coordinators, and an administrative assistant. Patients are seen at the Vanderbilt Medical Center, a large tertiary care hospital for diagnostic studies and inpatient admission.

The program has experience with all therapies used to treat pulmonary hypertension and close working relationships with other divisions and departments, such as adult and pediatric cardiology, radiology, and cardiac surgery. There is also a large research component, supported by several NIH grants and investigators include both basic and clinical scientists.

PH Program Physicians

  • Ivan Robbins, MD
  • Anna Hemnes, MD
  • Meredith Pugh, MD

Center Coordinators

  • Kimberly Farmer, RN
  • Amy Mullican, RN

Duration of Program’s Existence

  • Since 1999

Number of PAH Patients Being Actively Managed

  • >200

Number of Patients on IV/SQ Therapy

  • 90-99

Support Services Available

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

Ivan Robbins, MD

Ivan Robbins, MD

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine; Pulmonary Diseases; Critical Care Medicine


  • 1981 – BA – History, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • 1991 – MD – Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH

Postgraduate Training

  • 1992 – Intern, Metrohealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
  • 1994 – Resident, Metrohealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
  • 1997 – Fellow, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN

Current Hospital and Administrative Appointments

  • 2002-Present – Director, Vanderbilt Pulmonary Vascular Center, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • 2009-Present – Co-Medical Director, Vanderbilt Lung Transplang Program, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • 2013-Present – Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN

PH-Specific Activities and Leadership

  • American Thoracic Society
  • Scientific Leadership Council, Pulmonary Hypertension Association
  • Associate Editor, Advances in Pulmonary Hypertension, 2002-2005
  • Reviewer, Chest
  • Reviewer, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
  • Reviewer, American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Reviewer, European Respiratory Journal
  • Reviewer, Circulation
  • Reviewer, Journal of the American College of Cardiology
  • Reviewer, Journal of Heart Lung Transplantation
  • Reviewer, Pulmonary Circulation

Kimberly Farmer, RN, BSN

Kimberly Farmer, RN, BSN

Professional Credentials

  • Registered Nurse


  • 1994 – BSN – Nursing, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Current Professional Experience

  • 2008-present – Case Manager/PAH Coordinator, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

PH-Specific Activities and Leadership

  • Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 2008-2013
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Professional Network (PHPN), 2008-2013

New patients interested in making an appointment with the Vanderbilt Pulmonary Vascular Center can request an appointment by calling:

  • Phone: (615) 322-5879

Last Verified: March 4, 2016