PH Care Centers

Medical Leadership

In early 2011, the PHA Scientific Leadership Council started development of the PH Care Centers initiative to assure outstanding care in pulmonary hypertension. Appointed by the PHA Board of Trustees, the PHCC Oversight Committee is tasked with management and governance of the PHCC initiative.

PHCC Oversight Committee


Myung H. Park, MD
Houston Methodist Hospital
Chair, PHCC Oversight Committee


William O’Donnell
Caregiver Representative


Jeffrey R. Fineman, MD
University of California, San Francisco

Jessie A. Kohler, Esq.
Jessie A. Kohler, Esq.
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP

James Runo, MD
James R. Runo, M.D.
University of Wisconsin

Oksana A. Shlobin, MD
Oksana Shlobin, M.D.
Inova Fairfax Hospital

Doug Taylor Headshot
Douglas R. Taylor
Patient Representative


Glenna Traiger, RN, MSN, CNS-BC

Murali M. Chakinala, MD
Murali M. Chakinala, MD
Washington University in Saint Louis
Immediate Past Chair
Ex-Officio, Non-Voting

Ronald J. Oudiz, MD
Ronald Oudiz, MD
LA Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor – UCLA Medical Center
Chair, PHA Scientific Leadership Council
Ex-Officio, Non-Voting

Stephen Mathai
Stephen Mathai, MD
ACCP Representative
Ex-Officio, Non-Voting

Timothy L. Williamson, MD
Tim Williamson, MD
Chair, Review Committee
University of Kansas Hospital

Michael Patrick Gray
Michael Patrick Gray
Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Program Director, PHCC
Ex-Officio, Non-Voting

Developing and Implementing the PHCC Program

Since September 2011, members of the PHA Board of Trustees, the PHA Scientific Leadership Council, and other key stakeholders in the PH community approved the PHCC initiative in concept. A steering committee and task forces were organized and staffed to address accreditation criteria, program implementation, registry development, communication to key stakeholders and financial sustainability. The members below have been working since this time researching, accumulating and documenting information, developing logic models, defining action steps, building financial projections and validating the program content.

Murali Chakinala, MD (PHCC Chair)
Washington University in Saint Louis

Rino Aldrighetti
PHA

Richard Channick, MD
Harvard Medical School

C. Gregory Elliott, MD
University of Utah

Serpil Erzurum, MD
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Karen Fagan, MD
University of South Alabama

Bob Gray
PHA

Michael Patrick Gray
PHA

Carl Hicks
PHA

Wendy Hill, RN, NP-C, MSN
Cedars-Sinai

Steven Kawut, MD, MS
(Patient Registry Task Force Chair)
University of Pennsylvania

Vallerie McLaughlin, MD
University of Michigan

Stephen Mathai, MD, MHS
Johns Hopkins University

Olivia Onyeador, MHA
PHA

Ron Oudiz, MD
(Criteria Task Force Chair)
Harbor UCLA Medical Center

Abby Poms, RRT, RCP
(Implementation Task Force Co-Chair)
E Squared Trials and Registries, Inc.

Jeffrey Sager, MD, MSCE
Cottage Hospital

Robert Schilz, DO, PhD
Case Western Reserve University

Traci Stewart, RN, MSN
University of Iowa

>Darren Taichman, MD
University of Pennsylvania

Victor Tapson, MD
Cedars-Sinai

Corey Ventetuolo, MD, MS
Brown University

Joel Wirth, MD
(Implementation Task Force Co-Chair)
Maine Medical Center

Roham Zamanian, MD
(Funding Task Force Chair)
Stanford University

PHCC Review Committee

The PHCC Review Committee is tasked with reviewing the site applications, conducting site visits, issuing accreditation decisions, and monitoring Centers’ periodic status reports.

Tim Williamson, MD (Chair)
University of Kansas Hospital

David Badesch, MD
University of Colorado

Vijay Balasubramanian, MD
University of Calfornia, San Francisco – Fresno

Anna Brown, RN, ARNP
Vanderbilt University

Karen Brown, RN, BSN
Inova Fairfax Hospital

Laura Duvall, PharmD, BCPS
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

H. James Ford, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Judy Germani, RN
West Virginia University Hospitals

Daniel Grinnan, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University

Wendy Hill, RN, NP-C, MSN
Cedars-Sinai

Traci Housten, RN, MS
Johns Hopkins University

Amy Kimber, RN, APNP
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin

Edward Kirkpatrick, DO
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Juliana Liu, RN, MSN, ANP-C
Stanford University

Harold Palevsky, MD
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Janet Pinson, NP
Virginia Commonwealth University Health

Abby Poms, RRT
E Squared Trials and Registries, Inc.

Sandeep Sahay, MD
Houston Methodist Hospital

Yon Sung, MD
Stanford University

John Swisher, MD, PhD
Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center

Nidhy Varghese, MD
Texas Children’s Hospital

Aaron Waxman, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Delphine Yung, MD
Seattle Children’s Hospital

Dianne Zwicke, MD
Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center

Olivia Onyeador
Program Manager, PHCC
Ex-Officio, Non-Voting