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PH Care Centers

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Pulmonary Hypertension Program of the Herma Heart Center at CHW
9000 W. Wisconin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Phone: (414) 266-2801
Fax: (414) 266-3261

PHA Centers of Comprehensive Care


The Herma Heart Center Pulmonary Hypertension Program was established in 2008. The program is directed by Edward Kirkpatrick, DO and supported by Katy Tillman, CPNP. The program is the largest multidisciplinary program of its kind in the State of Wisconsin. In partnership with Michael Earing, MD, Director of the Wisconsin Adult congenital Heart Disease Program, The Herma Heart Center Pulmonary Hypertension Program treats all causes of pulmonary hypertension in the pediatric and adolescent patient, and the adult with congenital heart disease.

The Herma Heart Center is the largest congenital heart program in the state, performing about 85-95% of the congenital heart surgeries. There are no other pediatric pulmonary hypertension programs in the state. The natural catchment area includes the upper peninsula of Michigan and parts of Illinois and Iowa. The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is a stand-alone pediatric academic tertiary care hospital, connected to the adult academic hospital (Froedtert, PHCC accredited). There is no age limit for patients seen at the Herma Heart Center and about 20% are ACHD/Eisenmenger patients over age 25, with some up to their 40-50s.

PH Program Physicians

  • Dr. Edward Kirkpatrick, DO
  • Michael Earing, MD

Center Coordinator

  • Kathryn Tillman, CPNP

Duration of Program’s Existence

  • Since 2008

Number of PAH Patients Being Actively Managed

  • 76-100

Number of Patients on IV/SQ Therapy

  • 10-19

Support Services Available

  • Central Line Placement/Repair
  • Coagulation Service
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Dietary/Nutrition Services
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Neonatal/Pediatric Critical Care
  • On-call Pulmonary/Cardiology/Pediatric Critical Care/Neonatology Service (24/7 Availability)
  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatric Anesthesia
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Pulmonary
  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Social Work

Edward C. Kirkpatrick, D.O.

Edward C. Kirkpatrick, D.O.

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatric Cardiology


  • 1994 – BS – University of Illinois, Urbana, Champaign, IL
  • 1999 – DO – Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Downers Grove, IL

Postgraduate Training

  • 2003 – Resident, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
  • 2007 – Fellow, Pediatric Cardiology, Indiana University, Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, IN

Current Faculty Appointments

  • 2007-present – Assistant Professor of Pediatric Cardiology and Medicine, Indiana Univeristy, Indianapolis, IN

Current Hospital and Administrative Appointments

  • 2007-present – Physician, Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2007-present – Physician, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2007-present – Physician, Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Waukesha, WI
  • 2007-present – Physician, Sinai Samaritan Medical Center, Milwaukee Wi
  • 2013-present – Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program, Children’s Hospital of Wisconin, Milwaukee, WI

Current Professional Organization Activities and Leadership

  • 2004-Present: Member, American College of Cardiology
  • 2007-Present: Member, American Society of Echocardiography
  • 2008-2012: Co-editor, Heart Matters
  • 2009-Present: Member/Founder, Pulmonary Hypertension Consortium at CHW
  • 2010-Present: Member, Institutional Review Board
  • 2010-Present: Member, Cardiac Research Focus Group
  • 2010-Present: Member, Pulmonary Hypertension Association
  • 2011-Present: Advisory Editorial Board, Pediatric Cardiology


  • Click here for a selection of recent publications by Dr. Kirkpatrick.

Kathryn A. Tillman, RN, MSN, CPNP

Kathryn A. Tillman, RN, MSN, CPNP


  • 2003 – BS – Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI
  • 2008 – MSN – Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Current Professional Experience

  • 2010-present – Nurse Practitioner, Pulmonary Hypertension Program Coordinator, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

PH-Specific Activities and Leadership

  • Member, Pulmonary Hypertension Association
  • Member, Society of Pediatric Cardiovascular Nuses
  • Member, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

New patients interested in making an appointment at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin can request an appointment by calling

  • (414) 266-2801

Last Verified: January 13, 2016