PHA/NHLBI K08/K23 Award Winners

Through a career development award partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the Pulmonary Hypertension Association is pleased to provide supplemental funding to individuals who receive an NHLBI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) or a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) for research on pulmonary hypertension. The K23 award is focused on patient oriented research where clinicians interact directly with patients in their studies. The K08 award provides support to researchers through supervised research career development in the fields of biomedical and behavioral research, including translational research but whose studies do not include direct interaction with patients.

This program’s award recipients are active in the PH community and PHA is proud to have provided support to 14 researchers.


John Huetsch, MDJohn Huetsch, MD
“The Calpain/CaMKII/NHE Signaling Pathway in PAH”

Term: July 01, 2016 – June 30, 2021
Instructor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University
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Laura Mercer-Rosa, MD, MSCELaura Mercer-Rosa, MD, MSCE
“Right Ventricular Remodeling and Outcome in Tetralogy of Fallot”
Sept. 1, 2015 – Nov. 30, 2019
Assistant Professor, Cardiology The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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Tien Peng, MDTien Peng, MD
“The role of Hedghehog signaling in pulmonary arterial hypertension”
July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2019
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pulmonary Care Division Hospital of the University of Pennyslvania
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Bradley A. Maron, MDBradley A. Maron, MD
“Aldosterone impairs endothelin B-dependent synthesis of nitric oxide to promote pulmonary arterial hypertension.”
July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2018
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine Department of Medicine Brigham & Women’s Hospital
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Vinicio A. de Jesus Perez, MDVinicio A. de Jesus Perez, MD
“The role of the Wnt/planar cell polarity pathway in pulmonary angiogenesis.”
Oracle Corporation Community Grant
July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2017
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Department of Medicine Stanford University Medical Center
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Edda Spiekerkoetter, MDEdda Spiekerkoetter, MD
“Modulating BMPRII signaling in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension”
September 1, 2011 – August 31, 2016
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Department of Medicine Stanford University Medical Center
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Stephen Y. Chan, MDStephen Y. Chan, MD
“Functions of Hypoxia-Induced MicroRNA-210 in Pulmonary Vascular Endothelium”
August 1, 2010 – July 31, 2015
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School Sponsor: Dr. Joseph Loscalzo
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Stephen Mathai, MD, MHSStephen Mathai, MD, MHS
“Neurohormonal Activation in Scleroderma related Pulmonary Hypertension”
August 1, 2009 – July 31, 2014
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine Sponsor: Paul Hassoun, MD
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Daniel Greif, MDDaniel Greif, MD
“Morphogenesis of the Pulmonary Artery Smooth Muscle Layer”
August 1, 2008 – July 31, 2013
Stanford University Sponsor: Mark Krasnow, MD, PhD
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Peter Oishi, MDPeter Oishi, MD
“Vascular Dysfunction with Increased Pulmonary Blood Flow: A Role for PPAR Gamma”
Oracle Corporation Community Grant
July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2012
University of California San Francisco Sponsor: Jeffrey R. Fureman, MD
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Paul B. Yu, MD, PhDPaul B. Yu, MD, PhD
“The Role of the BMP Type II Receptor in Vascular Function”
July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2011
Massachusetts General Hospital Sponsor: Kenneth Block, MD
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Roberta L Keller, MD
“Chronic Sildenafil for Severe Diaphragmatic Hernia”
July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2010
University of California San Francisco Sponsor: Samuel Hawgood, MBBS


Theresa R. Grover, MDTheresa R. Grover, MD
“Role of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in Neonatal Pulmonary Hypertension”
July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2009
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and The Children’s Hospital Perinatal Research Facility Sponsor: Steven Abmen, MD
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Reda Girgis, MD
“Statins in Experimental Pulmonary Hypertension”
July 1, 2003 – June 30, 2008
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine – The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Sponsor: Roger Johns, MD