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Pulmonary Vascular Disease (PVD) Program

Pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) is a broad term for any condition that impairs blood circulation throughout the lungs. A pulmonary vascular disorder can lead to cardiovascular problems as well as impair quality of life. Learn more about pulmonary vascular disease.

The Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program—a collaborative venture between the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Lung Center and the Heart & Vascular Center—brings together pulmonary and critical care medicine physicians, cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular medicine clinicians who have extensive experience diagnosing and treating all forms of PVD.

For all PVD patients, we provide state-of-the-art, expedited diagnostic tests, inpatient management and the latest medical and surgical treatments, from the most effective medications to procedures such as pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) and lung transplantation.

Our Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program provides long-term care and support to help patients manage their disease. We emphasize patient education, give patients access to research opportunities and offer a support group for patients and families to share personal experiences.

Learn more about the Pulmonary Vascular Disease (PVD) Program.

Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH)

Specialists within the PVD Program provide advanced, focused, and comprehensive evaluation and treatment approaches for a subset of patients with pulmonary hypertension who experience recurring emboli (blood clots) in their lungs – chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). Without effective treatment, CTEPH can lead to life-threatening heart failure. BWH is one of only a handful of hospitals nationwide that offer a comprehensive collaboration of medical, interventional and surgical care for CTEPH.

Learn more about the Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH) Program.

Read the article: Pulmonary Vascular Disease Specialists Add Balloon Angioplasty as a Treatment Option for Patients Not Eligible for Surgery.

Read the article: Improving Outcomes for Patients with Pulmonary Embolism and Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension.

How do I make an appointment?

Call The Lung Center at 1-844-BWH-LUNG (1-844-294-5864) to make an appointment with the Pulmonary Vascular Disease program or request an appointment online.

Access information about appointments for new patients.

I'm a physician. How do I refer a patient?

Physicians can call 1-844-BWH-LUNG (1-844-294-5864) or make an online referral.

What are some of the conditions seen by the program?

Our team

Physician Assistants

  • Nancy Barker, MS, PA-C
  • Caitlyn Joyce, MHP, PA-C
  • Charlie Lee, PA-C
    Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Disty Pearson, PA-C
  • Jeffrey Voner, PA-C
    Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine


  • Laurie Lawler, RN
    Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • William Kerr, RN

Where are you located?

The Pulmonary and Vascular Disease Program is located in the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center, across the street from the main entrance of Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) at 75 Francis Street.

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