Pulmonary vascular disease

The Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is among the largest and most advanced treatment and research programs in the country for patients with pulmonary hypertension. We offer a full range of services that include comprehensive patient evaluation, diagnostic testing, advanced treatment options, clinical research and patient education.

Our program is honored to have received national recognition from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) as a designated PHA-accredited “Center for Comprehensive Care,” the only one of its kind in Illinois. Criteria for this esteemed designation emphasize the experienced staff, comprehensive facility resources, evaluations of PH patients based upon consensus guidelines, access to all PH specific therapies, overall experience in treating PH and participation in clinical research.

One of the unique aspects of our program is the large number of faculty with widespread expertise in all forms of pulmonary hypertension. These include physicians with published research in:

  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension (including familial (inherited) forms)
  • Pulmonary hypertension from left heart failure
  • Pulmonary hypertension associated with lung disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension from pulmonary embolism and virtually all of the rarest forms of the disease

Our specialists treat a wide range of pulmonary vascular diseases, including:

  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Diastolic heart failure
  • Scleroderma-related pulmonary disease
  • Connective tissue-related pulmonary disease

Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program Leadership

The following Northwestern Medicine physicians are leaders within the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program and can be reached at 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

Cardiology Team Leadership

Stuart Rich, MD

Primary Specialty: Cardiology

Jonathan D. Rich, MD

Primary Specialty: Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation

Sanjiv J. Shah, MD

Primary Specialty: Cardiology

Pulmonology Team Leadership

Michael J. Cuttica, MD

Primary Specialty: Pulmonology

Cardiac Surgery Team Leadership

S. Christopher Malaisrie, MD

Primary Specialty: Cardiac Surgery

Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please call 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
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Referring Physicians
Open communication and cooperation with referring physicians is a critical component of achieving high-quality care and minimizing the challenges that come with treating cardiovascular conditions. For physician-to-physician consultation regarding the best patient care, please contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

Related Resources

Pulmonary Hypertension: Pulmonary hypertension can occur in children and adults. Learn more about the causes and symptoms.