Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease

The Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease offers the full scope of consultative and collaborative care for pulmonary hypertension (PH) and venous thromboembolism (VTE), including pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) surgery for patients with chronic thromboembolic PH.

Our center is based in 20 years of experience in treating all forms of pulmonary vascular disease, with dedicated focus on novel therapies, extensive research participation, and case management to educate patients and their caregivers.

Multi-Faceted Approach to Care and Research

The Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease takes a multi-faceted approach to care and research, including:

  • Comprehensive diagnostic testing of PH, VTE, and PTE
  • Research participation, novel therapies, and registry enrollment
  • Individualized treatment plans ranging from medication to surgery
  • Long-term care and support to assist patients and caregivers in managing their condition

Our Multidisciplinary Team

Our multidisciplinary team is composed of specialist physicians who collaborate with nurses, therapists, and pharmacists to treat, advise, and monitor patients.

We also work with fellow PH and VTE specialists in leading U.S. and international centers and pursue research in an extensive world-class program.


Terry Ann Fortin, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology

Sudarshan Rajagopal, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology

Talal Dahhan, MD, MSEd
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

Nursing Staff

Karla Kennedy, RN, BSN
Research Practice Lead

Susana Almeida-Peters, RN, BSN
Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator

Aimee Babiera, RN, BSN
Nurse Clinician

Danielle Burkett, CMA
Certified Medical Assistant

Gina Campanile, RN
Nurse Clinician

Lisa Carver, RN
Nurse Clinician

Markedia Mason
Clinical Research Coordinator

Administrative Staff

Nancy Terry, Program Coordinator, Sr.

Contact Information

Office: (919) 684-6237 Fax: (919) 681-0339
Patient Appointments: (919) 620-5300
Mailing Address:
Box 102351
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27710