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Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine

Pulmonary hypertension team
The UNC Pulmonary Hypertension team at the 11th Annual NC Research Triangle Pulmonary Hypertension Symposium in November 2019. From left: Sheila Krishnan, DO, Lisa Rose-Jones, MD, Barbara LeVarge, MD, Laura Nowicki, RN, H. James Ford, MD, Sara Decker, RN, Paula Glover, Samantha Earnhardt, MPH, CCR

Pulmonary Hypertension Care

The UNC Pulmonary Hypertension Program is available for patients and referring physicians for the diagnosis, treatment, long-term management, and follow up of patients with all forms of pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary thromboembolic disease. We also evaluate patients with shortness of breath that is complex and without clear cause. We are the only Pulmonary Hypertension Association Accredited Comprehensive Care Center in North Carolina.

A Collaborative and Comprehensive Approach to Care

Our program consists of pulmonologists, a cardiologist, clinical nurse coordinators, and research coordinators. As such, we are able to meet all of the needs of patients with complex pulmonary vascular disease, including the management of all advanced pulmonary arterial hypertension therapies. All physicians on our team are capable of performing comprehensive and complete right heart catheterization when indicated to evaluate for pulmonary hypertension.

Our Team

Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine

H. James (“Jimmy”) Ford, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Barbara L. LeVarge, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Associate Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program


Lisa Rose-Jones, MD Lisa J. Rose-Jones, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation)

Clinical Nurse Coordinators

Sara Decker, RN
Pulmonary Hypertension Nurse Coordinator
Laura Nowicki, RN Laura Nowicki, RN
Pulmonary Hypertension Nurse Coordinator

Research Staff

Paula Glover Paula Glover
Research Coordinator

Our Clinic

Our clinic is located at the Pulmonary Specialty Clinic at Eastowne in Chapel Hill.

UNC Hospitals Outpatient Center at Eastowne, 2nd floor
100 Eastowne Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Get Driving Directions

For appointments or further information about referring a patient, please contact:

Laura Nowicki, RN
Phone: 984-974-6959

Inpatient Care

Patients requiring hospitalization for the evaluation and treatment of pulmonary hypertension are admitted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, to specialized floors or intensive care units that are experienced in the care of pulmonary hypertension patients.


There are multiple clinical trials and research studies in pulmonary hypertension being conducted at UNC. Please see our research pages for further information:

Contact Samantha Earnhardt for more information or if you are interested in learning more about our studies.


Pulmonary Hypertension Association – A not for profit organization dedicated to advancing care and research for PAH patients. Good information about the disease and where to seek care at pulmonary hypertension centers around the country.

Listen to Dr. Ford discuss Pulmonary Hypertension with Your Health Radio, UNC Family Medicine’s weekly health radio show.