About the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Maintenance and Prevention Programs

Perhaps you are recovering from open heart surgery, a heart attack or stent implantation, or a heart or lung transplant. Maybe you’re suffering from pulmonary disease, experiencing severe leg pain, or want to prevent heart disease. Our programs can help you lead a healthier, more comfortable life.

The Cardiovascular Institute provides services at the Center for Cardiac Fitness on Collyer Street in Providence and the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center at Newport Hospital. The Center for Cardiac Fitness is one of only two centers in the state that are accredited for cardiac rehabilitation by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the pulmonary rehabilitation program is the only one in Rhode Island accredited by that organization.

Our programs are personalized to provide the ideal balance of exercise, nutrition, stress management, education and support services. They are both stimulating and practical, giving you the knowledge and inspiration to permanently adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Our Medical Directors

George Charlton, MD is a cardiologist with the Cardiovascular Institute. His office is located in the Borden Carey Building at Newport Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia Health System, followed by a year as an attending hospitalist at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA. He completed fellowships in both general cardiology and preventive cardiology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University with training at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Charlton is board certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a diplomate of the National Board of Echocardiography. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Society of Echocardiography, the American Medical Association and the Rhode Island Medical Society.

Medical Director Cardiac Fitness, Collyer Street

Wen-Chih Wu, MD, MPH, director of The Center for Cardiac Fitness, specializes in prevention of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. He is an associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and an associate professor of epidemiology at Brown University’s School of Public Health. He is also the director of the university’s fellowship program in preventive cardiology. His research interests include preventive cardiology; management of chronic disease such as heart failure and diabetes; and cardiovascular epidemiology and outcomes.

Melissa Tukey, MD is a pulmonary and critical care physician with subspecialty training in interventional pulmonology. She is the director of interventional pulmonology at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals and an assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. At Rhode Island Hospital, Tukey also leads the Interventional Pulmonary Program, which offers a number of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for patients with airway disorders, pleural disease and lung cancer.

Tukey received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  She completed fellowships in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and in interventional pulmonology at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA.

Tukey is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine and interventional pulmonology. Her clinical interests include advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy for minimally invasive diagnosis and staging of lung cancer. Tukey is a member of the American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians and the American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology.

Samuel Evans, MD received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his residency and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital. He is board certified in pulmonary and internal medicine.

Dr. Evans has interest and expertise in a wide range of pulmonary disorders, including airway problems (asthma and COPD), pleural conditions, lung cancer, shortness of breath, pulmonary vascular disease, sleep disorders, pulmonary fibrosis, occupational lung disease and diaphragm dysfunction. His procedural capabilities include bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, and pleural catheter placement.

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Center for Cardiac Fitness
208 Collyer Street
Providence, RI 02904
Second floor
208 Collyer Street
Providence, RI 02904