About the Cardiac, Pulmonary and Vascular 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 or want to prevent heart disease. Pain in your calves or thighs after you walk even short distances may be limiting your everyday activities.
If so, our cardiac, pulmonary and vascular rehabilitation programs can help you lead a healthier, more comfortable life.
The Cardiovascular Institute provides rehabilitation services at the Center for Cardiac Fitness on Collyer Street in Providence, the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center at Newport Hospital, and the Lifespan Ambulatory Care Center in East Greenwich.
A new offering at the East Greenwich Center is the Dean Ornish Intensive Cardiac Rehab Program, the only lifestyle medicine program proven in randomized controlled clinical trials to reverse coronary heart disease and the only program of its kind offered in New England.
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.
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.
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.