Meet the Team

Center Staff

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Director, Rhode Island Hospital Pulmonary Hypertension Center

James R. Klinger, MD is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He performed his residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He is licensed and certified in internal medicine and critical care medicine.

His teaching role includes being a lecturer in pulmonary pathophysiology as well as extensive hospital teaching roles at Rhode Island Hospital for house staff and pulmonary fellows. Klinger's numerous publications can be viewed in Chest, the Journal of Applied PhysiologyAmerican Journal of Respiratory Critical Care MedicineAmerican Journal of Medicine and many more. His research concerns development of therapies to treat pulmonary hypertension as well as research in the field of blood clotting, which can be one cause of pulmonary hypertension.

Klinger is an active speaker as an expert in the field of pulmonary hypertension.

Corey Ventetuolo, MD graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. After finishing an internal medicine residency at Brown, she completed pulmonary and critical care fellowship training at Columbia University. During fellowship, she earned a master’s degree in biostatistics and patient-oriented research and received specialized pulmonary vascular disease training at the University of Colorado and New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is licensed and certified in internal medicine and pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Her research focuses on the role of gender and sex hormones and their influence on pulmonary vascular and right heart function, as well as the study of unique predictors of right ventricular function. She is funded by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health and she has recently published in Circulation and the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

As the director of the adult extracorporeal life support program at Rhode Island Hospital, Ventetuolo has expanded the region’s Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program to include novel applications in patients with pulmonary hypertension.

She is an active speaker and expert in the field of pulmonary hypertension and serves on national and international committees.

Mary Whittenhall, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC
Nurse practitioner and program coordinator of the Rhode Island Hospital Pulmonary Hypertension Center

Mary Whittenhall, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC is board certified as an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.  She brings experience in cardiac, medical-surgical, emergency, and addiction medicine, and serves as a clinical instructor in the undergraduate nursing program at Northeastern University.  She holds a BSN and MSN from Northeastern University, as well as a BA from the College of the Holy Cross, and has a background in health care information technology.