Board of Directors

Dr Patricia GeorgePatricia George, MD, Board President
Dr. Patricia George is a PH pulmonologist and President/Co-founder of Team PHenomenal Hope.




Harrison FarberHarrison Farber, MD, Vice President
Dr. Farber is the Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Center at the Boston University/Boston Medical Center.




Carl HicksCarl Hicks, Treasurer
Carl Hicks has served the pulmonary hypertension community in a wide variety of roles since his daughter was diagnosed with what was then called “primary pulmonary hypertension” in 1994. Initially serving as a caregiver for Meaghan, he began to serve the greater community as a patient advocate and was invited to join the PHA Board of Trustees. There he served on every committee, became more deeply involved in advocacy and fundraising at the national level. Representing PHA he has spoken extensively worldwide increasing awareness. While serving as the PHA chairman of the board his daughter Meaghan lost her battle and became a PH Angel. Undaunted, Carl continued to serve raising funds and awareness for the fight as he stepped off the board to join PHA as the executive vice-president. Following four years at PHA he was asked to join industry where he serves as vice-president for patient advocacy and community support. Recently he was honored as the first and only honorary lifetime member of the PHA board of directors. In addition to his board servce for Team Phenomenal Hope he has just been asked to become a PHA Support Group Co-leader near his home in Gig Harbor Washington. Carl has dedicated his life to the fight against pulmonary hypertension.



Merle ReesemanMerle Jones, Secretary
Ms. Reeseman is Vice-President of Patient Relations. Aside from being on the Board of Directors for Team PHenomenal Hope, Merle is a PHighter, and a Super Hero (long-term survivor) of this Dastardly Disease known as Pulmonary Hypertension.




Raymond Benza, MDRaymond Benza, MD
Dr. Benza is the Program Director of Advanced Heart Failure, Transplant, MCS and Pulmonary Hypertension at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.


Updated: January, 2018