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Our heart and vascular staff is a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, therapists and others who are committed to putting specialty expertise at the service of patients and their families. 

Physicians and Surgeons

As members of an academic medical center, we are involved in leading edge research and teaching tomorrow’s doctors the latest treatment techniques and best practices. Multidisciplinary teams of cardiologists, vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons work together to focus on providing patients with the best possible treatment options. Included here is a list of physician teams working together by program specialty. A list of heart and vascular physicians by discipline follows.

Physician Teams by Specialty Program

One of the best advantages for our patients  is the multidisciplinary approach to care. This approach gathers experts from many disciplines who specialize in a program area. Follow the links for a list of physicians dedicated to a specific specialty program.

Heart and Vascular Physicians by Discipline

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Cardiology

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program Nurse Practitioners


Lindsey Katzmark, RN, BSN, MSN,APNP

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Rachel Hansen, MSN, APNP
Melissa Kaske, MSN, APNP
Sarah Lai, MPAS, PA-C
Rebecca Miller, MPAS, PA-C
Gina Muscato, MPAS, PA-C
Dawn Schmidt, MSN, APNP
Craig Schutta, MSN, APNP
Meg Shannon-Stone, MSP, APNP
Allison Stone, MPAP, PA-C
Heather Sutter, MPAS, PA-C
Mary Theisen, MSN, APNP
Lisa Thomas, MPAS, PA-C
Trisha Wilcox, APNP

Comprehensive Heart Failure and Transplant

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Cardiology/Cardiovascular Medicine
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Cardiology/Cardiovascular Medicine
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Cardiology/Cardiovascular Medicine
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Cardiology/Cardiovascular Medicine


Electrophysiologists are cardiologists who specialize in diagnosing and treating irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias) caused by problems with the heart’s electrical system.

Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology/Cardiovascular Medicine

General Cardiology

Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiologists are trained in performing catheter-based (non-invasive) treatment of structural heart disease. Procedures include angioplasty, repair of congenital heart disease (e.g., valvuloplasty, ASD and PFO closures) and emergency angioplasty/stenting of blocked arteries for heart attack patients.

Cardiology/Cardiovascular Medicine, Interventional Cardiology

Vascular Medicine

Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgeons specialize in surgery of the arteries and veins, and treat disease of the peripheral vascular system (diseases of blood vessels beyond the heart and brain).

Vascular Surgery Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Ali Kusch, NP 

Debra Lanza, APNP 

Laura Needler, APNP 

Kate Reigle, PA-C 

Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Vascular and interventional radiologists are physicians who interpret images (such as X-rays, fluoroscopy, ultrasound and CT) to guide catheters and other instruments through blood vessels to locate precise areas in the body. Various diagnostic and treatment procedures can be performed using this minimally invasive technique. Many of these procedures provide an alternative to traditional surgery.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Vascular Surgery

Interventional Radiology Nurse Practitioners

Jim Molnar, APNP 
Lauren Schmidt, APNP

Nurses and Medical Assistants

Heart and vascular nurses and medical assistants bring significant experience and practical perspective to heart and vascular care at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. They work in close partnership with physicians to provide patients with the best health care available.

Lab Technologists

Our diagnostic laboratories are staffed by an experienced group of certified cardiac cath lab technologists, expert EKG technicians, registered sonographers and vascular and interventional radiology technologists.


People with heart and vascular problems can benefit from working with rehabilitation specialists. Our patients have access to physical, occupational and respiratory therapists and certified exercise physiologists.

Other Support Staff

Our patients can rely on a team of support professionals for help with a variety of needs. The support staff includes registered dietitians, transplant coordinators, social workers, administrative assistants, patient schedulers, chaplains and psychologists.