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

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Kristina Copeland, FNP, MSN, BSN
Elizabeth Froelich, PA-C
Adam Holmbeck, APNP
Melissa Kaske, MSN, APNP
Andrew Kennedy, PA-C
Rebecca Miller, MPAS, PA-C
Lindsay Morris, APNP
Gina Muscato, MPAS, PA-C
Chelsea Nettesheim, APNP
Tony Sanders, APNP
Craig Schutta, MSN, APNP
Meg Shannon-Stone, MSP, APNP
Timothy Sie, 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


Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology/Cardiovascular Medicine
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.

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.

Interventional Radiology Nurse Practitioners

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.

Virtual Visits Are Available

Safe and convenient virtual visits by video let you get the care you need via a mobile device, tablet or computer wherever you are. We'll assess your condition and develop a treatment plan right away. To schedule a virtual visit, call 414-777-7700.

Learn More

Our Cardiovascular Program continues to receive recognition as one of the top programs nationally. We are honored to provide high-quality, effective care for even the most high-risk patients.

  • In its 2024 Specialty Excellence Awards, Healthgrades recognized Froedtert Hospital as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery, one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care and one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention, as well as other specialty achievements in various areas.

    For the second year in a row, Froedtert Hospital was identified as one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ according to an independent quality analysis based on a balanced scorecard provided by PINC AI™, and reported by Fortune. The hospitals recognized in the top 50 operated at lower cost and had better outcomes, recording significantly higher inpatient survival rates, fewer patients with complications, lower readmission rates and up to nearly $10,000 less in total costs per patient case. According to the study’s analysis, if all hospitals operated at the level of this year’s top performers, there could be 7,600 fewer deaths due to heart disease, 6,700 fewer bypass and angioplasty patients who suffer complications, and more than $1 billion in costs saved for the 2024 study year. Froedtert Hospital was ranked in the category of top teaching hospitals with a cardiovascular residency program. In this cohort of hospitals, Froedtert Hospital was ranked No. 4 in the country. No other hospital in Wisconsin was recognized with this national distinction.

    The Society for Vascular Surgery's Vascular Quality Initiative (SVS VQI) has awarded Froedtert Hospital three out of three stars for its active participation in the Registry Participation Program. The mission of the SVS VQI is to improve patient safety and the quality of vascular care delivery by providing web-based collection, aggregation and analysis of clinical data submitted in registry format for all patients undergoing specific vascular treatments. The VQI operates 14 vascular registries.

    The American Heart Association recognized Froedtert Hospital with its Get With the Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus Award. In addition, the hospital was recognized on the AHA’s Target: Heart Failure(SM) Honor Roll and received the AHA’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll™ award. 

    The American Heart Association also recognized Froedtert Hospital with its Get With the Guidelines® — Coronary Artery Disease Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Silver Plus and Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Silver awards. These awards demonstrate our commitment to improving care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines and streamlining processes to ensure timely and proper care for heart attacks.

    The American Heart Association recognized Froedtert Hospital with its Get With the Guidelines® AFib Gold Award.

    ​The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) and Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Froedtert Hospital have each received a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. This award recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Receiving this national three-year award with gold, silver and bronze designations, marks a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy work environment.