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Referring PAH Patients for Lung Transplant

October 24-28, 2015
Montreal, Canada

At CHEST 2015 Patty George, MD, sat down with PAH TV to discuss some factors that determine when a patient should have a lung transplant.

Watch the interview here.

Pulmonary Grand Rounds: Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation

In a recent Pulmonary Grand Rounds presentation David Kristo, MD, discussed non-invasive positive pressure ventilation.

In this video recap Dr. Kristo answers the following questions:

  • What are the clinical indications for nocturnal ventilation support in patients with advanced lung disease?
  • How do we select patients for the various modes of NIV including BIPAP and AVAPS?
  • How do we measure a successful intervention for patients on NIV?
  • Can you describe the important features of a data download from a non-invasive ventilation device?

To review his full presentation, click here. 

Pulmonary Grand Rounds Summer 2015: Pulmonary Embolism

In a recent Pulmonary Grand Rounds, Belinda Rivera-Lebron, MD, MS, discussed acute and chronic pulmonary embolism.

In this recap, Dr. Rivera-Lebron answers the following questions:

  • What are the key clinical and biomarker parameters we can use to define mortality risk in the patient with pulmonary embolism?
  • Which patient with submassive pulmonary embolism should be selected for more advanced PE therapy than traditional anticoagulation?
  • When should local lytic/mechanical therapy for clot disruption be favored over systemic lysis?
  • How should patients with acute PE be monitored following hospitalization?

To review her full presentation, click here. 


Pulmonary Grand Rounds Summer 2015 – Making the Case for Early Palliative Care in IPF

Kathleen Lindell, PhD, RN, presented at a recent Pulmonary Grand Rounds on early palliative care in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

In this video she recaps the following questions:

  • What do we know about the prognosis for patients with a confirmed diagnosis of IPF?
  • What are the common problems patients and their caregivers experience in the course of IPF?
  • How can we address dyspnea and anxiety (i.e. fear of dying) in the IPF patient population?
  • When in the IPF course should practitioners address end-of-life issues with the patient and their caregivers?

For the full slideshow, click here.


Pulmonary Grand Rounds: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Frank Sciurba, MD, FCCP, presented at a recent Pulmonary Grand Rounds on selected topics on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

In this presentation recap, Dr. Sciurba answers questions including:

  1. What is lung volume reduction and what is the current state of the surgical and bronchoscopic approaches?
  2. Why did endobronchial valves fail to gain approval after the VENT pivotal trial, and why is there promise that the new LIBERATE trial could demonstrate efficacy and safety?
  3. What is the evidence regarding endobronchial coil volume reduction, and what differences in patient selection are likely to be evident between endobronchial coil and valve volume reduction approaches?
  4. How are health care systems addressing the difficult problem of limiting COPD readmissions?

Pulmonary Grand Rounds: Rescue Strategies in the Patient with Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Michael Donahoe, MD, presented at a recent Pulmonary Grand Rounds on rescue strategies in the patient with adult respiratory distress syndrome.

In this recap of Dr. Donahoe’s presentation he addresses the following questions:

  1. What is the relationship between the ARDS clinical definition and the pathologic equivalent of diffuse alveolar damage?
  2. What do we consider as standard ventilator management strategies for patients with ARDS?
  3. What are the recognized effective rescue strategies for patients with more severe ARDS?
  4. What are the more controversial rescue strategies for patients with more severe ARDS?

Dr. Donahoe’s full presentation slides are available here.


Pediatric Pulmonology Division Chief Invited to Give Annual Lecture at University of Pennsylvania

Juan Celedón, MD, recently gave the Annual Nathan Francis Mossell Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. The lecture is presented in recognition of the school’s first African American student, Nathan Mossell. Dr. Celedón’s presentation was titled “A Journey to Solve the Puzzle of Asthma Disparities.”

Adiposity, Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide, and Asthma in U.S. Children

A study led by Juan Celedon, MD; Yueh-Ying Han, PhD; and Erick Forno, MD, was recently published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. This study aimed to examine adiposity, asthma, and fractional exhaled nitric oxide in children in the United States.

The full article is available here. 

Pulmonary Grand Rounds: HIV-related Lung Diease

At a recent Pulmonary Grand Rounds, Matthew Gingo, MD, discussed the complexities of HIV-related lung disease.

In this video, Dr. Gingo recaps his presentation and highlights:

  • Important clinical features of HIV pulmonary disease
  • Guidelines for clinicians when monitoring these patients
  •  Recent advances in HIV therapy.

For more details on Dr. Gingo’s Grand rounds, you can access a PDF of his full PowerPoint presentation here.

Pulmonary Grand Rounds: Pulmonary Complications of Sickle Cell Disease

Enrico Novelli, MD, presented at a recent Pulmonary Grand Rounds on pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease.

In this video, he recaps his presentation and highlights:

  • Diagnosis and management techniques of acute chest syndrome
  •  Screening patients with sickle cell for pulmonary hypertension
  • The importance of thromboembolic complications

For more information about this presentation, you can access a PDF of Dr. Novelli’s full PowerPoint presentation here.

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