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While pulmonary hypertension remains a challenging disease, there has been an increased awareness by clinicians from the routine use of diagnostic tools such as Doppler echocardiography and the availability of the many pulmonary vasodilator drugs. Because it is uncommon, it is difficult for physicians to develop sufficient experience and expertise unless they are part of a specialty center. The etiology can be multifactorial, making it difficult to know the dominant cause in some patients and thus requires a meticulous approach to arrive at the correct diagnosis. The program is designed to increase knowledge of the presentation and diagnosis of the different etiologies of pulmonary hypertension and address ways to implement the latest practice guidelines into clinical practice. The program is designed to improve the competence of physicians in managing patients who present in the community, and know when to refer to specialty centers for advanced care.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize when patients have suboptimal response to treatments and be aware of what advanced treatments are available.

  2. Be aware of the multiple modalities available for understanding the basis and severity of patient’s symptoms, how to quantify them, and how to apply them to practice.

  3. Be informed of the advances made in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

Target Audience

This continuing medical education program is designed to meet the educational needs of cardiologists, pulmonologists, internal medicine, hospitalists, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, cardiology and
pulmonary medicine fellows and residents in training.

Accreditation statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit designation statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates the live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty

Program Directors:

Stuart Rich, MD

Professor of Medicine

Director, Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

 

Michael Cuttica, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Associate Director, Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

 

Guest Faculty:

Aaron B. Waxman, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Director, Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program

Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA

 

Robert P. Frantz, MD

Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Director, Mayo Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic

Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

Mayo Clinic Rochester MN

 

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Faculty:

S. Chris Malaisrie, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery

Surgical Director, Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program and Pulmonary Endarterectomy Team

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute

Northwestern Memorial Hospital                                                                                                                                                 

 

Jonathan Rich, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Medical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

 

Daniel Schimmel, Jr., MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Director, Pulmonary Embolism Response Team

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

 

Sanjiv J. Shah, MD, FAHA, FACC, FASE

Stone Professor of Medicine

Director, T1 Center for Cardiovascular Therapeutics

Director, Northwestern HFpEF Program

Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

 

Benjamin H. Freed, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine-Cardiology

Cardiovascular Imaging

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

 

Amanda L. Hauck, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Division of Pediatric Cardiology

Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

 

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