9th Annual NC Research Triangle Pulmonary Hypertension Symposium

Overview

The field of pulmonary arterial hypertension is a rapidly developing one, with multiple new treatments introduced in the last two decades. This has created a steep learning curve for pulmonologists and cardiologists treating this disease, as well as primary care physicians who must remain mindful to consider the diagnosis in their patients. This dynamic state of the field serves to perpetuate a gap in regard to the knowledge of appropriate diagnostic procedures, proper treatment choices, and timing of advancement of care to pulmonary hypertension specialty centers. It is imperative that those treating this specialized disease have a thoroughly grounded knowledge of the appropriate work up, treatment, and care of the pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patient.

Multiple expert groups have convened at regular intervals to develop consensus guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of PAH.  These guidelines have been published in prominent medical journals and presented at national meetings, thus exposing thousands of practitioners to these standardized approaches and promoting appropriate, structured care paradigms. The 9th annual RTP PH symposium will reinforce the most current guidelines for the diagnosis and management of PAH, along with a focus on the different subgroups of PAH. The diagnosis, management, and treatment for patients with WHO group 2–5 PH will also be addressed. Also, newer therapies for PAH have become available and the use of these alone and in combination will be addressed. It will provide a plentiful forum for questions and discussion, so that practitioners and health care providers in attendance can have knowledge and reinforcement of appropriate care practices that can be put into practice. 

This program is sponsored by the Duke University School of Medicine, in collaboration with UNC School of Medicine, Pulmonary Hypertension Association, and phaware global.

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Date

Friday, November 3, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. 

Learn about Patient Day for PH Patients and Caregivers (Free Session with Lunch Included)

Location

Hilton Durham near Duke University
3800 Hillsborough Road
Durham, NC 27705
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Faculty directors

H. James Ford, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Terry Fortin, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
Pulmonary Vascular Disease Center
Duke University Medical Center                       

Invited faculty

Eric Austin, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Vanderbilt Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program

Talal Dahhan, MD
Medical Instructor in the Department of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center

John “Jack” Haney, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Duke University Medical Center

Lynne Hurwitz Koweek, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology
Associate Professor in Medicine
Duke University Medical Center

Richard Krasuski, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center
Director of Hemodynamic Research
Duke University Medical Center

Barbara LeVarge, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Pulmonary Hypertension Program
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sudarshan Rajagopal, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Research Professor in Biochemistry
Duke University Medical Center

Lisa Rose-Jones, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Pulmonary Hypertension Program
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Allyson Rupp, MSW, ACSW
Social Worker
Vera Moulton Wall Center at Stanford Hospital

Victor Tapson, MD
Director, Venous Thromboembolism and Pulmonary Vascular Disease Research Program
Director, Clinical Research, Women's Guild Lung Institute
Associate Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Cedars – Sinai Medical Center

Victor Test, MD
Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Director, Pulmonary Vascular Disease Center
Duke University Medical Center

Target Audience

This program is designed to meet the continuing education (CE) needs of pulmonologists, cardiologists, and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the classification of and proper diagnostic approach to pulmonary hypertension, according to the Fifth World Symposium and other recent consensus statements from experts in the field.
  • Recognize and distinguish similar disease processes that may or may not respond to PAH specific therapy, including chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, Group 3 pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary veno-occlusive disease and others.
  • Identify appropriate treatment choices based on available evidence, as well as understand what specific emerging therapies are currently under investigation for PAH.
  • Recognize when treatment responses are suboptimal, how to properly assess prognosis and determine risk and outcomes, such that timing of referral to a specialty center is appropriate.
  • Describe the evolution of PAH diagnosis and therapies from a historical perspective as well as potential future diagnostic and treatment modalities. 
  • Recognize important nonpharmacologic aspects of PH patient care, including the psychosocial impact of the disease as well as a current understanding of the genetics of PAH.

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Physicians: Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing: Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this activity for up to 6.25 credit hours for nurses. Nurses should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

Pharmacists: Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this activity for a maximum of 6.25 ACPE credit hours. Universal Activity Numbers: 0851-0000-17-100-L01-P.

Registration Fees*

  • $195: MDs and DOs
  • $60: Non-Physician Clinicians, Allied Health, Residents, and Fellows
  • $195: Industry representatives

*Registration fees include all symposium materials, breakfast, lunch and breaks.

Accommodations and Room Rates

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Durham near Duke University, 3800 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705. Rooms are $119 per night, plus applicable taxes. The room block will be held until October 17, 2017, but may sell out prior to this date. To reserve your room at the conference rate, please call 1-800-445-8667 and use the Group Code: NCPHS. Click here for online group reservations.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to Christy Darnell via email (christy.darnell@duke.edu). In the event that the program is cancelled or postponed, we will not be responsible for any travel costs or expenses, including cancellation/change penalties assessed by airlines, travel agencies, or hotels. 

After the Event

To complete all course requirements and claim continuing education credits, please do the following:

  • Complete the course evaluation.
  • Attest to your hours of completion.
  • Download your certificate.

Patient Day for PH Patients and Caregivers (Free Session with Lunch Included)

During the symposium, Pulmonary Hypertension patients and caregivers are welcomed to participate in Patient Day for PH Patients and Caregivers. Patients will have lunch, and then participate in a concurrent breakout session, which will be running next door to the symposium. 

Date

Friday, November 3, 2017
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Agenda

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