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National Proceedings: CTEPH 2016

Course Director:  

William Auger, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine,
Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy Program
University of California, San Diego Health Sciences
San Diego, CA  

Course Overview:

National Proceedings: CTEPH 2016 was planned to provide an overview of the most recent information on the evaluation and management of patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). The role of PH directed medical therapy and balloon pulmonary angioplasty in the treatment of CTEPH patients were the highlighted topics of this conference. An update on the epidemiology of CTEPH in the United States, the status of the US CTEPH Registry, and a review of the pathophysiology of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary vascular disease was additionally presented. The conference format was comprised of didactic presentations, debates, and panel discussions involving national and international experts in the field, with an emphasis on interactive audience participation. An added feature to the 2016 symposium was the opportunity for participants to submit and present scientific abstracts and unique clinical cases related to CTEPH and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary vascular disease. 


At the conclusion of this program, the participant should be able to:

  • Define the pathophysiology and epidemiology of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension;
  • Describe the latest diagnostic modalities and evaluative approach to patients with suspected chronic thromboembolic disease;
  • Discuss the surgical procedure (pulmonary thromboendarterectomy-PTE) available for CTEPH patients, and the possible role of balloon pulmonary angioplasty in the management of this disease;
  • Define the role of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PH) targeted medical therapy for selected patient groups with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

Target Audience:

This program was designed to provide internists, pulmonologists, cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals with state-of-the-art information to evaluate and manage patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.




Richard N. Channick, MD
Nick H. Kim, MD
Pro: Gustavo Heresi Davila, MD
Con: Rajan Saggar, MD
Hiromi Matsubara, MD, PhD
Pro: Roham Zamanian, MD
Con: Ivan Robbins, MD

Oral Abstract Presentations

Moderators: Demosthenes G. Papamatheakis, MD and Myung Park, MD
Mark W. Dodson, MD, PhD 
Daniel T. Matthews, MD
Edward W. Mims, MD
Gustavo A. Heresi MD
Nicholas G. Smedira, MD
Cameron D. Wright, MD
Pro: Nick H. Kim, MD
Con: Michael M. Madani, MD
Paul Forfia, MD
Pro: Victor Tapson, MD
Con: Peter F. Fedullo, MD

Interesting Cases of CTEPH…(or are they?)

Moderators: Josanna Rodriguez-Lopez, MD and Kim M. Kerr, MD
Ivan Robbins, MD
Alison Witkin, MD
Jonathan W. Haft, MD
Manreet Kanwar, MD 
David Poch, MD 
Timothy M. Fernandes, MD, MPH 
William R. Auger, MD 




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