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COVID-19 Pandemic: Expert Guidance on Managing Rare Pulmonary Diseases

  • Authors: Fernando J. Martinez, MD, MS; Victor Tapson, MD, FCCP, FRCP
  • CME / ABIM MOC Released: 11/19/2020
  • Valid for credit through: 11/19/2021
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for US healthcare professionals, specifically pulmonologists, cardiologists, primary care physicians, and pediatricians.

The overall goal of this activity is to educate physicians on timely guidance on managing patients with pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis, and interstitial lung disease (ILD) during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and to provide answers to the most pressing questions.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Increased knowledge regarding the
    • Effects of COVID-19 on patients with rare respiratory conditions
    • Management of patients with rare diseases affecting the lungs during the COVID-19 pandemic


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  • Fernando J. Martinez, MD, MS

    Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine 
    Weill Cornell Medicine 
    New York, New York


    Disclosure: Fernando J. Martinez, MD, MS, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships: 
    Served as an advisor or consultant for: AbbVie Inc.; AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Bristol Myers Squibb Company; CSL Behring; DevPro; GlaxoSmithKline; IQVIA; ProterrixBio; Raziel; Sanofi/Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA; twoXAR; Verona  
    Received grants for clinical research from: Afferent/Merck & Co., Inc.; AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; Bayer HealthCare; Gilead Sciences, Inc.; GlaxoSmithKline; Respivant; Veracyte 

  • Victor Tapson, MD, FCCP, FRCP

    Professor of Medicine
    Associate Director
    Pulmonary and Critical Care Division
    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Los Angeles, California


    Disclosure: Victor Tapson, MD, FCCP, FRCP, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships: 
    Served as an advisor or consultant for: Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Ltd; Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Bristol Myers Squibb Company; Janssen Pharmaceuticals; Thrombolex; United Therapeutics Corporation 
    Served as a speaker or a member of a speakers bureau for: EKOS/BTG International Ltd.; Janssen Pharmaceuticals 
    Received grants for clinical research from: Bayer HealthCare; Bristol Myers Squibb Company; Genentech, Inc. 


  • Shanthi Voorn, PhD

    Medical Education Director, WebMD Global, LLC


    Disclosure: Shanthi Voorn, PhD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

  • Renata Feldman, PharmD

    Scientific Content Manager, Medscape, LLC 


    Disclosure: Renata Feldman, PharmD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.​ 

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  • Robert Morris, PharmD

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Robert Morris, PharmD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
    Served as an advisor or consultant for: ViiV Healthcare
    Owns stock, stock options, or bonds from: GlaxoSmithKline 

Medscape, LLC staff have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships.

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Expert Guidance on Managing Rare Pulmonary Diseases

Authors: Fernando J. Martinez, MD, MS; Victor Tapson, MD, FCCP, FRCPFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC Released: 11/19/2020

Valid for credit through: 11/19/2021


Note: The information on the coronavirus outbreak is continually evolving. The content within this activity serves as a historical reference to the information that was available at the time of this publication. We continue to add to the collection of activities on this subject as new information becomes available. In order to facilitate disseminating this educational activity as quickly as possible, the associated slides and transcript will be included 1-2 weeks after the activity posting date.



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