Despite recent milestones in the field of pediatric PH, knowledge and treatment options still lag behind that of adult PH. This year’s Conference will feature several sessions designed by the Scientific Sessions Committee related to research and treatment approaches in pediatric PH. Dunbar Ivy, M.D., pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and Mary P. Mullen, M.D., Ph.D., pediatric cardiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, will moderate the discussions.
PH in the Pediatric Population: Insights from the PPHNet Registry
Steven H. Abman, M.D., director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Network (PPHNet) and member of PHA’s Scientific Leadership Council, will present information from the PPHNet Registry and highlight unique features of diseases associated with PH in neonates, infants and children.
Lung Development and Origins of PH Associated with Chronic Lung Disease of Prematurity
David B. Frank, M.D., Ph.D., developmental biologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will help define PH in regard to developmental lung disease, and provide insights into how the paradigm of injury and prematurity disrupt the lung development process and lead to PH in children.
Congenital Heart Disease and PH: Novel Treatment Approaches
Stephanie Siehr Handler, M.D., pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, will lead a discussion about congenital heart disease and its classification, and the future of treatment strategies in children.
Imaging the Right Ventricle in Children
Uyen Truong, M.D., pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, will give an overview of various imaging techniques in the right ventricle in children.
Pediatric PH Patients: New Guidelines and Differences from Adult Care
Erika S. Berman Rosenzweig, M.D., pediatric cardiologist and medical director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Center at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Dr. Ivy will lead a 60-minute interactive session for all health care professionals to enhance their skills and expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of pediatric PH patients. They will discuss the 2015 guidelines released by the American Heart Association and American Thoracic Society, and highlight key differences between managing adults and children with PH.