Free Online CME Courses Focus on Fundamentals of Pulmonary Hypertension

SILVER SPRING, Md. (September 26, 2017) – The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is rolling out a new online 16-course CME curriculum series to promote quality patient care for people living with pulmonary hypertension (PH). The new series, “Pulmonary Hypertension: The Basics,” seeks to educate pulmonary hypertension (PH)-treating health care professionals – those new to the field as well as those looking to brush up on their knowledge – about the fundamentals of PH, including the diagnosis, treatment, and management of the disease.

Eight of the courses in the series have been released in advance of the live CME/CE sessions that will be offered at the 2017 PH Professional Network Symposium and PHA’s 2018 International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions. Health care professionals can earn up to 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1™ Credits through these courses through PHA Online University:

  • WHO Group 1 PH (PAH) – Anna R. Hemnes, MD
  • WHO Group 4 PH (CTEPH) – William R. Auger, MD
  • FDA-approved Treatments for WHO group 1 PH (PAH) – Vallerie V. McLaughlin, MD
  • WHO Group 4 PH (CTEPH) Treatment: Surgical v. Medical – Richard N. Channick, MD
  • Management of PH in the ICU – Todd M. Bull, MD
  • How to Follow Up with Your Patient – Peter J. Leary, MD, MS
  • How to Know When to Escalate Therapy – Ronald J. Oudiz, MD
  • How to Know Your Patient is Optimally Managed – Zeenat Safdar, MD, MS

Under the leadership of Michael A. Mathier, MD, Chair of the PHA Online University National Planning Committee, this suite features engaging and varying topics presented by key opinion leaders in the field of PH. “PHA Online University is the go-to web platform for health care professionals to get relevant and reliable information about pulmonary hypertension, “he explains, “including how to screen for, diagnose, treat and manage patients with this disease – and earn complimentary CME/CEU.”

Health care professionals can take advantage of this curriculum by logging in or creating an account through PHA Online University – PHA’s online CME platform and a program of PHA’s multi-sponsored Medical Education Fund – at

This curriculum will serve as an introduction to the live CME programs of the PHA Medical Education Fund: PHA Preceptorship Program, a day-long, intensive, highly interactive CME forum that combines didactic lectures with case-based learning; as well as complimenting the PHA Medical Education On-Demand, a flexible PH CME program with a variety of topics, formats and faculty for learners to choose from and request to meet their community’s needs.

“We’re pleased to work with thought-leaders and experts in PH to launch this series,” said PHA President and CEO Brad A. Wong. “These courses will connect PH-treating professionals with clinically relevant educational content, ultimately promoting quality care for people with PH.”

PH is high blood pressure in the lungs. When a person has PH, the arteries in the lungs become damaged, narrow or stiff, putting pressure on the right side of the heart that can lead to heart failure and death. People with PH can experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness and fatigue. Patients often go years without being accurately diagnosed or are misdiagnosed with less threatening illnesses such as asthma or COPD. Early and accurate diagnosis is critical as proper treatment can extend and improve quality of life. People who think they might have PH should seek diagnosis and treatment from a PH specialist.

About the Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is the country’s leading pulmonary hypertension organization. PHA’s mission is to extend and improve the lives of those affected by PH; its vision is a world without PH, empowered by hope. PHA achieves this by connecting and working together with the entire PH community of patients, families, health care professionals and researchers. For more information and to learn how you can support PH patients, visit and connect with PHA on Twitter and Instagram @PHAssociation and on Facebook at