The 2019 Pulmonary Hypertension Professional Network (PHPN) Symposium, “Influencing the Practice: The Art and Science of Treating Pulmonary Hypertension,” drew a record 548 attendees from all over the U.S. to the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel from Sept. 5-7.

Over the three days, health care professionals had the opportunity to choose from almost 30 sessions on every aspect of pulmonary hypertension (PH), including the latest research, patient care information and even some “PH Jeopardy!” Attendees also had an opportunity to attend Trivia Night to raise funds for scholarships to help people with PH defray the costs of attending the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s (PHA’s) International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions.

One of the sessions that drew much interest was an update from the 6th World Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension from Vallerie McLaughlin, M.D. Here, Dr. McLaughlin gives a summary of her keynote:

Other keynote sessions included a review of the perinatal origins of pulmonary vascular disease, an overview of heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a summary of the future directions and emerging therapies of PH, and a talk on “Why We Do What We Do” by George Ruiz, M.D.

Note: PHA will be making audio, along with presenter’s slides, available on its PHA Online University site in the future.

PHPN Symposium also featured a research poster hall highlighting 53 research abstracts.

The first-ever PHPN Trivia Night drew nearly 200 Symposium attendees and raised more than $10,000 for PHA’s Conference Scholarship Fund! Here are Trivia Night’s co-hosts, the entertaining Sean Studer, M.D., Ms.C., and 2019 PHPN Symposium Committee chair, Martha Kingman, D.N.P., FNP-C, with a summary of the evening:

In all, PHPN Symposium enjoyed a successful year. Here is Susie McDevitt, M.S.N., ACNP-BC, and 2021 PNPN Symposium Committee chair, with a thank you message: