PHA Research Room Findings

Recorded on July 29, 2021
Scientists and clinicians present findings from the 2018 PHA Research Room, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA)’s research project providing pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients the opportunity to participate in clinical research studies. Learn about pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) biomarkers, patient survey results from support group therapy, an outcomes risk assessment tool for PH patients and barriers to exercise therapy in PH.

About the Speakers

Raymond Benza, M.D.
Raymond L. Benza, M.D., is a professor of medicine at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he serves as the director of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and as an adjunct professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Dr. Benza is also the Bob and Corrine Frick Endowed Chair of Heart Failure at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. His primary clinical interests are the evaluation and treatment of advanced congestive heart failure, cardiac transplantation and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). He also has provided mechanical support to the REVEAL registry, the largest clinical dataset of PAH in the world, in which he co-developed the REVEAL calculator which is currently the gold standard risk stratification tool for patients with PAH.

Thomas Cascino, M.D.
Thomas Cascino, M.D., is an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist. He is also a health services researcher interested in health care delivery, health equity and disparities in access to therapies for patients with PH and heart failure. His current work is focused on the identification of barriers in access to health care, understanding disparities in the use of therapies such as exercise rehabilitation and optimizing the implementation of exercise rehabilitation through novel modes of delivery.

Paresh Giri, M.D.
Paresh Giri, M.D., is an associate professor of medicine and medical director of Respiratory Care Services and the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center. His clinical and research interests include PH, high altitude pulmonary vascular disease, novel therapeutics in PAH and the use of ultrasound in critical care.
As founder and director of the PH program at Loma Linda University, he has led the program to become a PH Care Center (PHCC) Regional Care Program (RCP). He is involved in multiple clinical studies involving PH therapies and is active in local support groups of PHA.

Kara Goss, M.D. (Moderator)
Kara Goss, M.D., is an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern and specializes in PH. Her research program is focused on the effects of preterm birth on the heart and lungs later in life. Her program also performed the first catherization-based studies to demonstrate PH development years after preterm birth in some individuals.

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