Olympus Convenes Panel of Global Pulmonologists to Discuss Bronchoscopy During COVID-19

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., (May 20, 2020) – Olympus®, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, brings together three leading pulmonologists from across the globe in a discussion around the practice of bronchoscopy in the era of COVID-19. Profs. Felix Herth and Stefano Gasparini, and Dr. Gerard Silvestri will review current global guidelines and explain how their practice is changing to safely treat patients as the pandemic evolves. Bronchoscopy suite configurations to maximize effective patient care will be presented, as well as a discussion around the designation of essential versus non-essential procedures, and the inherent ethical considerations therein. The webinar meeting will include an opportunity to engage, discuss, and ask questions.

The webinar takes place Wednesday, May 27, at 11AM-12PM EST. This webinar is open to the public and provided at no cost. Click here to register.

Univ. Prof. Dr. med. Felix Herth
Prof. Herth is currently practicing in Heidelberg, Germany and serves as Chairman and Head of Department of Pneumology and Critical Care Medicine at Thoraxklinik University of Heidelberg, Germany. Prof. Herth is also the Editor-in-Chief of Respiration and has served on many industry committees, including the European Respiratory Society (ERS), the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and the German Society of Pneumology (DGP). Prof. Herth graduated from the University of Freiburg.

Prof. Stefano Gasparini
Dr. Gasparini is a Full Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the Polytechnic University of Marche Region, and he is Chairman of the Interdisciplinary Group Thoracic Tumor and Responsible for the Educational program in Interventional Pulmonology at the Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria “Ospedali Riuniti” in Ancona, Italy. He is Past President of the Italian Association of Pulmonologists, member of the Editorial Board for the Journal for Bronchology, and Associate Editor of Respiration. Dr. Gasparini received the WABIP Gustav Killian Award in 2018.

Gerard A. Silvestri, MD, MS, FCCP
Dr. Silvestri completed his training in pulmonary and critical care at Dartmouth and has served on the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina for over 25 years. He is a past president of the American College of Chest Physicians, the George Sr. and Margaret Hillenbrand Professor of Thoracic Oncology and Vice-Chair of Medicine for faculty development at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He is a past president of the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology. He has served on multiple editorial boards of medical journals and currently serves on the editorial board of the journal CHEST.

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