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Bronchoscopy in the Era of COVID-19: A Global Perspective

Join Prof. Felix Herth, Prof. Stefano Gasparini, and Dr. Gerard Silvestri as they discuss COVID-19 and describe how to configure the bronchoscopy suite to effectively treat patients during the pandemic. This webinar will feature a review of current global guidelines on essential versus non-essential procedures and the inherent ethical considerations therein. The panel will discuss how their practice is changing to safely treat patients in this new era and will include an opportunity to engage, discuss, and ask questions.


  • Welcome


  • What is the current global status of COVID-19? (15 mins)

Prof. Herth (Heidelberg, Germany)


  • How do we set up our bronchoscopy labs to handle the way (15 mins)

   we will now do business in the era of COVID-19?

Prof. Gasparini (Ancona, Italy)


  • What procedures are essential vs non-urgent? (15 mins)

   What are the ethical considerations at play?

   How will our clinical practice change in the era of COVID-19?

Dr Silvestri (Charleston, U.S.A.)


  • Interactive Q&A (15 mins)

Moderated by Prof. Gasparini

Our Panel of Global Pulmonologists

Univ. Prof. Dr. med. Felix Herth

Chairman and Head of Department of Pneumology and Critical Care Medicine at Thoraxklinik University of Heidelberg, Germany

Prof. Herth, currently practicing in Heidelberg, Germany, graduated from the University of Freiburg. He serves as Medical Director, Chief Physician of the Department of Internal Medicine, Pulmonology, at Thoraxklinik, University of Heidelberg. Professor 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. Stefano Gasparini 

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

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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