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Don’t Panic! – A Patient’s Guide to Understanding and Dealing with PH

July 17, 2014

This webinar is especially designed for patients recently diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH). Dr. Vinicio de Jesus Perez reviews the basics of what every patient should know about PH, its treatment and coping with this disease. Discussion covers PH epidemiology, classifications, diagnosis, genetics and available treatments. Guest PHA PHriends help answer questions at the end.

Presenter Information

Vinicio A. de Jesus Perez, MD  

Vinicio de Jesus Perez, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Vinicio de Jesus Perez received his MD from the University of Puerto Rico Medical School in 2000 and completed a residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2003. He subsequently moved to Denver to begin fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine from 2003-2004 followed by postdoctoral research training at Stanford University from 2004 until 2009. During this time, he focused his efforts in researching the genetic and molecular mechanisms of PH and devoted his clinical practice to the diagnosis and management of patients afflicted with all forms of PH. At present, he is an assistant professor of medicine and staff physician of the Stanford Adult PH clinic where he oversees the training of both clinical and research fellows pursuing medical careers in the field.  He is also principal investigator and head of a comprehensive research program focusing on understanding mechanisms of PH with the ultimate goal of identifying novel therapeutic targets that will lead to revolutionary new therapies to treat this devastating disease. As a medical professional belonging to a minority group, Dr. de Jesus Perez is involved in various academic endeavors that seek to bridge the gap limiting access of care to patients from a disadvantage ethnic background and to promote diversity in medicine.

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