Progress and Promise in the Identification and Management of Interstitial Lung Disease

Released On
July 31, 2018

Expires On
July 31, 2019

Media Type

Completion Time
30 minutes

Pulmonology, Radiology, and Pathology

Lung Disease

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This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

All other health care professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to address the educational needs of pulmonologists, radiologists, and pathologists. The activity may also benefit primary care physicians, PAs, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, fellows, residents, and other allied healthcare providers who care for patients with interstitial lung disease.

Statement of Need

Interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) are progressive, severely debilitating, and often associated with high mortality. Detecting an ILD—and then differentiating it from the staggering array of diseases that fall under this umbrella—is further challenged by nonspecific, overlapping symptoms, which necessitate rigorous multidisciplinary evaluation to accurately assess patients. Early identification is more worthwhile than ever, given the availability of unprecedented treatment options that can slow the decline of lung function in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). To ensure optimal outcomes, clinicians must become better acquainted with the in-depth, collaborative process necessary to clinch the detection and differentiation of ILDs; novel and emerging options to treat them; and ILD experts and centers that can support such a management scheme.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of interstitial lung disease and the importance of early referral of patients to interstitial lung disease specialists.
  • Describe recommended diagnostic tests and methods of assessment for interstitial lung disease.
  • Apply updated efficacy and safety data, recent guidelines, and individual patient characteristics, such as comorbidities, when making treatment decisions for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
  • Outline effective communication strategies to engage patients in discussions about the course and management of interstitial lung disease.


Mark J. Hamblin, MD, FCCP

Assistant Professor
Director of KU ILD & Rare Lung Disease Clinic
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of Kansas Health Care System
Kansas City, KS

Lisa H. Lancaster, MD

Medical Director, Interstitial Lung Disease Program
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

David J. Lederer, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
Co-Director, Interstitial Lung Disease Program
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

Wendi R. Mason, MSN, ACNP-BC

Program Director, Interstitial Lung Disease Program
Assistant in Medicine
Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

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Mark J. Hamblin, MD, FCCP

  • Contracted Speaker: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Lisa H. Lancaster, MD

  • Researcher: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Celgene Corporation; Genentech, Inc.; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • Advisory Boards: Bellerophon Therapeutics, Genentech, Inc.
  • Disease State Education: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Genentech, Inc.

David J. Lederer, MD

  • Grant/Research Support: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; FibroGen, Inc.
  • Retained Consultant: FibroGen, Inc.; Galapagos NV; Global Blood Therapeutics Inc.; Roche; Veracyte, Inc., Sanofi Genzyme

Wendi R. Mason, MSN, ACNP-BC

  • Consulting Fees: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc
  • Speaker: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc

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