The Intersection of COVID-19 and Chronic Lung Disease: Treating Real World Issues with Evolving Data

Released On
August 20, 2020

Expires On
August 20, 2021

Media Type

Completion Time
90 minutes

Critical Care, Primary Care, Pulmunology

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This activity is provided by National Jewish Health.


Supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • Nurses — 1.5 Contact Hours

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

Target Audience

Pulmonologists, critical care, primary care physicians, internal medicine, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, and registered nurses who treat patients with COVID-19 and/or chronic lung disease.


According to the American Lung Association, more than 35 million Americans live with a chronic lung disease and may be more susceptible to COVID-19. Severe disease is a higher risk for patients with asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and other chronic lung disease. Learn how to best manage these patients in the time of COVID-19 from expert faculty who will describe the key concepts in the pathophysiology and immunology of COVID-19, address the latest treatment options for patients with COVID-19 and how chronic lung disease factors into treatment strategies as well as how to manage those patients even after COVID-19.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe clinical features and key concepts in the pathophysiology of COVID-19 and its interaction with the human immune response.
  • Discuss strategies for managing patients with COVID-19 and chronic lung disease.
  • Evaluate current and emerging therapies for patients with COVID-19 and chronic lung disease.


Anthony N. Gerber, MD, PhD

Anthony N. Gerber, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Department of Biomedical Research
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO

Rebecca C. Keith, MD

Rebecca C. Keith, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Interstitial Lung Disease Program
Autoimmune Lung Center
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO

Joshua J. Solomon, MD

Joshua J. Solomon, MD

Associate Chief, Section of Critical Care
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO

Accreditation Statement

National Jewish Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

National Jewish Health designates this enduring educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12724 for 1.5 nursing contact hours.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), National Jewish Health requires that all program faculty, content developers, CME approval committee, and those in position to control the content of this activity disclose any relevant financial interest or other relationship with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of non-profit or governmental organizations and non-health care related companies. Our goal is to ensure that there is no compromise of the ethical relationship that exists between those in a position to control the content of the activity and those attending the activity and their respective professional duties.All CME educational activities sponsored by National Jewish Health are reviewed by our faculty CME committee to ensure a balanced and evidence-based presentation. Any potential conflict of interest among program faculty has been identified and resolved according to ACCME guidelines.

Faculty Disclosures

Anthony N. Gerber, MD, PhD discloses he is a consultant for BeiGene, Pliant Therapeutics, BioScience Pharma, and Apellis Pharmaceuticals.

Rebecca C. Keith, MD discloses she is a speaker for Boehringer Ingelheim and Genentech.

Joshua J. Solomon, MD has no financial relationships.

Planners and Reviewers

Amy Olson, MD, MSPH discloses that she is on an advisory board, a speaker and conducts research for Boehringer Ingelheim. She is also a speaker for Genentech, PeerView, Pilot/France Foundation and Vindico as well as on the Board of Directors for MedGraphics.

Mandy Comeau has no financial relationships to disclose.

Andrea Harshman, MHA, CHCP, CMP-HC has no financial relationships to disclose.

Lauren Rieck has no financial relationships to disclose.

James H. Finigan, MD has no financial relationships to disclose.

Jared J. Eddy, MD has no financial relationships to disclose.

Amen Sergew, MD has no financial relationships to disclose.

Meghan Brenner, MA has no financial relationships to disclose.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this enduring activity. To receive CME credit participants must:

  1. Read the CME/CE information and faculty disclosures.
  2. Participate in the online activity.
  3. Submit the evaluation form.
Certificates will be emailed to the participant


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