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Cynthia Gries, MD, provides an overview of personalized medicine and its use in lung transplant. Topics of discussion include candidate selection, allocation, pharmacokinetics, and surveillance and prevention.

Educational objectives:

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

  • Describe ways that personalized medicine can be used in candidate selection
  • Assess the potential uses of personalized medicine in organ allocation
  • Identify potential uses of personalized medicine in surveillance and prevention of disease after transplant

Reading Resources:

  1. Lung Transplantation in Patients with Prior Cardiothoracic Surgical Procedures.Shigemura N, Bhama J, Gries CJ, Kawamura T, Crespo M, Johnson B, Zaldonis D, Pilewski J, Toyoda Y, Bermudez C.Am J Transplant. 2012 Feb 2. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2011.03946.x. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Lung Transplantation for Patients With High Lung Allocation Score: Single-Center Experience. Horai T, Shigemura N, Gries C, Pilewski J, Bhama JK, Bermudez CA, Zaldonis D, Toyoda Y. Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Dec 20. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Development of a predictive model for long-term survival after lung transplantation and implications for the lung allocation score. Gries CJ, Rue TC, Heagerty PJ, Edelman JD, Mulligan MS, Goss CH. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2010 Jul;29(7):731-8. Epub 2010 Apr 9.


Dr. Gries has financial interests with the following any entity or entities producing health care goods or services:

Grant/Research Support: NIH/NCCR/KL2 grant

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.5 contact hours.

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Release Date: 3/15/2012 | Last Modified On: 6/26/2012 | Expires: 6/26/2014

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