Speakers info

Dr. Elizabeth Klings is Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Center and the Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM)/Boston Medical Center. She received her BA and MD degrees from New York University and completed her training in Pulmonary and Critical Care at BUSM where she joined the faculty in 2000.  Her current research interests include understanding the interplay of venous thromboembolism and PH in SCD.   She led the American Thoracic Society (ATS) sponsored Clinical Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of PH in SCD (AJRCCM 2014) and Workshop for Defining Clinical and Research Priorities in Sickle Cell Lung Disease (Annals of ATS 2019).  Her research identified that PH and renal disease worsened clinical outcomes in SCD patients infected with COVID-19.  She is a member of the Medical and Research Advisory Council of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and has helped to craft the US-based response to the pandemic.