Optimizing Asthma Control: Individualizing Therapy

Pulmonary Disease
Point of Care Clinical Decisions in Asthma Management
1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Launch Date:
August 30, 2016
Expiration Date:
The accreditation for this activity has expired.

Primary Audience:

Primary care clinicians, community pulmonologists, allergists, and others involved in the management of patients with asthma.

Relevant Terms:

Asthma, tailoring treatment, patient education

Monica Kraft, MD

Monica Kraft, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine
The Robert and Irene Flinn Endowed Chair of Medicine
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

Prior to joining the University of Arizona in 2014, Dr. Monica Kraft, MD, was at Duke University, where she served as chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, as the Charles C. Johnson, MD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, and as director of the Duke Asthma, Allergy and Airway Center. As vice chair for research in the Duke University Department of Medicine from 2009-2013, Dr. Kraft implemented several important initiatives to support the department’s research endeavors and was instrumental in the re-submission and renewal of Duke’s National Institutes of Health-funded Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA). Prior to joining Duke in 2004, Dr. Kraft served as director of the Carl and Hazel Felt Laboratory in Adult Asthma Research and as medical director of the pulmonology physiology unit at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, CO.

Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc

Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc
Director, Asthma Program
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Department of Medicine                                            
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO

Michael E. Wechsler is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Asthma Program in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver. He is board certified in both Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Wechsler’s research focuses on clinical and translational asthma with emphasis on clinical trials in asthma, novel asthma therapies, bronchial thermoplasty, asthma pharmacogenomics, and management of eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Churg-Strauss Syndrome, CSS). He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts relating to asthma, CSS and eosinophilic lung diseases.
Dr. Wechsler is a member of the Steering Committee and site Principal Investigator of the NIH-sponsored Asthma Clinical Research Network (ACRN, now called AsthmaNet), a multicentre asthma clinical trials consortium. He has served as Principal Investigator of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)-sponsored ACRN LARGE trial, Partners Genetics Enters Medicine Initiative-funded GABLE trial and the AHRQ funded Blacks and Exacerbations on LABA or Tiotropium (BELT) trial. He is currently serving as Principal Investigator of an NHLBI sponsored study of asthma therapies in African Americans that examines race-specific differences in response to asthma therapy. He is also leading an NIAID sponsored study exploring anti IL5 in CSS.
A member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, Dr. Wechsler has participated in many different task forces related to the study of eosinophilic lung diseases that were sponsored by the NIH, the FDA, the European Respiratory Society and the International Eosinophil Society. Professor Wechsler also serves as Associate Editor of the Journal Allergy and is on the editorial Board of the European Journal of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Wechsler received AB and MMSc degrees from Harvard University in Boston and an MD degree from McGill University in Montreal. 
1. Develop guideline-recommended treatment plans for patients with asthma based on disease severity.
2. Individualize treatment for patients with moderate to severe persistent asthma.
3. Adjust asthma treatment as necessary based on assessment of asthma control.
4. Provide patients with the education and tools to engage them as active partners in their asthma care.

Michael E Wechsler, MD, MMSc, discloses the following relationships with commercial interests: 
Consultant--Sanofi, AstraZeneca, Novartis, Teva, Genentech, Theravance, Vectura, Mylan, Regeneron, Boston Scientific, Meda, Tunitas

Monica Kraft, MD, discloses the following relationships with commercial interests: 
Consultant--Teva, AstraZeneca, Genentech
Grant Funding--Roche, Sanofi, Chiesi

Rick Ricer, MD, Physician Reviewer, University of Cincinnati, has no conflicts of interest to disclose. 
Susan P. Tyler, MEd, CMP, CHCP, FACEHP, University of Cincinnati, has no conflicts of interest to disclose. 
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Terry Ann Glauser, MD, MPH, Vice President, Medical Affairs, MCM Education has no conflicts of interest to disclose. 

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Release date: August 30, 2016 
Last review date: August 30, 2016 
Expiration date: August 30, 2017

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