At the 2012 VEITHsymposium, Vascular Disease Management spoke with Kenneth Rosenfield, MD, Section Head for Vascular Medicine and Intervention at Massachusetts General Hospital, about pulmonary embolism treatment at the hospital.
“Pulmonary embolus is a huge problem in this country and, in my opinion, it’s a national crisis in a sense, because it’s underdiagnosed, undertreated, and the treatment modalities are all over the map based on who the patient sees and what their biases and education are,” said Dr. Rosenfield. He added that there is no global consensus of the best therapy for pulmonary embolus.
In response to this crisis, a group of multidisciplinary clinicians came together to form the Pulmonary Embolus Response Team, or the PERT team, at Massachusetts General Hospital. See “The Pulmonary Embolus Response Team: An Interview With Kenneth Rosenfield, MD” for a video discussion of how the team comes together to help decide on the best therapy for each patient.