Drs. Buja and Vander Heide will discuss up-to-date information regarding the pathobiology of COVID-19 based on their personal experiences conducting autopsies on COVID-19 positive patients in Houston, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana, respectively. In addition, they will review information from autopsy series starting to emerge from other US cities as well as other countries. The speakers will present the actual evidence that COVID-19 is a systemic viral disease with multifaceted abnormalities of the lungs and the heart.
- Describe the gross and histopathologic lesions in the lungs, heart, and other organs of fatal cases of COVID-19
- Recognize the major cardiac pathology findings in COVID-19
- Recognize the importance of thrombosis in COVID-19
Dr. Buja is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the McGovern Medical School of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His scholarly focus is on pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases. He is an advocate of the importance of the autopsy in medicine and has written several timely articles advocating for the autopsy.
Dr. Vander Heide is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. His scholarly focus is on pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases. He is an advocate of the importance of the autopsy in medicine.
- Pulmonary Vascular Endothelialitis, Thrombosis, and Angiogenesis in Covid-19
- The emerging spectrum of cardiopulmonary pathology of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Report of 3 autopsies from Houston, Texas, and review of autopsy findings from other United States cities
- Pulmonary and cardiac pathology in African American patients with COVID-19: an autopsy series from New Orleans
- Increased cardiovascular mortality in African Americans with COVID-19