THE FRONT LINES OF THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

Beginning in April 2020, Dr. Marc Boom has hosted Town Hall Conversations with other leading Houston Methodist physicians, researchers and clinician-scientists. These conversations seek to answer the most pressing questions from the community on subjects ranging from testing, treatments and possible vaccines to the latest innovations and how COVID-19 affects patients needing hospital services such as diagnostic and surgical procedures.

 

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2021 Town Hall Conversations

A Town Hall Conversation XIII
(April 8, 2021)

Dr. Boom is joined by Dr. Patricia Bellows, who discussed the vaccines’ implications for pregnant and lactating women, as well as if they have any impact on fertility. Dr. John Cooke shared information on the science behind the mRNA vaccines and gave an update on all of the RNA Therapeutics work taking place at Houston Methodist. Dr. Dirk Sostman shared the latest statistics on how well the different vaccines protect against the emerging variants, and Dr. Boom discussed herd immunity and when we might be able to return to selected pre-pandemic activities. 

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A Town Hall Conversation XII
(March 4, 2021)

Dr. Boom is joined by Dr. Farhaan Vahidy, who shared details of Houston Methodist’s COVID-19 Surveillance and Outcomes Registry project (called CURATOR), and Dr. Sandeep Lahoti, who leads our COVID-19 Recovery Clinic, which is helping so-called “COVID long haulers.” Dr. Dirk Sostman discussed the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which recently received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA this past weekend, and other vaccines in the pipeline. Dr. Boom shared vaccination data from the hospital and around the country, as well as why it is still important to wear masks as Texas prepares to fully reopen businesses.

 

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A Town Hall Conversation XI
(February 3, 2021)
Dr. Boom is joined by Dr. Dirk Sostman and Dr. Roberta Schwartz for a discussion on the latest patient treatments and vaccines, as well as when and how Houston Methodist is distributing the various COVID vaccines to our patients and the community at large. They spent the majority of the time answering viewer questions; if you have a question about vaccines, you will likely be able to find the answer within this program.

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A Town Hall Conversation X 
(January 13, 2021)
Dr. Boom is joined by registered dietitian Nathalie Sessions for a presentation on how to stay healthy during challenging times. Dr. Dirk Sostman shared the latest information on monoclonal antibodies and other patient treatments, as well as discussed the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that have received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA and others that are in the pipeline. Dr. Boom and Dr. Roberta Schwartz explained the timetable for when patients and community members can receive their vaccinations from Houston Methodist.

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2020 Town Hall Conversations

A Town Hall Conversation IX
(December 10, 2020)

Dr. Boom is joined by Dr. William Zoghbi and Dr. A. Osama Gaber for a discussion on COVID-19’s effects on the heart and surgery patients, respectively. Their message: Do not let COVID-19 prevent you from seeking routine or needed health care! Dr. Dirk Sostman provided an update on the Pfizer vaccine, which may receive Emergency Use Authorization as early as this evening, as well as the Moderna vaccine and how both may be distributed. Dr. Boom shared the latest statistics and tips for taking precautions when considering holiday gatherings, travel, in-home repairs and more.


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A Town Hall Conversation VIII
(November 19, 2020)

Dr. Boom is joined by Dr. Mark Ghobrial and Dr. Jenny Chang for a discussion on COVID-19’s effects on transplant and cancer patients, respectively. Dr. David Bernard also shares Houston Methodist’s methodology of testing for the coronavirus, and Dr. Boom has tips for celebrating Thanksgiving safely during an increase in COVID cases.

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A Town Hall Conversation VII 
(October 14, 2020)

Dr. Boom is joined by Dr. Stanley Appel for a discussion on COVID-19’s effects on the brain. Dr. Gavin Britz also shares Houston Methodist’s groundbreaking work in the field of neuroprosthetics. Dr. Dirk Sostman provides an update on all three legs of the three-legged approach to controlling infectious diseases – precautions, treatments and vaccines. We also get a message of support from a true All-Star.

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A Town Hall Conversation VI
(September 11, 2020)

Dr. Boom is joined by Liisa Ortegon and Dr. Ben Weinstein for a discussion on how Houston Methodist nurses are providing unparalleled care to our patients, as well as how COVID-19 is affecting mental health. Dr. Dirk Sostman also provides an update on COVID-19 treatments and potential vaccines, and we share how world-renowned musicians are performing one-on-one for our patients.

 

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A Town Hall Conversation V (August 19, 2020)

Dr. Boom is joined by Dr. Faisal Masud and Dr. Dirk Sostman for a discussion on providing critical care to both COVID and non-COVID patients, as well as the latest on COVID-19 treatments and potential vaccines. The conversation also features data points which may be helpful in determining when students can safely return to school in person.

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A Town Hall Conversation IV (July 15, 2020)

Dr. Boom is joined by Dr. Alan Lumsden, Dr. Dirk Sostman and Dr. Khurram Nasir for a discussion on COVID‑19’s impact on emergency care, the potential long-term impact of the disease and the latest on treatments and potential vaccines. The conversation also features “5 actions we need to take to stop COVID‑19."

 

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A Town Hall Conversation III (June 11, 2020)

Dr. Boom is joined by Roberta Schwartz, PhD, Dr. Dirk Sostman and Dr. James Musser for a discussion on the innovative ways Houston Methodist is fighting COVID‑19 while keeping all patients safe, the latest information on testing and treatments and a recap of what we learned from participating in the national trial of the repurposed drug Remdesivir. The program also includes a performance from the Houston Methodist Singers.

 

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A Town Hall Conversation II (May 7, 2020)

Dr. Boom is joined by Dr. Ashley Drews and Dr. Dirk Sostman for a discussion about the hospital’s clinical response to COVID‑19 and the latest research into effective treatments for the disease. Dr. Boom also unveils a new initiative through which the community can support workers throughout the hospital system who are on the front lines of the fight against COVID‑19. 

 

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A Town Hall Conversation I (April 17, 2020)
Dr. Boom convenes a roundtable featuring Dr. Faisal Masud and Firas Zabaneh discussing Houston Methodist’s clinical response to COVID‑19, followed by Dr. Dirk Sostman, Dr. Jenny Chang and Dr. James Musser talking about the Houston Methodist Academic Institute’s research approach to fighting the disease. The program also includes a moving testimonial from a patient who recovered from COVID‑19.

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