Department of Medicine

COVID-19 Grand Rounds Series

The Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Medicine presents a series of academic lectures on the impact of and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Image of virtual grand rounds with scans and people on video calls
Image of virtual grand rounds with scans and people on video calls

Medical Grand Rounds

Under the auspices of the department's Medical Grand Rounds, these timely and informative talks bring together the leading medical experts working to address this new global challenge.

Upcoming Grand Rounds

April 9, 2020, 8 AM

Advancing New Therapies for COVID-19: Anti-viral, Immunomodulation and Beyond

Featured speakers will include Keith Flaherty, MD, Michael Mansour, MD, PhD, and Kathryn Hibbert, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital; Kathryn Stephenson, MD, MPH, and Barbra Blair, MD, from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Richard Kaufman, MD, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Scott Gottlieb, MD, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and current fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Previous Grand Rounds

April 2, 2020

Palliative Care in a Pandemic

The fourth lecture in the Medical Grand Rounds’ COVID-19 series featured Palliative Care experts and the growing role of that discipline in the response to the pandemic.

Speakers included Vicki Jackson, MDEmily Rubin, MD, Juliet Jacobsen, MD, from Mass General; Mary Buss, MD, PhD, and the Rev. Kathleen Rimer from BIDMC; and Isaac Chua, MD, from Dana-Farber and Brigham & Women's Hospital.

00:46 - Vicki Jackson, MD - Overview
06:36 - Juliet Jacobsen, MD - Generalist Palliative Care and Communication
15:29 - Isaac Chua, MD, MPH - Responding to Emotion with Telehealth
21:55 - Emily Rubin, MD - Ethical Principles in the Allocation of Scarce Resources During a Public Health Emergency
30:49 - Mary K. Buss, MD, MPH - Addressing Moral Distress
45:50 - Rev. Kathleen Rimer - Maintaining Humanity and Compassion
57:38 - Questions and Answers

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March 26, 2020

Pathogenesis and Management of Respiratory Failure in COVID-19: What We Know So Far

The third lecture in the Medical Grand Rounds’ COVID-19 series focused on respiratory failure in COVID-19. Speakers included Benjamin Medoff, MD, Jehan Alladina, MD, Jayaraj Rajagopal, MD, Jason Griffith, MD, PhD, and Taylor Thompson, MD, of Mass General; Rebecca Baron, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Ari Moskowitz, MD, Robert Hallowell, MD, and Richard Schwartzstein, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

02:56 - Jehan Alladina, MD - Case Presentation
07:41 - Rebecca Baron, MD - Mechanisms Underlying ARDS (With a Focus on COVID-19)
18:45 - Ari Moskowitz, MD - Basics of Management
34:00 - Jason Griffith, MD, PhD - Aberrant Immune Responses to Respiratory Viral Infection: Lessons from Influenza
41:45 - Rob Hallowell, MD - Experimental Therapies
52:22 - Jayaraj Rajagopal, MD - The Lung Cell Atlas: COVID-19
57:18 - Taylor Thompson, MD - Hyperinflammation and Use of Steroids in ARDS
59:33 - Richard Schwartzstein, MD - Cognitive Biases in Recommendations for Treatment and Parallels to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
1:02:42 - Questions and Answers

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March 19, 2020

COVID-19 in Low-resourced Settings: Reaching for Global Health Equity

Mass General hosted its second Medical Grand Rounds lecture related to COVID-19. Louise Ivers, MD, MPH, the executive director of the Mass General Center for Global Health, along with other members of the Greater Boston medical community, presented on the global effects of the pandemic.

Additional speakers included David Walton, MD, MPH, of Build Health International and Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Inobert Pierre, MD, of Health Equity International and St. Boniface Haiti; Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD, of the Centre for the Programme of AIDS Research in South Africa, Columbia University; and Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, of Partners In Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

01:34 - Louise Ivers, MD, MPH - Overview
08:19 - David Walton, MD, MPH - Pragmatic Approaches to Cohorting Patients in Resource-limited Settings
23:44 - Inobert Pierre, MD - A View from Southern Haiti
28:44 - Quarraisha Abdool Karim - COVID-19 in South Africa
40:05 - Paul Farmer, MD, PhD - Human Responses to the COVID-19 Outbreak
1:02:17 - Questions and Answers

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March 12, 2020

A Coordinated, Boston-wide Response to COVID-19

Bruce Walker, MD, director of the Ragon Institute and other members from Mass General and the Greater Boston medical community, came together in a Medical Grand Rounds lecture on research efforts to quickly and effectively respond to COVID-19.

The session was moderated by Katrina Armstong, MD, physician-in-chief in the Department of Medicine at Mass General, and speakers included Bruce D. Walker, MD, of the Ragon Institute at Mass General; Marc Lipsitch, DPhil, of the T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Pardis Sabeti, MD, DPhil, of Harvard University and the Broad Institute; Galit Alter, PhD, of the Ragon Institute at Mass General; Mark Namchuk, PhD, of Harvard Medical School; Dan Barouch, MD, PhD, of the Ragon Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Lindsey Baden, MD, from Brigham and Women’s; and Mark Schwartz, a member of the  Mass General Board of Trustees.

01:58 - Lindsey Baden, MD - Mapping the Outbreak and Clinical Management
09:24 - Marc Lipsitch, DPhil - Epidemiology of COVID-19: Flatten the Curve
19:06 - Pardis Sabeti, MD, DPhil - How SARS-CoV-2 Causes Disease
29:37 - Galit Alter, PhD - Pathogenesis
38:49 - Mark Namchuk, PhD - Prospects for Treatment of SARS-CoV-2: From the Shelf and from the Bench
47:30 - Dan Barouch, MD, PhD - COVID-19 Vaccine Development

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Additional Resources

Responding to COVID-19

Mass General has activated its Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) in response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please find the latest news and information here.