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A Discussion With the APP Community

About the Forum:

As the medical community continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, RhAPP hosted a 1-hour online, live event to discuss the impact on your practice, the management of your patients and the field of rheumatology. The program features perspectives from the front line, followed by a discussion forum where we answered questions from the community.

Presenting Faculty:

Perspectives from the Front Line

Eileen J. Lydon, ANP-BC

Department of Rheumatology
NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital
New York, New York

Eileen is based in the hardest-hit area of the country, New York City. She knows first-hand what is happening as hospitals are overwhelmed and the health system deals with the impact from the spread of COVID-19.

Tony Mixon, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist
University of Colorado Health
Fort Collins, Colorado 

Tony is an Infectious Disease trained Emergency Department (ED) pharmacist, helping to care for COVID patients on the front line. He has created follow up criteria for COVID testing in the ED.

Christy Vath, PA-C

Seattle Rheumatology Associates
Seattle, Washington

Christy brings her experience from Seattle, where the first major cluster outbreak took place. Seattle confirmed its first case over two months ago on January 21st, and Christy will tell those of us who haven’t been hit hard yet what to look for and what to expect. 

Leonard H. Calabrese, DO

Vice Chairman, Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Disease
Head of the Section of Clinical Immunology
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Calabrese brings an immunologist's perspective to the pandemic and will share insight into what we know so far and what is being done to centralize information, including efforts to create a registry of autoimmune COVID-19 positive patients. To view the registry


Betsy Kirchner, CNP

Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Amanda Mixon, PA-C

Colorado Center for Arthritis and Osteoporosis
Longmont, Colorado

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