Dr. Bharat received his medical training at Christian Medical College in India, following which he joined Washington University in St. Louis. There, his completed his general surgery residency and cardiothoracic fellowship as well as post-doctoral research fellowship. At Northwestern Medicine, he treats patients with advanced thoracic diseases and provides therapies such as lung transplantation and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to those with end-stage lung failure. In addition, Dr. Bharat provides minimally invasive treatment to patients with thoracic malignancies including robotic and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. His research interests include using his basic science laboratory to investigate immunopathogenesis of lung disease with a focus on transplant immunobiology.
While the effect on those who have been infected with the COVID-19 has been varied, some patients have experienced devastating consequences. This predominantly respiratory virus has lead in some to pulmonary fibrosis, which has been so severe that Lung Transplantation has been the only option to allow patients the possibility of recovery. This Webinar will present an overview of COVID-19 and a case study of a patient who required lung transplantation for COVID-19 associated pulmonary fibrosis. The expert panel will discuss patient selection and evaluation, psychosocial implications of transplantation and the intense post-transplant care that the patient requires.