Training for Healthcare Providers

Virtual Thalassemia Grand Rounds:  A Virtual Forum for Healthcare Providers

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The Non-Transfusion-Dependent Thalassemias: An Enduring Challenge

October 29, 2021 – 2 to 3 pm Eastern

Ashutosh Lal

Ashutosh Lal, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, UCSF School of Medicine
Division of Hematology
Director, Comprehensive Thalassemia Program
& The Iron Disorders Program
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Farzana Sayani

Farzana Sayani, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Penn Comprehensive Adult Thalassemia Program
Director, Penn Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Origination Date:  October 29, 2021

Expiration Date:  October 29, 2023

Accreditation Statements

Jointly Accredited Provider. Interprofessional Continuing Education.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Cooley’s Anemia Foundation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CME:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this activity for 1.0 nursing contact hours.

CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU’s for this program.

Program Description

This live offering of the Virtual Thalassemia Grand Rounds for healthcare professionals provides the most current foundational information and clinical considerations to assess and treat patients who have thalassemia.  The goal of this offering is to increase awareness and improve provider knowledge on evidence-based best practices in the care and treatment of patients who have non-transfusion dependent thalassemia.

Target Audience

The target audience for these rounds are physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals.

Course Content

The live rounds is presented for 60 minutes, including a pre-test and post-test.


At the conclusion of the rounds, participants will be able to do the following:

  1. Describe the pathophysiology of non-transfusion-dependent thalassemia.
  2. List complications associated with non-transfusion-dependent thalassemia.
  3. Describe treatment and management options for patients with non-transfusion-dependent thalassemia.
  4. Identify strategies to improve care coordination and outcomes in non-transfusion-dependent thalassemia.

Contact Information

Craig Butler, National Executive Director, Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, at


This project was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $150,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.