Dr. Elizabeth Klings

2022 Scientific Chair

Dr. Elizabeth Klings is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Center and the Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), caring for over 500 adult and pediatric patients, at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center. She received her BA and MD degrees from New York University and completed her training in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care at Boston University School of Medicine where she joined the faculty in 2000. She led the American Thoracic Society sponsored Clinical Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of PH in SCD (AJRCCM 2014) and Workshop for Defining Clinical and Research Priorities in Sickle Cell Lung Disease (Annals of ATS 2019). Her current research interests include the roles of sleep-disordered breathing and venous thromboembolism in PH of SCD and she has over 60 publications related to sickle cell disease. She is a member of the Medical and Research Advisory Council of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America’s International Task Force that meets bi-weekly to update recommendations for patients with sickle cell disease infected with COVID-19.