Virtual Grand Rounds: Pulse Oximetry and Oxygen Therapy in the Time of COVID-19


Lifebox, the Alliance for International Medical Action, and Assist International hosted a Virtual Grand Rounds on June 3, 2020. Dr. Thomas Weiser of Lifebox chaired a discussion among experts on pulse oximeter use and oxygen therapy in the time of COVID-19. Watch the recording below.



Dr. Thomas Weiser

  • Dr. Thomas Weiser is Lifebox‘s Consulting Medical Officer. He is a general and trauma surgeon, a surgical intensivist, and an Associate Professor of Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center. From 2006-2009 he was part of the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives program which developed the Surgical Safety Checklist. Dr. Wesier supported the development of the Pulse Oximeter COVID-19 Decision Making Tool.


Dr. Eric McCollum

Dr. Eric McCollum is a pediatric pulmonologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has expertise in global child respiratory health with nearly 15 years of clinical and research experience in low-resource settings in southern Africa and south Asia. Eric is currently based in Lesotho where he directs the Johns Hopkins Global Program in Pediatric Respiratory Sciences and is working with USAID, US CDC, and JHPIEGO to support the Government of Lesotho in the clinical management of patients with COVID-19, including advanced respiratory support.

Dr. Susan Shepherd
Dr. Susan Shepherd is a pediatrician with over 10 years of experience in child malnutrition, and has worked with ALIMA since 2013 on the development of new strategies for managing childhood malnourishment. Dr. Shepherd was instrumental in the development of the Pulse Oximeter COVID-19 Decision Making Tool for use in decision-making in the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dr. Baweye Mayoum

Dr. Baweye Mayoum Barka is ALIMA’s Country Representative for COVID-19 response in DRC. He has worked for ALIMA for 8 years in various contexts of malnutrition, population displacement, various outbreaks of Measles, Cholera and Hemorrhagic fever. Previously to COVID-19, Dr. Baweye managed medical intervention of Ebola with ALIMA in DRC, and before that was their Medical Team Lead in Niger, Mali, Guinea.