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CHEST 2017 Honor Lectures

October 28, 2017

Thomas L. Petty, MD, Master FCCP Memorial Lecture 

Presenter: Gerard Criner, MD, FCCP

Honoring Thomas L. Petty, MD, Master FCCP, who trained hundreds of physicians in COPD, oxygen therapy, and spirometry, this award is given to a CHEST Fellow known for their work in advancing the understanding of COPD pathogenesis and/or treatment and for exceptional mentoring and clinical instruction skills.  

Dr. Gerard Criner is Chair and Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the same place he earned his medical degree in 1989, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Criner is actively involved in research pertaining to advanced lung conditions and serves as a committee member of the intensive care unit committee at Temple Hospital, is Executive Director of Philadelphia Critical Care Society, is a member of the board of directors for the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD), and acts as chairman for CHEST guidelines on the prevention of acute exacerbations in COPD. 

Margaret Pfrommer Memorial Lecture in Long-term Mechanical Ventilation 

Presenter: Audrey King

Established in 1999 by Drs. Eveline and Allen I. Goldberg during Goldberg’s presidency, the Margaret Pfrommer Memorial Lecture in Long-term Mechanical Ventilation honors a post-polio survivor and patient advocate. The intent of this lecture is to recognize the contributions of Margaret Pfrommer and to ensure that individuals who use mechanical ventilation, and their families, can work more effectively in partnership with members of their health-care team.

In 1952, Audrey King contacted polio, leaving her permanently disabled but not stopping her from going on to live independently; traveling; having a 30-year career as a psychologist; and being an internationally known speaker, writer, and advocate. Decades of experience with iron lung, cuirass, tracheostomy, and mask ventilation, combined with her psychology expertise, have made King the perfect advocate for home mechanical ventilation (HMV). Since her retirement, King has played big roles on several committees, such as first chairperson of Ontario’s Ministry of Health Assistive Devices Program, Respiratory Advisory Committee member, advisor to the establishment of Ontario’s Ventilator Equipment Pool, co-founder of Citizens for Independence in Living & Breathing, and more. 

King’s lecture will address the value, contributions, and quality of life perspectives of successful long-term HMV patients from several countries.  She will share patient-physician relationships that facilitate such success and also address the widespread fears of many severely disabled HMV patients as related to current legislation regarding medical assistance in dying.

Distinguished Scientist Honor Lecture in Cardiopulmonary Physiology 

Presenter: Virend Somers, MD, PhD, FCCP

Formerly the Distinguished Lecture in Physiology Award, the Distinguished Scientist Honor Lecture in Cardiopulmonary Physiology was first conferred in 1973 and has since been given annually to a well-respected and published original investigator in pulmonary clinical physiology.

Dr. Virend Somers is a consultant cardiologist in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, with joint appointments in many other departments. His traditional research program focuses on the role of autonomic nervous system in cardiovascular regulation with an emphasis on normal and disordered sleep. This research utilizes an integrated physiologic approach to studying cardiovascular function relevant to sleep, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Throughout his career, Dr. Virend has given countless presentations; authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, editorials, abstracts, and letters; served in many leadership roles; and has received many honors and awards.

Dr. Virend’s lecture will focus mainly on the high risk of death shortly after waking up and will examine cardiovascular conditions such as the long QT syndrome, which increases the risk of death during sleep.  Dr. Virend will also discuss obstructive sleep apnea and why those patients are more at risk of fatal cardiovascular problems while sleeping.

Pasquale Ciaglia Memorial Lecture in Interventional Medicine 

Presenter: Carla Lamb, MD, FCCP 

Established in 2001 in memory of Pasquale Ciaglia, MD, FCCP, a thoracic surgeon that made percutaneous tracheostomy a standard of clinical practice, which changed the way long-term ventilation management performed. The award became inactive in 2003 but was reactivated in 2006 with the new focus of honoring a CHEST member who is well known in his/her work in interventional medicine. 

Dr. Carla Lamb is Director of Interventional Pulmonary Medicine and Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship program at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. With her primary areas of interest being in simulation, education, and training of thoracic procedures, Dr. Lamb has served in many leadership roles at CHEST. Dr. Lamb receives this honor for her contributions in the field of interventional pulmonary medicine and is the first woman to be given this honor. Over the past 15 years she has helped develop tools for endobronchial ultrasound and other thoracic procedures as well as cost-effective educational simulation models for training of complex airway diseases that are being utilized in training programs today. For the past 7 years, Dr. Lamb has been designated as a Top Doctor in Boston and in 2017 was named one of the Best Doctors in America. 

Dr. Lamb’s lecture, “Augmented Reality: Getting Real with Procedural Education,” focuses on the need to individually enrich the learner experience in group settings in procedural training. This helps create the most realistic experience to better translate training in bedside clinical success and improve patient care and safety. Dr. Lamb will discuss how augmented reality allows physicians to become competent in procedure-based training in a low-stakes environment, which will ultimately aid in achieving a high performance level in real-life patient care.

Roger C. Bone Memorial Lecture in Critical Care 

Presenter: Gordon Rubenfeld, MD, MSC 

Roger C. Bone, MD, Master FCCP, made unprecedented advances in critical care, particularly in sepsis and sepsis research. He empowered physicians to communicate with their patients and their families about end-of-life issues and made significant society achievements. This award honors pioneers in sepsis research.  

Dr. Gordon Rubenfeld has served as the inaugural Chief of the Program in Trauma, Emergency, and Critical Care at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Rubenfeld’s research is primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health with projects that include a trial of interventions to increase use of lung protective ventilation in patients with acute lung injury.

Dr. Rubenfeld’s lecture will explore how health-care providers organize the delivery of intensive care instead of how to take care of a critically ill patient. He will explore issues such as intensivist shortages, effect of bed availability on care, clinician patient ratios, and more. Dr. Rubenfeld will explore the issues that develop with evidence derived from center effects during randomized trials.

Edward C. Rosenow III, MD, Master FCCP/Master Teacher Honor Lecture

Presenter: Atul Mehta, MD, FACP, FCCP

Established in 2004, this award reflects Dr. Edward C. Rosenow’s outstanding career and leadership. Dr. Rosenow has donated both his time and expertise to the development of physicians-in-training and to improve patient care. This award will honor a member who has excelled in unusual lung cases, mentoring, and improving physician communication with patients by teaching them the art of medicine. 

Dr. Atul Mehta is a Professor of Medicine at Lerner College of Medicine, a staff member of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, a member of the Respiratory Institute for over 35 years, and has been the Senior Editor for the Journal of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology for 14 years. Dr. Mehta has won several awards for his dedication to educating, including Teacher of the Year at Cleveland Clinic, and is actively involved in research with over 500 published peer-reviewed papers, 100 book chapters, and 17 edited and authored books.

Dr. Mehta’s lecture is related to increasing awareness regarding the health of human airways. He will discuss the lack of recognition and reporting in the frequency of aspiration of medical pills into the airways and how using endobronchial tree as a route for drug administration may not be as safe as previously stated.

Murray Kornfeld Memorial Founders Lecture

Presenter: Antonio Torres, MD, PhD, FCCP

Established in 1974 in memory of the Founder of the American College of Chest Physicians, then the Federation of American Sanatoria, Murray Kornfeld envisioned a society of professionals to promote knowledge of thoracic medicine and to publish a journal devoted to diseases of the chest. This award is given to a member of CHEST who has been a leader in the areas of infection and inflammations, as well as a pioneer in the field of pulmonary and critical care medicine, developing innovative approaches and therapies expected to guide medicine for decades to come. 

Dr. Antonio Torres is a Full Professor in Medicine (Pulmonology) at the University of Barcelona as well as the Director of the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit at Hospital Clínic. He is considered a physician of reference both nationally and internationally in lung infections, COPD, bronchiectasis, wearing of mechanical ventilation, and acute respiratory distress syndrome.  Dr. Torres is extremely active in the research of respiratory diseases and is the author of more than 800 scientific publications. 

Dr. Torres’ lecture will cover the topics of the prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia by the position of the body, how to prevent postextubation failure by the role of noninvasive mechanical ventilation, and corticosteroids in severe community-acquired pneumonia.

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