Keynotes & Honor Lectures


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Keynote Presentations

Attend our opening sessions to hear featured speakers discuss issues impacting chest medicine.

Sunday's Keynote: Ross Bernstein

Sunday's Keynote speaker, Ross BernsteinThe best-selling author of close to 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning, peak performance business speaker who’s keynoted conferences on four continents for audiences as small as 10 and as large as 10,000. Ross and his books have been featured on thousands of television and radio programs over the years, including CNN, ESPN, Bloomberg, Fox News, and CBS This Morning, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today.

As a working member of the media in his home state of Minnesota, Ross has a unique behind-the-scenes access to all of the local sports franchises in the area, including the Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, Wild, and Gophers. As such, he spends lots of his time in dugouts, clubhouses, locker rooms, and press boxes — and it’s there where Ross has met and interviewed thousands of professional athletes over the years.

Monday's Keynote: John O'Leary

Monday's Keynote speaker, John O'LearyIn 1987, John O’Leary was a curious 9-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and received burns on 100% of his body. He was given a 1% chance to live. This epic story of survival was first showcased in his parents’ book, Overwhelming Odds, in 2006. Originally printing 200 copies for friends and family, his parents have sold more than 60,000 copies, most in back-of-room sales at John’s speaking events. It was this book that first inspired John to embrace his miraculous recovery and share it with the world.

John speaks to about 50,000 people at more than 100 events each year. He presents to companies and organizations across varied industries, including sales, health care, business, safety, marketing, financial services, faith, education, and insurance.

Opening Ceremony including Presentation of the Honor Awards

See the presentation of the College Medalist and Distinguished Service Awards awards during the opening session on Sunday, October 29 at 8:45 am in the Convention Center, Exhibit Hall G.

Honor and Memorial Lectures

Attend memorial lectures, where chest medicine professionals will be recognized for their distinguished work.

  • Thomas L. Petty, MD, Master FCCP Memorial Lecture
    Sunday, October 29, at 7:30 am Convention Center, Room 713AB
  • Margaret Pfrommer Memorial Lecture in Long-term Mechanical Ventilation
    Monday, October 30, at 1:30 pm Convention Center, Room 701A
  • Distinguished Scientist Honor Lecture in Cardiopulmonary Physiology
    Monday, October 30, at 3:15 pm Convention Center, Room 701A
  • Pasquale Ciaglia Memorial Lecture in Interventional Medicine
    Tuesday, October 31, at 11:00 am Convention Center, Room 701B
  • Roger C. Bone Memorial Lecture in Critical Care
    Tuesday, October 31, at 2:45 pm Convention Center, Room 701B
  • Edward C. Rosenow III, MD, Master FCCP/Master Teacher Honor Lecture
    Wednesday, November 1, at 8:45 am Convention Center, Room 701B
  • Murray Kornfeld Memorial Founders Lecture
    Wednesday, November 1 at 11:00 am Convention Center, Room 701B