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News From the NetWorks

Note from the NetWork Chairs…

Greetings from the Thoracic Oncology NetWork. CHEST has introduced News From the NetWorks, which gives us an opportunity to address members and provide a brief report of our NetWork activities.  

The Thoracic Oncology NetWork members remain committed to the mission of scholarship, education, and multidisciplinary collaboration to improve and disseminate knowledge in the field of thoracic oncology. Many of you worked very hard to compile and submit a tremendous array of topics that facilitated the programming of high-profile scientific and clinical symposia for the 2019 CHEST Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, our NetWork will again host a postgraduate course titled “Lung Cancer Update 2019: Important Advances and Practice Implications.”  

Be sure to review the May 2019 issue of CHEST Physician, where our NetWork Steering Committee member, Dr. Anne Gonzalez, reviews the staggering incidence and mortality rates of lung cancer in women worldwide, highlighting the importance of this disease as a women’s health issue. She also discusses the improved lung cancer mortality reduction in women observed in the NELSON lung cancer screening (LCS) trial.  

It is a privilege and honor to be the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Thoracic Oncology NetWork. Dr. Tanner and I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans in October especially at our NetWork Open Forum on October 22, 2:30-3:30 pm. Feel free to reach out to us using the Contact the NetWork Chair link on the CHEST website if you are interested in getting more involved in this awesome NetWork.  

Patricia Rivera, MD, FCCP
Chair, Thoracic Oncology NetWork  

Nichole Tanner, MD, FCCP 
Vice-Chair, Thoracic Oncology NetWork 

Want to get involved?

Participate in the NetWorks Challenge: Contribute on behalf of the Thoracic Oncology NetWork for the CHEST Foundation’s NetWork Challenge annual drive to support clinical research and patient education efforts. Each NetWork will be awarded a travel grant to give to a trainee or other designee for every $5,000 contributed to the CHEST Foundation.  

Join the conversation: Have an idea or suggestion? See a good article link you want to share? Want information on thoracic oncologyStart tweeting with the hashtag: #CHESTOnc

NetWork CHEST Physician article

Screen Shot 2019-05-16 at 10.25.27 AMCheck out the Thoracic Oncology NetWork’s latest article “Lung Cancer and Women” by NetWork Steering Committee member, Anne Gonzalez, MD, FCCP, in the May issue of CHEST Physician.


Designating primary and secondary NetWorks

Indicating a primary NetWork gives you access to News From the NetWorks, key events in the CHEST community, and up-to-date information on happenings in your NetWork. 

Join multiple NetWorks or change your NetWork affiliation any time by logging in to My Account, and indicate your preferences on the NetWorks page.

Learning opportunities

CHEST Annual Meeting: We encourage our membership to attend the CHEST Annual Meeting, where several lectures along with NetWork featured lectures and experiences will highlight the topics of interest in the area of practice operations. Registration for CHEST 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana, is open. 

More educational opportunities: CHEST Live Learning courses, which are found in the CHEST Store

Get to know your leadership!

Thoracic_Rivera (1) (1)Dr. M. Patricia Rivera is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in lung cancer screening, diagnosis, staging, and management of treatment complications. She is Co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program and Director of the Lung Cancer Screening (LCS) Clinic at UNC. Throughout her career, Dr. Rivera has worked effectively in multidisciplinary clinical and research settings, using her expertise in lung cancer to evaluate evidence-based diagnosis, staging, and treatment. Dr. Rivera collaborates with colleagues at UNC through NCI-funded grants related to lung cancer screening uptake and outcomes.  

Patricia Rivera, MD, FCCP
Chair, Thoracic Oncology NetWork

Thoracic_Tanner (1) (1)Dr. Nichole Tanner is a pulmonologist and researcher at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC, with a joint appointment as Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is Director of Lung Cancer Screening at the VAMC where she participates in a weekly multidisciplinary thoracic oncology clinic. She also co-directs the lung cancer screening program at the NCI-designated Hollings Cancer Center. Her research interests include many aspects of lung cancer screening and pulmonary nodule evaluation. 

Nichole Tanner, MD, FCCP 
Vice-Chair, Thoracic Oncology NetWork

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