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Note from the NetWork Chairs…

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the inaugural issue of News From the NetWorks. We represent a diverse group of over 600 members from pulmonology and sleep medicine, respiratory care, nursing, pharmacy, social work, health-care education, and physician assistants—at all levels of training and practice—all united by a common interest in respiratory and sleep issues affecting children. 

Our steering committee is an elected group of members nominated from the Pediatric Chest Medicine NetWork at large. We are responsible for representing you and bringing your voice to CHEST leadership. One of our principal roles includes creating and reviewing content for the CHEST Annual Meeting. We welcome your comments and feedback before, during, and after the annual meeting as we strive to expand and improve our offerings. 

The steering committee includes eight members.  Your representatives on the Pediatric Chest Medicine NetWork Steering Committee currently include Mary Cataletto, MD, FCCP; Shahid Sheikh, MD, FCCP; Sumit Bhargava, MBBS, FCCP; John Bishara, DO; Allison Cowl, MD; Todd Karsies, MD, FCCP; Harish Rao, MD, MBBS; and Endy Dominguez Silveyra, MD. Dr. Kyle Rehder is our Immediate Past Chair and serves as our ex officio member. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Rehder for his leadership and dedication to moving the Pediatric NetWork forward during his term as chair. 

Our mission is to advance the clinical practice of pediatric chest medicine through the enhancement of knowledge, promotion of best practices and optimum care for our patients, pediatric-focused research, and advocacy for pediatric causes. 

The steering committee has been working to increase the visibility of the Pediatric Chest Medicine NetWork and increase the breadth and depth of our offerings at the annual meeting. This year Dr. Karsies is leading the first simulation session in mechanical ventilation dedicated exclusively to pediatrics. He will be joined by Drs. Rehder and Bishara. Dr. Sheikh developed a session on the wheezy baby where he, Dr. Dominguez, and I will highlight important considerations in the evaluation of this common but often challenging problem. Dr. Bhargava will present on pediatric obstructive sleep apnea in neonates to young adults. Our NetWork has also collaborated with other NetWorks to discuss adult issues in pediatric-onset diseases. We will get the details to you as soon as they are available. Please help us to promote awareness of these programs. 

Our members are actively involved in training and mentorship. We joined the Council of NetWorks in the fellow-in-training program. This is a NetWork-specific elected position that provides mentorship for a trainee to develop knowledge and skills to prepare them for consideration in one of the CHEST leadership tracks. Dr. John Bishara was the first fellow-in-training and is followed by Dr. Endy Domingues Silveyra. Dr. Bishara has moved forward to join the steering committee as a full member. Our Immediate Past Chair, Dr. Kyle Rehder, mentioned Dr. Kirsten Orloff in a newly published paper coauthored with Dr. David Turner, entitled “The Current State of Pediatric Acute Respiratory Distress,” which can be accessed here.

Want to get involved?

Join the Twitter force at the CHEST 2019. Our NetWork hashtag is #CHESTPeds

CHEST blogs:  Joining CHEST in promoting Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month (May 2019), Dr. Sheikh highlighted the importance of pediatric-adult provider and patient partnerships in the management of cystic fibrosis in the following blog: Cystic Fibrosis: An Adult Pulmonary Disease.

NetWork CHEST Physician article

Screen Shot 2019-05-16 at 10.25.27 AMCheck out the Pediatric Chest Medicine NetWork's latest article on microRNAs: A New Biomarker” by Dr. Harish Rao 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

This year the Pediatric Chest Medicine NetWork will sponsor its first live learning simulation session in mechanical ventilation dedicated exclusively to pediatrics. More details to come. 

Get to know your leadership!

Shahid Sheikh, USA-1493716534656Dr. Sheikh is a pediatric pulmonologist and allergist-immunologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He has distinguished himself from his peers with multiple awards from the APPNA (Association of Physicians of Pakistani descent of North America) for his humanitarian projects. 


Peds_Cataletto (1)Dr. Cataletto is a practicing pulmonologist in the Department of Pediatrics at the NYU Winthrop Hospital and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Stony Brooke University School of Medicine. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology. Her areas of special interest include sleep in children with craniofacial abnormalities, including those with Prader-Willi syndrome and Trisomy 21, and difficult-to-control asthma.

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