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Note from the NetWork Chair…

The Pulmonary, Physiology, Function, and Rehabilitation (PPFR) NetWork Steering Committee members in 2019 include 

  • Matthew Hegewald, MD, FCCP; Intermountain Medical Center and the University of Utah (Chair) 
  • Fredric Jaffe, DO, FCCP; Temple University (Vice-Chair) 
  • Sai Praveen Haranath, MBBS, MPH, FCCP; India 
  • Said Chaaban, MD, FCCP; University of Kentucky 
  • Aaron Holley, MD, FCCP; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center 
  • Sujith Cherian, MD, MBBS, FCCP; University of Texas - Houston  
  • Eric Gartman, MD, FCCP; Brown University 
  • Tom DeCato, MD; Providence Medical Center Spokane (Fellow-in-Training member) 

We welcome the two new steering committee members, Drs. Cherian and Gartman, whose terms began in October 2018. We thank our past Chair, Dr. Nathaniel Marchetti, for his leadership and ongoing support.  

Steering committee conference calls occur three times per year. All NetWork members are welcome to participate. Contact our NetWork staff liaison, Josephine Burke ( for dates and times.  

The NetWork has the opportunity to provide two articles for CHEST Physician each year.The September issue of CHEST Physician will include a timely article on “New Developments in Pulmonary Rehabilitation” by Dr. Eric Gartman.  

We encourage everyone to attend CHEST 2019 in New Orleans, LA. The PPFR NetWork Highlights lectures are 

  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Pearls 
  • Patients With Lung Disease in the Air: Practical Considerations for Air Travel

The PPFR NetWork Featured Lecture and Open Forum will be on Wednesday, October 23, 7:30-8:30 am. Dr. Aaron Holley will provide the featured lecture “How to Assess Dynamic Hyperinflation During Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing.”  

NetWork members will also be providing Experience CHEST presentations at CHEST 2019. These are information packed 10-minute presentations with a 5-minute Q&A.  

Want to get involved?

Participate in the NetWorks Challenge: Contribute on behalf of the Pulmonary, Physiology, Function, and Rehabilitation 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 pulmonary physiology, function, and rehabilitation? Start tweeting with the hashtag: #CHESTPhysio

NetWork CHEST Physician article

Screen Shot 2019-05-16 at 10.25.27 AMCheck out the PPFR NetWork’s latest article on “Using impulse oscillometry in clinical practice” by Dr. Aaron Holley in the May issue of CHEST Physician.


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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

If interested in learning more about cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET), a great educational opportunity is the live learning CPET course offered at CHEST Global Headquarters in Glenview, IL, from August 8-10, 2019.

Get to know your leadership!

PPFR- Dr. Matt Hegewald (1) (1)Dr. Matthew Hegewald is the current Chair of the Pulmonary, Physiology, Function and Rehabilitation NetWork. He graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine training at the University of Washington and Pulmonary and Critical Care training at the University of Utah. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Division at the University of Utah. He is Medical Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at the Intermountain Medical Center, Murray, UT. His research interests are focused on pulmonary function testing, exercise testing, and obstructive lung disease.  When not working, he enjoys skiing and hiking the Wasatch Mountains with his family.  

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