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Note from the NetWork Chair…


Thank you for your membership in our Transplant NetWork. One of the goals of the year is to provide opportunities for increased participation by all members—not just the members of the NetWork’s Steering Committee. These opportunities come in many formsfrom something as casual as attending our transplant content sessions at CHEST to more active engagement, such as participating in our donor quality research project, or completing a CHEST Transplant NetWork-endorsed practice survey.  

Want to get involved? Here are some options: 

  • Choose the Transplant NetWork as your primary CHEST NetWork 
  • You are welcome to join any NetWork Steering Committee conference calls as a nonvoting member.  
  • Please attend the Transplant NetWork’s business meeting at CHEST Annual Meeting in New Orleans this year.  
  • Look for and attend our NetWorks chosen “NetWork Highlights” at CHEST 2019, representing our NetWork’s top two voted featured symposia. 
  • Consider nominating yourself for our Transplant NetWork Steering Committee. Did you know that many CHEST leaders got their start on CHEST NetWork Steering Committees? NetWork members are expected to attend committee conference calls, participate in creation of CHEST content, write articles for CHEST Physician, and participate in other Transplant NetWork Steering Committee business. Elections for steering committees are occurring now through May 28.
  • Encourage a fellow to apply for our committee’s Fellow-in-Training position. They will receive mentoring from the NetWork’s Vice-Chair and have unique opportunities to participate in CHEST. 
  • Contribute on behalf of the Transplant 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.  
  • Have an idea or suggestion? See a good article link you want to share? Want information on transplantsStart tweeting with the hashtag: #CHESTTransplant

Cassie Kennedy, MD, FCCP
Chair, Transplant NetWork

NetWork CHEST Physician article

March 2019 CHEST Physician ScreenshotCheck out the Transplant NetWork’s latest article “Medicare Part D Plans Can Deny Coverage of Select Immunosuppressant Medications in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients” by NetWork member, Jennifer McDermott, PharmDin the March issue of CHEST Physician 


Learning opportunities

Advanced Critical Care Echocardiography (ACCE) 
May 30 - June 1  
Take part in this popular CHEST Live Learning course by working with expert-level faculty to gain interactive image interpretation skills through the review of a broad spectrum of findings of ACCE, with emphasis on frontline utility of ACCE for the diagnosis and management of cardiopulmonary failure. Learn more and register.   

Extracorporeal Support for Respiratory and Cardiac Failure in Adults 
November 7  
This course will be led by experts from high-volume extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) centers and consists of a mix of lectures and high-fidelity workshops. The course offers 16.75 CME credits/MOC points.   

Get to know your leadership!


I became Chair of the Transplant NetWork Steering Committee at CHEST Annual Meeting 2018 after previously serving as Vice-Chair and NetWork Steering Committee member. graduated from the University of Minnesota’s School of Medicine and completed my internal medicine residency and pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship at Mayo Cliniccurrently serve as the Associate Medical Director of Lung Transplantation at Mayo in Rochester, Minnesota, and have received National Institute of Health grant funding, focusing on pretransplant optimization to improve outcomes in thoracic transplants.

Cassie Kennedy, MD, FCCP
Chair, Transplant NetWork

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