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Note from the NetWork Chairs…

After the long harsh winter, spring is in the air. We all know that means that steering committee elections are around the corner! We in the Airways Disorders NetWork urge everyone to take the opportunity to be involved in the education and professional development of today’s and tomorrow’s pulmonologists. The Airways Disorders NetWork is centered on disorders such as asthma, COPD, emphysema, bronchiectasis, chronic bronchitis, and diseases of large and small airways. For those with a hankering to get involved, opportunities abound! We have a strong presence at the CHEST Annual Meeting (this year in New Orleans), have created content for smoking cessation education, are given openings to speak at national and international meetings, moderate sessions at CHEST, and also publish a short essay in CHEST Physician twice a year. It’s never too early to start getting involved–you could be a Fellow-in-Training member who has the chance to make an impact at an early stage of their career. Please join us to help advance ideas and grow in our knowledge. As historian Edward Everett Hale said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success! 

Allen Blaivas, DO, FCCP  
Vice-Chair, Airways Disorders NetWork 

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Want to get involved?

Apply for a steering committee position: Did you know that many CHEST leaders got their start on NetWork Steering Committees? Elections for steering committees are occurring now through May 28. Enter your name here if you are interested!

Participate in the NetWorks Challenge: Contribute on behalf of the Airway Disorders 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 airway disordersStart tweeting with the hashtag: #CHESTAirways


NetWork CHEST Physician article

Feb2019 CHEST Phsyician

Check out the Airways Disorders NetWork’s latest article Defining and treating early COPD: Can we make a difference?" by NetWork Fellow-in-Training member, Megan Conroy, MD, and Vice-Chair, Allen Blaivas, DO, FCCPin the February issue of CHEST Physician 

 


Designating primary and secondary NetWorks

Join as many NetWorks as you would like, and designate (up to) two primary NetWorks and limitless secondary NetWorks. Primary NetWork designation 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 Accountand indicate your preferences on the NetWorks page.


Learning opportunities 

Difficult Airway Management Live Learning Course 
June 6-8 
Identify exam findings associated with difficult airway, gain hands-on experience with a multitude of videolaryngoscopes, utilize extraglottic airways to reestablish ventilation, and obtain other valuable airway management skills through this systematic overview.  

NEW! Therapeutic Bronchoscopy for Airway Obstruction 
June 28-29 
Visit CHEST in Glenview, Illinois, for the newest live learning course of 2019. This cadaver-based, hands-on program teaches essential skills in therapeutic bronchoscopic procedures performed for benign and malignant central airway obstructions. Register today. 


Get to know your leadership!

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It has been a privilege to serve as the Chair of the Airways Disorders NetWork 2016-2018. I am a pulmonologist in academic practice at the University of Rochester Medical Center with a special interest in the management of asthma, particularly the application of advanced therapies in severe refractory asthma. I joined CHEST as an affiliate member almost 20 years ago and presented my first poster in 2002. I started grading abstracts and moderating sessions for CHEST soon after completing my fellowship from Thomas Jefferson University. As my clinical practice and career goals evolved over the years, I found opportunities through CHEST that aligned well with my professional growth. When my interest focused on severe asthma, I applied to the Airway Disorder NetWork Steering Committee in 2010. Through the support of my CHEST colleagues and a receptive organization like CHEST, I became the Vice-Chair and then Chair of the Airways Disorders NetWork.  

The last decade has been the most fulfilling one for me professionally, in no small measure due to the support of the College. CHEST plays many key roles in clinician and patient education, research, philanthropy, and advocacy. I was honored to be able to represent CHEST at the World Health Organization’s strategic meeting on noncommunicable chronic respiratory diseases. To be able to participate in educational sessions at the annual conference and to make enduring patient educational material through the CHESFoundation have been particularly gratifying. I have had a lot of fun networking with my peers through CHEST. As I look back at the last 2 decades, I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunities and support that CHEST uniquely offers its members. It is one of the most open and inclusive professional organizations that is committed to the education and professional development of the next generation of clinicians.  

Sandhya Khurana, MD, FCCP 
Immediate Past-Chair, Airways Disorders NetWork

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