Worcester Pulmonary Symposium

March 5, 2015

Worcester, MA

The Worcester Pulmonary Symposium is held annually in March in Worcester, Massachusetts, and offers a high quality health professional program for Respiratory Therapists, Pulmonologists, Nurses and all health professionals with an interest in pulmonary medicine and respiratory health. The meeting was first established and carefully developed over many years by Ronald J. Dorris, MD.  Now, over 20 years later, the program continues to thrive in the hands of an expert interdisciplinary planning team comprising of Peter H. Bagley, MD,  UMass Memorial Medical Center, Richard Rosiello, MD, Worcester Medical Center and Donald Bellerive, RRT, UMass Memorial Medical Center.


The 2015 Worcester Pulmonary Symposium will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Who Should Attend

  • Respiratory Therapists and RT Students
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Physicans and Fellows
  • Nurses, Nurse Practitioners & Nursing students
  • Certified Asthma Educators
  • Primary Care Physicians, PAs and PA Students
  • Pulmonary Rehab Specialists
  • Allergists


Register is now closed

Pre-Registration on or before Friday, February 13, is $60 per person (or $25 for Fellows and Students). All Registrations after February 13 will be $65. Registration fees include meeting materials, continental breakfast, refreshments and lunch as listed in the program.

Registration fees are strictly non-refundable but substitutions can be made by e-mailing details in advance to bragless@lungne.org.


7:45 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Exhibits
8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction from the American Lung Association of the Northeast and from the WPS2015 Co-chair:
Jeff Seyler
CEO, American Lung Association of the Northeast

Peter Bagley, MD
Medical Director, Memorial Campus Critical Care Unit, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center

 9:00 a.m.

COPD Disease Management: Trial and Tribulations of a 16 Year Experience
Richard Rosiello, MD
WPS2015 Co-Chair and
Margalit Lai, RN, MS
Reliant Medical Group

 9:45 a.m.

Selected Respiratory Issues in Neuromuscular Diseases (NMDs)
Mark Wilson, MD
UMass Memorial Medical Center

 10:30 a.m. Refreshments and Exhibits

 11:00 a.m.

E-Cigarettes - The Path to Smoking Cessation or Smoking Addiction
E. Jane Carter, MD
The Miriam Hospital, Providence

 11.45 a.m.

Q&A Panel Symposium
Peter Bagley, MD
Co-Chair, Medical Director, Memorial Campus Critical Care Unit, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center

 12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks and Lunch
 1:00 p.m. Evaluations and Depart

*The agenda is provided as a guide only. The organizers reserve the right to make amendments to the timing, topics and speakers as needed.


Saint Vincent Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented inaccordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Massachusetts Medical Society through the joint providership of the Saint Vincent Hospital and the American Lung Association of the Northeast.

Saint Vincent Hospital is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

An application has been made to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for continuing education contact hours for respiratory therapists.

Certificates for Continuing Education Credits will be emailed after the event to all recipients at the address provided.

For more information regarding accreditation please see LungNEmed.org.

Educational Objectives

At the end of the activity, learners will be able to:
• Explain both the rationale for COPD disease management and the most important components for successful management.
• Identify common pulmonary complications of critical illness stemming from neurologic disease
• Outline a number of issues related to E-cigarettes including the nicotine delivery mechanism, regulation, marketing and accessibility.


Beechwood Hotel,
363 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605

For further information see: beechwoodhotel.com


Betina B. Ragless
American Lung Association of the Northeast


Peter Bagley, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Memorial Campus Critical Care Unit
University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center

Richard A. Rosiello, MD
Director, Division of Pulmonology
Saint Vincent Hospital 

Donald L. Bellerive, MA, RRT
Manager for Respiratory/Radiology
Clinton Hospital

Jointly Provided By
Saint Vincent Hospital and the
American Lung Association of the Northeast

St Vincent Hospital