Massachusetts Pulmonary Section Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Pulmonary Section is held each March/April for all health care professionals interested in respiratory disease and critical care medicine.

MPS2015 - The 70th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Pulmonary Section will be held on March 26, 2015 at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel.
**Please make a special note that the Annual Meeting will be held on a Thursday in 2015!**

Register Now Online for MPS2015

Who Should Attend the Annual Meeting?

  • Pulmonologists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Intensivists
  • Sleep Specialists
  • Certified Asthma Educators
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • Pulmonary Rehab Specialists
  • Allergists
  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Thoracic Surgeons
  • Pediatricians
  • Research Scientists 
  • Medical and Nursing Students


7:45 am MPS Meeting/Update
8:05 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
Welcome from the American Lung Association of the Northeast
Welcome from the MPS President
Aran Kadar, MD, MPH
Morning Moderator, MPS President, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
8:15 am Best Clinical Cases (Submission Details) link to call for abs page
Moderator: Bartolome R. Celli, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
 9:15 am Invited Lecture
Point of Care Ultrasound for the Pulmonologist and Intensivist
Frank Schembri, MD, Director Pulmonary Interventional Services, Boston Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
10:05 am Abstract Presentation (Submission Details) link to call for abs page
10:15 am Refreshments/Exhibits
10:50 am Theodore L. Badger Memorial Lecture
How to be Successful in Ventilator Weaning
Martin J. Tobin, MD, Professor of Medicine, Hines VA Hospital and Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
11:40 am Spotlight Session
2014 Ebola Epidemic: An Update
Nahid Bhadelia, MD, MALD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases, Boston University Medical Center; Director of Infection Control at National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL) at Boston University
12:10 Lunch/Exhibits
1:00 pm Presentation of Awards
Best Case Award and Chadwick Medal Presentation (Nomination Details) link to chadwick page
1:40 pm John M. Tyler Memorial Lecture
Health Care Reform 
Andrew S. Warner, MD, Chairman, Department of Gastroenterology, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Tufts Medical School
2:30 pm Abstract Presentation (Submission Details) link to call for abs page
2:40 pm Refreshments/Exhibits
3:00 pm Joan Tourigney Lecture
Improving the Reliability of Resuscitation through Simulation in the Intensive Care Unit and Beyond
Catherine K. Allan, MD, Medical Director, Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program, Staff Physician, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Boston Children’s Hospital
3:50 pm Barbara S. O’Neil Memorial Lecture
Issues Surrounding Surgical Care of the Morbidly Obese Patient
Dmitry Nepomnayshy, MD, FACS, Associate Program Director General Surgery; Fellowship Director Bariatric Surgery; Assistant Professor TUFTS Medical School
Sara Tortorici, MSN, ACNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner, General Surgery, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
Edwin Ozawa, MD, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesia, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
4:40 Closing Remarks
4:45 Close of Meeting
  • The agenda is provided as a guide only. The organizers reserve the right to make amendments to the timing, topics and speakers as needed.


Online Registration
The standard registration fee is $120. We are  pleased once again this year to be able to support the medical education of physicians-in-training by offering a limited number of free registrations (in advance of the event) for current fellows.

Registration includes:
•    Access to all meeting sessions
•    Access to exhibit area
•    Program Booklet- See ‘Meeting Materials’ below for details
•    Refreshments and lunch as per the agenda
•    Automatic enrollment as a MPS member for the upcoming year
•    An option $25 donation to the MPS Research Fund.

Meeting Materials: Important information about the slide handout booklet
The standard $120 registration fee does not include a printed copy of the slide handouts. All participants will be provided with a PDF version of the slide handouts. A printed version can be ordered using the registration form.

MPS Research Fund Donation
Your contribution allows the Massachusetts Pulmonary Section to fulfill one of its most important objectives- to support local research endeavors and make a vital investment in improving lung health through the American Lung Association’s Nationwide Research Program. MPS has a long history of co-funding research and your contribution, paid as part of your registration fee, will help us in all our work including, supporting local research endeavors in the future. You will be given the opportunity to opt out of this donation as part of the registration process, but we hope that you feel able to contribute.

Registration fees are payable strictly in advance of the meeting. Please provide your credit card details on the online registration form (link) or send a check along with a registration form payable to “American Lung Association”. Registration fees are strictly non-refundable in the case of cancellation, but substitutions can be made in advance of the event by sending details to

Professional Education Committee

  • Martin Joyce-Brady, MD, Boston University School of Medicine (Chair of the Professional Education Committee and Meeting Chair/Course Director)
  • Aran Kadar, MD, Newton Wellesley Hospital
  • Peter M. Barkin, MD, Emerson Hospital
  • Kevin Buckley, RRT, Newton Wellesley Hospital
  • Dawn DeMeo, MD, Brigham & Women
  • Mary Hanley, MA, RN, VA Boston Health Care System
  • David A. Neumeyer, MD, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
  • George T. O’Connor, MD, Boston University School of Medicine
  • John Unterborn, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

Henry D Chadwick Medal

Do you know someone who is deserving of special recognition for their outstanding service in the pulmonary field?

The Massachusetts Pulmonary Section Annual Meeting includes the presentation of the Henry D. Chadwick Medal, which recognizes a recipient for outstanding service in the field of pulmonary disease.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 16, 2015. To make a nomination for the 2015 Chadwick Medal a nominating letter (or email), a seconding letter (or email) and a copy of the nominee’s CV should be sent to by the deadline.

Abstract Awards & Best Cases

The deadline for abstract and best case submissions is Friday, January 30, 2015.

All health professionals are invited to submit Clinical or Basic Science research abstracts for review and an opportunity to present to the plenary audience and be honored at the meeting with a $500 first prize scientific award.

We are also calling for the submission of Best Cases for discussion and presentation at the MPS2015 Annual Meeting. The winner of the “Best Case” will receive an award of $300.

Click here for full submissions details.

Accreditation, Educational Goal and Learner Objectives

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) and the American Lung Association of the Northeast. TUSM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

TUSM designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

RTs: This program has been approved for a maximum of 6.01 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100 Irving TX 75063.

Nurses: This activity has been submitted to the American Nurses Association Massachusetts for approval to award contact hours. The American Nurses Association Massachusetts is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Requirements for Successful Completion: To receive CE credit, participants must sign-in, attend the entire activity and complete and submit the activity evaluation provided in syllabus
materials. Certificates/statements of credit will be emailed within 6 weeks of the activity.

Educational Goal: The goal of the activity is to improve the care of patients with pulmonary and critical care related issues by providing health professionals with increased knowledge and skills around new advances, best practice, treatments and services.

Learner Objectives:
As a result of this activity learners will be able to:
•    Explain how the use of point of care ultrasound in the ICU can improve clinical decision making and patient outcomes.
•    Share up to date data on novel Ebola treatment strategies.
•    Implement an evidence-based approach to recognizing ventilator modalities that delay weaning and avoiding problems that occur at the time of extubation.
•    Explain health care economics, Massachusetts health care reform, Obamacare and Supreme Court Challenges.
•    Compare and contrast the various approaches to perioperative care of patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
•    Apply he use of simulation in order to improve the safely of systems and environments.
•    Outline the major complications of common bariatric surgeries.

This activity is designed to address the following ACGME/ABMS competencies: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, and Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Disclosure: Disclosure information from faculty and all other persons in control of content will be provided to participants prior to the beginning of the educational activity. Individual faculty will disclose any discussion of off label or unapproved uses.

Commercial Support and Exhibitors: The organizers gratefully acknowledge supporters and exhibitors. A list of commercial supporters and exhibitors will be provided to participants in activity materials.

Non Endorsement Statement: The content and views presented in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of Tufts University School of Medicine or the American Lung Association of the Northeast. Inclusion in this activity does not constitute approval or endorsement of any commercial products or services. These materials have been prepared based on the best available information, but are not exhaustive of the subject matter. Participants are advised to critically appraise the information presented and encouraged to consult the available literature for any commercial products mentioned.

ADA/OEO Nondiscrimination Policy: Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) and the ALA Northeast consider all applicants and activity participants without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religious creed, sex or sexual orientation. TUSM and ALA Northeast are Equal Opportunity Employers. TUSM and ALA Northeast do not discriminate on the basis of a disability in admissions, access to treatment, or employment in their programs and activities as identified in the American with Disabilities Act. Please let us know in advance if you require any accommodations.

To view the policy on Privacy and Confidentiality for TUSM OCE, please see:

For questions regarding CME certification, please contact Tufts University School of Medicine - Office of Continuing Education at or 617-636-6579

Exhibition Information

The MPS Annual Meeting provides an excellent opportunity for attendees to network with colleagues and visit company exhibits to discover important information about the innovative products and services available to them and their practices.

We welcome companies to join us at the event to meet up with existing contacts and build new relationships with a large, vibrant and diverse multidisciplinary audience.

Click here in order to get all the information about participating as an exhibitor and download the booking form/agreement.  Complete and return the booking form/agreement to guarantee your space:

Contact us for further information.

69th Annual Meeting 2014

Thank you to all participants, speakers and exhibitors who made the 69th Annual Meeting in April 2014 such a large and vibrant gathering of health professionals.  The program for the day provided an excellent educational opportunity for attendees to update their knowledge and earn CME and CEU credits, and the meeting was a great opportunity for networking.

Contact Us

Contact us for further information about the meeting, membership or exhibition opportunities.

Past participants will be mailed updates about the next meeting, but if you did not attend last time, then make sure you become an MPS member to get updates about this as well as news and announcements about other relevant activities.