Massachusetts Pulmonary Section Annual Meeting

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

MPS2014 - The 69th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Pulmonary Section will be held on April 3, 2014 at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel.
**Please make a special note that the Annual Meeting will be held on a Thursday in 2014!**

Online Registration is now closed

Call Tina Ragless to register or with questions at 401-533-5176. On site registration will be available for the standard fee of $120. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:00 am, the MPS Update Session is at 7:45 am and the first session begins at 8:05.

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


Online registration is closed
Call Tina Ragless to register or with questions at 401-533-5176. On site registration will be available for the standard fee of $120. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:00 am, the MPS Update Session is at 7:45 am and the first session begins at 8:05.

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 coming year
  • An optional $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 handout. All participants will be provided with a PDF version of the slide handout.  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 or send a check 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


 7:45 a.m. MPS Meeting/Update
 8:05 a.m. Welcome, Opening Remarks & Accreditation Guidelines
Jeff Seyler
President & CEO, American Lung Association of the Northeast
Dawn L. DeMeo, MD, MPH
Morning Moderator
MPS President, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
 8:15 a.m. Best Clinical Cases
Moderator: Bartolome R. Celli, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
 9:15 a.m. Invited Lecture
Invasive Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
David M. Systrom, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Physician, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care and Director of the Advanced Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital
 10:05 a.m. Abstract Presentation   
 10:15 a.m. Refreshments/Exhibits
 10:50 a.m. Invited Lecture
Review of the 2012 Surviving Sepsis Guidelines in Light of a New Paradigm for Sepsis Pathogenesis
B. Taylor Thompson, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, Critical Care Translational Research, Pulmonary/Critical Care Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Medical Director, ARDS Network Clinical Coordinating Center
 11:40 a.m. Spotlight Session
State of Affairs for Pulmonary Patients, Access to Care and Advocacy
Miriam O’Day
Senior Director of Public Policy, COPD Foundation
 12:10 Lunch/Exhibits
 1:00 p.m. Presentation of Awards
Best Case Award and Chadwick Medal Presentation
 1:40 p.m. Joan Tourigney Memorial Lecture
Terminal Withdrawal of Mechanical Ventilation: It’s not Simply Pulling the Plug
Margaret L. Campbell, PhD, RN, FPCN
Associate Professor, Office of Health Research, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
 2:30 p.m. Abstract Presentation
 2:40 p.m. Refreshment/Exhibits
 3:00 p.m. Invited Lecture
We Fight Like We Train: Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombings
Eric Goralnick, MD
Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
 3:50 p.m. Invited Lecture
Asthma Management Update – New Solutions from Biopharma and Biotech?
George T. O’Connor, MD, Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Director, Adult Asthma Program, Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Allergy, Boston Medical Center
 4:40 p.m. Closing Remarks
 4:45 p.m. 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.

Professional Education Committee

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

Henry D Chadwick Medal

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.

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 sponsorship 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™. 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 contact hours of 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 Massachusetts Association for Registered Nurses, Inc., for approval to award contact hours.

Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., is accredited as an approver of continuingnursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.

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 this 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:

  •  Interpret cardiopulmonary exercise test results in the patient with unexplained dyspnea.
  • Show the importance of time sensitivity with sepsis treatment decisions.
  • Explain elements of the Affordable Care Act that impact pulmonary patients.
  • Implement an evidence-based approach to the terminal withdrawal of mechanical ventilation.
  • Integrate lessons learned from the Boston Marathon bombings into best practices in order for our hospitals and healthcare systems to be best prepared for the impact of a future disaster.
  • Evaluate the evidence related to a range of potential asthma management tools and therapies including exhaled nitric oxide monitoring, biologics and bronchial thermoplasty.

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.

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 question 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.

Download the exhibitor resources 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

68th Annual Meeting 2013

Thank you to all participants, speakers and exhibitors who made the 68th Annual Meeting in April 2013 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.  Download the 2013 meeting information booklet.

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.