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CPS Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

CPS2015 – The Connecticut Pulmonary Section Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions will take place on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 1:00 to 7:00 at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, Rocky Hill, CT.

The CPS meeting (formerly CTS) is held each year in the fall for all health care professionals interested in respiratory disease,critical care and sleep medicine. The educational presentations provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about new developments and significant issues which affect the care of patients with respiratory disease.

Register now online to attend this large and popular meeting!

Who Should Attend the Annual Meeting?

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


1:00 PM Registration (exhibition hall)

1:55 – 2:00 PM

Welcome Remarks (meeting room)
Jeff Seyler
President and CEO, American Lung Association of the Northeast

Connie Dills, MBA, RRT, RPFT
CPS2015 Planning Committee Chair,
Hospital for Special Care

2:00 -3:00 PM Palliative Care for Chronic, Non-malignant Pulmonary Diseases:
what is its role and what are the demonstrable benefits?
James McCormick, MD, FCCP
Professor of Medicine; Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep
Medicine, University of Kentucky HealthCare

3:00 - 4:00 PM Lung Cancer Screening: Implementation and Challenges
Lynn Tanoue, MD
Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Internal Medicine
Clinical Chief, Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Co-Director, Yale Cancer Center Thoracic Oncology Program
Yale School of Medicine

4:00 - 4:30 PM Refreshments (exhibition hall)

4:30 - 5:30 PM Lung Ultrasound for the Pulmonologist
Vicki Noble, MD
Chief, Division of Emergency Ultrasound, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

5:30 – 6:00 PM Annual Meeting and Dinner Buffet

6:00 – 7:30 PM Emerging Infections: Critical care Preparations for Epidemics
Amit Uppal, MD
Associate Professor; NYU School of Medicine
Director of Medical ICU, Bellevue Hospital Center
Stephen Donahue, BS, RRT
Program Director, Center for Education, Simulation & Innovation; Hartford Hospital
Jonathan Siner, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary); Medical Director - Medical Intensive
Care Unit, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Matthew Cartter, MD, MPH
State Epidemiologist & Director of Infectious Diseases
Connecticut Department of Public Health

*Talks and speakers are provided as a guide only. Organizers reserve the right to make changes to the final program.


Sheraton Hartford South Hotel (formerly the Marriott Rocky Hill)
100 Capital Boulevard
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
The hotel is located at exit 23 on RT91 approximately 10 miles south of downtown Hartford, CT. See SheratonHartfordSouth.com for further details and driving directions.

Registration Information

Secure your place now by completing the online registration form!

The standard registration fee for the meeting (e.g. for MDs/DOs) is $125. A discounted rate of $95 is available for RTs and nurses, and $50 for fellows and full-time students.

The pre-registration deadline is Friday, October 2, 2015. After that date on-site registration may be possible - subject to availability.

Registration Includes:
• Access to all meeting sessions and exhibit area
• Meeting Booklet
• Refreshments as listed in the program
• Dinner buffet
• Annual Membership of the Connecticut Pulmonary Section - keep up to date with news and resources for health professionals.

If you prefer to register by mail please download and complete the pdf registration form. Send registrations to the American Lung Association of the Northeast, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108.

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” to the address above. 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 [email protected]

CPS Research Fund Donation: The Research Fund allows CPS 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. Please consider making an additional contribution during the online registration process to allow CPS to continue the support of research endeavors in the future.


CME Accreditation
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of The Yale School of Medicine and the American Lung Association of the Northeast. The Yale School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Yale School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation for Respiratory Therapist
This program has been approved for a maximum of 4.50 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100 Irving TX 75063.

Requirements for Successful Completion
To receive continuing education credit, participants must sign-in on the attendee list at the registration desk to verify participation. An evaluation form and accreditation cover sheet must be completed. Certificates of credit will be issued approximately six weeks after the activity.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • define palliative care as it applies to persons with chronic, non-malignant pulmonary disorders and distinguish it from Hospice Care.
  • identify how to perform lung ultrasound as well as the strengths of lung ultrasound including the use to diagnose pneumothorax and pleural effusions and monitor interstitial disease.
  • articulate the benefits and risks of lung cancer screening.
  • explain the structured approach that went into preparation for an in-hospital emergency, the lessons learned from the experience, and how each can potentially be applied to future critical situations.

Exhibition Information

The meeting provides an excellent opportunity for attendees to network with colleagues and visit vendor 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 Exhibition Information and the Agreement/Booking Form.

CPS2015 Annual Meeting Planning Committee

Connie Dills, MBA, RRT, RPFT, HFSC
Hospital for Special Care
(Chair of the Planning Committee)
Respiratory Therapist/ Respiratory Practice Manager

John McArdle, MD
Hartford Hospital
(Co-Chair and Course Director)
Pulmonologist/ Critical Care Specialist

David Kaufman, MD
Yale New Haven Health/ Bridgeport Hospital
Critical Care Medicine/ Pulmonary Disease Medicine

Kerry McNiven, MS, RRT
Manchester Community College, Respiratory Care Program
Respiratory Therapist/ Educator

Naseema Merchant, MD, FCCP, FACP, FHM
Pulmonologist/ Critical Care Specialist

Maureen Parmelee, MS, RRT, CPFT
St. Vincent’s Medical Center
Respiratory Therapist/ Director of Respiratory Care Services

Margaret Pisani, MD, MPH
Yale School of Medicine/ Winchester Chest Clinic
Pulmonologist/ Critical Care Specialist & Pulmonary Disease Specialist

Jennifer Possick, MD
Yale School of Medicine/ Yale New Haven Hospital/ Winchester Chest Clinic
Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Jane Reardon, MSN, APRN
Hartford Hospital
Pulmonary Clinical Nurse Specialist

Edward Salerno, MD
Hartford Hospital
Pulmonologist/ Sleep Specialist

Aydin Uzun Pinar, MD
Yale New Haven Hospital, St Raphael Campus
Pulmonologist/ Critical Care Specialist

Ian Weir, DO
Norwalk Hospital
Pulmonologist/ Sleep Specialist

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