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CPS Annual Meeting

CPS2017 – The Connecticut Pulmonary Section Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions will take place on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 1:00 to 7:30 at the Sheraton Hartford South in 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.

Online registration is now closed. You may register at the door, starting at 1:00pm

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 & Refreshments
Exhibition Viewing

1:55 – 2:00 PM

Welcome Remarks
Welcome by the American Lung Association
Naseema Merchant, MD, FCCP, FACP, FHM
CPS President
Margaret Pisani, MD, MPH
CPS2017 Planning Committee Chair, Yale School of Medicine/Winchester Chest Clinic

2:00 -3:00 PM

Therapeutic Considerations in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
Danielle Antin-Ozerkis, MD, Associate Professor of Pulmonary Medicine, Yale School of Medicine; Medical Director, Yale Center for Interstitial Lung Diseases
Case Presentations:
Katherine E. Gross, MD, Fellow, UCONN School of Medicine
Niral Patel, MD, Fellow, Norwalk Hospital
Jeffrey D. Marshall, MD, Fellow Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine,
Yale University School of Medicine

3:00 - 4:00 PM


The Integrated Care of the COPD Patient
Linda Nici, MD, Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center; Professor of Medicine, Brown University

4:00 - 4:30 PM

Refreshments, Exhibition Viewing

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Establishing and Sustaining an Early Mobilization Program in the ICU
Lauren Ferrante, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
Dawn Wicker, PT, Yale New Haven Hospital

5:30 – 6:00 PM

Annual Meeting and Dinner Buffet

6:00 – 7:30 PM


Airway Clearance Interactive Session
Jonathan Koff, MD, Associate Professor; Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program, Yale School of Medicine
Connie Dills, MBA, RRT, RPFT, Respiratory Practice Manager, Hospital for Special Care

Demonstration of airway clearance devices:
Elyse Carroll, BSRC, RRT, CTTS, Respiratory Disease Manager, Hospital for Special Care
Kristy Merritt, RRT, Yale New Haven Hospital
Carolyn Henry, RRT, Hospital for Special Care
Joline Farris, RRT, Hospital for Special Care

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


Sheraton Hartford South Hotel
100 Capital Blvd
Rocky Hill, CT 06067 for directions

Registration Information

Register now online to attend this large and popular meeting!

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 6, 2017. 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.

Send registrations to the American Lung Association of the Northeast, 45 Ash Street, East Hartford, CT 06108

Registration fees are payable strictly in advance of the meeting. 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 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation for Respiratory Therapist
An application will be made to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for contact hours for respiratory therapists.

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:

  • Choose and manage effective treatment strategies for IPF;
  • Incorporate the most recent GOLD guidelines into the care of the COPD patient as well as implement integrated care strategies that can improve outcomes in this chronic disease;
  • Describe the current state of the literature and why early mobility in the ICU is safe for patients and necessary for their recovery; and
  • Identify airway clearance modalities- past and present.

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

CPS2017 Annual Meeting Planning Committee

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

Connie Dills, MBA, RRT, RPFT, HFSC
Hospital for Special Care
Respiratory Therapist/ Respiratory Practice Manager

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

Mario F. Perez, MD, MPH
UCONN Health
Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine

Michael E. Perkins, MD
Yale School of Medicine
Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

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

Robyn Scatena, MD
Norwalk Hospital
Critical Care Medicine

Ian Weir, DO
Norwalk Hospital
Pulmonologist/ Sleep Specialist

Lauren Tobias, MD
Yale School of Medicine
Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Robert McDonald, MD, FCCP
Waterbury Pulmonary Associates

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