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Northeast Medical & Scientific Branch - Massachusetts Pulmonary Section Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Pulmonary Section, jointly provided by Tufts University School of Medicine and the American Lung Association of the Northeast is held each March/April for all health care professionals interested in respiratory disease and critical care medicine.

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MPS2017 - The 72nd Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Pulmonary Section will be held on March 22, 2017 at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel.

**Please make a special note that the Annual Meeting will be held on a Wednesday in 2017!**

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
The standard registration fee is $125. We are pleased this year to be able to support the medical education of physicians-in-training by offering a limited number of discounted registrations (in advance of the event) for current fellows at a rate of $25.

Registration fees are payable strictly in advance of the meeting and are non-refundable in the case of cancellation.  Substitutions can be made in advance of the event by sending details to

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 optional $25 donation to the MPS Research Fund.

Meeting Materials: Important information about the slide handout booklet
The standard $125 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.


7:00 a.m. Registration &  Exhibition
7:45 a.m. MPS MEETING & Update
8:05 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
Welcome from the MPS President
Martin Joyce-Brady, MD
Morning Moderator, MPS President, Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center
8:15 a.m. History ICU, R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, FCCM, FCCP, Chair and Chief, Department of Medicine; Director, Cooper Adult Health Institute
9:05 a.m. L. Jack Faling Best Case Session, Moderator: John Unterborn, MD, Pulmonologist, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
10:05 a.m. First Prize Scientific Award: Basic Science Abstract Presentation
10:15 a.m. Refreshments & Exhibition
10:50 a.m. Joan Tourigney Memorial Lecture: Engaging Patients with COPD in Self-Management Across the Care Continuum, Huong Q. Nguyen, PhD, MS, RN, Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Washington; Research Scientist, Kaiser Permanente Southern California
11:40 a.m. Spotlight Session: Controversies in Pulmonary Hypertension 2017, Harrison W. Farber, MD, Professor of Medicine, Boston University; Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Center
12:10 p.m. Lunch & Exhbits
1:00 p.m. Presentation of Awards
1:40 p.m. Use of Noninvasive Ventilatory Techniques for Acute Respiratory Failure; Evolving Roles, Nicholas Hill, MD, Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Division; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
2:30 p.m. First Prize Scientific Award: Clinical Science Abstract Presentation
2:40 p.m. Refreshments & Exhibits
3:00 p.m. Powders to Gases: Chemical and Biological Agents and their Use as Weapons, Kevin Ryan, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine; Associate Medical Director, Boston EMS, Police & Fire, City of Boston
3:50 p.m. COPD Pharmacotherapy, Bartolome R. Celli, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Pulmonologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
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

•    Timothy Wu, MD, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (Chair of the Professional Education Committee and Meeting Chair/Course Director)
     Martin Joyce-Brady, MD, Boston University School of Medicine
•    Aran Kadar, MD, MPH, 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, MD, 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.

Abstract Awards & Best Cases

The deadline for abstract and best case submissions is Friday, January 27, 2017.

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 MPS2017 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™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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

Requirements for Successful Completion: To receive CE credit, participants must sign-in, attend the activity and complete and submit the activity evaluation provided in syllabus materials. Partial credit will be awarded for attending one or more presentations. 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:

  • Compare the therapeutic capabilities and developing roles of the various modalities to treat acute respiratory failure.
  • Apply key principles learned from the current self-management evidence base to improve clinical practice
  • Distinguish between nerve agents and blister agents and develop initial treatment plans.
  • Design the appropriate evaluation for pulmonary hypertension, including right heart catheterization (RHC).
  • Evaluate how various factors influenced development of critical care.
  • Summarize the existing and upcoming pharmacotherapeutic options for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

This activity is designed to address the following ACGME/ABMS and IOM competencies: Medical/Clinical Knowledge, Patient Care, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Provision of patient-centered care, Work in interdisciplinary teams and Effective use of evidence-based medicine

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.

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, 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.

71st Annual Meeting 2016

Thank you to all participants, speakers and exhibitors who made the 71st Annual Meeting in March 2016 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 MSB member to get updates about this as well as news and announcements about other relevant activities.

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