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 is held each March/April for all health care professionals interested in respiratory disease and critical care medicine.

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MPS2020 - The 75th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Pulmonary Section will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel.

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


The standard registration fee is $130 (MDs/Dos) or $105 (RTs/RNs). 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 $50.

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 [email protected].

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 MSB member for the upcoming year

Meeting Materials: Important information about the slide handout booklet
The standard registration fees do not include a printed copy of the slide handouts. All participants will be provided with a PDF version of the slide handouts.

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, 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.


Timothy Wu, MD, Morning Moderator, MPS President
Peter Barkin, MD, Afternoon Moderator, MPS2020 Course Director, MPS Vice President
Michelle Caul, Eastern Division Director, Health Promotion, American Lung Association

8:15 AM Data Sharing in Clinical Trials, Jeffrey M. Drazen, M.D., Editor NEJM Group
9:05 AM Early Disease Detection for Pulmonary Fibrosis: New Insights, Gary M. Hunninghake, M.D., MPH, Associate Physician; Director, Interstitial Lung Disease Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

10:40 AM L. JACK FALING BEST CASE SESSION: Moderated by: Kai Saukkonen, M.D., Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
11:40 AM Spotlight Lecture: Effects of Climate Change from a Pulmonary Perspective, Mary B. Rice, M.D., MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
1:40 PM Pulmonary Manifestation in Neuromuscular Diseases, Robert Brown, M.D., Director, Respiratory Acute Care Unit; Director, Pulmonary Function Lab, Massachusetts General Hospital
3:00 PM The Vicissitudes of Vaping, Henry L. Dorkin, M.D., FAAP, Associate Professor, Pediatrics; Harvard Medical School; Director, Division Clinical Research Program; Co-Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center; Co-Director (Pediatrics), Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital
3:50 PM Joan Tourigney Memorial Lecture: Intakes and Outbreaks, Eric Rubin, M.D., PhD, Chair, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Immunology and Infectious Disease; Editor-in-Chief, New England Journal of Medicine

Professional Education Committee

  • Peter M. Barkin, M.D., Emerson Hospital (Chair of the Professional Education Committee and Meeting Chair/Course Director)
  • Martin Joyce-Brady, M.D., Boston University School of Medicine
  • Mary Hanley, M.A., RN, VA Boston Health Care System
  • Finn Hawkins, M.B.B.CH, Boston University Medical Center
  • Kelsey Hills-Evans, M.D. Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Neil Kruszkowski, RRT, SDS, CPFT, Emerson Hospital
  • Sydney B. Montesi, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital
  • David Neumeyer, M.D., Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
  • Kai Saukkonen, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Timothy Wu, MD, Lahey Hospital and 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 31, 2020.

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 $300 first prize scientific award.

We are also calling for the submission of Best Cases for discussion and presentation at the MPS2020 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 accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) and the American Lung Association. 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 CreditsTM. 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.

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

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.

Check back for additional accreditation information.

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.

Disclosures for Faculty - Course Directors, Planning Committee, Speakers and Others in a Position to Control the Content: Disclosure information 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 prior to the beginning of the educational activity.

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 [email protected] or 617-636-6579. For questions regarding RT and Nursing CE, please contact ALA NE at [email protected].

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.
Please contact Michelle Caul at [email protected] or 860.838.4370 for exhibition information.

74th Annual Meeting 2019

Thank you to all participants, speakers and exhibitors who made the 74th Annual Meeting in March 2019 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 continuing education 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.

Page last updated: March 5, 2020

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