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Northeast Medical & Scientific Branch - Worcester Pulmonary Symposium

March 7, 2018
Worcester, MA

The Worcester Pulmonary Symposium is held annually in March in Worcester, Massachusetts, and offers a high quality health professional program for Respiratory Therapists, Pulmonologists, Nurses and all health professionals with an interest in pulmonary medicine and respiratory health. The meeting was first established and carefully developed over many years by Ronald J. Dorris, MD.  Now, over 20 years later, the program continues to thrive in the hands of an expert interdisciplinary planning team comprising of Peter H. Bagley, MD,  UMass Memorial Medical Center, Richard Rosiello, MD, Worcester Medical Center and Ryan G. Shipe, MD, UMass Memorial Medical Center and Luanne Hills, RRT, UMass Memorial Medical Center.

The 2018 Worcester Pulmonary Symposium will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Who Should Attend

•    Respiratory Therapists and RT Students
•    Pulmonologists
•    Intensivists
•    Certified Asthma Educators
•    Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows
•    Physician Assistants and PA Students
•    Nurses, Nurse Practitioners & Nursing students
•    Pulmonary Rehab Specialists
•    Allergists
•    Primary Care Physicians


Register here online
or download registration brochure

Registration is $65 per person (or $25 for Fellows and Students); including meeting materials and refreshments/meals as listed in the program.

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


7:45 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits

8:50 a.m.
Welcome from the American Lung Association and from the WPS2018 Committee:

Ryan Shipe, MD
Michelle Caul

9:00 AM
Update on Non-invasive Ventilation for Chronic Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure in Hospitalized & Non-hospitalized Patients
Peter H. Bagley, MD
Medical Director, Critical Care Unit, UMass Memorial Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School

9:45 AM
Care of the Adult with Cystic Fibrosis
Christine Bielick Kotkowski, M.D.
Assistant professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine-University of Massachusetts

10:30 AM
Refreshments & Exhibit

11:00 AM
The Role of Pulmonary Rehabilitation in the Comprehensive Care of the COPD Patient
Linda Nici, MD
Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center; Professor of Medicine, Brown University

11:45 AM
Q&A Panel Symposium
Ryan Shipe, MD

12:30 PM
Closing Remarks & Lunch

1:00 PM
Evaluation and Depart

*The agenda is provided as a guide only.  The organizers reserve the right to make amendments to the timing, topics and speakers as needed.


Please check back for accreditation information.


Beechwood Hotel,
363 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605


The WPS 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.

Exhibit information can be found here.


Contact us for further information about the meeting, membership or exhibition opportunities.


Richard A. Rosiello, MD
Director, Division of Pulmonology
Saint Vincent Hospital
Peter Bagley, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Memorial Campus Critical Care Unit
University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center
Ryan G. Shipe, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Luanne Hills, RRT
University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center

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