ATS Tours

Tour Philadelphia

Tour the Penn Lung Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Barnes Museum

Transportation for these three tours leaves from the Pennsylvania Convention Center driveway at 12th Street and Arch Street (near the 100 Level of the PCC). At the end of the tour, the bus will return to the same driveway.

During ATS 2013, you can learn about two of the world’s leading medical facilities for pulmonary, critical care,and sleep medicine.

You can sign up for anyof these medical tours when you register for ATS 2013. Already registered? Just return to the registration page and add a tour to your itinerary

Penn Medicine Campus Tour


A tour of the Penn Lung Center will include the proton therapy facility and the hyperbaric chamber. 

Saturday, May 18, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Tour fee: $30

This small-group tour will begin at the Penn Lung Center, which is part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, is among the most prestigious academic medical centers in the world.

The architectural design of the Penn Lung Center is informed by a philosophy of patient care that fosters collaboration among healthcare professionals and eliminates barriers to care for patients.

The tour will move through the facility as patients would, so participants can experience the Lung Center from the patient perspective. The Radiology Reading Room is at the core of the Lung Center, facilitating consultations between radiologists, pulmonologists, surgeons, and other members of the lung team.  Tour participants will also see the Lung Center’s unique office space. At the Lung Center, the physicians and allied health professionals share a common workspace, a unique arrangement that encourages a team approach to care.

The next stop will be the Roberts Proton Therapy Center, the largest of eight such centers in the world. A thoracic radiation oncologist will lead the tour, which will include a look at the treatment rooms, the 220-ton cyclotron that powers the therapeutic beam, and the body molds machine shop.

The tour will then move to the hyperbaric chamber. Pennis a leader in advancing hyperbaric oxygen therapy research and treatment, and the chamber is one of only a few chambers in the country that can treat several patients at the same time, including those on stretchers. Penn has been providing and researching this therapy for more than 30 years, and today the oxygen therapy is used to treat conditions ranging from air or gas embolism and acute traumatic ischemias to problem wounds, radiation tissue damage, and carbon monoxide poisoning.

The tours of each of the three facilities will be led by physicians who work there, and there will be ample time for participants to ask questions.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is regarded as the nations’ finest hospital of its kind—find out why on this tour.

Saturday, May 18, from 1:15 to 3:45 p.m.

Tour fee: $30

Founded in 1855, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is the nation’s first children’s hospital. Today, it is recognized as among the finest hospitals of its kind in the world.

This small-group tour will focus on the pulmonary, critical care, and sleep facilities and programs at CHOP. The Division of Pulmonary Medicine comprises a number of highly regarded programs that are models for care, including the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders, the Cystic Fibrosis Center, the Lung Transplant Program, Sleep Center, Technology Dependence Center, and the Center for Insufficiency Syndrome.  The pulmonary services were ranked the best in the nation in the latest U.S.News and World Report survey of pediatric hospitals.

CHOP’s critical care services are also known for their excellence. Each year, the PICU houses 55 beds and logs more than 14,000 patient days.

The pulmonary, critical care, and sleep programs at CHOP are recognized for their interdisciplinary model of care that combines the talents of doctors, nurses, nutritionists, respiratory and physical therapists, psychologists, and social workers. These programs also are advancing the understanding of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep diseases and disorders through basic, translational, and clinical research.

Barnes Museum

Saturday, May 18, from 12:45 to 4 p.m.

Tour fee: $75

Small, docent-led tours of the legendary Barnes art collection at its new Philadelphia home will highlight the extraordinary paintings in the collection and the physician whose passion for science and art brought the works together. The museum’s founder, Dr. Albert C. Barnes, developed the topical ophthalmic antimicrobial Argyrol.

The collection is displayed within a 12,000-square-foot gallery designed to preserve the scale, proportion and configuration of the original Barnes Foundation home in suburban Merion.

Celebrated for its remarkable breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation’s art collection includes works by the greatest European masters of Impressionism, post-Impressionism, and early modern art, including Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh.  In 2010, this remarkable collection was valued at $25 billion.