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Clinicians Center and Learning Lab

Welcoming all Physicians, Nurses, NPs, PAs, RTs, PTs and PharmDs

The Clinicians Center is an area designed to enhance the International Conference experience for pulmonary, critical care and sleep practitioners. Meet, network, relax, refresh and learn in a comfortable and congenial environment while gathering information and resources suited for clinicians and interprofessionals.

The ATS Clinicians Advisory Committee cordially invites you to attend free and informal educational and informational sessions and demonstrations presented daily by leading experts in the fields of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep medicine.  Please join us for these activities in the Clinicians Center networking center and its classroom complement, the Learning Lab.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

07:00 AM - 08:00 AM


Immunology Basics For the Pulmonary Clinician: Clinical Implications (Clinicians Center)

Speakers: Njira Lugogo MD ; Jonathan Corren MD


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Operation of a High Quality Lung Cancer Screening Program (Clinicians Center)

Speaker: Cole Burks MD


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Exciting New Treatment Options for Acute Pulmonary Embolism (Learning Lab)

Learn about the new interventional options currently available to treat massive and submassive patients with acute pulmonary embolism. Case-based presentations, with samples of the available catheters on display.

Speakers: Wissam A. Jaber MD Emory University Hospital; Micah Fisher MD Emory University Hospital


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Essentials of Negotiation (Clinicians Center)

Dr. Kovitz will lead an interactive discussion about principles of negotiation that can help a healthcare provider have a successful career.  We will also discuss basics of contract negotiation and approach to resolving conflicts in the workplace.

Speaker: Kevin Kovitz MD MBA FCCP


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Getting Started with ECMO (Learning Lab)

Speakers: David Hotchkin MD ; Nirmal Sharma MD


01:00 PM - 02:00 PM


Meeting Management Skills for Clinicians: What I Wish Medical Training Had Taught Me (Clinicians Center)

Attending and leading meetings are a part of any organization. But there are social science principles that, if learned and practiced, can help make meetings fun and productive. And while good meeting skills are almost essential in today’s world for every clinician, on the flip side, bad meeting skills hurt you and your teams in numerous ways. Come learn about how to make meetings better, including newer tips and tricks.



Speaker: Jaspal Singh MD MHA Atrium Health


01:00 PM - 02:00 PM


Proning: An Interactive Exercise (Learning Lab)

Speakers: Alice Gallo de Moraes MD ; William LeTourneau RRT


02:30 PM - 03:30 PM


Running an Efficient Practice: Basics of a Business Plan (Clinicians Center)

Learn about developing a business plan to run an efficient and successful practice.

Speakers: Kevin Kovitz MD MBA University of Illinois at Chicago; Omar Hussain DO Gottlieb Memorial Hospital; Kim French MHSA CAPPM Suburban Lung Associates SC


02:30 PM - 03:30 PM


The Changing Landscape of Sleep Diagnostics (Learning Lab)

Speakers: Bernie Y. Sunwoo MBBS ; Jaspal Singh MD MHA ; Pamela DeYoung BA RPSGT


04:00 PM - 05:00 PM


Nurses Meet & Greet Reception Hosted by the ATS Nursing Assembly (Clinicians Center)


Monday, May 20, 2019

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Transforming Clinicians Into Effective Leaders: A Conversation with Dr. Jamie Stoller (Clinicians Center)

Dr. James Stoller serves as the Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Education Institute, which launched the Clinic’s Physician Leadership Development Program. As a respected pulmonary and critical care physician, Dr. Stoller has extensive experience applying his skills at the bedside as well as at the institutional and organizational level. He has directed the development of numerous clinicians to develop effective leadership skills. This live interview will probe Dr. Stoller’s insights into the type of work involved and how clinicians can be involved in this work.

Speakers: James K. Stoller MD MS ; Jaspal Singh MD MHA


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Therapeutic Bronchoscopy: Basics, Indications and Contraindications (Learning Lab)

Speakers: Khalil Diab MD ; Hitesh Batra MD ; Christopher Kniese MD ; Aliya Noor MD


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Turning the Tide on the Burnout Crisis (Clinicians Center)

Burnout is a direct threat to the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care.  Clinicians suffering from burnout have lower productivity, increased turnover, and higher rates of mental health disorders.  In this interactive session, we will identify the major drivers of burnout and discuss evidence-based ways to promote clinician well-being. The speakers and audience will work through case studies and personal experiences to identify specific and actionable ways to support individual and organizational well-being, including how to advocate for positive changes with hospital leadership, how to get the most out of the EHR system, ways to improve efficiency and workflow, and opportunities to promote personal resilience.

Speakers: Seppo Rinne MD PhD Boston University; Ni-Cheng Liang MD Coastal Pulmonary Associates; Mike Metry MD Saint Francis Lifepoint


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Tunneled Indwelling Pleural Catheter Management: What Every Chest Physician Should Know (Learning Lab)

Speakers: Jason Akulian MD MPH ; Jaspal Singh MD MHA ; Cindy Sing AGACNP-BC


01:00 PM - 02:00 PM


Understanding Your Generations: Critical to Your Practice (Clinicians Center)

Speakers: Amy M. Ahasic MD MPH ; Nandita Nadig MD


01:00 PM - 02:00 PM


Portable Technologies and Monitoring (Learning Lab)

Speakers: Ellen Hillegass PT EdD ; Robert McCoy RT


02:30 PM - 03:30 PM


Tapping Into the Inner-Spirit of Intrapreneurship (Clinicians Center)

Gifford Pinchot III, coined the term intrapreneur in 1978 and defined it as "dreamers who do." "Intrapreneurs” are employees who do for corporate innovation what an entrepreneur does for his or her start-up."  There are many health care providers who have chosen a career of being employed by an institution. What often isn’t realized is that there is great opportunity to provide innovative ideas to improve systems or create products to further the interest of their institution. This session is geared towards tapping into the innate spirit to innovate and provide a framework for successful intrapreneurship.

Speakers: Laren Tan MD Loma Linda University Health; Richard Branson MSc RRT University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


02:30 PM - 03:30 PM


Cardiac Ultrasound in the ICU (Learning Lab)

Speakers: Khalil Diab MD ; Hitesh Batra MD ; Christopher Kniese MD


04:00 PM - 05:00 PM


ATS Outstanding Clinician Award Reception (Clinicians Center)

Hosted by the ATS Council of Chapter Representatives


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

08:30 AM - 09:30 AM


Meet and Greet with Drs. Ganesh Raghu and Bridget Collins (Clinicians Center)

The ATS invites you to meet Drs. Ganesh Raghu and Bridget Collins, University of Washington, Seattle, the current authors of the Updated Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IP) Guidelines for Diagnosis and Management pocket guide! Drs. Raghu and Collins will be on hand to talk about the latest updates to the guidelines and answer any questions! Copies of the updated 2019 IPF Pocket Guide will be available for Clinicians Center attendees.

Speakers: Ganesh Raghu MD ; Bridget Collins MD


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Coding and Billing Updates (Clinicians Center)

Speakers: Omar Hussain DO ; Denise Merlino MBA


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


ILD Guidelines (Learning Lab)

Speaker: LCDR Michael Powers MD


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Your Social Media Presence: Tips and Tricks (Clinicians Center)

Learn how to harness the power of social media and avoid its pitfalls in a session geared towards the practicing clinician. Should you interact with patients on twitter? How do you brand yourself and your practice? Come and discuss these topics and more in an interactive session.

Speakers: Viren Kaul MD ; Sheetal Gandotra MD University of Alabama Birmingham; Alice Gallo de Moraes MD


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Telemedicine for Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep (Learning Lab)

Speaker: Jaspal Singh MD MHA


01:00 PM - 02:00 PM


Integrating the EMR with Quality Improvement, Research and Administration (Clinicians Center)

The Session will provide information related to how the EMR can assist in coding and billing as well as how to best extract information from the EMR for data collection and research.

Speaker: Sam Butler MD


01:00 PM - 02:00 PM


Don't Blow It! Running Your PFT Lab (Learning Lab)

Speakers: David A. Kaminsky MD ; Kevin McCarthy RPFT


02:30 PM - 03:30 PM


Integration of APPs in Outpatient Practices (Clinicians Center)

Speaker: David Hotchkin MD


02:30 PM - 04:00 PM


Inhalation Therapies: Practitioner Workshop on Patient Education, Devices and Digital Technology (Learning Lab)

This workshop begins with a 20 minute lecture by Rajiv Dhand, MD on patient-related gaps in optimal use of inhalers and strategies that clinicians might use to address these gaps. This will be followed by interactive roundtables that include demonstration and discussion with multiple faculty. The roundtable topics are:  1) Meet the Professor, 2) Dry powder inhalers, 3) Metered dose inhalers, 4) Nebulization, and 5) Digital inhaler technology. 

Speakers: Rajiv Dhand MD ; Roy A. Pleasants PharmD ; Richard Barbers MD ; Jill Ohar MD ; William LeTourneau RRT ; May Lee MD


04:00 PM - 05:00 PM


Allied Health Professional and Advanced Clinical Practitioners Networking Reception (Clinicians Center)

Hosted by the ATS Clinicians Advisory Committee