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American College of Chest Physicians to provide late-breaking resources and education on Ebola at CHEST 2014

(Austin, Texas)—As the Ebola virus continues to make headlines, more than 4,000 critical care, pulmonary, and sleep medicine clinicians are expected to gather together in Austin, Texas, from October 25-30 for CHEST 2014, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST). Ebola will be top of mind for all in attendance; and, as the situation continues to evolve, CHEST continues to serve as a resource for clinicians throughout the world. 

“Our institutions are putting plans in place to ensure our teams are ready to identify and care for patients infected with the Ebola virus, and CHEST 2014 will provide valuable resources for our clinician attendees,” said Dr. Michael H. Baumann, MD, MS, FCCP, and CHEST President. “The program will ensure that our attendees have the opportunity to hear from health professionals on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, clinicians who have experienced Ebola in the United States, and other experts in virology, epidemiology, and disaster preparedness.” 

“Our Program Committee gathered leaders in the emerging challenge of responding to the Ebola outbreak, and we are grateful for their time and expertise as Ebola continues to make headlines and impact our health system,” said Mark Metersky, MD, FCCP, CHEST 2014 Program Chair. “We hope their knowledge and expertise will help our attendees to prepare and possibly direct the care of patients with Ebola—and to be institutional leaders in addressing the enormous logistical challenges associated with that care.”

Late-breaking sessions will include personal protective equipment demonstrations in collaboration with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and will draw content from SCCM’s Fundamental Disaster Management program, best practices from CHEST’s newly released Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters, and first-hand experiences from clinicians who have managed the care of patients with Ebola both in the United States and Africa will also be covered. 

The sessions will feature the following experts:

  • Dennis E. Amundson, DO, MS, FCCP, FCCM, Scripps Mercy Hospital, SCCM Fundamental Disaster Management faculty
  • Michael D. Christian, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FCCP, Royal Canadian Medical Service, Canadian Armed Forces; Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada; and Executive Committee Member, Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters: CHEST Consensus Statement
  • Michael J. Connor, Jr., MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine – Critical Care Medicine & Nephrology; Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care; Emory University School of Medicine
  • James A. Geiling, MD, MPH, FCCP, Medical Service Chief, VA Medical Center, White River Junction VT; Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; Topic Editor, Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters: CHEST Consensus Statement; SCCM Fundamental Disaster Management faculty
  • Edgar J. Jimenez, MD, Vice President, Critical Care Integration and eICU, Baylor Scott and White Health; Immediate Past President, World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine; and SCCM Fundamental Disaster Management faculty
  • Joshua D. Mugele, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Indiana University; Director of the Disaster Medicine Fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Lewis Rubinson, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Director, Critical Care Resuscitation Unit, R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
  • Gary L. Weinstein, MD, FCCP, Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Medical Director of the Intensivist Program, Intensive Care Units, and the Respiratory Therapy Department; Texas Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Sessions will take place on Monday, October 27, in Ballroom E of the Austin Convention Center.

  • Monday, October 27, 7:30 am - 8:30 am, Ballroom E (First-hand Experiences)
  • Monday, October 27, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Ballroom E (Preparedness)
  • Monday, October 27, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Ballroom E (First-hand Experiences)
  • Monday, October 27, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm, Ballroom E (Preparedness)

Questions during the sessions should be submitted via Twitter with the hashtag #EbolaCHEST for consideration.


CHEST 2014 is the 80th annual meeting of CHEST, held October 25-30, 2014, in Austin, Texas. CHEST, publisher of the journal CHEST, is the global leader in advancing best patient outcomes through innovative chest medicine education, clinical research, and team-based care. Its mission is to champion the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases through education, communication, and research. It serves as an essential connection to clinical knowledge and resources for its 18,700 members from around the world who provide patient care in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. For information about the CHEST, visit chestnet.org, or follow the CHEST meeting hashtag, #CHEST2014, on social media.

Contact: Kristi Bruno, kbruno@chestnet.org, 773/750-9962