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ILD, Transplant, and Rehab Topics You Won’t Want to Miss at CHEST 2023

ILD, Transplant, and Rehab Topics You Won’t Want to Miss at CHEST 2023

By: Katlyn Campbell
May 19, 2023

Debbie Levine, MD, MS, FCCP

Debbie Levine, MD, MS, FCCP

Debbie Levine, MD, MS, FCCP

Debbie Levine, MD, MS, FCCP

Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)/Transplant Curriculum Group Chair, Debbie Levine, MD, MS, FCCP, shares some early insight into the CHEST 2023 educational curriculum. Learn about the hot topics Dr. Levine is eager to see presented during education sessions in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, October 8 to 11. To see what else is in store, browse the full educational program.

“The depth and breadth of the CHEST 2023 program is extraordinary,” she said. “This meeting has important relevant insights for everyone. Clinicians and researchers at all levels—trainees, professors, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, and pulmonary rehab specialists who are involved in patient care and research—will find this an incredibly valuable conference.”

Dr. Levine’s section has focused on incorporating ILD, transplant, occupational and environmental medicine, and pulmonary rehabilitation sessions into the CHEST 2023 curriculum.

The ILD sessions presented at CHEST 2023 will address key issues seen in clinical practice.

"There were a record number of outstanding expert ILD sessions submitted this year. Each one of the 10 sessions that is being presented was chosen to best update participants on the most current issues, including modalities for diagnostics and therapies, as well as a peek into future strategies on how we manage these patients.”

Key Sessions

Problem-Based Learning 2023: Difficult Interstitial Lung Disease Cases
Mock Multidisciplinary Discussion in Interstitial Lung Diseases: To Biopsy or Not
Innovative Imaging Techniques for Interstitial Lung Diseases
Interstitial Lung Disease After Surviving COVID-19: An Update for 2023
Telomeres and Interstitial Lung Disease: What Do We Need to Know?

The transplant sessions will include topics beneficial for all pulmonologists, regardless of clinical focus.

“We really wanted to incorporate topics and issues in transplantation that all pulmonologists—not just transplant pulmonologists—would be interested in,” Dr. Levine added.

Sessions will address topics like antibody mediated rejection, new innovations and tools for diagnosis of rejection, how to monitor patients after transplant, and more. “These are sessions that really run the whole spectrum of lung transplantation.”

Key Sessions

How to Handle the Com-PLEX-ity of Antibodies in Lung Transplantation
Lung Transplantation: What’s New and on the Horizon
Lung Cancer in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Lung Transplant: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Dilemmas

CHEST 2023 has a robust occupational and environmental health curriculum. Speakers will address the real-world environmental issues that affect patients with lung disease, including wildfires, pollution, and climate change.

“A specialist from Hawaiʻi will be talking about Vog (volcanic ash and smog). This is an important issue for people on the island and elsewhere who may have mild asthma and other respiratory issues. Vog can substantially affect these patients’ outcomes,” Dr. Levine said.

Key Sessions

Air Pollution and Health: From Tailpipes and Smokestacks to Our Patients and Communities
Rare Air: High Altitude Pathophysiology, Syndromes, Transport, and Management

Since COVID-19, the landscape of pulmonary rehabilitation has evolved, with clinicians needing to adapt to at-home management. “The pandemic brought unique learning opportunities to us all as pulmonologists. We had to figure out how we can do things with telemedicine, and that includes tele-pulmonary rehab,” Dr. Levine explained.

One session presented at CHEST 2023 will focus on how to use telemedicine even after COVID-19 restrictions have eased, as some patients don’t have the time or ability to travel to a pulmonary rehabilitation program.

Key Sessions

Home Rehabilitation, Health Coaching, and Remote Patient Monitoring: Implementation and Billing
Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Nuts, Bolts, and Lessons Learned
Challenges and Innovations to Improving Care for Rural Patients With Interstitial Lung Disease

“The Scientific Program Committee has worked countless hours, days, and months finding the best topics with the best speakers to deliver the best education to the group of learners that’s coming to Hawaiʻi. I know you’ll find that at CHEST 2023, you will have the best opportunity to learn and update your knowledge in pulmonary and critical care medicine. What better place to do this but in Hawaiʻi,” Dr. Levine added.

Join Dr. Levine at CHEST 2023 to experience these sessions on ILD, transplant, occupational and environmental health, and pulmonary rehabilitation. Visit the annual meeting website to learn more about the meeting.


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