Sherri Katz, MD, FCCP

Sherri Katz, MD, FCCP

Read through a Q&A with one of the CHEST Network leaders, Home-Based Mechanical Ventilation and Neuromuscular Section Chair, Sherri Katz, MD, FCCP.

August 25, 2022

Where do you work?
I work as a Pediatric Respirologist (Pulmonologist) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Associate Professor of Pediatrics (cross-appointed at the School of Epidemiology and Public Health) at the University of Ottawa, in Ottawa, Canada. I am also a Senior Scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute.

What are your research interests and how does this apply to your position within the Networks?

  • Assistive respiratory technology for pediatric neuromuscular disease (specifically, lung volume recruitment and airway clearance)
  • Pediatric sleep-disordered breathing (predictors/diagnosis and treatment with positive airway pressure therapy)
  • Pediatric home mechanical ventilation
  • Long-term outcomes of bronchopulmonary dysplasia

How did you become interested and involved in CHEST's Networks?
I learned about CHEST Networks through mentors who encouraged me to become involved. I soon realized that the Network was a community of health care providers practicing in my field with similar interests. The warm welcome I received, the passion of colleagues to advocate for the needs of our patients, and the knowledge shared within the group inspired me to stay and contribute as best I can.

Are you involved in any other activities or volunteer positions at CHEST?
I was a member of the steering committee on the Home-Based Mechanical Ventilation and Neuromuscular Disease NetWork of CHEST since 2018 and currently serve as Chair of the Home-Based Mechanical Ventilation and Neuromuscular Disease Section within the Sleep Medicine Network. In addition, I have presented regularly at the CHEST conference for the last decade and have participated in grading submissions for the CHEST conference, have contributed to educational content and guidelines during the pandemic, and have written a CHEST Physician® article.

What clinical research is most interesting to you right now?
The changing landscape of neuromuscular disease trajectory is most interesting to me, as the natural history of these conditions changes and improves. The need for optimizing and maintaining lung health is especially critical now, for individuals to take best advantage of new treatments available and on the horizon.

What are your hobbies?
In addition to spending time with my family and friends, I enjoy playing piano, group fitness classes, and travelling.

What is something you cannot live without (after family and friends)?
Travelling to new places to explore different locations and cultures.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your Network peers?
I would encourage others to get involved with CHEST Networks—it is a wonderful community!



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