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Airways Disorders NetWork News

A message from CHEST

As was recently announced, CHEST 2021 is moving fully online after an extensive review of the present and potential conditions affecting in-person participation. We learned from last year’s online meeting and are ready to do it better all over again. We hope you will register today to join us!

Note from the NetWork Chair

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Greetings from the Airways Disorders NetWork! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and staying safe. Our NetWork has been busy: We published two articles in the CHEST Physician® publication, one reviewing the new asthma treatment guidelines and a second on eosinophils as a biomarker in COPD. We posted blog articles on asthma and COVID-19, as well as on COPD and COVID-19. Additionally, our steering committee members have entered several proposals to be considered for CHEST guidelines.

Our NetWork is looking forward to reconnecting at CHEST 2021, October 17-20. First, I would like to invite everyone to the NetWork Featured Lecture on treatable asthma traits in pregnancy with Vanessa Murphy, PhD; Dharani Narendra, MBBS, FCCP; and Navitha Ramesh, MD, MBBS, FCCP, via Zoom on Friday, October 8. We have the honor of having Vanessa Murphy, PhD, who has been studying this topic for more than 20 years as the featured speaker. This lecture is open to all and free to attend, so please join us.

We have two NetWork Highlights that will be presented during CHEST 2021, “Understanding Non-Th2 Asthma: From Novel Biologic Mechanisms to New Therapeutic Options,” and “Culturally Competent Interdisciplinary Asthma Management.” We are also expecting an interesting Airways Disorders NetWork Bite Presentation by NetWork member, Sarang Patil, MD, on "Management of COVID Cases With Limited Resources in India." This lecture will be recorded and uploaded to the CHEST website after the meeting.

Finally, I want to wish a warm send-off and a huge thanks to our “retiring” steering committee members, Mahesh Padukudru Anand, DNB, MBBS, FCCP, and Aaron Holley, MD, FCCP. Please take a look at their impressive bios and be inspired!

Allen Blaivas, DO, FCCP
Chair, Airways Disorders Network

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NetWork CHEST Physician article 

Check out our NetWork’s latest article, ”Eosinophils in COPD,” by steering committee fellow-in-training member, Farrukh Abbas, MD, and NetWork Chair, Allen Blaivas, DO, FCCP, in the latest CHEST Physician® issue.


Upcoming NetWork call

As a NetWork member, you're welcome to join your NetWork Steering Committee calls. If interested in joining an upcoming call, please contact Katlyn Froslan at, and she will be happy to share access information.

  • Friday, September 17, at 1 pm CT

Save the date! This year, the CHEST 2021 NetWork Featured Lecture will take place prior to the meeting in October. Join us for Drs. Vanessa Murphy, Dharani Narendra, and Navitha Ramesh’s presentation, “Treatable Asthma Traits in Pregnancy,” October 8, at 12 pm CT.

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COVID-19 resources 

Explore the COVID‑19 Resource Center to find curated content to help you during the pandemic. Browse through clinical resources, access key research related to the management of patients with COVID‑19, view recorded webinars, and more.

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Get to know your steering committee:

Mahesh Padukudru Anand, DNB, MBBS, FCCP

Airways Disorders_Headshot_Mahesh Padukudru Anand_081621 (1)Dr. Mahesh Padukudru Anand is a Professor and former Head of the Department ofRespiratory Medicine at JSS Medical College, JSS AHER, Mysuru, India. He is passionate about patient care, medical education, and mentorship. Since 2017, he has been an active steering committee member, participating in activities including reviewing abstracts, moderating sessions, and writing CHEST Physician articles and perspectives on literature. Dr. Padukudru Anand’s clinical and research interests include airway diseases, indoor and outdoor air pollution, and allergy.

Dr. Padukudru Anand is also actively engaged with a number of other global chest organizations and projects. Notable among these is his work as a fellow for the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance, coordinating research on the impact of air pollution on lung development in children across four cities in India, and as a committee member for the Indian Guidelines for Diagnosis of Respiratory Allergy.

Aaron Holley, MD, FCCP

Airway Disorders_Headshot_Aaron Holley_081621Dr. Aaron Holley is the Director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University. As a US Army physician, his primary focus is caring for activity duty service members, optimizing their performance and keeping them healthy. Subtle changes to the airways are often responsible when they experience respiratory limitations. Supporting service members generated his interest in exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, small airways disease, and exercise physiology.

Since 2013, he has participated in research investigating the respiratory effects from deployment to Southwest Asia. The research assesses airway changes at the population level and fully characterizes the contributors to exercise limitations in those who return with dyspnea on exertion.

Being a member of the CHEST Airways Disorders NetWork has allowed him to interact with experts with similar clinical and research interests. These interactions have increased his knowledge and led directly to improvements at the bedside.

Also of interest 

  • New to CHEST SEEK™ Education: CHEST SEEK Pulmonary Medicine: 31st Edition and CHEST SEEK Sleep Medicine: 5th Edition are your go-to self-study resources for your board exams. Review new case-based questions to stay up-to-date and earn CME with these trusted learning resources.

  • The journal CHEST® is accepting applications for Early Career Editorial Board Members. This is a 12-month mentorship with the journal CHEST Editorial Board. Accelerate your professional career with this opportunity to learn about the scholarly publishing landscape, review manuscripts, make recommendations for final decisions on manuscripts, and more. Apply before the deadline, Friday, October 1.

  • The NetWorks Challenge 2021 is continuing through the end of August. Join the CHEST Foundation to help raise money for microgrants and travel grant initiatives. There are only a few days left to participate. Continue your efforts in this virtual race, whether you’ve been working on running a 25k, reading 25 books, or bingeing 25 Netflix shows. The CHEST Foundation is on their way to a goal of $75,000, and they're counting on you to help them finish strong. Register to participate or consider donating.

  • Join CHEST for upcoming webinars, including:
  • In-person simulation courses are back, and seats are filling fast. The all-new course format for 2021 ensures your safety while offering you valuable hands-on, interactive training with experts. Explore the full course schedule to find more courses like these ones:
  • Find the tools you need to provide the highest quality patient care at CHEST’s asthma hub and COPD hub.
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