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Disaster Response and Global Health NetWork News 

Note from the NetWork Chair

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At CHEST 2000, I was invited to give my first presentation on “The Identificationand Management of Exposure to a Chemical Weapon.” It drew a small handful of attendees…mostly my friends. The following year, a month following the attacks of 9/11 and its subsequent anthrax attack, our Disaster Response NetWork talks drew robust crowds, many with standing room only. Since that time, renamed to its current title in 2019, our NetWork has occasionally struggled to maintain interest among CHEST members, depending mostly on world events. This is no longer the case: 2020 and COVID-19 has dramatically changed our visibility and confirmed our NetWork’s significance to CHEST, thanks to all of you. 

Early in the pandemic, Steve Simpson, MD, FCCP, then ​CHEST President-Elect, gathered a small group to develop CHEST’s strategic response to the pandemic. Sitting on the COVID-19 Task Force has been a great privilege for our NetWork, especially with our Vice-Chair, CAPT Ryan Maves, MD, FCCP, being appointed as the task force Chair. Under his leadership and bolstered by the efforts of our NetWork and a growing list of other NetWork leaders and members, CHEST’s COVID-19 Resource Center has become THE go-to COVID-19 resource for CHEST members and health care providers across the globe and across disciplines.  

Check out the recent webinar, “COVID-19 Vaccination: Challenges in Immunizing a Global Population,” available in the resource center and moderated by our own NetWork Steering Committee member, John Agapian, MD, FCCP. 

Thanks to Dr. Maves and all of you for solidifying the Disaster Response and Global Health NetWork as a key resource for CHEST leaders and its members.  

James Geiling, MD, MPH, FCCP 
Chair, Disaster Response and Global Health NetWork 

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NetWork CHEST Physician article 

Check out our NetWork’s latest article, “One step forward, two back...,” by steering committee Ex-Officio, Mary Jane Reed, MD, FCCP, in the latest CHEST Physician® issue. Thanks to Dr. Reed for her contribution and message on this important topic. 

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Upcoming NetWork calls

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. 

  • Tuesday, May 25, at 1 pm CT 
  • Tuesday, September 28, at 1 pm CT 


COVID-19 resources 

Explore the COVID-19 Resource Center to find curated content to help you during the pandemic. Browse through clinical resources, sign up for the Clinician Matching Network, view recorded webinars, and more.  

  • In addition to the other resources on the COVID-19 web page, consider playing the new CHEST COVID-19 Quiz! Test your knowledge while you stay up-to-date on the most recently published COVID‑19 studies and guidelines. Answer 40 questions and earn 8.0 CME credits and MOC points and a spot at the top of the leaderboard. 
  • Join CHEST for the Impact of COVID-19 on Children webinar, April 29, to hear about how a newly identified hyperinflammatory syndrome, MIS-C, has caused multisystem critical illness in some children. Review the clinical manifestations and potential etiologies of MIS-C and the indirect effects of the pandemic during this webinar. 
  • View the National Institutes of Health COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines for recommendations based on scientific evidence and expert opinion as determined by a panel of representatives from federal agencies, health care and academic organizations, and professional societies, including CHEST members Steven Q. Simpson, MD, FCCP; Mitchell M. Levy, MD; and Gregory S. Martin, MD, MSc, FCCP. 

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Upcoming NetWork events and requests  

  • The CHEST Annual Meeting 2021 will be held in Orlando, Florida, October 17-20. Attendees have the option of experiencing the meeting in person or online. We hope to be able to gather face-to-face to reflect on these past challenging months and celebrate our efforts. Stay tuned for registration updates. 
  • CHEST is now seeking graders for CHEST Annual Meeting 2021. Get involved with CHEST 2021 by assessing and grading original investigations and case reports submitted for presentation. Sign up by April 30 to be considered. 

Get to know your members:

We welcome a former fellow-in-training, Rashmi Mishra, MD, FCCP, to our steering committee and one of our new fellows-in-training, Brian Tran, MD.  

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Hello, I am new to the Disaster Response and Global Health NetWork as a fellow-in-training as of November 2020. 

My interest in the NetWork stems from my background as a Navy medical officer, former flight surgeon, and graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. I have developed a keen interest in how good medicine is practiced in varied environments with minimal footprint and maximal outcome. I have had the opportunity to engage with medical professionals from partner nations all over the world and enjoy the collaborative engagement that our ever-shrinking global environment demands. As a fellow-in-training, I am excited to expand the NetWork’s interaction with resident- and fellow-level physicians. 

I am currently a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellow at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, where I also completed my residency and served as the Chief of Residents. My clinical interests include all things related to interventional pulmonology but particularly the evaluation and management of lung nodules/cancer.  

Brian Tran, MD 
Fellow-in-Training Member 


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I first served as a member of the Disaster Response and Global Health NetWork as a fellow-in-training member from 2016-2018 and am currently serving as a steering committee member. Joining the committee has been a great opportunity to meet peers and leaders in this field, and the NetWork has been a great platform to continue advancing my career. 

Currently, I work as an intensivist at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital. I serve as an Assistant Clinical Professor for Washington State University and a Clinical Instructor for the University of Washington. I also serve as the Associate Program Director for the Providence Holy Family Hospital program.   

I graduated in pulmonary medicine from BronxCare Medical Center, Mount Sinai  School of Medicine, and graduated in critical care medicine from Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. My passion in clinical medicine includes critical illnesses. The past year with the pandemic has especially consolidated my interests and my understanding of how medicine advances with research and medical collaboration all over the world.   

I enjoy hiking, reading novels, and traveling. 

Rashmi Mishra, MD, FCCP 
Steering Committee Member 

Also of interest 

  • Prepare for your ABIM certification exams with the leader in chest medicine board review. Attend CHEST Board Review to participate in a comprehensive, exam-focused review with top-tier faculty; earn CME credit; and pass your boards. Sign up to review sleep, pulmonary, and/or critical care medicine, August 13-21. 
  • Get your game on—visit the CHEST Player Hub for bite-sized learning opportunities at no cost. Make your way to the top of the leaderboard by playing more than 10 games in topics like COPD, asthma, and ILD. 
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