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Home-Based Mechanical Ventilation and Neuromuscular Disease 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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CHEST 2021 is around the corner! Our NetWork has a number of exciting events lined up, including a variety of wonderful symposiums. Please see a list of highlighted talks below.

This will be my last year serving the NetWork as Chair, and I am thrilled to have Sherri Katz, MD, FCCP, taking on this role! I have been honored to lead this NetWork and will continue to stay involved as a commitment to the college and to my colleagues. I thank all of you for your support and interest in our NetWork.

CHEST has so much to offer—get involved today!

Michelle Cao, DO, FCCP
Chair, Home-Based Mechanical Ventilation and Neuromuscular NetWork

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NetWork CHEST Physician article 

Check out our NetWork’s latest article, “How to initiate a chronic respiratory failure clinic,” by steering committee member, Amen Sergew, MD, and NetWork member, Ashima Sahni, MD, MBBS, 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 10, 2 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 Dr. Ashima Sahni’s presentation, “Diaphragm Paralysis: Debates in Management,” October 8, at 2 pm CT.

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CHEST 2021 symposia and courses

Join us for clinically relevant sessions at the fast approaching CHEST 2021. Here are some sessions that may be of interest to you:


  • Beyond CPAP Downloads: Understanding Data Reports From Advanced PAP Modalities and Actigraphy
  • Mastering Difficult PAP and NIV Downloads
  • Mastering Noninvasive Ventilation in the Hospital, From ICU to Discharge
  • Matching Equipment/Ventilation to Optimize Care in Chronic Obstructive and Neuromuscular Diseases
  • The Digital Reality of NMD and HMV in 2021: e-Health Care and Social Media
  • The Home NIV Expert Panel Report to Medicare: RTD, COPD, and CRF/HMV
  • How to Address Hypoventilation When COPD and Obesity Present Together
  • Understanding Asynchronies, Respiratory Mechanics, and Circuits in Noninvasive Ventilation

We hope to see you at CHEST 2021! Register today to secure your spot at the premier chest medicine event.

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:

Won Lee, MD, FCCP

Mech Vent and Neuro_Headshot_Won Lee_081621 (1)Won Lee, MD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and he serves as Medical Director of the Clinical Center for Sleep and Breathing Disorders—a multidisciplinary site that cares for a wide spectrum of adult patients with chronic respiratory failure, home mechanical ventilation, and primary sleep disorders.

Reflecting on his tenure on the steering committee, Dr. Lee recalls, “I started seeing patients with neuromuscular disorders and respiratory impairment about 10 years ago, when there were limited clinical sites with areas of expertise. Now, serving on this committee, I am so grateful to share common experiences with colleagues in pediatric and adult medicine from all over the United States and Canada. It’s a marvelous opportunity to collaborate with centers with similar patient populations.”

Dr. Lee also serves in educational leadership roles for the School of Medicine, along with both pulmonary and sleep medicine fellowships. He notes, "It's a true honor to serve patients with complex respiratory physiology, and to provide both care and education to patients and to our house staff and medical students. It takes a team approach, with respiratory therapists, advanced practice providers, sleep technologists, clinical staff and administration, and collaborating physicians in the clinic and hospital, to offer compassionate and exceptional care. I am truly privileged to do what I do and greatly enjoy serving on this committee."

Justin Fiala, MD

Mech Vent and Neuro_Headshot_Justin Fiala_081621 (1)Justin Fiala, MD, is an Assistant Professor dually appointed at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his residency training in internal medicine, including an additional year as Chief Medical Resident at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and he went on to complete fellowships in pulmonary and critical care and sleep medicine at Northwestern. His clinical interests include diseases of ventilatory control and chronic respiratory failure. Dr. Fiala is also passionate about health equity and spends his free time providing pro bono sleep-related evaluation and treatment for uninsured patients across Chicago.

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