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Interstitial and Diffuse Lung 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


The Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease NetWork Steering Committee has been busy. We have worked with the CHEST 2021 Scientific Program Committee and the Council of NetWorks to create exciting content for the upcoming meeting. There will be some of our usual staples along with an update on the mind-boggling issue of post-COVID interstitial lung disease.

Also, take note that our NetWork Featured Lecture will take place online and will be held on a date separated from CHEST 2021 in order to allow more people to attend. Our lecture title will be, “Pulmonary Fibrosis: The Genetic Clinical Pathologic Paradigm?” and will be held on Thursday, October 7, at 3 pm CT. Mark your calendars!

As of this writing, we are speeding into the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic after some weeks of relative reprieve from the anguish we have all suffered over the past 18 months. Thank you all for what you do. We look forward to brighter days, and reconnecting with colleagues at the online CHEST 2021 is something to look forward to! I for one can’t wait.


Daniel Dilling, MD, FCCP
Chair, Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease NetWork

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NetWork CHEST Physician article 

Check out our NetWork’s latest article, “Emergence and benefits of home monitoring and telemedicine for patients with ILD,” by steering committee member, Rebecca “Anna” Gersten, MD, and Adrian Shifren, MBBCh, 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 Michelle Kosobucki at, and she will be happy to share access information.

  • Thursday, September 16, at 3 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. Christine Garcia’s presentation, “Genetics of Pulmonary Fibrosis ,” October 7, at 3 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.


Get to know your leadership: Bradford Bemiss, MD

ILD_Headshot_Bradford Bemiss_081621Dr. Brad Bemiss is an Assistant Professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. He was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Twice a year, he makes sure everyone knows this—the first Saturday in May (Derby Day) and during March Madness. His primary clinical interest aside from interstitial lung disease (ILD) is in lung transplant medicine. His research includes active clinical trials in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), ILD, and COVID-19. Dr. Bemiss was instrumental in Loyola's application and acceptance as a Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center. Along with patient and IPF advocate Jose Vazquez, he founded Loyola's Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group, which just celebrated its 3-year anniversary.

Dr. Bemiss joined the Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease NetWork in 2020 in order to continue to develop a culture of collaboration in the ILD community. He is passionate about fellow and resident education and was recently appointed as an Associate Program Director of Loyola's Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship program. He has enjoyed his time in the NetWork, already collaborating with members on various topics, including a discussion of interstitial lung abnormalities at the annual meeting in October.

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.

  • 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:

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