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Respiratory Care NetWork News

Note from the NetWork Chair

Resp care May-26-2021-1Great news—CHEST 2021 is on and in person, October 17-20! Join the Respiratory Care NetWork as we celebrate getting together again!

The Respiratory Care NetWork Steering Committee is the leader of our NetWork and the conduit through which our members communicate with the Council of NetWorks, and thus, to the Board of Regents and the President of CHEST. The Respiratory Care NetWork takes great pride in having one of the most, if not the most, diverse steering committee of CHEST. There are 22 NetWorks at CHEST, and numerous nonphysicians are serving on the steering committees—eight of which are on the Respiratory Care NetWork Steering Committee, where there is equal representation of males and females.

In the last steering committee election cycle, we had more than 10 nominees for only three positions. Our Vice-Chair, De De Gardner, RRT, DrPH, FCCP, will represent our NetWork on the Council of NetWorks as a nonphysician member next year. CHEST is truly accomplishing its goal to be the source of excellent quality education for all the disciplines of pulmonary medicine.

Thomas Fuhrman, MD, MS, FCCP
Chair, Respiratory Care NetWork

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NetWork CHEST Physician article

Check out our NetWork’s latest article, “COVID-19 pandemic: bringing protocols to the forefront,” by steering committee members, De De Gardner, RRT, DrPh, FCCP, and Donna Tanner, MBA, MHA, RRT-ACCS, 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 Maggie Kosinski at, and she will be happy to share access information.
  • Wednesday, September 1, 3 pm CT

CHEST 2021

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.

  • Did you miss this CHEST webinar? View the COVID-19 Resurgence: What’s Different This Time Around? webinar to hear a global panel of experts discuss new strains and the climbing cases in countries such as India, Brazil, and Italy.
  • Recent evidence suggests patients with asthma may not be at increased risk of severe complications from COVID-19-related respiratory disease. Read Asthma and COVID-19, a COVID in Focus: Perspectives on the Literature article.


CHEST 2021 NetWork highlights

The Respiratory Care NetWork chose the following two sessions as its NetWork Highlights. Be sure to attend them at the CHEST 2021 Annual Meeting!

  • Case-Based Ventilator Graphics: Using Graphics to Optimize Patient Management
  • Novel Strategies to Liberate Patients From Mechanical Ventilation

Get to know your steering committee members:  

Brady Scott, FAARC, PhD 
Director of Clinical Education at Rush University 
Dr. Brady Scott began his career in nursing but changed his mind and took on the fields of respiratory care and education with enthusiasm, to say the least! Dr. Scott currently works in the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Division of Respiratory Care, College of Health Sciences, and serves as the Director of Clinical Education at Rush University where he received both his MS in Respiratory Care and his PhD. He became a Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2014, a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians in 2017, and was also recognized as a Distinguished CHEST Educator in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Discover what else Dr. Scott has been up to professionally in the next section. 

undefined-May-26-2021-05-26-43-82-PM-1-1Lori Tinkler, MBA
Chief Executive Officer at National Board for Respiratory Care Ms. Tinkler is a truly rare member of CHEST, as she is neither a clinician nor a scientist. Yet, Lori is extremely well-known in the field of respiratory care and to the leadership of CHEST. She has 30+ years of experience with the National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. (NBRC) and was named CEO in January 2018. As CEO, Lori oversees the operation of the NBRC executive office and is the primary liaison to the Board of Trustees and its committees. She focuses on the strategy and vision of the organization to help further the respiratory care profession. As part of her duties, Lori has fostered an increasingly growing level of cooperation between the respiratory care field and the original sponsoring organizations of the NBRC. Lori brings a unique and most welcome perspective to our steering committee.  

More on our members 
Several of our steering committee members have been busy!

Brady Scott, FAARC, PhD  
One of our busiest steering committee members has been Brady Scott, FAARC, PhD. His recent publications include: 

Thomas Fuhrman, MD, MS, FCCP 
Dr. Fuhrman presented “COVID, looking back and looking ahead” at the Florida Society for Respiratory Care’s annual Sunshine Seminar in March 2021 and at the Georgia Society for Respiratory Care’s Spring Seminar in April 2021. 

De De Gardner, DrPh, FCCP 

Richard Wettstein, MD, FCCP, and De De Gardner, DrPh, FCCP 
Drs. Gardner and Wettstein collaborated on the CHEST Foundation COVID-19 home device education videos

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