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Sleep Medicine NetWork News

Note from the NetWork Chair 

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CHEST 2021 is just around the corner! Our NetWork has a comprehensive list of sessions covering a wide spectrum of topics in sleep medicine. Like last year, the conference is virtual, with sessions livestreamed and on demand. Please check out the schedule for details.

Please register to join us for the NetWork Featured Lecture and Open Forum on Wednesday, October 6, from 2-3 pm CT. This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Cyrus Kholdani from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who will present on Pulmonary Hypertension in the Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome: A Case Based Review. During the open forum following the lecture, we would like to hear from our membership on session ideas for CHEST 2022.  

The recall of PAP and home ventilators by Philips early this summer increased the workload for many of us, with increased volumes of phone and e-messages from worried patients trying to make sense of the recall announcement. Many of us had to add “PAP recall clinics” to help our patients navigate their options. It is reassuring to know that Philips has started the replacement process, as I have heard from some patients who received their units in the mail.

Check out the new CHEST website and the Sleep Medicine NetWork page to see the latest infographics on pediatric sleep, the Philips PAP recall, and facts and myths about fatigue and sleepiness in residency.

Sunita Kumar, MD, FCCP
Chair, Sleep Medicine NetWork

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NetWork CHEST Physician article 

Check out our NetWork’s latest article, “COPD and sleep-disordered breathing: Updates and steps forward,” by steering committee member, Sreelatha Naik, MD, and NetWork member, Megan Lowery, MD, in the latest CHEST Physician® issue. 


Don’t miss these NetWork events at CHEST 2021 

  • Save the date! This year, the NetWork Featured Lecture and Open Forum will take place prior to the meeting in October. Join us for Dr. Cyrus Kholdani’s presentation, Pulmonary Hypertension in the Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome: A Case Based Review, October 6, at 2 pm CT. All are welcome to attend. Register now!

  • NetWork Highlights:
    • Mastering Noninvasive Ventilation in the Hospital, From ICU to Discharge
    • Perioperative Management of Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders

  • NetWork Bite:
    • OSA and Pregnancy, presented by Carolyn D’Ambrosio, MS, MD, FCCP

  • Attend the Women & Pulmonary workshop, Building Self-Confidence and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome From the Inside-Out, led by Jennifer Hunt, MD, author of Unlocking Your Authentic Self, Monday, October 18, 12 pm – 1:30 pm CT. Free and open to everyone, this workshop will give you the tools needed to rise above your inner critic and let your skills flourish. RSVP today.

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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 leadership: Saiprakash B. Venkateshiah, MD, FCCP 

Sleep Med_Headshot_Saiprakash B. Venkateshiah_092821I am an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. I am a clinician educator and a “general pulmonologist” practicing the entire gamut of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. I have been a CHEST member for close to 2 decades. My involvement with the CHEST NetWork leadership started in 2012 as a steering committee member of the Clinical Pulmonary Medicine NetWork, and I later transitioned to Vice-Chair and Chair of the NetWork. I was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of NetWorks and the Scientific Program Committee for CHEST 2019 and CHEST 2020. I am involved in educational committees of CHEST and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

I joined the steering committee of the Sleep Medicine NetWork in 2019. As a Sleep Medicine NetWork member, I enjoy collaborating with a diverse group of professionals in various stages of their careers who passionately strive to promote awareness of issues relevant to sleep medicine. It is very gratifying for me to participate in the Sleep Medicine NetWork by submitting content for the CHEST Annual Meetings and preparing sleep education material for the providers and public. The Sleep Medicine NetWork, with its myriad activities, has helped me grow as a clinician. I encourage CHEST members, regardless of the stages of their careers, to join the Sleep Medicine NetWork to advance their personal and professional growth. Please visit our page and get introduced to a wealth of practical, clinically relevant, educational material on sleep medicine.

Thank You,
Saiprakash B. Venkateshiah, MD, FCCP

Also of interest  

  • Review for your ABIM certification exams today with Board Review 2021 On Demand. Study at your own pace, with access to all the sessions from this year’s Board Review for 1 year, and earn CME while doing it. Trust CHEST with your board review prep. Start reviewing today.
  • Join CHEST for the Critical Advancements: Daytime OSA Therapy: Intraoral Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) and Its Mechanism of Action webinar, Tuesday, October 12, 2 pm CT, where new evidence on eXciteOSA’s mechanism of action and details on how this technology can be integrated into clinical practice will be discussed. Disclaimer: All opinions expressed and information provided as part of this program are those of the presenters only. The content of this program has not been reviewed by CHEST, and CHEST does not endorse or take any position regarding the contents, opinions, or information associated with this program.
  • Find access to top tools in sleep medicine, including original research from the journal CHEST®, information to share with your patients, education products to advance your knowledge, and more at CHEST's sleep medicine hub.

  • Purchase the new, on demand Thoracic Radiology: Imaging for Clinicians course to learn the basics of thoracic imaging and airway diseases by reviewing unique cases with expert faculty. This course is designed to help you take your thoracic imaging skills to the next level, so you excel in complex ICU situations.

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