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Updates in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine



South Carolina Thoracic Society Annual Conference:
Updates in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

September 27 - 28, 2019

Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel, Charleston SC

Download the Conference Brochure (PDF)



Conference Overview

The third year of the South Carolina Thoracic Society conference will cover a broad range of topics in pulmonary and critical care including non-tuberculous mycobacterial lung infections, sleep medicine, interventional pulmonary procedures, thoracic surgery and advanced radiologic imaging. It will include up to 8 hours of CME lectures which have been designed specifically for the pulmonary and critical care specialist. Session features include fellows poster presentations, and case presentations with “Ask the Expert.” Opportunities will be provided to the participants for questions and comments, as well as networking with colleagues across the region. The conference will combine learning with the scenic and historic backdrop of downtown Charleston.

Overall Objectives

Upon completion of this conference, participants should be better able to:

  • Better understand the role of the ATS in shaping lung health legislation and learning practical steps to be a better advocate for lung health
  • Understand the important differences in the evaluation and treatment of non-tuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary infections
  • Learn to apply new information in the treatment of sleep apnea to patients
  • Better understand the role of endobronchial airway stenting for patients with malignant lung disease
  • Understand the role of VATS lobectomy & segmentectomy in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer
  • Better recognize patterns of disease on CT scan imaging
  • Learn new ways to evaluate the clinical characteristics of interstitial lung diseases
  • Better understand the approach to medical treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension
  • Recognize warning signs of extra-pulmonary organ involvement in patients with sarcoidosis

CME Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Thoracic Society and South Carolina Thoracic Society. The ATS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ATS designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation of the activity.

2019 Agenda


Friday, September 27:

5:30 pm Registration and Dinner
6:50 pm Welcome, John B. Cox, M.D.
7:00 pm  Healthcare Advocacy in South Carolina, Gary Ewart, MHS
Dinner will be served.

Saturday, September 28:

7:00 am Breakfast
7:30am Welcome, Introduction & Business Meeting
8:00 am NTM - An Emerging 21st Century Pathogen, Bryan Garcia, M.D.
9:00 am Updates in Sleep Medicine, Robert Vorona, M.D.
9:30 am Ask The Experts, Sean Callahan, M.D., Bryan Garcia, M.D., Abhijit Raval, M.D., Robert Vorona, M.D. 
 Case Presenters:  Bronchiecstasis, Sarah Knapp, M.D.
                               Sleep, Daniel Hynes, M.D.
                               Refractory Wheezing, Adam Fox, M.D.
 10:45 am  BREAK
 11:00 am Updates in Interventional Pulmonology, Nicholas Pastis, M.D., and John Cox, M.D.
 11:30 am The Cutting Edge in Thoracic Surgery, Chad Denlinger, M.D. 
 12:00 pm Stump the Radiologist, James Ravenel, M.D.
 12:45 pm Poster Session and Lunch
 BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Choose 2 one-hour topics
 2:15 pm What's New in ILD?, Rachana Krishna, M.D.
Pulmonary Hypertension, Rahul Argula, M.D., and Abhijit Raval, M.D.
Sarcoidosis, Richard Rissmiller, M.D.
 4:30 pm Concluding Remarks
 All sessions will be held at the Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel.


Pricing for Attendees Cost
Regular $320
Allied Health Professionals $120
Trainees (students, residents, fellows) $75
Guests of Registered Attendees (Friday Dinner) $75




Rooms have been reserved at the Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel, 68 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC, 29401. The rate is $309 Friday and Saturday night, plus taxes and fees. The room block will expire September 7th, 2019.

To book your Hotel Reservations online, visit the following link:

To book by your Hotel Reservations by phone, call: 843-534-0300.

Disclosure Statement

In accordance with the ACCME Essentials and Standards, anyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in the healthcare industry. This information will be made available to participants at the beginning of the activity. Speakers who incorporate information about off-label or investigational use of drugs or devices will be asked to disclose that information at the beginning of their presentation.


Refunds can be given if requested in writing before September 13, 2019. A $50 administrative fee will be retained if you cancel. No refunds will be made on or after September 13, 2019.

This conference is subject to cancellation and if this should happen, persons registered for this conference will be notified by telephone using the number associated with the registration. In the event of cancellation, registration fees will be refunded in full. Please note that SCTS and Medical University of South Carolina cannot be responsible for airline tickets or travel expenses of any kind.

Americans With Disabilities Act

It is the policy of the Medical University of South Carolina not to discriminate against any person on the basis of disabilities. If you feel you need services or the auxiliary aids mentioned in this act in order to fully participate in this continuing medical education activity, please notify us when your register.