PAR Forum Connects Patients and Physicians

The popular ATS Public Advisory Roundtable Meet-the-Experts patient education forum is back for its 12th year. This can’t-miss free event for patients and their families will take place Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year’s panelists will share talks around the theme “Living Well and Lung Health.” From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., panelists will cover such topics as pulmonary rehabilitation, integrative medicine, lung health and intimacy, lung health and sleep, oxygen therapy, and lung health and mental wellness. Panelists include Xavier Soler, MD, PhD; Gene Kallenberg, MD; Francesca Polverino, MD, PhD; Bernie Sunwoo, MBBS; Jeremy Orr, MD; and Juan Wisnivesky, DrPH, MD.

Breakout sessions for informal discussions with lung disease experts will take place immediately following the morning talks, from 12 to 2 p.m. The following experts will be available in breakout rooms:

  • Allergy/Asthma
    Leroy Graham, MD
  • COPD/Alpha 1
    Robert Sandhaus, MD, PhD; Igor Barjaktarevic, MD, PhD; Barbara Yawn, MD, MSc; Gerry Turino, MD
  • Sarcoidosis
    Ennis James, MD; Divya Patel, DO, MBA; Eric White, MD, MS; Andrew Levy, MD; Anupam Kumar, MD
  • Scleroderma
    Lesley Ann Saketkoo, MD, MPH; Kristen Highland, MD
  • Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD)
    Deepika Polineni, MD; Adam Shapiro, MD
  • Hermansky Pudlak Syndrome
    Bernadette Gochuico, MD
  • Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM)
    Kenneth Olivier, MD, MPH
  • LAM/Tuberous Sclerosis
    Nishant Gupta, MD
  • Cystic Fibrosis
    Doug Conrad, MD
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
    David Lederer, MD, MS
  • Lung Cancer
    Pierre Massion, MD

Complimentary parking, lunch, and oxygen will be provided. Patients wanting to reserve space at the PAR Forum should RSVP by email to Courtney White at by May 9. For questions, contact Mr. White at 212-315-8640.

PAR in the Exhibit Hall

ATS 2018 attendees will be able to connect with patient interest groups and learn about resources these organizations provide patients. ATS PAR members exhibiting include:

  • Alpha-1 Foundation
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
  • Children’s Interstitial Lung Disease Foundation, Inc. (CHILD)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc.
  • Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research
  • Hermansky Pudklak Syndrome Network
  • The LAM Foundation
  • Lung Transplant Foundation
  • LUNGevity Foundation
  • Lymphangiomatosis and Gorham’s Disease Alliance
  • NTM Info & Research, Inc.
  • Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Foundation (PCD)
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
  • Scleroderma Foundation
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance

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