Tour Philadelphia with the ATS: Penn Lung Center, CHOP, Barnes

The Society invites you to tour two of the world’s leading medical facilities for pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, or visit one of the finest collections of Impressionistic, post-Impressionistic, and early 20th-century art during ATS 2013.

You can sign up for any of these medical tours when you register for ATS 2013. Already registered? Just return to the registration page, choose “Review/Update Your Existing Registration and Housing,” and then add a tour to your itinerary.


Penn MedicinePenn Lung Center Tour
Saturday, May 18, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Tour fee: $30

This small-group tour will begin at the Penn Lung Center, which is located in Penn Medicine’s new ambulatory Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. Penn Medicine, comprising the Perelman School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, is among the most prestigious academic medical centers in the world.

The architectural design of the Penn Lung Center is informed by a philosophy of patient care that fosters collaboration among healthcare professionals and eliminates barriers to care for patients.

The tour will move through the facility as patients would, so participants can experience the Lung Center from the patient perspective. The Radiology Reading Room is at the core of the Lung Center, facilitating consultations between radiologists, pulmonologists, surgeons, and other members of the lung team. Tour participants will also see the Lung Center’s unique office space.

At the Lung Center, the physicians and allied health professionals share a common workspace, rather than having their own offices, a unique arrangement that encourages collegiality and results in more frequent consultation of patient cases.

From the lung center, those on the tour will go to the Roberts Proton Therapy Center. The proton therapy center is the largest of eight such centers in the world. A thoracic radiation oncologist will lead the tour, which will include a look at the treatment rooms, the 220-ton cyclotron that powers the therapeutic beam, and the machine shop where body molds are made to ensure the tissue area is precisely targeted.

The tour will then move to the Penn Medicine hyperbaric chamber. Penn is a leader in advancing hyperbaric oxygen therapy research and treatment, and the chamber is one of only a few chambers in the country that can treat several patients at the same time. Patients can sit upright or recline in street clothes while reading or watching a movie. If necessary, the chamber can also accommodate patients on stretchers.

Penn has been providing and researching this therapy for more than 30 years, and today the oxygen therapy is used to treat conditions ranging from air or gas embolism and acute traumatic ischemias to problem wounds, radiation tissue damage, and carbon monoxide poisoning.

The tours of each of the three facilities will be led by physicians who work there, and there will be ample time for participants to ask questions. Along the way, participants will learn about the entire University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, which was founded by Ben Franklin as the first medical school in the United States—and the role it plays today in advancing the region’s and nation’s healthcare system.


2004-20-14Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Saturday, May 18, 1:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Tour fee: $30

Founded in 1855, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is the nation’s first children’s hospital. Today, it is recognized as among the finest hospitals of its kind in the world.

This small-group tour will focus on the pulmonary, critical care, and sleep facilities and programs at CHOP. The Division of Pulmonary Medicine comprises a number of highly regarded programs that are models for care, including the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders, the Cystic Fibrosis Center, the Lung Transplant Program, Sleep Center, Technology Dependence Center, and the Center for Insufficiency Syndrome. The pulmonary services were ranked the best in the nation in the latest U.S. News and World Report survey of pediatric hospitals.

CHOP’s critical care services are also known for their excellence. The PICU houses 55 beds and logs more than 14,000 patient days each year.

The pulmonary, critical care, and sleep programs at CHOP are recognized for their interdisciplinary model of care that combines the talents of doctors, nurses, nutritionists, respiratory and physical therapists, psychologists, and social workers. These programs also are advancing the understanding of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep diseases and disorders through basic, translational, and clinical research.


bf121Barnes Museum
Saturday, May 18, 12:45 to 4 p.m.
Tour fee: $75

Small, docent-led tours of the legendary Barnes art collection at its new Philadelphia home will highlight the extraordinary paintings in the collection and the physician whose passion for science and art brought the works together. The museum’s founder, Dr. Albert C. Barnes, developed the antiseptic drug Argyrol, used to treat gonorrhea. He used the money he made from the sale of his company to begin collecting art in the 1930s.

The newly opened 93,000-square-foot building was conceived as a “gallery within a garden and a garden within a gallery,” and is set on four-and-a-half-acres in the heart of Philadelphia’s Parkway Museum District. The collection is displayed within a 12,000-square-foot gallery designed to preserve the scale, proportion and configuration of the original Barnes Foundation home in suburban Merion, as well as the museum founder’s conception of a visual interplay between art and nature.

Celebrated for its remarkable breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation’s art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, including Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh. Dr. Barnes also collected African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, and metalwork, which is also on display.