Life-Threatening Diseases of the Chest

Course Description

The purpose of this conference is to educate practitioners to identify, treat and triage thoracic emergencies which can be lethal if not handled quickly and appropriately. Practitioners in the emergency department, hospital wards, intensive care unit and operating room are frequently encountered with thoracic emergencies although they do not always know how to best treat them or what practitioners should be consulted. This symposium addresses the early and definitive treatment of life threatening chest diseases.

Scientific Program


Saturday, September 22, 2018
7:00 am
Breakfast and Exhibits
8:00 am
Opening Remarks
8:10 am
Catastrophic Respiratory failure, a fight for their lives: Influenza, ARDS, ECMO and Beyond
Gary S. Schwartz, MD
8:30 am
Esophageal Perforation: Cool stents, wet sponges, and cold steel
Eitan Podgaetz, MD
8:50 am
How am I going to get this patient an airway? Tracheal stenosis and the short term and long-term management of the terrifying airway
Gary S. Schwartz, MD
9:10 am
Don't get your stomach in a twist. Acute management of gastric volvulus and incarcerated hiatal hernia
Eitan Podgaetz, MD
9:30 am
Panel Discussion
9:45 am
Break and Exhibits
10:00 am
I need a lung transplant now! Rapidly progressive lung disease and emergent lung transplantation
David P. Mason, MD
10:20 am
Oh my, that's a really bad chest injury! Managing complex thoracic trauma
Michael Foreman, MD
10:40 am
Why is my patient's blood pressure so low? Identification and treatment of pericardial tamponade
Robert L. Gottlieb, MD, PhD, FACC
11:00 am
Massive hemoptysis. Techniques for immediate management
Ariel Modrykamien, MD
11:20 am
Panel Discussion
11:45 am
12:45 pm
Diagnosis and treatment acute aortic dissection
Charles S Roberts, MD
1:05 pm
What should I do about that pneumothorax?
David P. Mason, MD
1:25 pm
It's the big one! Treatment of Acute Coronary Syndromes
Ravi Vallabhan, MD, FACC
1:45 pm
Pump failure
Detlef Wencker, MD
2:05 pm
Panel Discussion
2:30 pm

Target Audience

Emergency department physicians and physician extenders
Medical and Surgical intensivists and physician extenders
Trauma and General Surgeons
Thoracic Surgeons
EMT and Care Flight Paramedics

Course Directors

David P. Mason, MD

  • Chief, Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplantation 
  • BaylorScott&White Health – North Texas
  • Department of Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplantation 
  • Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas 
  • Dallas, TX

Eitan Podgaetz, MD

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Baylor Scott & White Center for Thoracic Surgery - Dallas

Gary S. Schwartz, MD

  • Surgical Director, Major Airway Disorders, Department of Thoracic Surgery & Lung Transplantation
  • Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
  • Dallas, Texas


Michael Foreman, MD

  • Trauma Medical Director of Baylor University Medical Center Level 1 Trauma Center
  • Chief, Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery
  • Professor of Surgery
  • Texas A&M Health Science Center
  • Dallas, Texas

Robert L. Gottlieb, MD, PhD, FACC

  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
  • Baylor Scott & White Advanced Heart Failure Clinic – Dallas

Ariel Modrykamien, MD

  • Medical Director of the Respiratory Care, Bronchoscopy and Pulmonary Function Lab at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
  • Baylor Scott & White Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialists - Dallas

Charles S Roberts, MD

  • Cardovascular Surgeon
  • Medical Director, Cardiovascular Research and Education
  • Baylor University Medical Center
  • Baylor Scott and White Health, Dallas, Texas
  • Clinical Professor of Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina

Jeff Schussler, MD, FACC, FSCAI

  • Interventional Cardiologist
  • Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas

Ravi Vallabhan, MD, FACC

  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Baylor Scott & White, Dallas

Detlef Wencker, MD

  • Medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
  • Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital
  • Baylor Scott & White Advanced Heart Failure Clinic – Dallas


Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas

Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas
10th Floor - Tom Hunt Auditorium,
3410 Worth Street, Dallas, TX 75246


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