What an incredible year! Click the ‘Impact’ and ‘Stories’ links above to see the influence we’ve shared and highlights of our accomplishments under the leadership of 2018-19 CHEST President Clayton T. Cowl, MD, MS, FCCP. We’re thankful for his guidance and dedication - leaving us poised for continued success.

Our strategic plan is driving our 2020 focus into four key areas:

  1. People. Ensure we attract and retain the right people (staff, leaders, volunteers, members, and others we engage with our educational offerings).
  2. Education. Ensure CHEST education products and services are robust, differentiated, and scalable.
  3. Products. Foster an environment of innovation and product development.
  4. Growth. Meet and exceed revenue and margin targets.

More specifically, we will be purposeful in developing new and innovative education courses and products and publishing leading research and evidence-based guidelines in the CHEST® journal. We’ll grow the CHEST Foundation in the key areas of patient education and access, clinical research funding, and patient empowerment. Globally, we commit to further our strategy of holding congresses based on annual meeting content and smaller regional conferences. We look forward to our next meeting in Bologna, Italy, in June.

Our end goal is to evolve CHEST and membership opportunities to better connect you to resources maximizing your clinical practice. We will continue to engage all members of the health-care team, provide opportunities for leadership and engagement, and mentor future leaders—all in the spirit of advancing chest medicine and optimizing patient care.

Thank you for your dedication and contributions to chest medicine. We’re proud to have you as part of our CHEST community.

2019—2020 CHEST President




This was a great course. I thought the fundamental aspects of EBUS and conventional bronchoscopy were taught well and emphasized repeatedly. I liked that the material was sent ahead of time for review so course time was spent on workshops. I have nothing but positive comments about the course.

William Henderson, IV, MD, FCCP
Comprehensive Bronchoscopy With EBUS Attendee

New CHEST Journal Editor in Chief Shares His Vision

In July 2019, Peter J. Mazzone, MD, MPH, FCCP, assumed the helm of CHEST journal from Richard S. Irwin, MD, Master FCCP, who lead the journal for 14 years. Reflecting on his tenure, Dr. Irwin wrote “It has allowed me, with our team, to participate in advancing the fields of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, and antithrombotic therapy, by publishing high-quality and novel information and personally being in a position to keep up with what is known or changing in our fields.”

Dr. Mazzone, who concurrently serves as the Director of the Lung Cancer Program and Lung Cancer Screening Program for the Respiratory Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, has positioned the journal to keep pace with the influx of new clinical research to consider. He has built a team and structured the journal in a way that recognizes the increasing sub-specialization of medicine. Issues are now organized into nine sections, each overseen by leaders in their area, to better reflect the needs and interests of CHEST readership.


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This course was excellent. My knowledge of bronchoscopy in general, and as it relates to problems such as massive hemoptysis, has significantly improved. I really enjoyed the hands-on experience. All the instructors were great teachers. I am considering repeating this course in the future again.

Shayan Sartipi, DO
Bronchoscopy Procedures for the ICU Attendee

Honoring Erin’s Vision: Erin Popovich Endowment

After Greg Popovich, NBA Head Coach of the San Antonio Spurs and Head Coach of the US Men’s Olympic team, lost his wife, Erin, to interstitial lung disease, he and his daughter, Jill, wanted to make a positive difference for other families touched by ILD. They teamed up with Erin’s pulmonologist, Jairo Melo, MD, FCCP, and the CHEST Foundation and established the Erin Popovich Endowment to create tools and resources for patients, families, and caregivers struggling with ILD. Watch the video to hear their story.

Best CHEST meeting I ever attended. The presenters were excellent and incorporated teaching techniques that engaged and taught. Loved the pro and con sessions.

Clement W. Fox, MD, MBA, FCCP
CHEST 2019 Attendee

First Lung Cancer Summit: Combating Lung Disease Together

CHEST believes we are stronger with our partners. Collaboration is a core value within this community and critical in the fight against lung disease. Guided by this conviction, CHEST hosted its first ever Lung Cancer Summit in July 2019. CHEST members Gerard Silvestri, MD, MS, FCCP, and Peter Mazzone, MD, FCCP, served on the Steering Committee along with representatives from the industry and advocacy groups, ensuring the field was widely represented.

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Learning never stops and CHEST offers so much! It is always stimulating and challenging, and it allows the opportunity to ask the experts in the field burning questions faced in our real world lives. Always invaluable learning, scope, and depth.

Sachin J. Hansalia, MD
CHEST 2019 Attendee

Team-Based Care Highlighted in New Competition

A crowd-favorite feature at CHEST 2019 was the brand new FISH Bowl competition. Inspired by the popular show Shark Tank, the FISH Bowl (Furthering Innovation and Science for Health) was created to recognize, foster, and reward innovation in chest medicine. More than 300 submissions were received from clinicians who are challenging our current beliefs and pushing us forward in the areas of clinical care and education. From those entries, six finalists were chosen to present, after which, the inaugural FISH Bowl category winners were chosen by audience vote.


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Outstanding organization. As a retired academician, I've found the CHEST Annual Meetings to be the very best source of cutting-edge clinical material.

Richard B. Goodman, MD
CHEST 2019 Attendee

CHEST Makes Continuing Education and Certification Simpler

Recognizing that many healthcare providers face very real concerns and challenges when it comes to maintaining certification and keeping their knowledge, skills, and professional performance up to date, CHEST continues to offer convenient and streamlined pathways to meet those needs. Since 2016, CHEST has offered both CME and ABIM MOC points for all educational activities, enabling those who attend events to maximize their time, money, and energy.


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All of the instructors were fabulous. The pace of this course was comfortable, and the team created an environment where participants felt safe to learn from mistakes. Thank you so much for your dedication to ensuring success.

Jennifer Conard, DO
Ultrasonography: Essentials in Critical Care Attendee

CHEST Board Review: Study Smart

CHEST has been a leader in board review curriculum for 37 years. The courses are thorough, exam-focused, and leave attendees confident and ready for certification exams—all while earning CME credits and/or MOC points. As an added benefit, attendees receive the corresponding audio Board Review OnDemand files free and a 30% discount off the corresponding video files so they can extend their study time. Here’s what a few attendees had to say about 2019 CHEST Board Review:


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Absolutely amazing course. As an advanced practice provider, I felt very welcomed and empowered. Great diversity of faculty backgrounds and different angles of advice and tricks. Hope to come to the next one.

Alexandra Hodson, PA-C, MMSc
Ultrasonography: Essentials in Critical Care Attendee

Assisting Early Career Physicians Through Travel Grants

The CHEST Foundation initiated a travel grants program in 2016 to assist research and community service grant winners in attending the CHEST Annual Meeting. The foundation then recognized a broader need for assisting early career physicians to attend as well. Consequently, the travel grants program was expanded to encompass all early career members.

The focus for CHEST 2019 was to award grants to underrepresented minorities. Forty Diversity Travel Grants and 20 General Travel Grants were available. Winners received complimentary registration to CHEST 2019 as well as a $1,000 travel stipend. Meet three of the winners:

“I met great people and left with a better sense of how to go forward with my career goals. The part of this conference that I valued most was that it was focused on the wellness of its clinicians in addition to advancing knowledge. I am truly grateful for being able to attend thanks to the Diversity Travel Grant, and hope it continues to be offered annually.”

Ashley Binder, MD—Fellow-in-Training

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“Attending CHEST 2019 was, in a word, inspiring. Connecting with fellow trainees from across the world was one of my favorite aspects of the meeting. We had some enthralling discussions about the differences in medical education, healthcare systems, and medical research around the world. Additionally, the instruction provided about crafting CVs, interviewing, and building a professional social media presence were all very well done and relevant.”

Megan McLeod—Medical Student

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“Being awarded the CHEST Foundation Diversity Travel Grant was truly a game changer. Having presented my research at the CHEST Congress 2019 in Thailand and thereafter getting invited to present my work at CHEST 2019 was an immense career development opportunity. Had it not been for the support of the CHEST Foundation travel grant, I would have missed out on this breath-taking experience.”

Rakhee Ramakrishnan, MSC—Medical Student

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The CHEST Foundation champions lung health by supporting clinical research, community service, and patient education to achieve:


Improving patients’ ability to live independently and make informed choices about their health.


Improving access to care, information, and resources for patients, caregivers, and health-care providers.


Improving information and treatments available by supporting new research and exploring patient values.

The foundation is dedicated to helping you help your patients and their caregivers to better understand their conditions and available treatment options and to empower them to work with you to navigate their health needs.


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We’ll connect you to the latest clinical advances, new skills and knowledge to advance your career, and a worldwide community of leaders in lung health.