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Preparing for the future: A Time for Moving Forward

April 28 - April 29

ISRC Conference Schedule

ISRC Program Committee

 

 

 

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Speakers

 

Katlyn Burr MSM-HCA, RRT, RRT-NPS, AE-C
Director of Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine

Nemours Children’s Health

Presenting: Stress and Burnout for Respiratory Therapists

 

Katlyn Burr has 12 years of Respiratory Care experience and has held a variety of roles from staff RT to Director. Katlyn has published and presented scientific research related to stress and burnout in the field of Respiratory Care.

 

 

 Elaine Chen MD

Attending Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Section of Pain and Palliative Medicine
Rush University Medical Center

Presenting: Bronchiectasis and the Role of Bronchial Hygiene and Inhaled Medications.

 

Dr. Elaine Chen graduated from Rush Medical College at Rush University and then completed two fellowships: one in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Rush and the second in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine at McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University. Dr. Chen is a board-certified physician in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Internal Medicine. She currently teaches at Rush Medical College for first- and second-year medical students. She is a member of the American Thoracic Society, The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and American College of Chest Physicians, which she was elected as a Fellow (FCCP) in 2017.

Dana Evans MHA, RRT, RRT-NPS, FACHE
Director, Respiratory Care
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago 

Presenting: Investing in YOU: Professional Development for Leaders

 

Ms. Evans received both her bachelor’s degree in respiratory care and master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Missouri. She has served the respiratory care profession in many roles, including neonatal/pediatric critical care, adult critical care, as a transport therapist, program faculty and as an RT leader. Recently, Dana became a board-certified healthcare leader as a of Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a distinction that has been achieved less than 8500 healthcare leaders. She is currently serving her second term as Director at Large for the AARC board of directors and is the Director of Respiratory Care at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. 

Anne Geistkemper, MSc, RRT, RRT-NPS    
Neonatal Pediatrics Clinician Manager
Rush University Medical Center

Presenting: Clinical Practice Guideline Updates

 

Anne Geistkemper, MSc, RRT, RRT-NPS, is the neonatal-pediatric section manager of respiratory care services and an instructor in the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences in the College of Health Sciences at Rush University. She graduated with a Master of Science in Respiratory Care from Rush University in 2012. Anne is involved professionally as an AARC Education Section Preceptor, AARC exam prep faculty member, ISRC Chapter 2 Chair, and ISRC Program Committee member. She was most recently awarded the 2021 AARC Neonatal-Pediatric Specialty Practitioner of the Year Award. Anne has also contributed to peer-reviewed publications and presented at conferences.

 

Abigail Hardin PhD
Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Rush University Medical Center

Presenting: Collaborative Treatment of Vent-weaning Anxiety and Panic Symptoms

 

Dr. Abigail Hardin is a licensed rehabilitation psychologist and Assistant Professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and her fellowship in rehabilitation psychology at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, TX. She specializes in working with survivors of critical illnesses and injuries, and helps them return to meaningful, fully-realized life after survival. She is also the author of The COVID-19 Survival Guide, and has been treating survivors of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Dr. Abigail Hardin is a licensed rehabilitation psychologist and Assistant Professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and her fellowship in rehabilitation psychology at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, TX. She specializes in working with survivors of critical illnesses and injuries, and helps them return to meaningful, fully-realized life after survival. She is also the author of The COVID-19 Survival Guide, and has been treating survivors of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Dr. Abigail Hardin is a licensed rehabilitation psychologist and Assistant Professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and her fellowship in rehabilitation psychology at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, TX. She specializes in working with survivors of critical illnesses and injuries, and helps them return to meaningful, fully-realized life after survival. She is also the author of The COVID-19 Survival Guide, and has been treating survivors of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Dr. Abigail Hardin is a licensed rehabilitation psychologist and Assistant Professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and her fellowship in rehabilitation psychology at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, TX. She specializes in working with survivors of critical illnesses and injuries, and helps them return to meaningful, fully realized life after survival. She is also the author of The COVID-19 Survival Guide and has been treating survivors of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

 

Gina Hoots, MSEd, RRT-ACCS, RPFT
Director, Respiratory Care, Neurodiagnostic Services & Pulmonary Service Line
Decatur Memorial Hospital

Presenting: I’m ready for a change but the PFT lab scares me!

 

Gina Hoots has been an RRT for more than 30 years with broad experience in inpatient, outpatient, education, and management settings. She holds the RPFT and RRT-ACCS credentials and earned a master’s degree in Education concentrating on Instructional Design and Learning Technology. Ms Hoots is a longtime cheerleader for the ISRC (Chapter 3, central Illinois) serving as Treasurer on the executive board. She is currently working at her longtime base of Decatur Memorial Hospital. The pulmonary function lab is her favorite job of all time, combining pulmonary physiology, technical skills, high attention to quality, and individualized patient education. Gina’s lecture will highlight what you need to know if you’re considering a move away from inpatient care.

Ramandeep Kaur, PhD, MSc, RRT-ACCS, AE-C
Research/Quality Improvement Coordinator
Rush University Medical Center

Presenting: A Path Towards Personalized Medicine in Respiratory Care

 

Ramandeep Kaur, PhD, RRT-ACCS, AE-C is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences and has been a respiratory therapist for 10 years. She earned her MS and PhD degree from Rush University, Chicago, IL. Her doctoral research was focused on early identification and prevention of extubation failure among adult patients. Other active research areas include patient-oriented research to improve the end-of-life care during ventilator withdrawal and studying the impact of compassionate extubation on clinicians.

 

 

Emilee Lamorena, MSc, RRT, RRT-NPS
Clinical Manager of Respiratory Care 

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Presenting: Dare To Be Different – Non-Conventional Modes of Ventilation

Emilee Lamorena is the Clinical Manager of Respiratory Care at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She graduated with her BS in Biology from UCLA, and her MS in Respiratory Care from Rush University. She has experience in leadership, education, and quality improvement in neonatal/pediatric respiratory care.  Emilee has been named a Recognized Preceptor by the AARC and was the 2020 Neonatal Pediatric Specialty Practitioner of the Year.

Andrew G Miller MSc RRT RRT-ACCS RRT-NPS FAARC
Respiratory Care Practitioner, ECMO Specialist
Duke University Medical Center

Presenting: You Can’t Stop Progress? Advanced Ventilator Modes in the PICU

 

Mr. Miller is a Pediatric Respiratory Care Practitioner, ECMO Specialist and charge therapist at Duke University Medical Center. He has been a member of the AARC since 2006 and was inducted as a Fellow of the AARC in 2020. He is the author of over 50 peer reviewed publications and has lectured on a variety of respiratory care topics, including multiple publications related to pediatric asthma.

Sherwin Morgan RRT
Department of Respiratory Care Services and Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Clinical Practice and Development/Research Coordinator
University Of Chicago Medicine

Presenting: Unspecific Persistent Asthma! Is it Asthma Gone Wild or Asthma Gone Viral?

 

Sherwin Morgan has forty years of clinical experience in adult, pediatric and neonatal critical care areas. Sherwin is the past Associate Director of Clinical Operations, University of Chicago Medicine (UCM), Chicago, Illinois. He has collaborated with many clinical research departments at UCM regarding multidisciplinary respiratory care related research projects. He has authored and co-authored 6 publications in peer reviewed scientific journals with regards to the emerging horizons surrounding global respiratory care practice. His focus of clinical interest has been on recognition and treatment of global viral induced respiratory illness, helium-oxygen administration for treatment of viral induced air-flow limitations, inhaled pulmonary vasodilators to treat acute and chronic pulmonary hypertension, aerosolized medication drug delivery via high flow nasal cannula (HFNC) to improve comfort for small kids and caregivers, invasive and noninvasive ventilation (NIV), direct and indirect calorimetry measurements and clinical recognition of the dangers associated with oxygen toxicity. This research has taken him to many global venues such as: Faculty speaker for Ventilation Through the Ages Symposium. Moderator and keynote speaker for Virology Summit. Keynote Speaker and session chairman for Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Speaker and session Co-Chairman at the Pediatric Emergency Conference. Keynote speaker for Global Influenza Conference. He has presented at state organized conferences including: the American Thoracic Society, the American Association for Respiratory Care, and the Illinois Society for Respiratory Care.

 

 

Heather Murgatroyd, BA, RRT
Respiratory Clinical Specialist
Methapharm Specialty Pharmaceuticals

Presenting: Rethinking Asthma, Endotypes and Phenotypes

 

Heather has been a Registered Respiratory Therapist for more than twenty-five years. In 2001 she crossed trained to Sleep and worked in Sleep until 2018.  Heather also performed pulmonary function testing for six and a half years.  In 2011, she took her first job as a Clinical Specialist. As a Clinical Specialist, Heather has developed and provided continuing education programs on respiratory and sleep topics throughout North, Central and South America. She also trains new customers, provides clinical feedback on product development, and supports the inside and outside sales staff.  Heather joined Methapharm as a Respiratory Clinical Specialist in 2018.  

Sarah Varekojis PhD, RRT, RRT-ACCS, FAARC
Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education

The Ohio State University

Presenting: Advance Practice Respiratory Therapist

 

Sarah Varekojis (var-a-ko-jis, pronounced phonetically) is the Director of Clinical Education and an associate professor in the respiratory therapy programs at The Ohio State University. She is a proud graduate of the respiratory therapy program at Ohio State and earned her doctorate in adult education and health education from Ohio State. She has over 25 years of experience teaching mechanical ventilation, neonatal/pediatrics, research methods, and advanced practice in the program. Sarah coordinates clinical rotations for both the undergraduate and the graduate students. Her primary research interests are related to teaching and learning in respiratory therapy. She has recently conducted, and published research related to advanced practice respiratory therapy, peer teaching, smoking cessation training, service-learning, and preceptor training.

Jenn Watts, MSc, RRT-NPS, C-NPT
Respiratory Clinical Education Specialist – Transport Program

Advocate Children’s Hospital

Presenting: Neonatal Transport: Thinking Inside the Box

 

Jen Watts is the Respiratory Clinical Education Specialist for Advocate Children’s Neonatal-Pediatric Transport Program. Jenn has been a respiratory therapist for over 25 years with 19 years in neonatal and pediatrics. Jen has earned the neonatal-pediatric specialty credential from the NBRC and is certified in neonatal-pediatric transport as well. Jen is a past recipient of the AARC’s Transport Section Specialist of the Year. Jen has presented at both state and national level on neo-peds respiratory care as well as transport specific topics.