Current Trends in Pleural Disease Management


Thursday, September 12, 2019 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.


Duke University Medical Center
Great Hall, Trent Semans Center
40 Medicine Circle Drive, Durham, NC

This course offers a unique opportunity to interact and learn from the world's leading experts on animals, and state-of-the-art simulators. Space in hands-on stations is limited to 30 participants!

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This course is endorsed by the American Thoracic Society.

Featured Speakers

Richard Light, MD
Professor of Medicine
Allergy Pulmonology, and Critical Care Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Najib M. Rahman, DPhil, MSc, FRCP
Professor of Respiratory Medicine
Director, Oxford Respiratory Trials Unit
Nuffield Department of Medicine
University of Oxford
Consultant Respiratory Physician
Lead for Pleural Diseases
Oxford Centre for Respiratory
United Kingdom

Course Overview

This course is designed for pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons and allied health professionals who are interested in enhancing their knowledge about pleural disease management and more effective utilization of existing tools and technologies, particularly thoracic ultrasound. Guidelines to diagnose and treat pleural infection, malignant pleural effusion and pneumothorax will be discussed. The lectures, interactive didactic sessions and hands-on stations will cover a range of topics including thoracic ultrasonography, chest tube placement, indwelling pleural catheters and pleuroscopy.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, the participants should be able to:

  • Discuss current guidelines for management of benign and malignant pleural disorders.
  • Have hands-on experience of performing thoracic ultrasonography, chest tubes, tunneled pleural catheters, endobronchial valve placement for bronchopleural fistula and pleuroscopy.

Course Director

​Kamran Mahmood, MD, MPH 

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program
Co-Director, Bronchoscopy Unit
Duke University Medical Center

Course Co-Director

Momen Wahidi, MD, MBA
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Interventional Pulmonology and Bronchoscopy
Chief Medical Officer, Duke Patient Revenue Management Organization
Duke University Medical Center

Invited Faculty

Alex Chen, MD
Director Interventional Pulmonology
Washington University School of Medicine
St Louis, MO

Carla Lamb, MD
Director Interventional Pulmonology
Lahey Clinic Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts University
Burlington, MA

Jaspal Singh, MD, MHA, MHS
Professor of Medicine
Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, N.C.

Duke Faculty

George Cheng, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Interventional Pulmonology
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Coral Giovacchini, MD
Interventional Pulmonology
Duke Raleigh Hospital
Duke University Medical Center
​Durham, NC

Scott L Shofer, MD, PhD
Director, Interventional Pulmonology
Durham VA Medical Center 
Associate Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Joint Accreditation

In support of improving patient care, Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this activity for a maximum of 7.75AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Registration Fees

$995 - MD participants

$495 – Residents/Fellows/NPs/PAs

$395 – RN/Allied Health

Registration fees include all symposium materials, breakfast, lunch and breaks.


Use Code BOTH2019 if registering for both Pleural and EBUS course, for $100 discount


Contact Information

Katheleen Coles
Phone: 919-668-3812

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to Kathleen Coles via email ( at least 30 days prior to event.

The following hotel is offering discounted room rates for this conference with a free shuttle to event.

Hilton Garden Inn Durham/University Medical Center 

Group registration link

Enter code DIPC for discounted rate of $139/night.