UA hosting inaugural Desert Lung Disease Conference

Published: Mar. 28, 2016 at 10:54 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 at 5:30 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - For most, the idea of having lung cancer or end-stage lung disease sounds like a death sentence.

That's not the case, according to Samuel Kim and Scott Lick, two physicians at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center (UMC).

They have organized the inaugural Desert Lung Disease Conference, to be held Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, to discuss treatment options clinical practitioners might consider for their patients.

Dr. Kim said topics will range from "Imaging and Bronchoscopy for Lung Failure" to "Minimally Invasive Surgery for Lung Cancer," with other themes including COPD, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis and hypertension, medical imaging, radiation therapy and surgical considerations for lung transplantation.

"This event allows us to showcase our premier clinical programs at Banner – UMC and provide education to trainees, nurses and physicians," said Ken Knox, MD, UA professor of medicine and immunobiology and chief of the UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. "The topics highlighted are lung cancer and advanced lung diseases that may progress to require lung transplant. Attendees will learn about medical and surgical options for these complex patients."

The two-day event provides an educational opportunity for pulmonologists, oncologists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and other health-care professionals interested in the management and treatment of lung diseases. A total of 12 continuing medical education (CME) credits are available.

Among the speakers are:

• Rajiv Saggar, MD, executive director of advanced lung disease at Banner – UMC Phoenix and interim chair of clinical medicine at Banner – University Medical Group;

• Linda L. Garland, MD, UA associate professor of medicine and director of the UA Cancer Center's Clinical Lung Cancer Program

• James Knepler, MD, UA associate professor of medicine and director for interventional pulmonology at Banner – UMC Tucson

• Steve Knoper, MD, UA associate professor of medicine and director for lung transplantation at Banner – UMC Tucson

• Dr. Lick, UA professor of medicine, interim chief for the UA Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and director for thoracic organ transplantation at Banner – UMC Tucson

• Dr. Kim, UA assistant professor of surgery, interim chief for the Division of Thoracic Surgery and activity director for the conference

Clinicians interested in attending can visit the website:, where they can view the agenda, register and arrange lodging.

Fees are $150 for physicians and $75 for mid-level clinicians (PAs, NPs, RNs) through March 31 ($200 for physicians and $100 for mid-level clinicians after). Residents and fellows attend free. Events start Friday, April 15, at noon for registration and run through 4 p.m., Saturday, April 16. Questions can be directed to Lizz King, 520-626-6668.

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