Keynote Presentations


Retreat Topics

Ending the vaping epidemic

Curing severe asthma

Stopping the progression of COPD

Preventing childhood allergies

Repairing and restoring the lung

“All the answers to our health problems are not in our genes”

Resilience of our practitioners and our health care system




Doris Kearns Goodwin | Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author. Her seventh book, “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” was published in 2018 to critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Goodwin’s award-winning works provide deep insight into how American presidential leadership has shaped U.S. history and some of them have been adapted for television and film.

Keynote Presenters*

Dennis S. Charney, MD | Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Charney is the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs for the Mount Sinai Health System. He is also a world expert in the neurobiology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, making fundamental contributions to the understanding of the causes of human anxiety, fear, and depression, and the discovery of new treatment for mood and anxiety disorders.
Tasha E. Fingerlin, PhD | Vice Chair, Department of Biomedical Research; Director, Center for Genes, Environment & Health; Director, Program in Quantitative Genetics; National Jewish Health
Dr. Fingerlin is an expert in the genomic determinants of human health and disease, primarily in identifying and characterizing genomic changes that predispose to complex diseases including lung disease. At National Jewish Health, she facilitates the ability of physicians and scientists to develop and conduct research to accelerate understanding about the role of genomic and environmental influences on health and disease.
James P. Kiley, BS, MS, PhD | Director, Division of Lung Diseases, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Before joining the Division of Lung Diseases, Dr. Kiley was Director of the NIH National Center on Sleep Disorders Research. He belongs to several professional organizations and has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to advancing pulmonary biology in health and disease, sleep research, and public health. His major areas of interest include control of respiration, sleep and the pathophysiology of obstructive airways disease. Dr. Kiley is the author or co-author of over 100 scientific articles.
Bruce J. Lanser, MD | Director, Pediatric Food Allergy Program, National Jewish Health
Dr. Lanser is a pediatric allergist and Director of the Pediatric Food Allergy Program. He is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, within the Department of Pediatrics. His clinical interests include delayed food allergies, the role of baked egg and milk, and improving the diagnosis and management of food allergies. Dr. Lanser is Principal Investigator for several food allergy immunotherapy studies.
Donald Y. M. Leung, MD, PhD | Head, Division of Pediatric Allergy & Clinical Immunology, National Jewish Health
Dr. Leung, a world-renowned allergist, is striving to prevent children from contracting allergies, with a focus on stopping the “allergic march” that starts with eczema, then often advances to food allergies and finally asthma. He has been practicing medicine for over 30 years, is consistently ranked as a top physician by Best Doctors, Inc., is a major recipient of National Institutes of Health funding and is the author of more than 800 scientific publications.
Michael A. Matthay, MD | Associate Director, Critical Care Medicine, University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
Dr. Matthay is a pulmonary and critical care specialist whose National Institutes of Health-funded research focuses on the pathogenesis of acute respiratory distress syndrome and finding new ways to treat acute respiratory failure in critically ill patients. His work has contributed to several major therapeutic advances over the past 20 years. Among numerous awards, Dr. Matthay received the Edward Livingston Trudeau Medal from the American Thoracic Society in 2014.
Irina Petrache, MD | Chief, Tuchman Family Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, National Jewish Health
Dr. Petrache is a Professor of Medicine who holds the Wollowick Endowed Chair in COPD Research. Dr. Petrache leads a laboratory at National Jewish Health that studies how lungs get injured following exposures to cigarette smoke and investigates strategies to repair damaged lungs. In addition she provides care to patients with COPD, emphysema, and sarcoidosis.
Anne Schuchat, MD, (RADM, USPHS, RET) | Principal Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Dr. Schuchat has worked with the CDC on immunization, respiratory, and other infectious diseases since 1988. Her distinguished career includes key roles in CDC emergency responses including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza response, the 2003 SARS outbreak in Beijing, and the 2001 bioterrorist anthrax response. Globally, she has worked on meningitis, pneumonia and Ebola vaccine trials. Dr. Schuchat has authored or co-authored more than 230 scientific articles, book chapters, and reviews.
Max A. Seibold | Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Center for Genes Environment and Health, National Jewish Health
Dr. Seibold leads scientists in the Seibold Laboratory who are focused on identifying new approaches for the treatment of asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and other complex lung diseases. The Seibold Lab is achieving this through the application of computational genetics and genomics approaches to the study of airway epithelial biology. Currently, he is co-leading a one-of-a-kind investigation to address the root causes of asthma in Puerto Rico, where asthma prevalence and deaths are among the highest in the world. Dr. Seibold has published more than 60 original, peer-reviewed scientific articles.
Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc | Director, The Cohen Family Asthma Institute, National Jewish Health
Dr. Wechsler’s research focuses on asthma with an emphasis on clinical trials, emerging therapies and pharmacogenomics. He has led studies focusing on new biologic agents for asthma and related diseases and has published more than 180 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Dr. Wechsler is also a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.
Pamela L. Zeitlin, MD, MPhil, PhD | Chair, Silverstein Family Department of Pediatrics, National Jewish Health
Dr. Zeitlin leads National Jewish Health for Kids, overseeing pediatric clinical and research programs. During her tenure as Chair, she has worked to expand the clinical practice by enhancing existing programs and developing new initiatives, including comprehensive medical care to premature newborns with lung disease. In addition, her lab is also advancing fundamental knowledge about cystic fibrosis. Dr. Zeitlin has published more than 130 peer-reviewed research articles.

*Schedule subject to change