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St. Jude Pediatric Pulmonary Critical Care Conference


Thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Pulmonary Critical Care Conference. Due to the continuing spread of COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution for our patients and families, St. Jude has taken extraordinary measures to ensure the campus remains free from this virus. To protect our immunocompromised patients at St. Jude, this conference has been canceled.


Saturday, June 27, 2020
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Memphis, TN 38105


This symposium is focused on pediatric respiratory therapists and nurses in the critical care setting. We will address current issues and practices from a pulmonary perspective in the acute care setting. Topics will include High Flow therapy and Non-invasive ventilation, sedation of ventilated patient, advanced modalities in mechanical ventilation, and ethical concerns in an ICU setting.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital offers 6.0 respiratory therapy continuing education credits (CEUs) and 6.0 nursing contact hours.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is an approved provider of nursing professional development by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Registration Fees

  • General Attendees: $50
  • Current AARC Members: $35
  • Current AACN Members: $35
  • St. Jude Employees: $0

Light breakfast and lunch provided on site.


Marshay N. James, DNP, MSNEd, APRN, CPNP-AC, CPEN, CNE
Dr. James is the Manager for Advanced Practice Nursing in the Critical Care division with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. She has taught at the University of Memphis, University of Tennessee and Pellissippi State Community College.

Mike Fisher, RRT
Mr. Fischer has been a respiratory therapist for 22 years.  Most of his time has been on the clinical side working in critical care units with 11 years at the Burn Unit at Vanderbilt.  He has written three books: Mechanical Ventilation Made Easy, Respiratory Nuts and Bolts, and The Roadblocks to Our Profession.

Kyle Morgan, MD 
Dr. Morgan is a pediatric anesthesiologist at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He currently serves in the role of Director of medical student/resident/fellow education within the division.

Saad Ghafoor, MD
Dr. Ghafoor is an intensivist in the division of critical care medicine at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He currently serves as the Director of quality and education for the ICU as well as assistant fellowship director within the division.

Liza Johnson, MD
Dr. Johnson is an assistant member of faculty for oncology division at St. Jude Children’s research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. She is Program Director of Oncology Hospitalist Medicine and serves as a Bioethics consultant.

Michael C. McQueen MD, MBA, FAAP
Dr. McQueen has over 28 years of clinical and leadership experience. He has served as Regional Medical Director for Envision Healthcare, Medical Director of the NICU at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, as well as numerous facilities within the Banner Healthcare System in Phoenix. He has also served as Regional President for Pediatrix Medical Group, and President of Obstetrix Medical Group. Dr. McQueen completed his Pediatric Residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital / Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, and his Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.  His recent contributions on High-Velocity Nasal Insufflation respiratory support in neonates can be found in J Pulm Respir Med (2014), J Health Economics and Outcomes Research (2015), and J Perinatology (2017).

Tentative Agenda

Time Event/Speaker
7:30-8:00 a.m. Registration, Sign In, Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:05 a.m. Welcome, Opening Remarks, Intro first speaker -  Jason Rains (tentative)
8:05 - 9:05 a.m. NAVA: Eliminating Asynchrony from Our Patients - Michael Fischer, RRT
9:05 - 10:05 a.m. High Velocity Nasal Insufflation in the Pediatric Patient - Michael C. McQueen, MD
10:05 - 10:20 a.m. Break - Atrium
10:20 - 11:20 a.m. Sedation and Delirium in Ventilated Patient - Marshay James, DNP
11:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch and vendors  - Atrium
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Oxygen Toxicity - Kyle Morgan, MD 
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 5th Lecture (Ethics focus) - Liza Johnson, MD
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break - Atrium
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Asynchrony, Non-invasive Ventilation - Saad Ghafoor, MD