Southeastern Critical Care Summit Program

2018 Summit Brochure

Schedule of Events for 2018

Dr. Kyle Gunnerson will lecture on True ED-ICU integration: The Michigan Experience

 Dr. Gunnerson is Associate Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry and Biology from Kansas Wesleyan University and his medical degree from the University of Kansas. Dr. Gunnerson trained in the combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine program at Henry Ford Health System, after which he completed his critical care training at the University of Pittsburgh.  He was a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University and served as the Division Chief of Critical Care in the Department of Anesthesiology, Associate Director of the Center for Adult Critical Care, Medical Director of the Cardiac Surgery ICU, and the Medical Director for the ECMO program.  Dr. Gunnerson’s research is funded by both industry and the federal government, focusing on early identification and resuscitation of patients in shock or at risk of organ dysfunction, including discovery and development of novel biomarkers, treatment of septic shock, utilization of ECMO, and the development of non-invasive therapeutic technologies. In 2013 Dr. Gunnerson moved to Michigan to work both in the CVICU as an intensivist and lead an ED-based Critical Care program.  Dr. Gunnerson’s role as the Chief of the newly formed Division of Critical Care in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan spans the tripartite mission of high quality clinical care, education, and innovative and collaborative research.  Uniquely, Dr. Gunnerson has helped guide the creation of a dedicated Emergency Department Critical Care Unit in cooperation with the adult inpatient ICU’s.  This partnership has led to incorporate a formal multi-disciplinary critical care fellowship in both Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine.  Dr. Gunnerson is a past member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Critical Care Subspecialty Committee and currently serves on the Council of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. More information about Dr. Gunnerson is available here.


Dr. Kay Guntupalli will lecture on Nature’s Fury & Man’s Flurry: How Prepared are We for Disasters?

Dr. Kalpalatha (Kay) Guntupalli is an endowed Professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  After obtaining her medical degree from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, India, she immigrated to the United States and completed her medical and subspecialty training in Washington DC and the University of Pittsburgh.  She served on the faculty at Pittsburgh and at Emory University before joining Baylor and rising to the role of Division Chief for Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine while also serving as Fellowship Program Director. Her research interests are in medical education and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and she has published 150 articles in prestigious journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, CHEST and Annals of Internal Medicine. She has held many leadership positions including serving as President of the American College of Chest Physicians and as the first woman President of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.  Dr. Guntupalli has been recognized as a Master of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians, Master Clinician at Baylor, World Lung Health award from the American Thoracic Society and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine.  She is internationally recognized for her expertise and dedication to medical education and she continues her global work including at a hospital and medical school in India that she helped to found. More information about Dr. Guntupalli is available here.

Day 1 – Thursday, May 10, 2018
7:30 – 8:00     Continental breakfast
8:00 – 8:10     Welcome and Introduction from the Co-Chairs
8:10 – 9:20     First morning session
  • Alphabet soup of ICU scoring systems (D. Murphy)
  • To bleed or not to bleed: ICU coagulopathy in the era of DOACs (K. Ouellette)
  • Antibiotic utilization: does this bug you? (A. Killian)
9:20 – 9:30       Morning break and poster exhibit
9:30 – 10:40     Second morning session
  • Beyond low tidal volume ventilation in ARDS (G. Martin)
  • New vasopressor options in sepsis! (L. Busse)
  • Why is my patient swelling? Solving the mystery of angioedema (G. Lee)
10:40 – 11:00     Second break and poster viewing
11:00 – 12:00     Day 1 Plenary lecture
  • True ED-ICU integration: The Michigan Experience (Dr. Kyle Gunnerson, University of Michigan)
12:00 – 1:00      Lunch
1:00 – 2:10         First afternoon session
  • Management of the organ donor: searching for the evidence (R. Subramanian)
  • Beyond AKI: early renal replacement – Pro! (M. Connor)
  • Beyond AKI: early renal replacement – Con! (M. Connor)
2:10-2:20          First afternoon break
2:20-3:30          Second afternoon session
  • Ethics in Mass Casualty and Disaster Triage (S. Shartar)
  • Novel clinical diagnostics for infectious diseases (A. Mehta)
  • Fancy footsteps: the palliative care dance (T. Quest)
3:30 – 3:40       Second afternoon break
3:40 – 4:40      Challenging ICU Cases (audience participation)
  • The diagnostic dilemma
  • The management dilemma
  • The ethical dilemma
4:40 – 5:00      Wrap-up and raffle drawing
Day 2 – Friday, May 11, 2018
7:30 – 8:00      Continental breakfast and exhibit hall
8:00 – 8:10     Welcome and introduction
8:10 – 9:10      First morning session: Bite-Sized Teaching (BST Mode!)
  • Intra-abdominal hypertension (W. Greene)
  • Chest tube fundamentals (P. Rajaram)
  • I/O access – the new CODE line (D. Carpenter)
  • Stress ulcer prophylaxis (A. Hawkins)
  • Nutritional support
  • High flow oxygen therapy (K. Hodge)
  • Atrial fib in the ICU (O. Mirza)
9:10 – 9:30 First morning break and exhibit hall
9:30 – 10:30 Second morning session
  • Year-in-review: Medical Critical Care (W. Bender)
  • Year-in-review: Neurological Critical Care (C. Pimentel)
  • Year-in-review: Surgical & Burn Critical Care (O. Danner)
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Day 2 Plenary lecture
  • Nature’s Fury & Man’s Flurry: How Prepared are We for Disasters? (Dr. Kay Guntupalli, Baylor College of Medicine)
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Breakout session # 1
  • Basic / Advanced mechanical ventilation (Esper, Bray)
  • ICU ultrasonography: cardiac, vascular, case studies (Mehta, Green, Hunt)
  • ECMO pearls and pitfalls (Stentz)
  • Hemodynamic monitoring (Fisher, Still)
  • Venous access simulation: central line, Vascath, IO (Daniels, Eydelman)
  • Targeted temperature management (Webb, Hall)
2:00 – 2:20 Break and exhibit hall
2:20 – 3:20 Breakout session #2
3:20 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:30 Breakout session #3
4:30 – 4:40 Wrap-up and raffle drawing




Summit Organizing Committee

Micah Fisher, MD
Assistant Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care
Section Chief, Emory University Hospital

Jenny Han, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care
Emory University School of Medicine
Associate Director, Stepdown ICU, Grady Memorial Hospital

Gabriel Najarro, MMSc, PA-C
Lead Affiliate Provider
Cardiac Critical Care Unit
Emory Healthcare

Mary D. Still, MSN, APRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist Critical Care, Surgical ICU
Emory University Hospital

Greg Martin, MD, MSc
Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care
Associate Division Director for Critical Care, Emory University
Section Chief, Grady Memorial Hospital

Ashish Mehta, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care
Emory University School of Medicine
Medical Director, MICU, Atlanta VA Medical Center

Marina Rabinovich, PharmD, BCPS
Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Grady Health System
President, SCCM Southeast Chapter

Adam Webb, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Emory School of Medicine
Medical Director, Neuroscience ICU, Grady Memorial Hospital


Critical care is one of the most resource-intensive areas in U.S. healthcare and one where the quality of healthcare delivery varies significantly despite substantial medical advances in the past decade. This symposium will provide targeted education for common critical care conditions and procedures to multi-professional healthcare stakeholders. This program uses interactive and case-based lectures from stakeholders at all levels (administration, physicians, mid-level providers as well as nursing and respiratory therapy personnel), as well as hands-on teaching in breakout sessions. Topics of particular importance (i.e. prevalence in critical care) or controversy will involve roundtable discussion with stakeholders and/or break-out sessions; these topics will also be utilized for small-group discussions, teaching and procedural education.   At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Accurately describe and summarize the most recent evidence based medical care guidelines and practice standards for common critical care conditions.
  • Describe recent therapeutic advances in the field of critical care medicine which may directly impact optimal patient-centered care.
  • Develop strategies to standardize and harmonize the application of evidence across the spectrum of critical care providers and clinical conditions.
  • Use methods and implementation strategies that can be applied in your institution to ensure the application of patient-centered care according to evidence-based guidelines.
  • Apply practical hands-on education in the management of common critical conditions and the conduct of common critical care procedures.


ACCME Accreditation

This course is intended for critical care physicians, medical directors, nurses and clinical nurse specialists, critical care pharmacists, nurse managers, respiratory therapists, dieticians, rehabilitation specialists and NP and PA providers.  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Ochsner Clinic Foundation and the Southeastern Critical Care Summit. The Ochsner Clinic Foundation is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians and the Ochsner Clinic Foundation is expected to designate the 2018 live activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  The Critical Care Summit is also planned to award contact hours by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.


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The Ochsner Clinic Foundation relies upon invited speakers at all sponsored continuing medical education activities to provide information objectively and free from bias of conflict of interest.  In accordance with ACCME and institutional guidelines pertaining to potential conflicts of interest, the faculty for this continuing medical education activity has been asked to complete faculty disclosure forms.  In the event that some invited speakers indicate that they have a relationship which, in the context of the subject of their invited presentation, could be perceived as a potential conflict of interest, their materials have been peer reviewed in order to ensure that their presentations are free of commercial bias.