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Yale-PCCSM Newsletter

March 2024

Letter from Naftali Kaminski, MD, Chief of Yale-PCCSM

Dear Colleagues,

Since our last newsletter many things have happened. On the good side, we had close to 300 people attend our annual holiday party at the Ralph Walker Ice Rink in New Haven. We also had our first two-day overnight retreat since the pandemic, in which we worked on our cohesion as a team, our trust, leadership, and culture. And on February 28th, we held a series of events for Black History Month, including a visit to the amazing “Shining Light on Truth: New Haven, Yale, and Slavery” exhibition at the New Haven Museum and a reception at the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library celebrating achievements of Black physicians at Yale. It was great being together again, addressing challenges and recognizing progress and success.

On the bad side, violent conflicts continue in many parts of the world, including Ukraine, the Middle East, and Haiti. At times the news is simply overwhelming. At least in our corner, in Yale-PCCSM, things continue to be exciting. Our clinical teams continue to provide cutting-edge and compassionate care, our research teams make discoveries, secure grants, and publish papers, and our trainees continue to do amazingly well.

On a personal note, I usually start preparing for ATS this time of year, but this year I am not going. This is because my middle daughter is graduating from med school, and commencement week is during the conference. I will miss you at the conference but hope to have another opportunity to see you.

I would like to remind you to vote for Yale New Haven Hospital in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals survey. Reputation means a lot, but recognition means even more. Our teams are definitely among the best—they deserve the recognition.

As always, please contact me at the email below to share your news—perhaps to be featured in our next newsletter? I hope you enjoy reading the articles below.


Naftali Kaminski, MD
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Endowed Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary) and Pharmacology
Section Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

Yale-PCCSM Spotlight

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    In October 2023, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) honored Carolyn Rochester, MD, FCCP, professor of medicine, with the prestigious Thomas L. Petty Distinguished Pulmonary Scholar Award. The award is presented to an individual “who has made significant advances in the field of pulmonary rehabilitation through research and scholarly contributions and has earned national prominence in the field.”

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    The Winchester Center for Lung Disease (WCLD) opened in March 2021 at the North Haven Medical Center to improve access to exceptional care for more people with lung conditions. The expanded facilities at the Winchester Center have allowed expansion of subspecialized pulmonary care as well as access to a wide array of multidisciplinary services, more than what was possible at the original Winchester Chest Clinic (WCC) on Yale New Haven Hospital’s York Street Campus.

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    The Yale Interventional Pulmonary team in Yale’s Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine (Yale-PCCSM) employs advanced technologies to diagnose and treat diseases in the chest, such as lung nodules and masses, lymph node enlargement, complex airways, and pleural effusions. The program, led by Kyle Bramley, MD, assistant professor of medicine (pulmonary), was one of the first interventional pulmonology programs in Connecticut when it was established in 2009. Today it remains the largest interventional pulmonary service in the state.

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  • Assessing Symptoms in Older Adults After Critical Illness

    Older adults who survive a critical illness, such as sepsis or respiratory failure, often have symptoms that restrict activities, but little is known about how these symptoms change over time or compare with those prior to illness, and whether these changes differ among vulnerable subgroups. In a new study, Yale researchers evaluated changes in restricting symptoms among adults aged 70 or older during the six months after discharge from the ICU or intensive care unit.

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    Lauren Ferrante, MD, MHS, assistant professor of medicine (pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine), was awarded a Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project Evaluating the Unmet Needs of Older Adults to Promote Functional Recovery After a Critical Illness (LANTERN).

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