2019 Symposium at Niagara Falls Speakers Biography

Keynote Speaker

Frederic D Seifer

Frederic D. Seifer, M.D.

Frederic D. Seifer, M.D., our keynote speaker is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal and Pulmonary Medicine. He is also certified by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. He was twice honored with the Health Care Hero Award (1996 and 2004), was a President's Volunteer Action Award nominee, and received the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award recognizing community service. Dr. Seifer is author and co-author of numerous peer-reviewed publications on pulmonary disease and is sought by medical and lay audiences as a speaker on conditions and diseases of the chest, as well as methods for improving healthcare delivery. He also recently presented at the NBRC Congress in Las Vegas in 2018.

In his 1st presentation, Dr. Seifer introduce the concept of Dynamic Dialogues™ and Mutual Accountability. Attendees will gain an understanding on how to adopt and implement the components used in Dynamic Dialogues™ to further benefit their relationships. In Dr. Seifer’s 2nd presentation, attendees will become familiar with recent literature highlighting the prevalence and economic impact of NCF-BE (Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis). Attendees will be introduced to the effective management for COPD and co-morbid NCF-BE.

Symposium Speakers

Ryan Breuer

Ryan Breuer, M.D.

Ryan Breuer, M.D., is a pediatric intensivist, and is responsible evaluating and treating children and young adults afflicted with critical illness and varying degrees of end-organ dysfunction and failure. He is also actively involved in the supervision and education of medical students, resident physicians, and fellows in pediatric critical care medicine. Dr. Breuer practice is located at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, where his division is committed to providing comprehensive, expert care and multidisciplinary support for the children of Western New York and their families. In his presentation “It’s Not Me, It’s You: Breaking Up with a Perfect Oxygen Saturation Hyperoxia in Critical Illness” attendees will understand the impact of hyperoxia on cells, tissues and organs, and review the evidence in supporting mild, permissive hypoxemia in critical illness.

Archana Mishra

Archana Mishra, M.D.,

Archana Mishra, M.D., is serving as an intensivist to patients requiring critical care and participating in the care of hospitalized patients with pulmonary problems at the Buffalo VA Medical Center (Buffalo VAMC). She also diagnoses and manage outpatients with sleep problems at the Buffalo VAMC. Dr. Mishra’s clinical research interests include asthma in the elderly and the impact of passive smoke on respiratory health. She also has been exploring novel appreciative assessment approaches to raise resilience and prevent burnout in faculty and medical trainees. In addition to her clinical and research responsibility, she is passionate about educating future generations of health care professionals, and she help train and mentor medical students from the first to final year of medical school. In her presentation Ventilator Graphics: Making Sense of Curves and Loops! attendees will have a better understanding and ability to identify patient-ventilator asynchrony, and ability to recognize basic ventilator waveforms.

Sanjay Sethi

Sanjay Sethi, M.D.

Sanjay Sethi, M.D., is serving as chief of the division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, he oversees clinical, teaching, research and administrative tasks related to the evaluation and treatment of adult patients with lung diseases and sleep disorders as well as critically ill patients. His practice is primarily located at the VA Medical Center (VA) in Buffalo. Dr. Sethi also conducts research on one of the most common lung diseases: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and lung infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. His presentation on COPD Exacerbations will interpret evidence that guides optimal management of COPD and evaluate the rationale of current approaches for prevention of COPD exacerbations.

Kevin Skardiniski, RRT graduated with a BSRT from SUNY Upstate Medical School. He is currently serving as the Clinical Specialist for the Medical Surgical ICU at Rochester Regional Health Center. He will be presenting on Treatment of ARDS, a Case Study. He plans to focus his presentation on understanding the new definitions of ARDS and identifying new treatment plans in ARDS.

Jaclyn Schneider

Jaclyn Schneider, M.D.

Jaclyn Schneider, M.D., is the Chief of Hospice & Palliative Medicine at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. Dr. Schneider graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in 2009. She has an active role in teaching as an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Jacobs School of Medicine Biomedical Sciences. Her presentation on Palliative Medicine for the Respiratory Therapist will explain ways in which palliative medicine and the respiratory therapist can work together, and how hospice is different than palliative care.

Nashat Rabadi

Nashat Rabadi, M.D.

Nashat Rabadi, M.D., is board certified in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. He is currently the Chief of Pulmonary/Critical Care, Critical Care Medical Director at Sisters of Charity Hospital. He also is passionate about educating future health care professionals as the Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at SUNY Buffalo. His presentation on Early Recognition of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, A Difficult to Diagnose Interstitial Lung Disease will be able to provide attendees with the ability to identify patients with IPF, and help with recognizing diagnosis.

Manoj Mammen

Manoj Mammen, M.D.

Manoj Mammen, M.D., is engaged in clinical, teaching and research responsibilities related to the evaluation and treatment of patients with pulmonary disease or patients who are critically ill. His inpatient practice is situated at the medical intensive care unit (MICU) at the Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC). This positions him to provide ongoing medical care to patients who are critically ill and require significant life support therapies to sustain life or vital bodily functioning. He will be lecturing on Practical Considerations for the Respiratory Therapist for PFT and Cardioplulmonary Tests, he will review the procedures and quality control maneuvers for PFT and review the clinical indications for cardiopulmonary testing and its clinical indications.

Wendy Fascia, MA, RRT, RT-NPS is currently the manager of the Respiratory Care, EEG, Sleep and Adult and NICU ECMO programs at Crouse Health in Syracuse, NY. She plays an important role with the future healthcare professionals as serving as an adjunct instructor and member of the advisory board for the SUNY Upstate Respiratory Program, and an adjunct instructor for the Mohawk Valley Community College Respiratory Program. At the conclusion of her presentation, attendees will gain knowledge of the use of high flow nasal cannula outside of the critical care arenas, including patient criteria, barriers, and benefits. In addition to understanding the policy components necessary for successful implementation and sustainability of high flow nasal cannula use on the medical-surgical floors.