2017 MSRC Annual Conference
Speaker Line-Up

We are excited to announce the location for the 2017 MSRC Annual Conference. This year, the MSRC will host the 40th Annual conference at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA on October 24th and 25th. This year's conference will feature speakers that include Dean Hess, PhD, RRT, Martha DeSilva RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, AARC's Past-President Frank Salvatore, MBA, RRT, and more! You don't want to miss this year's conference. Mark your calendar and sign up for our newsletter below! Remember to check back frequently as we update the speaker line up for this year's exciting conference. 


Tuesday's Sessions Include

Keynote Speaker

Frank Salvatore

Frank Salvatore Jr., RRT, FAARC, MBA

AARC Past President, Frank Salvatore Jr RRT, FAARC, MBA will be delivering this year's keynote lecture. His presentation is a critical look at the changes in the healthcare system from 2009 to present that necessitates our need to change how we practice to ensure we add value to our patients outcomes.

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Paul Nuccio, MS, RRT, FAARC

Paul Nuccio will be presenting on Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) or High-Flow Oxygen Therapy (HFOT): You Decide. This presentation describes how non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is a widely used and studied therapy option for the management of acute respiratory failure. High flow nasal cannula is rapidly growing in popularity and in supportive evidence. This presentation will review the current evidence in support of NIV, and discuss the current research evaluating HFNC and its role in the management of respiratory failure.


Robert Kacmarek, PhD., RRT

Robert Kacmarek, PhD., RRT, will be presenting the topic Patient-Ventilator synchrony and its Impact on Patient Outcome. This lecture will explore the causes and methods of correcting Pt-Vent asynchrony will be presented along with a review of the literature that indicate a negative effect of asynchrony on patient outcome describe.

Bill Gavin

Bill Gavin, RRT, CPFT, MS, FAARC, AE-C

Bill Gavin will be delivering two presentations this year. The first is titled, Patient Education is Taking on Critical Importance in Today's Health Care System. The presentation will address this critical importance as well as the implications it holds for the patient educator teaching different generations. Attend this session and learn teaching/ learning strategies to be effective and meaningful in communicating with your patients. The second presentation is Acquiring Your Credential: Success on the Board Exams. This lecture will assist those who are looking to successfully complete the NBRC credentialing process is perhaps one of the most important accomplishments for every aspiring RC professional. This presentation will address preparatory measures as well as strategies and techniques to be successful on the Therapist Multiple Choice and Clinical Simulation Examinations.

Gina Farquharson

Gina Farquharson, 

Gina Farquharson will be delivering the presentation Respiratory Compromise: The Respiratory Therapist's Role Outside of the ICU. This presentation will discuss how to collaboratively develop programs to monitor and mitigate the incidence of patients at risk for respiratory compromise.

Patrick Dunne

Patrick Dunne, 



Patrick Dunne will deliver a presentation titled, Refocusing on Health Care Reform: The Journey Continues. In spite of GOP efforts to repeal/replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, CMS continues with the implementation of major payment reforms for hospital care. This presentation will review the key challenges facing all RT providers and the impact on the traditional practice of respiratory care.

Other Tuesday lectures include:

  • Michael Frakes - Getting Ready to Say Goodbye
  • And More to Come!

Wednesday Sessions Include

2017 Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth Henske

Elizabeth Henske, MD

Dr. Elizabeth (Lisa) Henske is best known for her groundbreaking discovery that mutations in the TSC2 gene cause the sporadic form of lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM). Dr Henske will be delivering her keynote presentation on the lung disease LAM.


Dean Hess, RRT, PhD, FAARC

Dean Hess, PhD., RRT, will be presenting the topic titled, Respiratory Care – A View of the Past with an Eye on the Future. This presentation will provide an overview of the respiratory care profession and some suggestions for future growth of the profession.

J Woodrow Weiss, MD

Dr. Woodrow will be presenting, Cardiovascular Consequences of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This presentation will provide an overview of the evidence supporting sleep apnea as a cause of arterial hypertension and sympathoexcitation. 

Other Wednesday lectures include:

  • Ray Ritz, BA, RRT - New Concepts in Lung Injury Prevention: Driving Pressure and Beyond
  • Martha DeSilva, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C - Can you name that PFT?
  • Dr. Mohamed El-Dib - HIE - What every NICU RT should know
  • Robert Boylan, RRT - Enabling Ventilator Dependent Patients to Speak
  • And more to come!

Emanuel Makros Therapist of the Year Award Nominations

The Emanuel Makros Therapist of the Year Award is awarded by the MSRC Board of Directors to the Respiratory Care Practitioner of the Year. The Makros Award is given in memory of the late Emanuel Makros of Boston, who, although terminally ill, continued to work at his profession giving exemplary care to his patients and in general upholding the highest ideals of the profession of Respiratory Care. The Emanuel Makros Award has been given annually since 1975. Individuals nominated for this award are those who exemplify our profession and who:

  1. Are member of the Massachusetts Society for Respiratory Care (or AARC),
  2. Have at least two years experience in the field at any level beyond the student,
  3. Display exceptional skill, judgment and empathy in dealing with patients,
  4. Support the reputation and ideals of the field of Respiratory Care in a positive manner through example and interactions with the public,
  5. Who is an active member in the profession,
  6. Is involved in respiratory therapy activities within the community that allow for service to the community, e.g., active within the local Lung Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or other health-related organizations,
  7. Is involved in community activities that do not include the above health-related activities, e.g., Girl and Boy Scouts, Girl and Boys Club, YMCA/YWCA.

Because of the nature of the award, the recipient should have a blending of the above guidelines as part of his/her professional profile.


The Clarence E. Smith Award is presented to the outstanding sales representative by the MSRC Board of Directors in recognition of service to the respiratory care profession. The respiratory care profession has long recognized the support of our vendors. Vendor representatives serve on the Program and Education Committee. They provide in-service education to departments when new equipment is introduced to the clinical setting or when there is a new application of existing equipment. Equipment manufacturers, through the assistance of local representatives, provide equipment for respiratory therapists to use in research projects. When the educational programs in Massachusetts were in their start-up phase, Clarence E. Smith supported the labs by donating equipment and supplies. In recognition of his significant support, the former Holliston Junior College honored him by establishing the Clarence E. Smith Respiratory Therapy Laboratory. Clarence E. Smith exemplified the role of vendors in the multifaceted support of respiratory care by the manufacturing community. The Clarence E. Smith Award has been given annually since 1975 to recognize the memory of this individual who epitomized the symbiotic relationship between clinicians and vendors.


  1. Candidates may be nominated by any Active Member of the AARC/MSRC.
  2. Nominations must be accompanied by description supporting the nomination.
  3. The MSRC Board of Directors will evaluate each candidate and select the award recipient based on his/her service to the respiratory therapy profession.
  4. The award will be presented at the MSRC Annual Meeting.

Vendor Registration

The Massachusestts Society for Respiratory Care invites exhibitors to particiate in our 40th Annual Conference being held October 24 and 25, 2017. The location for this year's event is at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Please find information about the conference below, as well as the registration link. 


Exhibitor Information

Please find the exhibitor information for the 2017 MSRC Annual Conference. This year we are excited to offer full-page and half-page advertisement options for our printed program. Space is limited, so please reserve your space early!



Please click on the link below to download the MSRC's W-9 form. 


Registration now open

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