The 2021 Cotton Conference

March 4, 2021 to March 5, 2021

Building a Vision for the Future of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

This will be a virtual conference hosted via Zoom.

Provided by:

University of Colorado
The Breathing Institute
Pediatric Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine

About Cotton Conference

The Cotton Conference is named after Ernie Cotton, founder of the Section of Pediatric Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine at the University of Colorado. The Cotton Conference has been held consecutively for the past 30 years.

Special Thanks

Event Chair:
Stacey Martiniano, MD, MSCS

Event Co-Chairs:
Christopher Baker, MD
Emily DeBoer, MD, MSCS
Andrew Liu, MD
Stanley Szefler, MD

Event Coordinator:
Emily Mitchell, MA

Target Audience

Target audience members include physicians, advanced practice providers, and researchers in the field of pediatric pulmonary & sleep medicine.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this conference, participants should be able to:

  1. Determine the need for an organized team approach in the management of complex patients to improve clinical interventions and patient outcomes
  2. Review new practices for monitoring cystic fibrosis patients after implementation of new therapies, and identify novel considerations for cystic fibrosis patients in the future
  3. Explain and evaluate all aspects of vaping including the basic science of vaping, the effect of vaping when combined with COVID and other health effects, and how the tobacco industry has capitalized on this new technology
  4. Assess racial and healthcare disparities, and aspects of social determinants of health in relation to asthma patient management and primary care
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 8.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/04/2021 - 7:00am MST
Event ends: 
03/05/2021 - 4:30pm MST

March 4, 2021

Session 1: Collaboration in Clinical Practice


Conference Kick Off and Welcome

Robin Deterding, MD


Aerodigestive as a New Paradigm for Pulmonary Care

Emily DeBoer, MD, MSCS


Importance of a Pulmonologist in Neonatal & Critical Care               

Steven Abman, MD


Importance of a Pulmonologist in Cardiac Care

Deborah Liptzin, MD, MS


Joint Pulmonary/NICU Patient Case

Taylor Curry, MD


Joint Pulmonary/Cardiology Patient Case

Annemarie Wolfe, MD

2:15-3:00pmBreak with the Exhibitors 

Session 2: The Changing Landscape of Cystic Fibrosis         


Introduction to Session 2: CF

Scott Sagel, MD, PhD


Current Treatments in CF: Where We Are and How Did We Get Here?       

Edith Zemanick, MD, MSCS


Inflammatory Pathways and its Relation to Fungal Disease
in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis

Spencer Poore, MD


Detection of Bacterial Pathogens Using Home Oropharyngeal Swab
Collection in Children with Cystic Fibrosis

Patricia Lenhart-Pendergrass, MD, PhD


Keynote: Cystic Fibrosis in 2030: A (Potential) Future of CF

John P. Clancy, MD

Friday Afternoon, March 5, 2021

Session 3: Vaping: The Colorado Solution


Vision for Vaping in Colorado    

Robin Deterding, MD


Vaping Referrals for Cessation

Amanda Messinger, MD, MS &
Paula Riggs, MD


The Basic Science of Vaping

Heidi Nick, PhD


The Intersection of Vaping & COVID

Daniel Hinds, MD


Keynote: Tobacco Industry Innovation & Harm

Jon Samet, MD, MS


Keynote: The Spectrum of Vaping-Related Health Effects
and Potential Reasons Causing Them

Ilona Jaspers, PhD

2:20-3:00pmAfternoon Break 

Session 4: Social Determinants of Health & Clinical Outcomes of Asthma


Introduction to Session 4: Asthma

Stanley Szefler, MD


Disparities Elimination Through Coordinated Interventions to Prevent &
Control Heart and Lung Disease Risk (DECIPHeR)

Stanley Szefler, MD


Social Determinants of Health Assessment and Management in a
Subspecialty Setting

Mfonobong Udoko, MD


Disparities & COVID – Impact on Primary Care Practices, Patients, &
Social Determinants of Health

Andrea Nederveld, MD, MPH


Keynote: Racial Disparities in COVID & Asthma: Causes & Consequences

LeRoy Graham, MD

5:00pmEvaluation & Adjourn 

This two-day course will be held virtually via Zoom. Further information regarding links to access the course, breakout rooms and the Question/answer sessions will be provided within one week of the course dates.

Keynote Speakers:

  • John P. Clancy, MD, Professor-Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine. Vice President of Clinical Research-Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, University of Cincinnati
  • LeRoy Graham, MD, Founder- Asthma & Allergy Network of America, Founder & Medical Director: Not One More Life
  • Ilona Jaspers, PhD, Professor-Environmental Services and Engineering and Pediatrics. Director-Curriculum in Toxicology and Deputy Director-Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology, University of North Carolina
  • Jonathan M. Samet, MD, MS, Professor-Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Dean-School of Public Health, Colorado School of Public Health

Guest Speakers:

  • Deborah Liptzin, MD, MS, Associate Clinical Professor, University of Colorado, University of Montana, University of Washington
  • Andrea Nederveld, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Director-Partners Engaged in Achieving Change in Health Network, University of Colorado
  • Paula Riggs, MD, Professor-Department of Psychiatry, Director-Division of Substance Dependence, University of Colorado


Children’s Hospital Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

Children’s Hospital Colorado designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 8.25 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  


A certificate of attendance will be provided upon completion of this course. 

Available Credit

  • 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 8.25 Attendance


Please login or register to take this course.


Please register for the course using this website. All pertinent information, including the Zoom links to access the conference will be provided by Conference Coordinator Emily Mitchell in the days prior to the conference.