Tracheostomy and Ventilation

Tracheostomy and Ventilation

Clinical Considerations and Impact on Patient Outcomes

March 14, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Presented by Georgia Regents Medical Center

Department of Rehab Services
Department of Respiratory Therapy and
Division of Professional and Community Education

Location: Children's Hospital of Georgia, 1st Floor Conference Room
7:30 A.M. Continental Breakfast
8:00 Medical Decisions: Who, When, Why and How for Ventilation/Tracheostomy —Paul Weinberger, MD

Impact of Intubation —Lori Burkhead Morgan, PhD, CCC-SLP

9:30 Impact of Cuff/Tube Selection Considerations —Gail Sudderth, RRT
10:00 Break

Current Trends in Dysphagia: Research and Management--Benefits of Early Intervention in the ICU —Lori Burkhead Morgan, PhD, CCC-SLP, Katie Mixon, CCC-SLP and Karen Wong, CCC-SLP

11:30 Hands-on time with equipment

Lunch and Learn: Pediatric Considerations —Gail Sudderth, RRT
(Box lunch provided)

1:00 P.M. Rehab of Tracheostomy and Ventilator Patients: Team Strategies for Early Mobility, Weaning and Decannulation —Gail Sudderth, RRT
2:15 Break
2:30 Break-out Sessions: Discipline Specific
ST —Katie Mixon, CCC-SLP and Karen Wong, CCC-SLP
PT, OT —Saku Sundaram, DPT, Celeste Ray, PT
RT —Michelle Daniel, RRT

Building an Airway Management Team: Impact on Quality of Care, Cost and Length of Stay —Gail Sudderth, RRT and Lori Burkhead Morgan, PhD, CCC-SLP

Panel Discussion: First Steps & Challenges in Implementation —GR Medical Center Team

5:00 Adjourn


8.5 Contact Hours

This course is offered for 0.85 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).ASHA

This activity includes 8.50 hours of instruction and attendance at the entire activity is approved by Augusta University for a maximum of .850 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).




Paul Weinberger, MD
Dr. Weinberger is a surgeon-scientist at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, with additional graduate and post-graduate training at Yale University, Georgia Health Sciences University, and the University College of London, Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2006 Fanconi Award from the American Head and Neck Society, the AMA Foundation National Leadership Award in 2007 from the American Medical Association, and he was a finalist for a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Research award from the US Department of State in 2010. His clinical specialty is Laryngology and complex airway reconstruction.

Dr. Weinberger’s research program is focused on developing novel therapies for anaplastic thyroid cancer, a disease for which there are no effective treatment options and most patients die within six months of diagnosis from airway collapse. He also has extramurally funded investigations into novel nanotechnology biomaterials applied to the area of regenerative medicine and airway reconstruction.

In addition to his surgical and research roles, Dr. Weinberger serves on the national level as a member of the Science Education Committee of the American Association for Cancer Research and is a champion for promoting science and cancer research career options to disadvantaged high school and undergraduate students.

Lori Burkhead Morgan, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Morgan has been a practicing speech-language pathologist since 1994 in a variety of healthcare settings including inpatient & outpatient rehabilitation, subacute, and acute care with level-one trauma center designation. She subsequently earned a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Florida in 2005 while continuing clinical practice. She has developed an expertise in evaluation and treatment of swallowing and communication disorders in medically complex patients, particularly those with head and neck cancer and respiratory compromise. She has published several peer-reviewed articles regarding evaluation and treatment of dysphagia and presented on the topic to both domestic and international audiences. Dr. Morgan is currently part-time faculty at the University of Georgia, Communication Sciences & Disorders Program. 

Gail M. Sudderth, RRT
Ms. Sudderth has been credentialed by the National Board of Respiratory Care since 1978, and maintains a current practitioner license in Virginia. For over 20 years, her focus of expertise has been on the “hard to wean” tracheostomized and mechanically ventilated patient population. Currently a full-time Clinical Specialist for Passy-Muir, Inc, she has shared her expertise and experience by providing clinical education to healthcare professionals in the United States, Canada, the UK and Europe. She has presented at over 50 state, national, professional and medical meetings. She has co-developed and presented half day and full day seminars related to the evaluation and management of the tracheostomized and mechanically ventilated patient.


The following speakers have nothing financial\non-financial to disclose:
Michelle Danielle, RRT
Katie Mixon, CCC-SLP
Celeste Ray, PT
Saku Sandaram, DPT
Paul Weinberger, MD
Karen Wong, CCC-SLP

Dr. Burkhead Morgan's disclosures include: 

  • Financial – Dr. Burkhead Morgan will receive an honorarium from Passy-Muir, Inc. for her presentation
  • Non-Financial - None

Dr. Sudderth's disclosures include:

  • Financial -Gail M. Sudderth, RRT is employed full time as a clinical specialist at Passy-Muir, Inc.
  • Non-financial – None