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The Utah Thoracic Society , formerly called the Intermountain Thoracic Society, is a chapter of the American Thoracic Society that serves the Intermountain West: Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. 

We organize CME-accredited educational conferences, professional networking, and career advancement. We advocate on behalf of lung health issues in the Intermountain West. 

Our Leadership

Michael Lanspa

PresidenT

Dr. Lanspa is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Intermountain Medical Center, with an interest in septic shock. He is currently chair of the web editorial committee for the American Thoracic Society.

Krishna Sundar

President-Elect

Dr. Sundar is a pulmonar, critical care, and sleep medicine physician. He directs the Sleep-Wake Center at the University of Utah and directs multi-disciplinary clinics in sleep apnea and in chronic cough.

Sarah Beesley

Vice-PResident

Dr. Beesley is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Intermountain Medical Center. She is the associate program director for Intermountain’s transitional year and shared residency program. 

Heather Howe

Secretary-Treasurer

Dr. Howe is a pulmonary and critical care physician at the University of Utah. Her areas of interest are asthma and medical education

Denitza Blagev

Government affairs representative

Dr. Blagev is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Intermountain Medical Center. She is also the Medical Director for Quality in Specialty-Based Care.

Sarah Beesley

Council of Chapters Representative

Dr. Beesley is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Intermountain Medical Center. She is the associate program director for Intermountain’s transitional year and shared residency program.