Adult Session Speakers
April Frost, BS, RRT
April Frost has been an account manager for four years at Hamilton Medical, Inc. She has been a registered respiratory therapist for 24 years. During that time, she has spent 17 years in critical care and three years as a respiratory instructor.
Daniel Graviloni, RRT
Daniel Graviloni received his bachelor of science in respiratory therapy from Pima Medical Institute. He is a certified respiratory therapist and care practitioner. Currently, he is the director of respiratory care services for the Sleep Lab & Pulmonary Rehab at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, California.
Dr. Kaveh Bagheri
Dr. Kaveh Bagheri, MD, FACP, FCCP, is a board-certified internist, pulmonologist and intensivist. He is the director of the ICU and pulmonary departments at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Dr. Bagheri has been in clinical practice for 24 years.
Dr. Tse-Sun (Jason) Ku
Anesthesia Services Medical Group
Dr. Tse-Sun Ku is currently a partner at Anesthesia Services Medical Group in San Diego. He received his doctor of medicine in 2007 from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ku is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, California Society of Anesthesiologists and American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. He has conducted several research studies and published peer reviewed articles.
Thijs Janssen, RRT, RCP, BA
Thijs Janssen is a clinical specialist in the department of pulmonary services at Sharp Memorial Hospital. He has led a team in the development of the two-time award winning Patient Empowerment Program. He passionately promotes patient interaction that facilitates behavior change using a unique approach that impacts patients' overall health outcomes. As a bedside respiratory care practitioner for more than 20 years, he brings a unique perspective on patient-provider interaction. Thijs combines his clinical experience with a special interest in philosophy. He is currently in postgraduate studies at the University of Sedona, working on his doctoral dissertation in philosophy.
Dr. Geoffrey Stiles
After graduating from Harvard College in 1979, Dr. Geoffrey Stiles received his doctor of medicine from the University of Southern California in 1985. In 1991, he moved into general and trauma surgery at Sharp Memorial Hospital. Currently, he is the chief medical officer at Sharp Memorial Hospital.
Jeff Heltborg, RCP, RRT
Legacy Emanuel Hospital
Randall Children's Hospital
Jeff Heltborg has 32 years of clinical experience in the PICU and NICU, 20 years of neonatal transport experience and 8 years of adult mobile ECMO transport experience. He is a member of the respiratory care society and a board member of the Children's Nursing Services. Currently, he is a respiratory clinical specialist at the Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Randall Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
Neonatal Session Speakers
Dr. Mary Hilfiker
Dr. Mary Hilfiker is a pediatric surgeon and the trauma medical director at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. She is board certified in both general surgery and pediatric surgery. Her philosophy of care is to educate families and understand their perspective of illness and health. Dr. Hilfiker has been a pediatric surgeon in San Diego since 1995, after she completed her training in pediatric surgery at the Children's Hospital of Buffalo.
Terri is a respiratory therapist with over 30 years of clinical practice and leadership experience in a children's hospital. She is currently a clinical specialist for Vyaire - a respiratory-focused company.
Susan Davis, RN, MSN, CLE, NEA-BC
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns
Susan Davis is the director of Women's and Neonatal Services at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns. Her 35-year nursing career has focused on neonatal and women's health. In her current role, she is responsible for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Nemeth NICU Follow-Up Clinic, the Women's Acute-Care Unit and the Pulmonary Department. Susan received both her bachelor's in nursing and master's of science in nursing from San Diego State University. she most recently presented at the Sigma Theta Tau International Conference on "Innovative Strategies to Increase Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates in the Well-Baby Population."
Dr. Denise Suttner
Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego
Dr. Denise Suttner is clinical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. She received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed her internship, residency and neonatal fellowship at Stanford University. In addition to her clinical duties, she is director of the San Diego Regional Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program, director of the Neonatal Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Rady Children's and a clinical professor at University of California San Diego. She is a member of several hospital committees and has been an active participant in the research community, serving as a principal investigator on several multicenter clinical trials.