Guanacaste, Costa Rica March 7-10, 2022

  • Monday, March 7, 2022

    Lung Cancer Part 1 and Vascular Disease

    Time Session Speaker
    7:00-7:30am Registration Desk – Pacuare Courtyard

    Buffet Breakfast in Mansita Restaurant

    7:30-8:00 Low Dose Lung Screening CT Charles S. White, MD
    8:00-8:30 Solitary Pulmonary Nodule Charles S. White, MD
    8:30-9:00 Missed Lung Cancer Charles S. White, MD
    9:00-9:30 PET Imaging in Lung Cancer Charles S. White, MD
    9:30-9:45 Coffee Break, Questions & Answers
    9:45-10:45 Mediastinal Disease: Assessment on Cross-Sectional Imaging Charles S. White, MD
    10:45-11:15 Pulmonary Embolism on CT: New and Old Insights Charles S. White, MD
    11:15-11:45 The Acute Aortic Syndromes Charles S. White, MD
    11:45-12:15 Challenging Cases Reviewed by the Expert Charles S. White, MD

    Tuesday, March 8, 2022

    Cardiac and Interstitial Lung Disease Part 1


    Time Session Speaker
    7:00-7:30am Registration Desk – Pacuare Courtyard

    Buffet Breakfast in Mansita Restaurant

    7:30-8:00 Coronary CTA: An Overview Charles S. White, MD
    7:50-8:30 CTA of the Extra-Coronary Heart Charles S. White, MD
    8:30-9:00 Cardiac MRI: What is it Good For? Charles S. White, MD
    9:00-9:30 Imaging of the Pericardium – Case Review Seth Kligerman, MD
    9:30-9:45 Coffee Break, Questions & Answers
    9:45-10:15  UIP and IPF: Diagnostic Guidelines Seth Kligerman, MD
    10:15-10:45 NSIP and Organizing Pneumonia Seth Kligerman, MD
    10:45-11:15 Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis Seth Kligerman, MD
    11:15-11:45 Challenging Cases Reviewed by the Expert Seth Kligerman, MD
    11:45-12:00 Questions, Answers, and Discussion

    Wednesday, March 9, 2022

    Interstitial Lung Disease Part 2, Inhalation, Infection

    Time All lectures will take place in the Pacaure Ballroom Speaker
    7:00-7:30am Registration and Check-in, Pacuare Courtyard
    7:00-7:30am Buffet Breakfast in Mansita Restaurant
    7:30-8:00 Cystic Lung Disease Seth Kligerman, MD
    8:00-9:00 Connective Tissue Disease Seth Kligerman, MD
    8:30-9:00 Smoking Related Lung Disease Seth Kligerman, MD
    9:00-9:30 Mosaic attenuation Seth Kligerman, MD
    9:30-9:45 Coffee Break, Questions & Answers
    9:45-10:15 EVALI Seth Kligerman, MD
    10:15-10:45 Post- COVID Lung Imaging Seth Kligerman, MD
    10:45-11:15 CRX: Imaging of Infection
    Seth Kligerman, MD
    11:15-11:45 Challenging Cases Reviewed by the Expert Seth Kligerman, MD
    11:45-12:00 Questions, Answers, and Discussion

    Friday, March 10, 2022

    Miscellaneous including AI  – Presenting Virtually

    Time Session Speaker
    7:00-7:30am Registration Desk – Pacuare Courtyard

    Buffet Breakfast in Mansita Restaurant

    7:00-7:45 HRCT:  Basic Principles of Interpretation and An Algorithmic Approach to Diffuse Lung Disease David Naidich, MD
    7:45-8:15 Incidental Lung Nodules – Current Guidelines David Naidich, MD
    8:15-9:00 CT-Bronchoscopic Correlations David Naidich, MD
    9:00-9:15 Coffee Break, Questions & Answers
    9:15-10:o0 Peripheral Airway Disease: Findings and Differential Diagnosis David Naidich, MD
    10:00-10:30 AI Current Thoracic Indications David Naidich, MD
    10:30-11:00 Challenging Cases Reviewed by the Expert David Naidich, MD
    11:00-11:15 Questions, Answers, and Discussion

  • Naidich-David

    David Naidich MD did his Radiology residency and body imaging fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore Md, following which he joined the Division of Thoracic Imaging at  the now NYU-Langone Medical Center in 1980. In 2015 Dr. Naidich became Emeritus Professor at NYU, a position he still holds. Dr. Naidich’s areas of expertise include: lung cancer, including as a pioneer in the development of low-dose CT imaging and lung cancer screening;  development of the Fleischner guidelines for managing incidental pulmonary nodules; diffuse interstitial lung diseases; and CT evaluation of the airways. He is the author of over 200 peer reviewed article as well as co-author, along with Dr’s Webb and Muller, of the definitive HRCT of the Thorax, now in its 5th edition. More interestingly he is a member of a renown family of Academic Radiologists, including his father, nephew, two first cousins, and three second cousins. More important, he is thoroughly adored by his loving wife, Jocelyn, and son Zachary, and daughter-in-law  Madeleine.

    Seth J. Kligerman, MD, is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist and a professor in the Department of Radiology at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Kligerman is the division chief of Cardiothoracic Imaging at UC San Diego Health and has clinical expertise in interpreting imaging studies of patients with a variety of thoracic (lung) and cardiac diseases. He was awarded an advanced proficiency in cardiac computed tomography (CT) imaging by the American College of Radiology. His research examines the pathogenesis of fibrotic lung disease, low-dose CT imaging, advanced CT reconstruction techniques and infiltrative cardiomyopathies. He has also investigated the relationship between disease status as inferred from imaging studies and disease status based on pathology reports (examination of tissue under the microscope). Dr. Kligerman is a lecturer in both cardiac and thoracic imaging at the American Institute of Radiologic pathology and serves on multiple research committees related to cardiothoracic imaging. He is published widely in his field and is a frequent invited lecturer nationally and internationally. Prior to joining UC San Diego Health in 2017, Dr. Kligerman was an associate professor in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Kligerman completed fellowship training in thoracic imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He completed residency training in radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Chicago Medical School. Dr. Kligerman is board certified in diagnostic radiology. He is a member of many professional organizations, including the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, and the Society of Thoracic Radiology.

    Charles S. White, MD
    Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
    University of Maryland School of Medicine

    Dr. Charles White is Professor of Radiology and Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Director of Thoracic Imaging and Vice-Chairman for Clinical Affairs at the University of Maryland Medical Center.  He received his training at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.  Dr. White is certified by both the American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Internal Medicine.  He is the author of over 200 publications in a variety of areas of Cardiothoracic Radiology including lung cancer screening and cardiac imaging.  He is a member of the Fleischner Society, the past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Thoracic Imaging, Past-President of the Society of Thoracic Radiology and Past-President of the North American Society of Cardiac Imaging.

  • Travel to Costa Rica

    Travel & Ground Transportation, Tours and Destination

    HOTEL: JW MARRIOTT GUANACASTE RESORT & SPA , Hacienda Pinilla, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Phone: +506-26812000 | Fax: +506-26812020

    AIR TRAVEL INFORMATION:  The JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa is located in Guanacaste, in the northwest area of Costa Rica. You can fly into Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR – known as Liberia International Airport), which is an approximate 1-¼ hour drive to the hotel; however, lower fares can often be found by flying into Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), located in Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose, which is an approximate 4-5 hour drive to the hotel.

    Special Airfare Discounts:

    For Alaska Airlines, reservations and ticketing are available via When booking online, select “Use a Discount Code”, enter in meeting code ECMD795 when prompted. Reservations may also be made by calling Alaska Airlines directly at 800-252-7522. *Please note there is a $15 per person ticket fee for booking through the reservation number above.

    For Delta Airlines, Reservations and ticketing are available via When booking online, select Book A Trip, click on Advanced Search and enter the meeting code: NMV3V on the Search Flights page. Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at 800-328-1111
    Mon-Fri. 7am-7pm CDT. *Please note that there is a direct ticketing fee for booking through the reservation number above.

    For United Airlines and United Express, and United Codeshare airlines (Lufthansa Airlines, All Nippon Airways), visit or call 1-800-426-1122 and use Code: ZK7W416120. US and Canada flights are 2-5% off discounted economy, business and first class, and 10% off full fare economy, business and first class. International flights are discounted by 5-10%.


    ALL PERSONS traveling by air between the United States and Costa Rica are required to present a valid passport to enter or re-enter the United States.  We suggest you allow a minimum of two to three months to obtain or renew your passport. Generally, your passport cannot expire within 6 months after the date of your trip; however, each country varies, so check with your local passport agency to verify. For more information, please visit

    Children must also have valid passports. Children traveling with an adult other than their parent or with only one parent must carry notarized written permission from any parent or guardian not traveling with the child to or from Costa Rica. This permission must include the name of the parent, the name of the child, the name of anyone traveling with the child, and the notarized signature(s) of the absent parent(s). The State Department recommends that the permission should include travel dates, destinations, airlines, and a brief summary of the circumstances surrounding the travel. The child must be carrying the original letter – not a facsimile or scanned copy – as well as proof of the parent/child relationship (usually a birth certificate or court document) – and an original custody decree, if applicable. If you have adopted children, please be sure to have your adoption papers with you.

    If you live in the United States and are not a U.S. citizen, we recommend that you check with U.S. Immigration regarding your particular situation.

    Upon your arrival in Costa Rica you will go through customs and immigration and upon your departure you will have to clear U.S. customs and immigration at your first point of entry back into the U.S.

    DEPARTURE TAX : Your airline ticket(s) may already include a departure tax of $29 USD per person, as it is required when leaving Costa Rica. We suggest checking with your airline carrier to confirm. If it is not, this departure tax must be paid in cash when you arrive at the airport, prior to checking in for your flight. Please make sure to have $29 USD per person in cash with you prior to arriving at the airport.


    Option 1 – Personalized Transportation: We have arranged with COSTA RICA DMC, our selected tour company in Costa Rica, to provide CME Science conference attendees with transportation to/from either airport. If you would like to reserve this personalized group ground transportation, please visit They offer private and non-private transportation options.

    Please note: If you are flying to/from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), you will need to overnight there due to the long drive between the airport and resort.

    Arrivals: Upon arrival and after clearing immigration, baggage claim and customs, please look for Costa Rica DMC, travel staff holding a sign with Your Full Name and a red balloon. Then you will be directed to your pre-assigned private transportation for the Hotel transfer.

    Option #2 – Rental Car: You do not need advance reservations however, it is suggested due to limited availability during peak travel seasons. Alamo, Budget, Enterprise and National are at the terminal. AVIS Car rental is located at the hotel. CME Science has secured discounts with the following car rental companies: Avis: 1-800-331-1600 Reference this course and use AWD code: J906925. Book online HERE; Budget: 1-800-842-5628 Reference the course and use BCD code: U011183.  Book online HERE; Enterprise and National: 1-800-RENT-A-CAR Reference the course and use code: L23J799.

    Parking – Self a parking is complimentary; valet parking is $10.00/day


    We have arranged with COSTA RICA DMC, our selected tour company in Costa Rica, to provide CME Science conference attendees with tour options. To view tour information and to reserve, please visit

    Know before You Go! – Costa Rica – Land of Tico & Pura Vida…

    Costa Rica is a crossroad, located between the Pacific and the Caribbean, Nicaragua, and Panama and between continents on the Central American isthmus. It is a convergence of lifestyles, wildlife, culture, pastimes and a promising future. Gourmet coffee plantations and rainforests flank an inland range active and dormant volcanoes whose slopes descend over miles to the rainforest lowlands to the east and west, endless savannah to the not fringed with beaches from border to border.

    Costa Ricans who often call themselves “Ticos,” are generally fun to mingle with, quick to smile and many times go to great lengths to help out foreigners get the best of their vacation time, as you will hear them say… the country is Pura Vida!

    Wildlife at its best! Over 25% of its territory is still virgin forest, laws provide waterways, beaches and mountains permanent protection. Costa Rica is the world’s most famous ecotourism destination.

    Entry Requirements: Most foreigners, including U.S. and Canadian citizens and most Europeans need only to present a valid passport that will have 6 month validity. Costa Rica requires visas from a few countries, however, so check with the closest embassy.

    Spring-like weather all year-round. Unlike temperate zones, Costa Rica has 2 seasons a Green Season from June to November and the Gold Season from December to May. Temperatures are dictated more by elevation and location than by season, ranging from tropical on the coastal plains to temperate in the interior highlands. Typically, mornings are sunny, with light showers in the afternoon during the Green Season, rain is rare during the Gold Season.

    What to bring:

    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Waterproof Jacket
    • Insect Repellent
    • Swimsuit
    • Camera
    • Pants
    • Shorts
    • Walking Closed Shoes
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Beach/ hand Bag

    General Information

    Time Zone: Central Standard Time all year round, Costa Rica does NOT observe daylight saving.

    Languages Spoken: Spanish is the official language, while English is widely spoken throughout the country.

    Currency: monetary exchange is in Colones, but the American dollar is widely accepted. The rate of exchange is controlled by the Central Bank.

    Electrical System: standard electricity in Costa Rica is the same as in the United States and Canada: 110 volts AC (60 cycles) and outlets are the same.

    Name of the President: the actual President started office in May 2018; his name is Mr. Carlos Alvarado, a Sussex University Master Degree in Political Sciences & Development. Our First Lady is Claudia Dobles is an Architect & Urban Planner.

    Water: tap water in Costa Rica is generally considered safe to drink; however, water quality varies widely outside of major cities. To ensure a comfortable trip, only bottled water should be consumed.

    Phone Network: international mobile service is efficient and Costa Rica, make sure you activate the roaming service with your supplier. Internet service is widespread throughout the country. Wi-Fi wireless services are offered in every resort.

    Credit Cards: most global credit cards are accepted throughout the country, your photo ID will be required in most transactions.

    Travelers Checks: are not accepted in commercial establishments, neither banks.

    Tipping: a 10% tip will automatically be added to your restaurant bill. You should check your bill carefully, especially before paying an extra tip. Tour guides and drivers expect tips.

    Taxes: a 13% VAT tax is tacked on to hotel, restaurant and most service-industry bills.

    Attire: visitors should wear clothing designed for tropical countries, made of cotton recommended for outdoor adventures and horseback riding. A light jacket is recommended for long bus rides or visiting volcanoes, as temperatures can drop as low as 50°F.

    Hospitals: In San Jose 3 private hospitals and 4 public national hospitals within 30 minutes from the San Jose International Airport. There are 2 private clinic hospitals and 1 public national hospital within 30 minutes from the Liberia International Airport.

  • Entry Requirements COVID-19

    The entrance to Costa Rica is enabled for tourists from all the countries of the world by air, land and sea. The tourist must meet the visa requirements, when required, as well as the requirements established in the framework of the pandemic.

    The Government of the Republic of Costa Rica does not require coronavirus detection tests, nor does it issue sanitary confinement orders to enter the country by air or land. Those who enter the country by sea and who have not made a stopover elsewhere, should not be subjected to isolation if they have been sailing for more than 14 days.

    Tourists visiting Costa Rica are requested to abide by the sanitary protocols in place for carrying out all tourist activities in the country.

    As of January 8, 2022, hotels, restaurants, bars, casinos, shops, museums, art and dance academies, gymnasiums, resorts, and adventure tourism may admit only persons who are verifiably fully-vaccinated (Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Janssen). This must be verified by means of a QR code or the printed vaccination certificate. This requirement applies to all patrons 12 years of age and older.

    Essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies will not require proof of vaccination.

    Country Entry Requirements

    Tourists can verify if they require entry with or without a visa at the following link: The countries in the first, second, third and fourth groups may be found in CIRCULAR DG-004-2021-UI-AJ, a publication by the Costa Rican Government.

    In the framework of the pandemic, the following requirements were also established:

    1. Complete the HEALTH PASS online form available at
      • The Health Pass can only be completed within the 72 hours prior to arriving in the country. It must be accessed on up-to-date browsers, with the exception of Internet Explorer. One form must be completed per person, including minors, without exception.
    2. Travel policy
      • From August 1, 2021, all tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and inoculated with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson can enter the country without a travel policy. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before arrival in Costa Rica.

    Vaccinated tourists must attach the vaccination certificate to the Health Pass. As proof, vaccination certificates and vaccination cards that contain at least the following information will be accepted:

    • Name of the person who received the vaccine
    • Date of each dose
    • Pharmaceutical house

    In the case of US travelers, the “COVID-19 vaccination record card” will be accepted.

    From August 01, 2021, until January 07, 2022, all tourists under 18 years of age may enter the country without a travel policy.

    As of January 8, 2022, the travel policy exemption will apply only to vaccinated tourists (WHO-approved vaccines) and tourists under 12 years of age. Tourists 12 years of age and older without vaccination, with incomplete vaccination schedules or inoculated with vaccines not admitted in Costa Rica, will be able to enter the country to visit family, friends or their properties in the country. They will have to complete the Health Pass and purchase a travel policy that covers COVID-19 care and quarantine if necessary. However, they will not be able to enter commercial establishments because as of January 8, 2022, they will require full vaccination.

    For those who apply, mandatory travel insurance must cover lodging in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 disease as detailed below. The insurance policy may be obtained from any international insurance company that meets the following requirements:

    • Validity for the entire stay in Costa Rica (coverage dates).
    • Guarantee of coverage for medical expenses, including those from COVID-19 in Costa Rica, for at least US$50,000 (fifty thousand dollars of the United States of America).
    • Minimum coverage of US$2,000 for extended lodging expenses in case of COVID-19 quarantine.

    Please request a certificate or letter from the insurance company, in English or Spanish, stating the following:

        1. Traveler’s name.
        2. Effective dates of the policy during the visit in Costa Rica (travel dates).
        3. Guaranteed coverage of at least US$50,000 for medical expenses in the event of contracting COVID-19 in Costa Rica.
        4. Minimum coverage of US$2,000 for lodging expenses due to quarantine or trip interruption for this same amount.
      • This certificate must specify that the policy covers COVID-19 and must be uploaded to the HEALTH PASSfor review and approval by the Costa Rican authorities. Insurance cards are not accepted, it must be a document that allows the verification of the coverage mentioned.
      • If you do not have international insurance, it is possible to opt for travel insurance from Costa Rican companies approved by SUGESE (General Superintendency of Insurance of Costa Rica). National insurances meet all the requirements to have coverage of medical expenses for illness, including COVID-19, for a minimum amount of US$20,000 and coverage for extended lodging expenses or quarantine, due to pandemic illness, for a minimum amount of US$2,000.
      • Local insurance authorized for travelers can be valued at the following links. If you have doubts or queries about the requirements or conditions of the insurance, please email

    Failure to comply with these requirements makes it impossible for the passenger to enter the country.

    For the latest information on travel health and safety restrictions generally, please click here.

  • JW Marriot Guanacaste, Costa Rica

    A block of Discounted rooms has been reserved for course participants at the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa. Luxury amenities coupled with a spot in paradise makes this hacienda-style hotel the ideal destination for your Costa Rican getaway.

    Room rates start at $299/night for Deluxe Run of House Rooms, $349/night for Deluxe Ocean View, $485/night for an Ocean View Suite, & $545/night for an Ocean Front Suite, All rates are quoted in US Dollars. Are subject to 13% Tax in effect at the time of check in. Rates are per room per nights based in single or double occupancy. There is no extra fee for children under 12 years of age when sharing with parents. Charge per 3rd and 4th person in a room is US$35.00 each. Maximum number per room is a total of four guests. The Resort fee is waived for guests booking within the Group Block.

    You can make your room reservation Online HERE. Please do so by February 5, 2022; after this date group rates may not be available. If you do not see your preferred room type or dates available, please call 1-506-2681-2000 and ask for reservations, mention you are part of the CME SCIENCE group.

    For more information on the JW Marriott Guanacaste, Costa Rica visit  their website HERE

    Address: Hacienda Pinilla, Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Tel: (506) -2201- 5318, Fax: (506) 2201 5318

  • Course Description

    The faculty will present a comprehensive series of lectures and interactive case discussions, covering important and timely topics in chest imaging, including HRCT and diffuse lung disease, airway disease, lung infection, mediastinal masses, lung nodule diagnosis, lung cancer screening, and state of the art diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases. Emphasis will be placed on interaction with the audience with ample time for questions and discussion. If time allows during the Questions and Answers, a review of cases brought by registrants on their computers may be reviewed one on one with faculty.

    Target Audience

    This CME/CE activity, entitled The Masters Course in Chest Imaging, is targeted to practicing radiologists and radiologic nurses, physician assistants, technologists, scientists, residents, fellows and others who are interested in current techniques and applications for chest imaging.. Please find below additional details of this activity that should be taken into consideration during the preparation of the educational materials.

    Educational Objectives

    Upon completion of the activity, participants should be better able to:

    • Use contemporary imaging techniques and protocols to accurately diagnose airway disease, lung infection, & mediastinal masses.
    • Describe thoracic radiologic procedures for clinical cancer management.
    • Outline CT protocols and techniques for improved clinical diagnosis of diseases of the cardiovascular system.
    • Integrate information presented in this course into efforts to improve the imaging skills of the participants.