AARC Election 2020 — Maria Madden

Maria Madden

Adult Acute Care Chair

Maria Madden, MS, RRT, RRT-ACCS

Research Coordinator and ECMO Specialist Per Diem
University of Maryland Medical Center/R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma
Member Since: 2009

AARC Activities:

  • Member, Adult Acute Care Section, Adult ECMO, Pediatric Care Section
  • AARC Clinical Practice Guidelines, 2018–2019
  • Moderator at the AARC Congress Moderator, 2017-2019
  • AARC Congress Presenter 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018
  • AARC Adult Acute Care Specialty Section Practitioner of the Year, 2015

Affiliate Activities:

  • Maryland/District of Columbia Society for Respiratory Care Board 2019-2020
  • Chair, Respiratory Education Committee, UMMC, 2016
  • Co-Chair, Respiratory Education Committee, UMMC, 2010-2015
  • Member, Prevention Committee for the American Spinal Injury Association, 2011-2012
  • Adult Critical Care Specialist (ACCS) February 2013

Related Organizations:

  • Adjunct Faculty Member Community College of Baltimore County
  • Advisory Board Community College of Prince George’s County


  • Master of Science Respiratory Care Leadership, Northeastern University, Boston, MA September 2018
  • BS Respiratory Therapy, Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, MD, 1992
  • AS Respiratory Therapy, Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, MD, 1991
  • Adult Critical Care Specialist (ACCS) February 2013


  • M.G. Madden, P. Andrews, J. Satalin, G.F. Nieman, N.M. Habashi, Lung Recruitment Decreases Driving Pressure, Not the Clinician. American Thoracic Society, May 2019 Abstract P986
  • Madden M. Diagnosis and Management of Shock. AARC Times, April 2019
  • Nieman, G. F., Andrews, P., Satalin, J., Wilcox, K., Kollisch-Singule, M., Madden, M., Aiash, H., Blair, S. J., Gatto, L. A., … Habashi, N. M. (2018). Acute lung injury: how to stabilize a broken lung. Critical care (London, England), 22(1), 136.
  • Madden M, Andrews P, and Habashi N. “Comparison of Chest Radiograph to Electrical Impedance Tomography”. Respiratory Care October 2018, 63 (Suppl 10) 301523
  • Madden M. Diaphragm Pacing System – An Underappreciated but Valuable Option. AARC Times, July 2016.
  • Andrews P, Nieman G, Kollisch-Singule M, Madden M, Habashi N. Mechanical Ventilation: Airway Pressure Release Ventilation. 2015; Chapter in Critical Care Emergency Medicine; McGraw-Hill Education
  • Madden M, Andrews P, Habashi N. Maintaining Adequate CO2 Clearance during Airway Pressure Release Ventilation (APRV) with the Absence of Spontaneous Breathing. AARC International Congress Open Forum Abstract, 2014
  • Madden M, Andrews P, Cho S, Habashi N. Successful Apnea Testing During Veno-Venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (VV-ECMO). Poster Presentation (#82) at the 10th Annual Neurocritical Care Society Meeting, October 5, 2012. Neurocritical Care Vol 17, 2012
  • Madden M, Kircher C, Cho S, Andrews P, Habashi N. Safer Method of Performing Apnea Tests Using Carbogen and Capnography for patients on APRV. AARC International Congress Open Forum Abstract, 2010

Elections Committee Questions:

What experience or significant contributions do you have to offer the AARC which would help accomplish one or more of the AARC Horizon Goals as presented by President Schell?

In my 28 years of experience as a critical care respiratory therapist, I have shown a dedication to the advancement of our practice by leading and participating in research, education, and publication. I feel these qualities aide me in the ability to assist President Schell’s in her vision for the future of respiratory care. I understand first-hand the importance of nurturing the growth and development of respiratory therapists. I consistently advocate for higher education because I know the value that my Master’s Degree in Respiratory Care has brought to my ability to improve my critical thinking skills and to coach and lead other clinicians. I am passionate about patient care and aim to provide the best possible care for the future of respiratory care.

What ideas would you present to increase AARC membership?

To increase the AARC Membership I think we need to ensure that the AARC message reaches out to every respiratory program and department. I feel it should be a requirement that all the respiratory programs have the students enroll to learn firsthand what the AARC has to offer and to increase engagement to our professional organization.

I also feel it is the responsibility of the respiratory manager and educator of every department to make sure that their staff is aware of what the AARC has to offer for them. It is also important to encourage and support staff members to attend their first AARC Congress to hopefully develop their interest in getting involved with professional growth.

Role-Specific Questions:

What do you feel are the top two or three opportunities facing your section that you believe should be addressed during your term?

1. INCREASE MEMBERSHIP! I would like to familiarize every adult critical care therapist to this section for the great opportunity to enhance their knowledge by working as a team to educate and broaden our horizon. Each one of us has a topic that they are passionate about; sharing that expertise is an invaluable asset.

2. INCREASE PARTICIPATION IN DISCUSSIONS. I would want to engage more therapists in a friendly discussion board. Sharing our different backgrounds, thoughts, beliefs, and experiences leads to different opinions on a subject that creates a stimulating and thought-provoking discussions. Hopefully leading to improved patient care and collaborating on research projects.

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