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Susan Rappaport

National Vice President, Research & Scientific Affairs

American Lung Association

Where do you live?
Upper West Side, The Big Apple.

Tell us a little about the work you do.
Provide leadership and direction in the development and implementation of the American Lung Association public health education and research programs. Work with leading scientists to develop research and scientific policies relevant to lung disease. Ensure the Lung Association understands the true burden of lung disease and uses that information to drive the organization’s work. Sounds a bit dull, but makes for some very interesting days in the workplace.

How did you become interested in lungs?
I did graduate work on the relationship between asthma and the weather, and spent a lot of time helping patients of lower socio economic status manage and understand their asthma. The Lung Association was a natural fit.

What are your interests outside of work?
I am an avid reader, and read at least two books per week – using my favorite technological creation, the Kindle. Big science fiction fan, and recently made my may through most of the top 100 science fiction novels of all time. Also an avid sports fan, primarily the NY Yankees and the NY Giants. I love Eli Manning.

What has been your greatest achievement?
At work, the implementation of the Asthma (now Airways) Clinical Research Centers Network, development of our policy on lung cancer screening, and agreement from the nationwide organization on signature programs. Outside of work, definitely my two kids.

Why do you need your lungs to be healthy?
I have a chronic disease myself and work hard to exercise and eat properly (often failing at the eating part) – I know how important the lungs are to longevity and keeping your entire body working and in good shape.

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