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National COPD Expert to Address Innovative Therapies at LUNG FORCE Expo

(April 23, 2019) - CHICAGO

For more information please contact:

Jill Thompson
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Northwestern Medicine pulmonologist and nationally recognized lung disease expert Ravi Kalhan, M.D. will be the featured speaker at American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s LUNG FORCE Expo on April 30 at the Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

At the LUNG FORCE Expo, Dr. Kalhan will present on the latest chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) updates, including the innovative guidelines and newer therapies.

“Here in Illinois, more than 600,000 people suffer from COPD so it is vital to educate physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists on early diagnosis and better treatments to improve the quality of life for these patients,” said Felicia Fuller, Dr.PH, director of health promotions for the Lung Association. “Dr. Kalhan is leading some of most promising clinical trials to develop new therapies in COPD and also asthma. His passion for reducing the burden of COPD and his experience in treating patients will result in an important educational session for our local and regional healthcare providers.”

Dr. Kalhan is the director of the Northwestern Medicine Asthma and COPD Program where comprehensive care is provided to patients with asthma and COPD at all stages of severity. He also serves as Professor of Medicine and Preventative Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and medical director of the lung volume reduction surgery program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The LUNG FORCE Expo is designed to educate health professionals, people who suffer from lung disease and caregivers about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and other respiratory diseases. The Patient and Caregivers Program is from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the Healthcare Professionals Program is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

More information and registration is available on the LUNG FORCE Expo website.


About the American Lung Association

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