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State Health Leaders to Address Lung Disease Issue in Nebraska

(September 18, 2018) -

For more information please contact:

James Martinez
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(312) 445-2501

Several leading lung health experts will speak on October 23 at the LUNG FORCE Expo in Omaha, the American Lung Association in Nebraska announced today.

The goal of the event is to bring together healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers to learn about the latest trends, resources and research on lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)/Alpha-1, asthma, and other lung diseases.

Medical leaders from all over the region will present at the event, including: 

  • Rudy Lackner, MD, Professor, Department of Surgery, Program Director, CT Surgery Residency Program, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Chief, Section of Thoracic Surgery for the University of Nebraska Medical Center;
  • Russell Hopp, D.O. FAAAAI at Children's Hospital & Medical Center Specialty Pediatric Center;
  • Sumit Mukherjee, MD, MPH, MS Medical Director, Thoracic Clinic Department of Pulmonary/Critical Care Methodist Physicians Clinic; and
  • Bryan Krajicek, MD, at Creighton University School of Medicine and CHI Health-Bergan Mercy.

“There are more than 200,000 in Nebraska who suffer from lung disease, including thousands who battle lung cancer. That’s why this event is more important than ever to communicate new treatments, help people live better with lung disease and share the newest research,” said Erin Smith, health promotions specialist for the Lung Association. “We are honored to offer presentations by some of the most important voices in lung health in Nebraska.”

The LUNG FORCE Expo will include presentations on screening and advancements in early lung cancer management, interventional pulmonology, COPD, tobacco cessation, pediatric asthma and more. There will also be a poster presentation by students from across the state. The full agenda is available here.

Healthcare professionals, as well as patients living with lung disease or lung cancer, and caregivers are invited to attend the event on October 23. Registration is now open. To learn more and to register, visit the LUNG FORCE Expo website or call 402-502-4950.


About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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