Emergency Medicine Reports (Vol. 37, No. 6) - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Update – March 15, 2016

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Release date: March 2016

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  • Emergency Medicine
  • COPD


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Faculty Listing


Ralph J. Panos, MD, Chief of Medicine, Cincinnati Veteran Affairs Medical Center; Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.


Hemant Shah, MD, FACP, FCCP, DSM, Associate Professor of Medicine, Wright State University-Boonshoft School of Medicine; Medical Director, CCU, Kettering Medical Center; Medical Director, Respiratory Care, Kettering Medical Center, Kettering, OH.


Sandra M. Schneider, MD, Professor, Emergency Medicine, Hofstra North Shore–LIJ, School of Medicine, Manhasset, New York, John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas

J. Stephan Stapczynski, MD, Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, Scholarly Projects Advisor, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, Emergency Department, Maricopa Integrated Health System

Nurse Planner:

Paula A. Fessler, RN, MS, NP, Vice President Emergency Medicine Service Line, Northwell Health, New Hyde Park, New York

Executive Editor: Shelly Morrow Mark

Financial Disclosure

Author Dr. Ralph Panos, Peer reviewer Dr. Hemant Shah, Editor Dr. Sandra Schneider, Continuing Education and Editorial Director Lee Landenberger, Executive Editor Shelly Morrow Mark, Executive Editor Leslie Coplin, and Nurse Planner Paula Fessler report no financial relationships relevant to this field of study. Dr. Roger Farel (CME question reviewer) owns stock in Johnson & Johnson. Dr. J. Stephan Stapczynski (editor) owns stock in Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, AxoGen, Walgreen Boots Alliance Inc., and Bristol Myers Squibb.

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