15. COPD Exacerbations

Today we have episode two in our Pulm PEEPs and ATS Clinical Problems Assembly collaborative series on COPD. We are joined by Dr. Brad Drummond and Dr. Allison Lambert to discuss COPD exacerbations. Make sure to check out episode 1 in the series and stay tuned for more great content.

Meet Our Guests

Brad Drummond is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UNC School of Medicine. He is also the Associate Division Chief of Outpatient Services, the Co-Medical Director of the Pulmonary Specialty Clinics at UNC, and the Director of the Obstructive Lung Diseases Clinical and Translational Research Center. He is also the incoming Assembly Chair for the ATS CP Assembly.

Allison Lambert is a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician at Providence Medical Group, where she is also the Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program and co-leads the Therapeutic Development Network. Her expertise spans CF, non-CF bronchiectasis as well as COPD. Allison is also a committee member in the ATS Clinical Problems Assembly

Key Learning Points


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  4. Johns Hopkins University. Roflumilast or Azithromycin to Prevent COPD Exacerbations (RELIANCE). clinicaltrials.gov; 2022. Accessed April 24, 2022. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04069312
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  7. Singh D, Agusti A, Anzueto A, et al. Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: the GOLD science committee report 2019. Eur Respir J. 2019;53(5):1900164. doi:10.1183/13993003.00164-2019