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BREATHE LAs 7th Annual COPD Conference

Respected Doctors Discuss Advancing the Diagnosis and Management of COPD.

Los Angeles, CA, October 23, 2015 --( On Saturday, November 14, 2015, BREATHE California of Los Angeles (BREATHE LA) County will hold its 7th Annual COPD Conference. This year’s conference theme is Advancing the Diagnosis and Management of COPD with and Focus on COPD Exacerbations. The conference will be held at The Mark, 9320 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The esteemed panel of doctors will discuss the newest methods of diagnosis for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), a disease that affects nearly 550,000 people in Los Angeles County. For that reason, the topics will be tailored to the unique approaches used when factoring in the local community.

Topics of discussion will include: Introductory Remarks and current status of COPD, California Wellness Plan Goals for COPD, BREATHE California COPD Advisory Group Clinical Standards, Co-morbidities and Other Considerations in COPD Management, Diagnosis of COPD Exacerbations, Preventing COPD Exacerbations, and New Technology in the Management of COPD.

There will also be portable, tabletop, and telehealth devices, creating stations for Spirometry demonstrations and COPD Monitoring demonstrations.

The panelists include:
Guy W. Soo Hoo, MD, MPH Acting Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Section Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center
Jessica Nunez de Ybarra MD, MPH, FACPM Director of Coordination, California Wellness Plan Implementation, Chronic Disease Control Branch Division of Chronic Disease & Injury Control, California Department of Public Health
Ahmet Baydur MD, FACP, FCCP Professor of Clinical Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Raj Dasgupta, MD, FACP, FCC Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine Department of Pulmonary / Critical Care /Sleep Medicine University of Southern California
Donald Tashkin, MD, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Arthur Ohannessian, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, President, Los Angeles Chapter of the California Academy of Family Physicians

Breathe California of Los Angeles County (BLA) is a nonprofit organization established in 1903 dedicated to creating clean air and healthy lungs for Los Angeles County residents. BREATHE LA focuses outreach and education efforts on community health fairs, the Better Breathers Clubs™, local schools, and collaborations with leading local organizations that are taking action to improve environmental impacts in neighborhoods most affected by poor air quality. The mission is to promote clean air and healthy lungs through research, education, advocacy and technology. BREATHE LA works to improve health outcomes and quality of life for those suffering with asthma, COPD, lung disease and other breathing conditions. To donate or learn more about BREATHE LA, visit

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