By William Diez, DMSc, PA-C, RRT, AE-C, MSL – Respiratory & Immunology, AstraZeneca
I have had the privilege to serve patients as a health care provider for almost 20 years: the first 12 as a respiratory care practitioner, 4 as an emergency medicine physician assistant, and the last 3 as a medical science liaison. In that time, there have been many great patient outcomes to celebrate. But with these victories come defeats and heartaches. One disease in particular that I have witnessed devastate patients and families is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although significant strides have been made in the last few decades to improve the management of patients with COPD, there is still more work to be done to overcome the challenges associated with this debilitating condition.