Volume 1, Issue 5

COPD in Primary Care

In this issue:

Managing COPD in primary care is becoming more complicated. With an increased focus on individualizing therapy, along with emerging data about the role of eosinophil levels, bronchoscopic lung volume reduction strategies, and expanded pulmonary rehabilitation venues, many primary care clinicians may be challenged to provide optimal care for their patients.

In this issue, Dr. Nirupama Putcha from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine analyzes the current data addressing how these important advances can impact COPD management.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify situations in which eosinophil levels can be used to help guide therapy in COPD patients. 
  • Identify patients who could benefit from bronchoscopic lung volume reduction strategies. 
  • Describe populations who may benefit from being able to access pulmonary rehabilitation through new venues. 



Nirupama Putcha, MD, MHS
Nirupama Putcha, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Program Directors:

Joyce King, MD

Assistant Professor
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Director, Inpatient Medicine
Family Medicine Residency Program
Medstar Franklin Square Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Glenn Treisman, MD, PhD

Eugene Meyer III Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine
Director, AIDS Psychiatry Services
Co-Director, Chronic Pain Treatment Program
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Length of activity:

1.0 hour Physicians

Launch date: October 17, 2019
Expiration date: October 16, 2021