New State-of-the-art COPD Clinic Opens

Contact: Amy Gilliam

Photo of Dennis E. Doherty and David M. Mannino
Dennis E. Doherty and David M. Mannino

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“The goal of our new clinic is to make sure that the patients who come to see us get the best care possible. Our clinic not only has the resources to treat patients with COPD, but also the option to be involved with cutting-edge treatments and research to evaluate potential new options or therapies.”

-- David M. Mannino,
associate professor,
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine,
UK College of Medicine

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2004) -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those seeking treatment for COPD in Kentucky will benefit from a new state-of-the-art clinic at the University of Kentucky’s Kentucky Clinic.

“COPD, better known as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is a preventable and treatable disease,” said Dennis E. Doherty, chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UK College of Medicine. “The early signs of the disease include cough, mucus production, shortness of breath on mild exertion, and wheeze. People generally associate these signs as part of smoking, but do not realize that these can also be warning signs of imminent lung damage.”

The clinic, located adjacent to UK Hospital at 740 S. Limestone in Lexington, will work closely with the Asthma, Allergy, Sinus and Pulmonary clinics.

The clinic is focusing on a comprehensive approach to COPD.

Dr. David M. Mannino, associate professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UK College of Medicine, began seeing patients at the new clinic on Aug. 20.

“The goal of our new clinic is to make sure that the patients who come to see us get the best care possible,” Mannino said. “Our clinic not only has the resources to treat patients with COPD, but also the option to be involved with cutting-edge treatments and research to evaluate potential new options or therapies.”

Mannino specializes in COPD, asthma and health effects related to tobacco smoke. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa., and completed a residency at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia. Mannino also completed a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Morgantown, W.Va.

The UK Division of Pulmonary Medicine offers complete diagnostic evaluation and clinical management of all respiratory disorders for inpatient and outpatient services. Diagnostic aspects include routine pulmonary function testing, and related and intra-related pulmonary evaluation of interstitial lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, infectious lung disease, drug-related pulmonary disorders, and carcinoma of the lung.

For more information about the UK COPD clinic or to schedule an appointment, call (859) 323-5365 or visit the Web site.


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