Jefferson University Hospitals

Jane & Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Program

COPD Program

The Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Program within the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute — Jefferson Health and National Jewish Health is staffed by a team of expert clinicians, nurses, and researchers devoted to providing patients with the best care and with access to the latest therapeutic options. 

This multidisciplinary clinical-research program focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with COPD and related conditions:

  • Emphysema
  • Acute and chronic bronchitis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Genetic disorders like a1 anti-trypsin deficiency

In addition to the usual medical therapies for patients with COPD, the program offers access to supporting information, rehabilitation programs, and invasive interventions found to be helpful in selected patients, such as lung volume reduction surgery, airway stenting, and more.

To provide this array of options to our patients, the program partners with thoracic surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, and other specialists to create a multidisciplinary team focused on COPD care. 

In addition, the Program houses a number of clinician investigators and basic scientists involved in clinical trials and research in airway biology and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. These studies include:

  • Effects of tobacco and nicotine on lung cells
  • Effectiveness of new surgical techniques
  • The natural history of genetic mutations that lead to COPD such as a1 anti-trypsin deficiency. 

This work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, industry, and private foundations. 

Patient Education

People with COPD or emphysema have difficulty breathing. This information might help you understand the condition:

For more education materials on respiratory conditions, visit our Patient Education section. 

Make an Appointment

If you would like to make an appointment, please call our office at 215-955-5161, or make an appointment online below. You may also speak with a call center representative at 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) for more information.


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