Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
The USC Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program offers a wide range of services to patients with chronic pulmonary disease, from single sessions focused upon a specific need (such as training in the use of metered dose inhalers) to a comprehensive program consisting of two afternoons per week for a total of six to eight weeks. The comprehensive program includes exercise training, patient education, psychosocial support services, physical therapy, vocational therapy, symptom control techniques and the use of low-flow oxygen. Patients typically referred to the program include those with emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis. The program also offers on-site educational opportunities for pulmonary fellows with emphasis on respiratory physiology, assessment of quality of life, and key aspects of evaluating physical impairment and disability. The Program Medical Director is Dr. Ahmet Baydur.