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Mark Fischer, MD, Pulmonary Physician, Provides Expertise at National American Thoracic Society Workshop

June 3, 2009 - Olympic Medical Physician’s Internist and Pulmonologist, Mark Fischer, MD, co-chaired a medical expert workshop on the palliative management of crisis dyspnea (shortness of breath) for the American Thoracic Society on May 15 in San Diego.

 The workshop focused on four key aspects related to crisis dyspnea – identification and risk assessment, ethical and professional considerations, efficient utilization and coordination of care, and clinical management of crisis dyspnea. Crisis dyspnea may occur in many conditions including chronic lung disease, lung cancer and heart failure.

“The overall goal of this initial workshop and upcoming analysis is to collect the best clinical information and research about acute crisis dyspnea,” says Dr. Fischer, pulmonary medicine specialist at Olympic Medical Physicians Klahhane Clinic. “Ultimately we want to produce scientific information and educational products that provide protocols and guidance for caregivers, patients and families – increasing the level of care to those who suffer from acute crisis dyspnea.”

Dr. Mark Fischer is a fellow with the American College of Physicians and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both pulmonary medicine and internal medicine. He is currently Chief of Medical Staff at Olympic Medical Center.  

Olympic MedicalCenter is a comprehensive health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of ClallamCounty. It provides inpatient services at its 126-bed acute care facility, and outpatient services, including cardiac services, imaging, rehabilitation therapy, laboratory, surgical services, home health and comprehensive cancer care services at locations throughout the region. For more information call 417-7000 or visit us at www.olympicmedical.org.

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