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Breath Taking: The Power, Fragility, and Future of Our Extraordinary Lungs

From the Show: HER
Summary: Ventilators and lung health are on the minds of most of us these days, as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the globe.
Air Date: 2/4/21
Duration: 32:45
Host: Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Michael J. Stephen, MD.

Michael J. Stephen, MD, is the author of BREATH TAKING: The Power, Fragility, and Future of Our Extraordinary Lungs. Dr. Stephen is an associate professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center. He is a leader of numerous clinical trials and has been on the front line caring for COVID-19 patients—and also recovered from the virus himself.

Over the past two decades, he has studied advanced end-stage lung diseases and worked with patients at diverse locales, including a Massachusetts prison hospital and a pediatric HIV clinic in Cape Town, South Africa. A graduate of Brown University and Boston University Medical School, he lives in New Jersey. For more information, please visit https://mjswriter.com and follow Dr. Stephen on Twitter.

  • Book Title: Breath Taking: The Power, Fragility, and Future of Our Extraordinary Lungs
  • Guest Twitter Account: @phillydocwriter
Breath Taking: The Power, Fragility, and Future of Our Extraordinary Lungs
Ventilators and lung health are on the minds of most of us these days, as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the globe. 

Dr. Michael J. Stephen, MD, is the author of Breath Taking: The Power, Fragility, and Future of Our Extraordinary Lungs. Dr. Stephen is an associate professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center. He is a leader of numerous clinical trials and has been on the front line caring for COVID-19 patients—and also recovered from the virus himself.

In this episode, he tells us about his own and his family's battle with COVID, optimizing our respiratory muscles and wellness, getting in tune with our breath, what happens if you smoked in your teens and 20's, and the right to clean air.