Helping people with respiratory disease through education, research and information

Helping people with respiratory disease through education, research and information

About Us

The Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created in 1984, based in the south bay area of Los Angeles, California.

The Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation was formed from a passion to change the poor outlook for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), through research into pulmonary rehabilitation. Over time, this purpose has adapted to include other diseases where shortness-of-breath and exercise intolerance are hallmark symptoms.

16 million Americans are diagnosed with COPD, another 16 million are thought to be undiagnosed

56.2% of people with COPD reported that shortness of breath affected their quality of life

Pulmonary rehabilitation is one of the most effective treatments for COPD, but only 2% of medicare-eligble patients actually undertake a program


Recent Articles On Our Blog

3 Jun

Brian L. Tiep, M.D., Our Renaissance Man, is Honored

I’m pleased to report that PERF board member, Brian Tiep M.D., has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Assembly of the American Thoracic Society (ATS). The ATS is America’s largest and most influential professional society for pulmonary and critical care physicians.

28 May

Alvin Grancell at 101: An Appreciation

How many of us can point to a life’s achievement, a distinct accomplishment that has really made a difference? Our friend, Alvin Grancell, who turns 101 this week (and is still going strong) certainly can.

19 May

Coronavirus Information for the COPD Community

Members of the PERF Board are carefully monitoring the outbreak of novel coronavirus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Some board members are physicians, working on the front lines in intensive care units or hospital wards to help combat the pandemic – putting themselves and their immediate family members in harm’s way.