Pulmonary Rehabilitation

What is Pulmonary Rehab?

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an outpatient program designed for patients with chronic lung disease. The purpose of the program is to improve patients’ quality of life by providing education and exercise training to increase endurance and improve daily function.

How is the Program Designed?

Our program provides a multidisciplinary team approach to exercise and educate our patients both on an individual as well as a group level. Our team consists of pulmonary specialists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, and clinical social service workers.

Who should be referred to Pulmonary Rehab?

Patients who have chronic, stable lung disease and symptoms which cause limitation in function or impair his/her ability to perform daily activities should be referred for evaluation. Often patients have underlying lung disease including, but not limited to COPD, emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis, sarcoidosis, pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, pre- and post- lung transplantation and obesity-related lung disease.

What are the Goals of Pulmonary Rehab?

  • Increased exercise tolerance
  • Decreased respiratory symptoms
  • Improved sense of well being
  • Increased knowledge of respiratory disease and management
  • Reduced hospitalizations

Program Design

Each patient will have a medical assessment by a pulmonologist and an evaluation by Respiratory and Physical therapists to assess the stability of his/her lung disease, medication regimen, and baseline level of function. An individual exercise program is designed for each patient based on his/her specific physical limitations and with his/her overall goals in mind. The patient is assigned to a group that meets 2 days a week for 12 weeks. Each group session is approximately two hours in length and has a component of exercise and group education and support.

What are the components of Pulmonary Rehab?


  • Cardiovascular training
  • Strength training
  • Stretching/Yoga
  • Relaxation Techniques

Educational Sessions:

  • Normal Lung Function
  • Living with Lung Disease
  • Treatment of Specific Lung Diseases
  • Medication management
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Bronchial Hygiene
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Intimacy and Lung Disease
  • Stress and Relaxation
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Emotional Support
  • Nutritional Assessment

Contact Information:

Karin A. Sloan, MD, Medical Director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Alan Silva, RRT, RPFT, Department of Respiratory Therapy

720 Harrison Ave
Doctors Office Building
Fourth Floor
Boston, MA 02118

Phone: 617-638-7480
Fax: 617-638-7486

Physicians: To refer a patient to the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, call or fax referral to make an appointment to have your patient evaluated by Dr. Sloan.

Patients: If you are interested in participating in the program, discuss it with your physician who can refer you if they feel you are a candidate.